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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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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 130
Gots: 491 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

abeerdude, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Devi0us, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of OlieIPA
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost entirely black with hues of brown when held to light. Head is seldom, but present at first pour.

S: Nose is a mixture of robust aromas with a touch of complexity; belgian and dark chocolate followed by hints of caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is subtle, but present.

T: Reminds me a of mixture between a barrel aged barleywine and american strong ale (i.e. An aged Sierra Nevada Life-and-Limb). Lots of caramel and brown sugar that is backed up by a strong chocolate malt base. Alcohol is hiden very well.

M: Normally these types of beers you have to sort of chew through...and his one lives up to it's predecessors. Nice creamy feel with a non-overly dry finish.

O: Like my buddy said, it's seems the even years (with the exception of Firestone Eleven) bring out the best of this series. This versions supplies both complexity and rush of bold flavors. In addition, this beer is both ready to drink and cellar for two to three years if wanted/needed.

A must try beer! Cheers!

OlieIPA, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Harvey98, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1620th Review on BA
Bottle to FW snifter

2012 release
Purchased for $22.99 at Party house, Chino Hills

App- Out of the bottle this had a ton of browns and deep reds behind it. When held to the light it had a really good and deep center. Fairly dense all the way around with a little bit of a lighter edge. I was very suprised to see no cling or lace. Ring of 1/8" tan bubbles.

Smell- A lot going on. When I started reading the letter in the box, I can see why this was so complex. Overall after it warms from the 53F I opened it at, I pick up oak, char, malts, whispy booze with some oatmeal and a bit of the tequilla, balanced out by a subtle bitter and a dark chocolate aroma. Alot went into this blend, but just not doing it for me.

Taste- Well I was super excited for this bottle. Although it's not as good as 13-15. This was a bit grainy with a interesting booze mix. All of the barrel characters bring a little bit of something to the party. It's fairly woody, grainy and even some of the prickly tequilla comes out. Heavy malts with oak and earty char. A balance of the chocolate and oatmeal is there with Merkin being most of the final blend though.

Mouth- It was a fairly creamy body with tinges of the prickliness of the body with a bit of chocolate, oatmeal and oaky char. The carbonation was medium but just was better than the body.

Drink- I would say this is probably my least favorite of the anniversary blends. I will also say I didnt have (10-12) This one and the blend just didnt do it for me. I will probably try to find another bottle to sit on but not expecting miracles from it.

FosterJM, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a brown head, that quickly recedes. A pretty crazy and complex aroma offering more going on that I think I am capable of deciphering. I am getting some caramel,butterscotch, a hint of some raisin, vanilla, and a little roastiness. As it warms the bourbon barrel shows itself a little. Flavor is just as complex. Sweet and rich; where the barrel which was missing in the aroma (at least before it wartmed) it totally shines through in the flavor, some caramel, butterscotch,honey, raisin, chocolate, vanilla, and sugar. A thick medium, creamy muthfeel. Overall, yeah, this beer is pretty great. Worth every penny it costs, I just wish I could afford another one because I want more.

denver10, Nov 18, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours an extremely dark cola brown, with 1 finger of light brown head. Head fades rather quickly leaving very sparse lacing.

S - Complex aroma ranging from rich chocolatey/cocoa to sweet and fruity. As it breathes and warms, the bourbon becomes very evident.

T/M - Wow, very well integrated. The flavor starts off rich and chocolatey, evolves into a barleywine, booze, and finishes off lingering cocoa/bourbon. Thick/creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - Another amazing anniversary beer from Firestone. It is drinking a little hot right now, but not as strong as I would expect for being 13%. Delicious, and way too easy to drink for being this strong. Can't wait to revisit this in a year or so. Cheers!

