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%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
483
For Trade:
41
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Ratings: 1,120 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of t8dd
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A: Dark brown with a tan head
S: Bourbon, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, tobacco
T: Sweet caramel, bourbon, molasses, dark chocolate, light coffee, tobacco, light bitterness, coconut
M: Medium heavy but easy drinking
O: I prefer almost all beers fresh but this has held up very well. Definitely a large barleywine presence in this vintage

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aubzachsyd
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tgates
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zythophile
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: sometime in 2012
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Three years in, and it's time to crack this one open. Honestly, I'm a little sad that I won't have the bottle anymore, but...

Appearance is a very dark brown, barely letting any light through. It's really only at the edge of the glass where I can detect any light.

Smell is molasses and burnt sugar. A ever-so-little bit of herbs and spices.

First taste isn't particularly impressive, but after waiting a few seconds, very nice. There's cane sugar and some very pleasant woodiness. If smoky rum were a thing and it had a beer cousin, this would be it. There's a slight bit of bitterness that meets the sweetness in the aftertaste. A bourbon flavor increasingly appears as it warms up.

Feel is mildly carbonated, and the mouthfeel is nice and thick. It leaves a coating. And I can hardly detect any straight-up alcohol taste. (I can feel it, though.)

I don't know if this one is still ascending, but I wonder if I should've cracked it last year. I'll never know. And do let it warm up a little.

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Photo of rab53
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a brackish dark brown color with a half inch of frothy light brown head. Moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is Bourbon, vanilla and oak upfront followed by caramel and toffee. The taste is surprisingly smooth right off the bat. Boozey but not overly so with vanilla, oak, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Raisins, dark cherries and figs more towards the finish with more Bourbon and wood. Woody, oaky finish with a nice alcohol warmth. Velvety mouthfeel. The anniversary beers never seem to disappoint and this one is no exception. Overall, time has mellowed this one into a very drinkable delicious blend.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cherche
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Farral
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

You get the pour and its the most stout like viscosity wise since 14. Parabola all up in this. Super thin beige head on it. Tiny. Oily.

Lots of boozy caramel in the aroma. Oak, vanilla, chocolate. Taste dips into the complex realm, no surprise given the amount of different (already complex) beers thrown into these. Some coconut and bourbon comes in. This is pretty similar to Bruery's anniversary beers and their Melange series which uses those beers frequently. Good mouthfeel, never too hot or heavy. Sweet at times. Brown burnt sugar.

All things considered in this day and age, the availability, price and consistency of these beers aren't too bad.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sazz9
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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