Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
4.35/5
1,125 Ratings
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
1,125
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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144
Gots:
485
Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark brown (near black if not lit well) with a half finger tan head. Very small bubbles and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate is noticeable right away, toffee, bourbon, leather.

T- sweet toffee, caramel, bourbon, more booze (almost get a tequila character from the booziness, not sure if its from the PNC?), some dark chocolate is also in the mix.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Nice smooth, thick feel with good amount of booziness but not hot more of a warming feel.

O- this is good as always from FW, but my least favorite since XIV. Hopefully this will age well with a year or two on it.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you very much for this, Jason! Dark brown, almost black color, with a small beige lacing.

Aromas of honeyed malts, coated up by gentle bourbon aromas, both warming and fervent.

Earthy, warm malts form the first impression, which turns sweeter, as coconut flavor along with a huge enjoyable bourbon and rum note become visible on the palate. Alcoholic notes get detectable, as they wash over honeyed malts. Still, the overall balance of this beer remains, due to a complex chocolate defined body, wrapped up in intriguing cocoa and mocha flavors, which get softened on the palate by a fantastic oakiness. Bourbon flavor adds a gentle, stinging complexity to the toffeeish malts of the beer. Subtle coffee bitterness, along with warm alcoholic notes shape the complex aftertaste, completed on the palate by wooden oak. Full bodied beer with a very smooth mouthfeel, fantastic balanced.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FW XVI, on-tap @ Bier:Thirty in Bound Crossing, 10oz served in a snifter...

A: Dark, nearly opaque brown with a creamy tan head and pretty good lacing for a big beer...

S: Liquid macaroon...seriously great aromas of toasted coconut and almond, lots of vanilla...oak and sweet alcohol too, without being overly boozy...chocolate...dark caramel, dates and figs and other hints of DDBA and Sticky Monkey...further suggestions of spirits, bourbon, whiskey are all mellow but present.

T: Follows the nose, there is a good amount of sweetness here; vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate...again, the booze is in check...there is a touch of citrusy hop character as well, more sweetness from the notes of spirits, bourbon. Rich and delectable.

MF: Fuller bodied, creamy mouthfeel, lower carbonation levels and sensations of sticky, viscous alcohol are left behind.

O: I'm going to say this one is not as good (IMO) as XIV but its still quite nice right out of the chute. Alcohol is really manageable for a young 13% strong ale, and the barrels and beers are, as always, blended beautifully.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,125 ratings
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