Rizalini, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very deep copper/brown pour with the usual nice head retention and nice lacing. Very different from last year’s offering, this version is definitely reflective of a higher stout percentage. It’s roastier and considerably drier on the palate with a very firm, tight flavor profile. The bourbon is there, but it’s more subtle, and more brandy comes through, as well. Baker's chocolate, a touch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, figs, lavender, honey, cherry cordial, raisins, dates, vanilla, toasted cocnut, and burnt caramel are evident, as well as plum, breadfruit, kumquat, and a subtle citric quality. I also pick up an eccentric green tea characteristic, and even some melon. There are also esters of agave in brandy that I think must come from the tequila barrel aged buckwheat stout., and it is accompanied by a subtle smokiness, along with those wonderful leather and tobacco notes. XVI is my hands-down favorite in the series, and is absolutely the most drinkable. Thanks, Firestone, for this mind (and palate) blowing achievement.

Impfan, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

mjl21, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So stoked to drink this! Pours a very dark brown...closest to black that brown can get. Small-medium tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent is roasty and chocolatey. Light alcohol...not necessarily bourbon or whiskey though. I'm picking up some definite barrel aromas, and it's quite interesting. Different than other barrel aged beers I've had. Nice vanilla and coconut aromas, especially as it warms. Even a bit of sweet cherry scent. Taste is where the whiskey's at. Lovely bourbon flavors with other barrel notes...vanilla, oak, cherry. Lovely chocolate and vanilla. So sweet and tasty. Slight tobacco flavors. 13% is extremely well-hidden. As with all the FW Anniversary beers, very complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, slightly creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, I think I like this one more than 15. Not sure if I like it more than 14 though. Must revisit 14.

DovaliHops, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Pinche_Oso, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

2GOOFY, Nov 17, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Figueroa Mountain pint glass for a little irony. Pours a nearly opaque, dark cola brown with ruby glints around the bottom edge of the glass. A short, caramelized sugar colored head forms and fades just as quickly--in true FW fashion. Chocolate syrup out of the gate, coconut, ripe banana, and brown sugar on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick, wet, slick, but nearly flat. Flavors of coconut and sweet caramel. Some chocolate notes emerge and some oak vanilla also break through. There's an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat at the finish that tends to migrate into the olfactory. Gets a little to boozy for my liking. Double DBA is far better.

DocJitsu, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

JazzIPA55, Nov 17, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Just about black with a moderately sized dark brown, somewhat persistent, head. Leaves streaks of random, messy bubbles irregularly down the glass. Very pretty. Not quite as thick in appearance as some barrel-aged stouts, but this is a gorgeous beer.

The aroma reminds me of a Milky Way candy bar: chocolate and caramel especially, with a little bit of vanilla nougat as well. There's a hint of booze, and some delicate dark fruit character--the dark fruit character emerges more and more as the beer warms. Very good, but not transcending.

The flavor is more complete and more complex than the aroma would suggest. Layers of chocolate, caramel, pie crust, vanilla, and mild oak combine exceptionally well. The alcohol is nicely hidden, though a complementary accent. Some mild roast, but it's not a main component of the beer's flavor. Wonderful stuff.

Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly carbonated.

Fantastic. Much better than Firestone 15, and in the same realm as previous iterations.

ehammond1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

buffs9, Nov 16, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flute at City Beer Store.

A: Pitch-dark with a ruby hue. Light off white head.

S: Huge. Fruity malts. Trace hops. Dry bitterness; chocolate. Intense alcoholic esters. Raisins.

T: A barrel-aged malt bomb. Bourbon, figs, black tea, molasses, cartelized brown sugar, herbal-spicy hops(?). There is some roasted bitterness, but it seems to be dry by virtue of its ABV as much as anything else. A touch of rum-infused chocolate right at the end.

M: Thick and sticky, then dry. Nice.

O: A decadent, Brobdingnagian beer. A sipper that is almost too rich to finish, but very rewarding. Still, not particularly interesting. Solid, tasty, and recommended.

AgentMunky, Nov 15, 2012
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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.