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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by AgentMunky on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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167
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1,115
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
24.42%
 
 
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Photo of joeseppy
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This sat on store shelves for months. Que?? After I delved into the Double Dba, I had to go back and pull the trigger on this one.

Cola perception with a head that fizzles away quickly, receding to the edges in a thin line formation. Soon that will be gone too as it comes up in temperature.

I could assimilate this all day long. Bananas fried in butter flambéed in Grand Marnier. Alcohol, light brown sugar, vanilla oaked tequila. Bourbon notes with a floral bouquet dusted with cocoa powder. A very complex libation, really, need I go on?

Taste of alcohol throughout entire sip or 'aggressive slurp'. My mind goes through a myriad of booze. Let's go...first I get the anejo tequila, shutterbox, as a camera, I get oaky bourbon, onto a delightful rye whiskey. A mellifluous sweetness with fig and dried cherry. Hoppy bitterness that is subdued in a dusty Dutch cocoa fashion. This is tremendously tremendous.

Some pucker from the cocoa and hops. Almost no carbonation at the ideal temperature.

You need to follow the manufacturers recommendation to drink this at the optimal 55F to fully enjoy the voluptuousness and intricate aromas and flavours.. Cold temp. proves to be bitter, untamed, raw and unsophisticated. The dynamics lend well to the pleasuring of the palate. This breaks down inhibitions and...tally ho.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

FW blended together 226 oak barrels and 8 different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional. XVI is 42% stout with Velvet Merkin, Parabola and “PNC” working together as three roasty toasty friends that create rich cacao, chocolate and mocha flavors together. “PNC” also introduces tequila barrels into our blend for the first time and brings some interesting south of the boarder spirit notes to the mix – a welcome twist. Helldorado, with flavors of lavender honey liqueur was again a favorite of the winemakers and made the cut adding some flowery notes. FW Double Double Barrel Ale (DDBA) continues to deliver its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. DDBA was also released on its own in 2012 and is now established as a solid annual brew. Stickee Monkee is fast becoming one of FW's favorite pieces with its rich maple syrup, spicy cinnamon, and ripe fig flavors which has developed into a bolder cousin of perennial blend component Bravo who carries barrel character and bourbon notes like no other. The additional twist in 2012 was the Wookey Jack, Black Rye IPA with its wily citrusy hop notes and spicy rye backbone. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined.

Pours a deep dark garnet color with a moderately full, tan, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal drippy lace throughout. The nose is full of spice (alcohol, pepper, bourbon, tequila, rye, cinnamon), vanilla bean, molasses, almond, milk chocolate, cocoa, light maple, and faint grapefruit. The flavor is similar with less spice but still present; there is a very slight grapefruit and peach underneath everything, almonds still, dusty yeast and dry chocolate, molasses, figs, creme brulee, some toasty oak, cinnamon and pepper, and a tequila note that is was quite distinguishable. The palate is perfect with a a soft to lively carbonation, a full body, and a round, chewy, and velvety mouthfeel. The beer finishes with some coffee roast and dark chocolate adding bitterness, still cinnamon, vanilla creme brulee, molasses, but ultimately chocolate notes lingering. Overall, an excellent Anniversary brew that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of DanChristensen
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This blend of beers was an interesting concept to me and with the high amount of respect I have for FIrestone I decided to shell out the 20 bucks. It is the most expensive beer that I have ever bought but certainly not the best. I liked the uniqueness of the beer combining maple, vanilla, and toasty flavors. The wood flavors were really pretty subtle. One of the most difficult, perhaps even impossible, tasks with a very high gravity beer is to hide the alcohol from the nose and taste buds. This was my biggest let down with XVI as the smell and taste of alcohol was one of the first things that I noticed, but truthfully I was looking for it. That flavor and smell did subside as I drank either because I got used to it or because it warmed up. Disclaimer: of all Firestone beers I like velvet merlin the least and it makes up the greatest percentage of this beer. SO if you like velvet merlin then chances are you will love this beer. The mouthfeel is truly exceptional, kinda of like... velvet. If you are willing to spend the money then buy one because it sure was fun trying it!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Brown out of the bottle ,but pitch black in the glass. Half a finger of khaki head.

