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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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987 Ratings
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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 129
Gots: 497 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Geneva Ale House - Geneva, IL

Pours dark brown-near black, with a tall, beige, foamy head that holds good retention leaving sticky lacing as it fades. Aromas are boozy, roasted malt, sweet grain, citric hops. Tastes are ripe banana up front, chocolate, booze, peppers the tongue, rye, roasted barley, whiskey, oak, anise, coffee, citric hop undertones with pine. Crazy complexity! Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, full body, finishes exceptionally clean, but it hot with alcohol as it burns the throat on the way down. Nice treat to say the least. I never thought I'd get the chance to try this one.

barnzy78, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Sixteen (XVI)
Poured into a snifter from the tap at iTap (Soulard). Poured during their Nightmare Before Christmas Event.

Copied from notes.

Pours a dark, dark brown almost black with a light creame colored head. The head is short and slightly dense but recedes fairly quickly. Leaves some sticky lacing. (4.0)

Intense bourbon aroma starts things off. Licorice and some cinnamon present form the wood and there are some intense caramel notes. The booze in this brew is definitely hard to miss. It is very intense and hot. (4.0)

The flavor follows the nose. Caramel and toffee sweetness starts thing off while an intense rush of boozy heat comes in quick. Sort of overtakes the sweetness. There are some vanilla notes in there, as well as some slight chocolate roast present. The flavors are intense and work well together but the brew is very hot. Mouthfeel is oily and viscous. Finishes dry but with somewhat of a sticky caramel note. (4.0) (4.5)

Overall, this brew is good. I’ve had better of their Anniversary blends. Very hot. Flavors are delicious and sweet with caramel and nice cinnamon notes but the heat overtakes them somewhat. Also, this version doesn't seem as well blended as the others. (3.5)

JoEBoBpr, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown with a small tannish head which quickly fades leaving spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get big notesa of caramel, toffee, a booze stings the nostrils. There is a light woodiness, vanilla and cocont with a subtle tequila note

T: Immediate heat. Hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate appear initially with some subtle dark fruits, vanilla, wood and coconut. There is a unique stinging quality to this beer, I do detect a very trace amount of tequila. The finish is warming, robust, silky and rather clean/dry

M: Full bodied, well carbonated. Loads of flavor that do not complete which was my biggest pet peeve against FW15.

O: Probbaly my favorite of the series only behind FW11 and FW13.

barleywinefiend, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

bsuedekum, Dec 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

dt_gbpackersfan, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

brez8791, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Hanzo, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Listers, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

enelson, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Kevlee722, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Pineville, MO

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, a touch of booze

T: Figs, raisins, a bit of dark chocolate & then a touch of port, & a hint of boozey cakeyness up front. Bourbon elbows its way forward as this warms, some toffee, figs, black currant & cherry (boozey bing cherries). Finishes slightly dry, with rich dark fruit, a little vanilla, caramel & chocolate, just a bit of leafy hops & booze coming through

MF: Chewy, ever so slight carbonation, sticky, much warming

Pretty easy to drink despite the heft & complexity. I really nice effort, not cheap by any means, but I'd buy again if given a chance. I'm so thrilled we have Firestone Walker in the near-by Show Me state!

russpowell, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

marct, Dec 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard glass ($13).

A- Pours a dark slightly reddish brown that appears mostly opaque in the glass. About two fingers of frothy darker beige cream boardering mocha brown head that has nice retention but slowly recedes to a flat top without any head leaving some light layered lacing. Decent consistently rising carbonation.

S- Chocolate, toffee, tequila, lightly roasted malts, hints of bourbon, and some light oak. Decently aromatic, fairly complex, and a nice balance without anything dominating too much. If anything the tequila shows a little bit much in the barrels.

T- Fairly sweet mixture of chocolate, toffee, tequila that adds taste but not much of an alcohol flavor, some faint bourbon, and some oaky vanilla. Finishes with a barrel aged presence that definitely makes itself known and a cocoa aftertaste that lingers with a hint of tequila.

M- Smooth, very drinkable especially at 13%, only a slight abv burn, nice carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O- Nice barrel blend that has a slight over-powering taste but other then that it is nicely balanced taking the best elements from each of the base beers. FW 16 was very smooth and did not have a strong alcohol presence until it hit you later. It had a nice complexity and a very nice drinkability. I think I preferred 15 a little bit more, but 16 was very good and I definitely recommend trying it. I definitely recommend giving it a try, but due to the price I probably wouldn't pick up too many.

jaasen64, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Goosey
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Goosey, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Myst
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Myst, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of BeerWorld
4/5  rDev -8%

BeerWorld, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Rfunk
4/5  rDev -8%

Rfunk, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Brandywine
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown poured barley a fingers worth of a khaki head. Alcohol legs just stick to the side of the glass. Tiny glints of dark red within the beer. Persistent lacing with nice big bubbles. As the beer gets lower in the glass it becomes an entirely dark crimson that looks just like a big barley wine.

Smell: Fresh bourbon, molasses, brandy, cherries, blackberries.

Taste: Really fresh bourbon, roasted notes covered in sweetness, vanilla, toffee. The barrels in this brew are screaming. The bourbon dominates but there are notes of brandy and agave syrup sweetness from the tequila. Rich milk chocolate. This is smooth as hell for 13%. Tiny bite of alcohol but it just adds dimension to the flavor. There is a dark fruit quality to the flavor, buried underneath the barrel notes, that's hard to specify.

Mouthfeel: Full with nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a rich and decadent beer. If you want a barrel blast of a strong beer don't miss it.

Brandywine, Dec 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in the store, decided to try it.

Pours a toasted, dark tawny with a rim and confluent etching of light tan foam. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, hints of resin, some oak, a bit of bing cherry, some vanilla and nougat. Taste is boozy up front, sweet, some bourbon, some cherries, vanilla, marzipan, bits of oak and tawny porto. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. A nice beer, a very enjoyable beer. I'm starting to think that this series is worth a try annually, but not really worth the money it demands to get into the bottle....

harrymel, Dec 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

gleemonger, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep brown with a light tan head, some lace, good head retention.

S: Lots of barrel character, bourbon, sugar cane, sweet brown sugar. Reminiscent of the 11.

T: Delicious malt flavour. Vanilla, some roast, lots of barrel/whiskey notes. Very well done, the best fresh since the 12 in my opinion.

M: Full-bodied, but never feels heavy. No real alcohol burn which is impressive. Soft, guiding carbonation.

O: As I said, the best fresh since the 12, a good beer, though I was never really spellbound with this one as I was with the 11 and the 12. The bomber price is far too much, but I loved trying this on-tap at a much better price point. It'll be interesting to see where this goes, since the boozier ones seemed to age better, i.e 13.

Halcyondays, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

shadytony, Dec 07, 2012
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.