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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 139
Gots: 504 | 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:
Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

23% Velvet Merkin
22.5% Stickee Monkee
20.3% Double Double Barrel Ale
10.8% Parabola
8.1% PNC
5.4% Helldorado
5.4% Bravo
4.5% Wookey Jack
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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.

Photo of harrymel
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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....

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of shadytony
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a bit of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a fairly quick pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, tequila, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, toasted coconuts, dark fruits, Brandy, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, vanilla, tequila, dark fruits, and some toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak, Bourbon, Brandy, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and bit of citrus hop. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, toasted coconuts, Bourbon, Brandy, Tequila, chocolate, molasses, and booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Amazing blend of flavors. Very complex but still has a great deal of smoothness.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, booze, bourbon, oak, hints of cherry, caramel, figs, dark fruit, raisin, coffee, a hint of almond, brandy, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, sticky molasses. You can definitely smell the barleywines (Stickee Monkee and Helldorado) and the DDBA. While there are definitely a lot of notes in there from the stouts as well. And the barrels come though amazingly (of course).

Taste: Heavy oak, strong booze, coffee, dark chocolate, tequila, vanilla, caramel, dark cherry, coconut, bourbon, caramel, raisin and a bit of brown sugar with a little hint of nuttiness. There are subtle hints of hoppiness. The tequila barrel flavors and alcohol are really powerful here. A little bit too much so. I really hope I can pick up another one and put it away for a year or so to see if those factors chill out. I think I prefer XV to this year's batch and I wish I had some more of those bad boys to sip on. This is great. but the tequila is just a bit overwhelming.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split and poured into FW proprietor's reserve glasses. Dark black with minimal head. Smells similar to past anniversary beers, barrel, vanilla, coconut but also a hint of strong booze. Flavor was good at first but also extremely boozy, I blame the tequila barrel aged beer even though it was a small component in the blend. My friend said "its hot as fire" which was a good description of how the alcohol overpowered this one. Sadly, this was my least favorite anniversary beer from Firestone, it wasn't bad it just wasn't as rich as previous offerings.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a very dark brown almost black wtoh a deep almost redish around the timwhn held to the light... About half a finger of head after a gentle pour, recedes quickly to a film... Some nice spots of lacing.

S: boozy, very wet boozyness, a blend of burbon and brandy, great barrel aromas . Deffinate notes of vanilla and toasty coconut, along with a touch of oak, mochay chocolate and darkfruit, a bit of caramel and dark cherry in there as well, very nice and complex nose.

T: alot of boozy wetness from the barrells just like in the nose, I deffiantly pick up on the tequila barrells in the flavor of this blend. As well as some citrusy notes, which I am assuming is the Wookey jack hops. I get deep caramel and cheery up front, along with chocolate, then the booze and barrel character really kicks in, and a bit of the tequila and tropical citrus fruit notes on the end. A very interesting very comes blend.. Great notes of mocha, chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, coconut... I could go on and on.

M: medium to heavy body with low carbonation, nutty on the finish, which there was a touch more creamyness to the mouthfeel, but overall It works great for this blend.

O: another great barrel aged blend from fireatone walker that really displays an amazing amount of barrel character and flavor. Their anniversary blends always knock my socks of, and this is no exception.

Photo of Auracom
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Elmwood Binny's, split with Dan. 11 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on December 5th, 2012.

A - Certainly darker than FW 15. Thick, black coffee-coloring with a very light khaki head. 2 fingers reduced down to a ring of foam. Okay lacing, moderate legs.

S - Figs, raisins, dark chocolate, and peppercorns highlight the initial nose. I pull a blend of brandy and whiskey barrel sharpness, more as a note of soaked mahogany. Slightly nutty, milk chocolate-covered almond.

T - Front end I pull the soft notes from Merkin and Wookey Jack, slight espresso bitterness and roasted peanuts. Mid palate absolutely explodes. All of the barrel elements from the three different spirits show up in small form or another. Rich bourbon sweetness, spices, wood, coconut, plentiful dark fruits, etc. I sense the tequila ever-so-slightly at the backend, just before the aftertaste of dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Fair amount of warming from the booze. Medium body, with below-moderate carbonation. Smooth but not at Parabola-levels.

D - The aroma is inviting enough but doesn't fully impress. Front palate on the drink seems to be a complex set-up for a really nice blend at the middle and transition into the finish.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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1/5  rDev -77%

Photo of Guyute
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, thick, and a bit of deep reddishness.

S: Sugary, molasses, oak

T: !!! Wow, incredible. So much going on. Bourbon, oak, tannins, dark chocolate-cherry brownies.

M: No complaints

Overall: This was a surprise for me. I was at the tasting room and ordered one not knowing what to expect. The moment I took the first sip I knew it was very special. Came in a tiny 6 oz. snifter.

Photo of maximum12
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DocJitsu & SalukiAlum for answering my sad & pathetic call for the most current Firestone Anniversary beer. If there was one brewery I could bring to the shelves & bars of Minnesota...22 oz. bottle split with my wife. I'll sneak a whole bomber for myself when she's not looking, later.

Pour is darker than I recall the last beauties, red to the tune of matte night. I pick my nose, then put it in the beer, & it's fairly quiet. Very sweet, vanilla, barrel. Oh goody.

Firestone Walker XVI is a fucking work of art straight out of the gate. Holy crap ass-monkey, I'm not even sure where to begin. A listing of tastes isn't going to begin to describe the orgy going on around my gums. Sweet caramel & toffee, big boozy bite in the ass, plunk of vanilla, enough bourbon to make me loopy, & a slight under-berry of tequila...which I wouldn't have been able to I.D. without the label, but knowing it's there, it lends great cleavage to the taste. Rich to the point of Bailey's Cheesecake. I could drink this coming out of a garden hose.

Brilliant. This is a beer for the ages & possibly the best Anniversary beer fresh. Rich, decadent, just pure happiness. Close to perfect.

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dalahodson
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok there is Carmel, chocolate, bourbon, and tequila flavors. The color in the glass is like a stout, very dark, the smell is very complex. The first taste is smooth, like a stout, sweet yet bold. You can taste the different sugars used in the brew, like the Mexican brown sugar Turbinado. The brewer blended quit a batch of there other brew's to get this complex taste, all barrel aged in bourbon, tequila, and brandy. At 13 0/0 there is no alcohol after taste .You can taste the buckwheat, and the rye in the grains the brewer used. This is an above average anniversary brew.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Raul's jam - The Playground in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Wild stuff, like, the stuff that can make you listen to Ricky Martin n like it!

Smell? A bit harsh. A bit good. A bit like straight up booze.

Taste? Yeah, baby. Yeah, it potent, but those damn flavors done pop like Livin' La Vida Loca!

Photo of Jwren5
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.