S - Plums, raisins, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, tequila

T - More quad than stout. Figs, raisins, some cherry. Subtle milk chocolate and roasted malt. A sticky molasses taste and hint of vanilla.

F - Thick and viscous. No alcohol at all. Not even a warming sensation.

O - While this is complex as all hell, I can't help but feel everything is slightly subdued. It was probably mind-blowing when fresh, but with age, this is still great and worth your time.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a deep opaque chocolate brown which gets darker . Maybe a fingers worth of frothy tan foam which doesn't last long to no surprise. Spotty lacing is left on the glass with every sip.

S - a deeply complex and truly evolving aroma. While the beer is on the colder side, 40 degrees or so, notes of french roast coffee, Belgian dark chocolate, bourbon and hints of pine needles. as it warms notes of caramel-y bourbon and rum soaked raisins become stronger. But notes of Vanilla, oak, cocoa powder, toasted coconut are persistent through out.

T - sweet and lightly toasted malt profile up front. Hints of chocolate and burnt sugar around the edges. the center is round and juicy. Lots of dark fruits intertwining with chocolate flavors like dates and cherries. Very light earthy hop profile balances out nicely. The backend is sweet and boozy with strong notes of caramel, granulated sugar and vanilla. The woody vanilla and caramel flavors linger on.

M - Full bodied with a creamy texture and a frothy high carbonation.

O - Excellent beer. This is how barrel aged beers should always be done. with balance and precision in mind. What I like about this beer is that it is stout up front, barelywine in back and a perfect blend of both in the middle. All while being mellow and without unpleasant fussel alcohol or heat. Great stuff. Will report back on later findings.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/05/12 (1year of age)

A very dark cola brown color, almost appears black, with a fine creamy light beige colored head, decent head retention, nice alcohol legs.

Lots of alcohol aromas, mostly bourbon, maybe some brandy, lots of barrel qualities, vanilla, caramel sweetness and just hints of seaweed as it warms.

Boozey, but not overly so, big bourbon flavors, maybe some brandy, nice oaky vanilla barrel qualities. Some really nice sweet butterscotch with a bit of caramel.

Fairly thick body, but not overly so. Both body and carb suit this beer perfectly.

As with last years, this is all about the bourbon and the barrel. One of the best examples of a barrel aged beer. Similar to a lot of BA barleywines.

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Photo of cbutova
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of MikePags
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle given out at the anniversary release party at FW in a stone barley wine glass.

A: dark rich color with excellent head retention.

S: vanilla malt.

T: smooth and complex vanilla, whiskey, and caramel that rolls over the tongue with exceptional ease. Surprised with very little alcohol taste considering the ABV.

M: thick and rich, amazing aftertaste of vanilla

O: amazing amazing amazing

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber in a box - the bottle was 'wrapped' in a thick stock piece of paper containing a wealth of info on this beer's 'pedigree'.
Poured a deep rich brown with a thin tan head into my tulip snifter -
Nice aroma of dark fruits and 'roastiness' -
Taste is sublime - with a balanced melange of flavor from figs, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon and whiskey - no discernable alcohol taste or feel - this got better as it warmed in my glass - really smooth drinking.
Mouthfeel was just right - velvety smooth, full bodied, lip smacking and not too thick or sticky.
I fully enjoyed this bomber - this is how a 13% brew should drink - the last sip left me wanting more - worth the price - cheers!

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Photo of denver10
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Geneva Ale House - Geneva, IL

Pours dark brown-near black, with a tall, beige, foamy head that holds good retention leaving sticky lacing as it fades. Aromas are boozy, roasted malt, sweet grain, citric hops. Tastes are ripe banana up front, chocolate, booze, peppers the tongue, rye, roasted barley, whiskey, oak, anise, coffee, citric hop undertones with pine. Crazy complexity! Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, full body, finishes exceptionally clean, but it hot with alcohol as it burns the throat on the way down. Nice treat to say the least. I never thought I'd get the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Zorro
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deeply brown colored ale with a small brown colored head. Amazing it can form a head at this alcohol level.

