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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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968 Ratings
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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 130
Gots: 492 | 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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5/5  rDev +14.9%

mhaugo, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

BMart, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Reagan1984, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

twelveinches, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Holland, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

st9647v3, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

strongaf, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jaxon53, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

akang, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Suds
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is an experience, one to be slowly enjoyed...sipped, savor end, and contemplated. It is dark, ruddy brown, and just slightly carbonated. A thin, slim head sits on top...quickly fading. The taste is where this beer grabs you, and truly doesn't let go. Adjectives come to mind - enveloping, layered, complex, expansive, wow. It is sweet, malty, boozy, and very oaky. Earthy, yet refined. Dark fruit, cocoa, fig, and smoke. It is hard to describe because the date changes and reveals ever more complexity with every sip. Warming and, at times, numbing. Full in body, even luxurious. The taste hangs on the tongue long after the drink. Exceptional.

Suds, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
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
Photo of gtermi
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

gtermi, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

williamjbauer, Jul 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

thegerm87, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged about one year, had this fresh when it came out and it seemed like it would age very nicely for about 1-2 years. Last bottle, hoping for the best.

A- Poured into two pint glasses with atremains. The beer is black like an RIS but not quite oily thick looking, probably from the blending. Head builds up to about a finger high with a frothy, bubbly texture and a light tan hue. Retention is decent and a nice ring leaves some good spots of lace.

S- Smoothed out Bourbon and oak off the top with a quality feel, not just whiskey all the way. Vanilla oak is very inviting. Beyond that is something between a Barleywine and a big Stout. Malty notes of caramel, raisin, roast cereal grains and molasses.

T- Follows the nose with the relaxed, high quality Bourbon whiskey feel but more and more layers of complex flavor open up with each sip. When I think of Barleywine I get deep caramel and nice aged raisin Old Ale flavors. When I think of RIS, I get deep roasted cereal grains, burnt coffee grounds and chocolate powder bitterness. I can even taste a tiny bit of the Wookey Jack in here, my favorite Black IPA. Fresh oak wood notes and flavorful Bourbon atop of all of this. Tiny hint of rye spice, tequila and rum raisin.

MF- Thick bodied with a nice silky, creamy overall texture. Somewhat foamy with a medium level of carbonation. Finishes with just a bit of warmth and superb whiskey lingering on the palate.

Damn, I remember liking this beer when it was fresh but this just seems like a masterpiece right now. The layers and level of flavors in this beer is unlike most other brews and follows suit with the excellent standard FW has set with its anniversary ales. Bourbon atop it all with just about every beer flavor I can think of beneath that.

cbutova, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

Sean9689, May 29, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
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
Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown woody color with a finger of creamy dark tan head that faded into a faint soft collar that left a touch of soapy lace.
S: Rich and potent notes of bourbon, leather, sweet molasses, raisin, and caramel. Mild spice and faint bakers chocolate as well.
T: Follows the nose with boozy flavors (not heat) of bourbon barrel spice, caramel and sweet molasses, vanilla, slight anise, and dried wood. Finish is woody, hints of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of bourbon, sugar and chocolate. Not much tobacco. Not much hops but the aftertaste is still pretty bitter. Kick of licorice and earthy herbal bitterness.
M: Full thick body, chewy and viscous mouthfeel, low carb, tingly mouth, decent alcohol booziness but not necessarily warm. More bitter than I remember the last couple years being.
O: Not as good as I remember the last couple years being either. This one has a great flavor but a rougher mouthfeel. Still very drinkable, but maybe needs another year in the bottle.

scottfrie, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bigred89, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

malfunxion, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

muskiesman, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of harrymel
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 10, 2014
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.