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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 140
Gots: 499 | FT: 38
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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Ratings: 1,029 | Reviews: 159
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4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SFC21
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste is roasty bitterness and bakers chocolate. Huge okay finish with a very boozy aftertaste. Very good but the aftertaste took away from it for me.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fox227
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 12/31/14. Full disclosure: This is my first and only Firestone Anniversary Ale, and it's been aging, so I don't have any reference points other than the beer in the glass.

Appearance: dark, small tan head, which soon falls to reveal the underlying abyss...

Smell: I notice whiskey, anise, milk chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: The slight anise aroma does not manifest on the palate, and the initially strong smell of whiskey proves to be rather muted, giving way to a prominence of caramel, toffee, and slight butterscotch, which could be considered a defect from improper storage, but is not deficient here. I also taste pumpernickel, and slight dark raisins.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly thin for a beer of such an intense profile. I also have to note that the ABV is not noticeable, at-all. I would have, however, preferred a thicker mouthfeel.

In conclusion: a fine beer, perhaps mellowed to be overly easy drinking, over a couple of years, but certainly a feast for the senses.

Photo of JDoranIII
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ibcoating
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why drink a wonderfully aged two year gem like this one on a Tuesday night in December? Why not?

Pours to a blackish brown body that only lets a bit of light through on the edges when held to the brightest of flames. Head is a deep tan that stands at nearly three fingers. Retention is a bit short and leaves only a little bit of lace behind.

Nose is spectacular with tons of luscious bourbon, port, dark candied fruits and a background of molasses. There is still considerable alcohol heat to the nose even after two years of aging. The nose is truely enticing.

Enters the mouth like bourbon silk. Rich overripe dark fruits are carried by well represented oak smoothness. Alcohol still plays in the flavor profile considerably. There is a building dryness to the back side of the palate that resembles burnt molasses. This brew has a very lengthy and complex body that is best drank at room temperature.

Mouthfeel is a balance between rich sweetness and even dryness. Overall another wonderful anniversary from Firestone Walker.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +9.4%

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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