Smells the moment you pop it open of fig, brown sugar and whiskey. Strong vanilla aroma.

Whiskey, coconut, licorice, chocolate, and cherry are all quite strong. This is an intensely aromatic ale and the best thing I have smelled all year.

Starts out sweet, a strong flavor of chocolate, vanilla and coconut in the mouth with a lingering vanilla and caramel candy after taste. Intensely flavorful, this seems to be much more finished than last years version. Little bit of oak and butter are present. Bourbon is present but pleasantly so, this isn't a beer that tries to hide its strength, it boldly lets you know it is strong. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a damn tasty beer. No reason to age this one, it is ready now.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(From my 6+ month old notes)

This is the last of the series I tried as part of a flight at an epic bottle share.

As the most recent of the flight available (at the time of tasting) I found this beer to be “young” and still developing, at least in relation to the complexity, blended smoothness, and layers of the previous iterations.

This pours a dark black with cocoa colored foaming. I get a lot on the aromas, with some tobacco, stone fruits (figs and raisins), a bit of dark cherry and bitter chocolate. There’s an underlying boozy note that complements all this but the balance seems to be in process.

Flavorwise there’s more of the same. Lots of big flavors, from dried stone fruits to dark chocolates, and a hint of wood and vanilla beans. Wet leather? Tobacco leaf? Candied Orange? Yes, yes, and yes. A terrific blend but again, I would love to revisit this with a little more age on it. Since it’s a FW anniversary beer I’m not just looking for “good,” but transcendent.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Clear dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is toasty and very oak forward with hints of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, subtle chocolate, tobacco and booze. The taste mirrors the nose with tons of oak and caramel along with hints of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, tobacco, subtle dark fruit, chocolate, maple, coconut, and booze. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, perfectly carbonated with great balance and a subtle boozey warming finish. Overall, this is a bold, complex, and flavorful beer with huge drinkability for the ABV. Another awesome beer from one of my favorite breweries! Highly recommended!

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Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention considering the style and high ABV with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Complex, yet very inviting nose with a strong barrel presence that seems nicely integrated into the characteristics of the individual base beers of the blend. There's a nice toasted oak presence giving off hints of damp wood, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. This is accompanied by various spirits but bourbon seems to dominate. Sweet and spicy with some rye whiskey and brandy. Tequila barrels were used in the PNC portion of the blend but I can't really pick any of that up in the nose. Five of the eight beers in the blend were aged in bourbon barrels so that naturally dominates yet I can still pick out brandy and other spirit notes.

Although the barrel presence is strong it doesn't dominate the aroma allowing elements of the various stouts, barleywines and strong ales to stand out. There's a nice balance of sweet, earthy and roasted malt notes along with spicy rye and a complex hop profile. There's a decent leathery malt presence that's complimented by resinous, earthy hops that give off hints of grass and pine needle. I'm also picking up a faint citrus hop presence after the beer warms up a bit. Roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal are countered by a silky dark chocolate presence as well as some caramel, toffee and fudge/chocolate cake.

Fuller bodied than expected with a surprising amount of carbonation. Viscous and chewy with a ton of intense barrel flavor which lingers over the various malt and hop flavors into a sweet, slightly hot finish. There is a strong bourbon barrel component but it isn't as dominant as it is in the nose. Lots of dry, toasted oak as well as some vanilla, coconut, subtle vinous fruit and a touch of ash. The bourbon presence is sweet and spicy without being overly boozy or abrasive. The brandy, spicy rye whiskey and other spirit flavors come through but I'm still not picking up much tequila. I would have never guessed that those barrels were used if I didn't read it in the description. Underneath the barrel flavors, there is a complex malt bill and a balanced hop profile that surprisingly stands out in the finish. I wasn't expecting as much barleywine character but it really stands out with leathery malt, bitter, earthy hops and vinous dark fruit flavor. These flavors are complimented by an assortment of sweet and roasted malt notes from the brown ale, black IPA and various stouts used in the blend. Sweet, silky chocolate/dessert like notes along with caramel, toffee and vinous fruit balanced by burnt malt, oatmeal, roasted espresso bean and toast. There is so much going on here and even though the Wookey Jack is only a very small portion of the blend(4.5%), the spicy rye, roasted malt and complex hop profile of that beer really stand out, especially in the finish with dry bitterness, earthy pine and subtle citrus.

