Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
13%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
966
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 30, 2021
Added:
Nov 15, 2012
Wants:
  138
Gots:
  479
SCORE
96
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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
Notes: 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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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Had on tap, aged 9(!) years! Brownish black pour with a tan cap that slowly fades into a collar. Aromas of smoke, dark oak, roasted malt, molasses, earth and cocoa with various booze intermingling. Taste is much the same, light vanilla emerges, roast is very strong, nose is certainly cleaner in the complexity. Feels warm, chewy, roasted, and boozy, aged has mellow things but mild mannered complexity is still there. Fun to try it with so much age on it
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sherry, meet Stout. Stout, this is Sherry. You two are going to make beautiful beer together. Firestone Walker weaves in several of their love children in barrel aged form creates a worthy of a sixteenth birthday.

With a deep brown, almost stout-black pour, XVI releases a dainty swirling espresso froth before seducing the olfactories with a complex and appetizing blend of coffee, cream, dark fruit, coconut, whisky, smoke, char and port wine. With the very first sip, there's a dry and leathery sweetness that greets the tongue with dark chocolate, light cream, molasses and honey.

As the complexities evolve, the middle palate shows a shift to dryness as the malts tighten into a toasty, roasty and smoky char of burnt toast, Turkish coffee and roasting walnuts. As hints of leather and tobacco follow, so does a fruitier center taste that swirls around fig, date, prune, raisin and plum. As hints of dark grape, cherry and berries evolve, the taste trends bitter, earthy and with a rye-driven grit in finish.

Full bodied but leathery-dry, the extended age of the beer has allowed more mature madiera, sherry and port flavors to come with the dry malts as hints of fortified brandy mingles with a long linger of coffee and toast. Now where to put the candles.
Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From old, undated notes. Had this on draft.

Dark brown hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Coffee & cream nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate, coffee & caramel flavor.

Smooth & very tasty, with a satisfying chocolate finish.
Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dried plum, dates, vanilla, oak and a little oxidation. Flavor is dark toasted and caramel malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, dates, oak and whiskey. Medium bodied with light creaminess. As always with this fine ale, the stout and barleywine characters are dominant, but well balanced. The oak and dry character has dominated this at this point; there is a woody, slightly smoky note and dry finish. Aged this a little beyond its prim, but it has held up well. I will not be aging these this long again. I think this is best with two to three years on it.
Oct 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by mooseo from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon

May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of lightly roasted malts, faint coffee, dark chocolate and some slight dark fruits. Really interesting nose but a little soft with hints of caramel and vanilla
T: Taste is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, slight dark fruits, caramel, a little coconut, hints of oxidation, and a little vanilla. On the swallow this one is very sweet with a lot of vanilla followed by some fruitiness before the roasted malts and oak come in before some dark fruits and chocolate begin to linger once those strong flavors fade.
M: On the palate this beer has a slightly velvety and silky feel with a good heft without being too thick. Carbonation is adequate for the style and right where it should be while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. It's fallen off a little bit and is showing some age but it's still very good. It's time to pop these open if you're still sitting on one.
Jan 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by taospowder from New Mexico

May 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by MurphDog14 from Illinois

Mar 18, 2018
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Big dark sugary nose, brown sugar, smooth bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut,

T: Sweet barrel candy, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted coconut, nice spice, smooth bourbon, a little milk chocolate, and toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, just a touch of warmth.

O: Like many of FW's big beers this can get a little sweet, but as a nice sipper with some age on it it's quite enjoyable.
Jan 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by WormGod from New York

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.66 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Dec 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.2 by daem3384 from California

Nov 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Nov 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by BKotch from Texas

Sep 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Aug 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by deebo from Michigan

Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by wiescins from Illinois

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.59 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by Kurmaraja from California

May 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Apr 28, 2017
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Reviewed by rmpic82 from Kansas

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Unfortunately, this beer has slipped into a coma. Lighter brown pour, with little head. Nose has started to go, with an almost sour note. From the profile, one can assume it was a reaaally good beer at one point. This beer has...unfortunately...passed.
Apr 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington

Mar 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by chossboss from Oregon

Nov 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.55 by HopBroker from Washington

Nov 15, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by Beernoobie from California

Nov 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by TboneRN from Minnesota

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by rspauldi from Texas

Oct 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.47 by singlespeed from Delaware

Aug 30, 2016
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Rated by DrinkThemAll from California

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
After aging for 4 years, this guy became so complex it was amazing.
Jul 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.38 by Anatole from Belgium

Jul 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by warnerry from Michigan

Jul 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Jun 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.39 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Jun 11, 2016
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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