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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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998 Ratings
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 135
Gots: 500 | FT: 40
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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Photo of bh123
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deucedeuce to snifter; will wait on the others and update later

A - dark brown/off black; about 1/4 of an inch cream-colored head; nice retention and a little bubbly

S - dark fruit; burnt sugar; sweet bourbon; coconut; boozy; a touch of oak

T - figs; bourbon; sugar; coffee; vanilla; a touch of caramel; subdued citrus hops; cherries; wow, the tequila comes late but it comes

M - medium-to-full bodied, although somehow pleasant and not too syrupy; perfect carbonation; has that tequila bite that lingers

O - this beer is pretty crazy...the flavors are everywhere and many and develop upon consumption and a little bit of time; it's boozy for sure but somehow doesn't seem too heavy; an extremely tasting offering that will certainly get better with age.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

FW blended together 226 oak barrels and 8 different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional. XVI is 42% stout with Velvet Merkin, Parabola and “PNC” working together as three roasty toasty friends that create rich cacao, chocolate and mocha flavors together. “PNC” also introduces tequila barrels into our blend for the first time and brings some interesting south of the boarder spirit notes to the mix – a welcome twist. Helldorado, with flavors of lavender honey liqueur was again a favorite of the winemakers and made the cut adding some flowery notes. FW Double Double Barrel Ale (DDBA) continues to deliver its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. DDBA was also released on its own in 2012 and is now established as a solid annual brew. Stickee Monkee is fast becoming one of FW's favorite pieces with its rich maple syrup, spicy cinnamon, and ripe fig flavors which has developed into a bolder cousin of perennial blend component Bravo who carries barrel character and bourbon notes like no other. The additional twist in 2012 was the Wookey Jack, Black Rye IPA with its wily citrusy hop notes and spicy rye backbone. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined.

Pours a deep dark garnet color with a moderately full, tan, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal drippy lace throughout. The nose is full of spice (alcohol, pepper, bourbon, tequila, rye, cinnamon), vanilla bean, molasses, almond, milk chocolate, cocoa, light maple, and faint grapefruit. The flavor is similar with less spice but still present; there is a very slight grapefruit and peach underneath everything, almonds still, dusty yeast and dry chocolate, molasses, figs, creme brulee, some toasty oak, cinnamon and pepper, and a tequila note that is was quite distinguishable. The palate is perfect with a a soft to lively carbonation, a full body, and a round, chewy, and velvety mouthfeel. The beer finishes with some coffee roast and dark chocolate adding bitterness, still cinnamon, vanilla creme brulee, molasses, but ultimately chocolate notes lingering. Overall, an excellent Anniversary brew that I'd love to have again.

Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small 1 finger light mocha head. Tons of lacing and moderate amounts of retention.

S: Smells of massive amounts of bourbon, brandy and dark malts. Hints of vanilla, chocolate and toffee.

T: Fairly spot on the nose. Just a massive meld of delicious beer.

M: Medium to full body and medium to lower carbonation.

O: Overall, outstanding beer. Very complex and evolves as it warms.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MCBrigno
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Hopmarc
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: Beautiful dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is huge for a 13%'er. How'd they do that?
smell: how much doth this smell delicious and complex? Let me count the ways....16 I think. Semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit...and full disclosure, I'm plagiarizing from the FW site (which is spot on) creme brulee. As this warms, it opens up more and more.
taste: ditto dat nose. This is just wonderful.
overall: I really dug the 15 and more-so the 14 (first anniversary I had the pleasure to imbibe). The FW site outlines how this was made, and what went in - to me it tastes like the love and abilities that went into making it, just wonderful. Props FW!

Photo of mbixler
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

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)

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jaasen64
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.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.