Overall, this beer is pretty exceptional and drinks way too smoothly for something of it's complexity and strength. There are a lot of bold flavors bouncing off of one another but nothing seems to dominate. Something new is found in each sip and everything seems to go together perfectly. Finally, it's hard to fathom that this beer is 13%. Drinkability is a term that gets loosely thrown around but this beer is truly dangerous. I don't know how they did it but the blend they came up with expertly masks the high alcohol content. Sure, there is lots of alcohol flavor/sweetness but there's hardly and heat with just a bit of warmth in the finish. I usually enjoy the FW anniversary beers over the course of an hour but I had to slow myself down with this one. Another exemplary barrel aged/blended beer from the crew at Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Jonada
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of a light tan creamy head. Appears black in once in the glass, but when held up to light reveals hints of brown and dark ruby red.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of coconut.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, caramelized sugar, toffee, tequila, slight earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the low end of medium.

Overall: Incredibly complex beer. Each smell and sip seems to yield additional flavors and aromas. This is a beer that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of MichaelBigbone
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is one heavy, rich, thick brew.

The complexity is almost too overpowering and intimidating.
Don't let it discourage you, as it is a great taster!

I rated this as a high 4, mainly because of the taste. The smell is very complex and it was great to really revisit this important tasting aspect several times during the sampling...
The nose delivered a significant promise...a promise of what was to come, I could pick up the hops, and the malts at this step. Caramel, tobaccos, spices, and fruits. However, the taste was very much overwhelmed with caramel malt...very much defined by stout. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, sherry sweetness is very much present. I lost the promises of the hops delivering citrus and tang, although the hoppy freshness could be tasted in the background.

Color was dark chocolates, with a very dark tan head that laces into a small ring once settled. Let it sit for a few minutes, while you smell

Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed this beer. Only to be enjoyed from a tulip glass or wine glass to concentrate the flavor, but make sure you let it reach just below room temp to fully enjoy the full bodied richness.

Prost! Congrats on this years anniversary!

//mts

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of a deep mahogany brown, letting up a little light around the edges. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown cream, showing decent retention. This leaves ridges of soft lacing around the glass, and eventually becomes a ring of foam around the top of the liquid. Carbonation appears medium, and no haze or sediment is noted. The aroma is wildly complex, with the first components noted being fusel alcohol, massive bourbon barreling, and roasty chocolate malts. Raisins, creamy vanillas, faint fruity esters, and warmed cinnamon plum pudding add sweetness, while earthy herbal hops, clovey phenols, cooked caramels, and raw cacao add depth, spice, and bitterness to cut. Our first impression is that we are so, so happy we opened this beer now, rather than waiting, as the oaky, woody glory is some of the most robust and flavorful we’ve ever tasted. As we sip, velvety bourbon flavoring, peppery booze, huge dark chocolate and caramel malts, spicy raw fig, lightly grilled coconut, and insanely deep oaked barrelness blend, waking the palate up quickly. We come to a peak with enhanced spicy oakiness and sweet buttery diacetyls, soured muskiness, fusel booze, char of roasted chocolate malts, and light leathers. These all continue, blending to the finish, where plum and cherry fruitiness, clove, nutmeg, cacao powder, and buttery bourbon all stick out. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booziness, nail polish remover bite, powdered chocolate malts, dusk and musk, bourbon barrels to the maximum, and chalked yeast. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is excellent slurp, sip, smack, and pop on each sip. The mouth is coated with thick, oily slickness, but this quickly burns away as the booze takes charge, sucking the mouth and palate into a state of chalky dryness. The abv is big and warming, and this guy is best sipped.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the utter complexity of aroma and flavoring, and the unmatched bourbon blast that you get on that sip. All 226 oak barrels used in the brewing process blend to the peak, but are beautifully apparent from the very first drop, in a robust fashion that we have yet to see in beer. The nose is rich, spicy, sweet, and deep, and all of that translates into flavoring, and then some. The bourbon is wonderful, and the finish is with massive chalkiness of powdered cacao and chocolate malts. This is one of the best beers we’ve had in a while, and we’re truly sad to see the last sips from our glasses disappear.

