Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,120
Reviews:
168
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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145
Gots:
483
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,120 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of Warren2621
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of Zaximus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Scotchboy
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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Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A: The pour is darker than previous years - a mixture of dark mahogany and black with a nice off-white head.

S: Toasted coconut, marshmallow, slightly harsh booze, oak, caramel, some chocolate character.

T: Like in the nose, a heavy barrel character comes out straight away. Lots of vanilla, dry wood and liquor, marshmallow. The stout elements have taken over, with chocolate and mild roasted malt, but the barleywines provide a little bit of caramel and brown sugar notes. A tiny hint of hoppiness from Wookey.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is pretty tasty, but not quite on par with last year's blend. Too much stout in the blend makes the beer less complex than previous years.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of 1424IpA
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolberjs
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of AdamBear
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-black with a a very thin cream colored head.

S-strong scent of really dark chocolate, almost like baking chocolate. Definitely smells like it was aged in some sort barrel. Very sweet.

T-a prett good beer. Comes in with a taste of mixed barrel flavors. I don't know how else to describe it. Has a good aged aspect reminiscent of a good, raw Belgian. It's very thick and...velvety. Has a thick after-taste, very full, almost like a good dinner. Some hints of coffee and cocoa in there. No alcohol. Maybe some berries. Well balanced. Well done.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice, creamy finish

O-yes, the flavor is awesome, but what I'm most impressed is how smooth this is for the high abv. It's difficult to find such a well done high gravity ale. This is such a relief after having Fruet last week. A bottle worth drinking by yourself, but you'll want to share and spread the word with this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,120 ratings.
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