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Photo of draheim
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany brown w/ a thin beige head that settles to a transparent film of sea foam. No lacing but it does leave some boozy, sudsy legs on the glass with a swirl.

Aroma is a rich, complex blend of toffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark brown sugar, molasses, and booze. Wowee zowee.

Taste, likewise, is complex and flavorful. Tons of dark sugars, bourbon, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, rum-soaked pipe tobacco, and peaty smoky char.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, rich and dessert-like. A real sipper of a beer.

Overall, what else did we expect here but another masterpiece of blending and barrel aging by Firestone Walker? These guys know exactly what they're doing and they keep getting better at it.

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Photo of McD0uche
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

A look: Pours a dark brown with a nice copper head and moderate retention. Lacing isn't too prominent.

Smells complex: Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, fruits, roasted malts, and boozy.

First sip: Really tasty. Raisen bread comes to mind, with the §ucaba coming through prominently. Toffee, chocolate, oak, caramel, and vanilla.. very delicious.

On the palate: Billowy, rich, full, and smooth. Sits well and goes down easy.

The verdict: Pretty awesome. This is a cool series by FW, and they continue to amaze me with the quality of stuff they put out. I'm glad I have another one I can age for a while and compare my notes with.

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Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to buzze40, 22oz into some tulips.

Deep brown, with a mocha head. Good lace and a little bit of retention. Nose has moderate bourbon, leather, oak and vanilla. Hella complex. Palate has more vanilla, oak, coconut, general whiskey barrel notes and chocolate. Again, complexity exceeds my descriptors. Medium full body, and exceptionally smooth palate. Ideal carbonation right out the bottle as well. Brilliant.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark dark thick brown color with a 1 finger darker kahki head with a good ammount of lacing on the glass when held up to the light there is a dark red hue showing also there was some alcohol legs showing

S: lots of coconut and bourbon on the nose with some chocolate coming through also there was very little to no alcohol on the nose

T: the coconut and bourbon again come through on the taste with good malty character the only issue is the there is a little bit of alcohol burn but with some aging it should go away

M: heavy mouthfeel on this beer coats the mouth very well almost a viscous quality

O: this was a great beer as usual fw is one of the best at barrel aging and the blend of this beer is spot on compared to last year 16 I believe is better than last year can't wait to see how this edition turns out with some aging

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Photo of gr0g
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stone Double Bastard mini tumbler. Color is deep brown, almost black, with good clarity. A thin, light-khaki head of tiny bubbles forms. The aroma is as complex as you'd imagine, being a blend of eight different barrel-aged beers. There's a definite coffee component, along with lots of sticky-sweet caramel. Alcohol is noticeable too, but it's quite subdued for a 13% brew and stays below the "too powerful" threshold.

XVI is my first FW anniversary ale, and it's a wonderful mash-up of barrel-aged stout and Barleywine. Sugars are kept nicely in check, while the sticky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel of other FW barrel aged offerings such as Abacus/Sucaba and Double DBA carries over. Dark toffee with chocolate accents. Some fruit components - think rum-soaked plums. Alcohol sting on the finish.

While aging would definitely help this, it was hard to resist trying this now. Despite some alcohol heat, this is drinking nicely now and is highly recommended.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark brown with a small tannish head which quickly fades leaving spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get big notesa of caramel, toffee, a booze stings the nostrils. There is a light woodiness, vanilla and cocont with a subtle tequila note

T: Immediate heat. Hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate appear initially with some subtle dark fruits, vanilla, wood and coconut. There is a unique stinging quality to this beer, I do detect a very trace amount of tequila. The finish is warming, robust, silky and rather clean/dry

M: Full bodied, well carbonated. Loads of flavor that do not complete which was my biggest pet peeve against FW15.

O: Probbaly my favorite of the series only behind FW11 and FW13.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,115 ratings.
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