Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
1,123
Reviews:
168
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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144
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484
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Bomber bottle purchased very recently at a store for $20.00. Chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color with very low carbonation. A very aggressive pour yields some light brown head that settles and slowly recedes.

Aroma: Chocolate cake, caramel, and marshmallow sweetness. There is some bourbon, oak, light vanilla and a touch of spice from the tequila. Definitely more stout heavy than the last blend but the barleywine gives off plenty of backing sweetness.

Taste: Like the aroma, tons of chocolate cake, marshmallow and caramel. The residual sweetness is very nice and mellows out the alcohol. Some bourbon, oak and even a touch of tequila as well add some depth. Some nice balance as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Not undercarbonated at all. About average carbonation for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this blend. The stout quality really comes through and contributes some nice chocolate and caramel with some bourbon backing. Really mellow for the ABV.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of timc100
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a barleywine/stout blend - dark brown, beige/ruby - with a minimal off-white big-bouble head. Very oaky aroma - vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, wood - almost has a oak tannin sourness. Chocolate and cocoa powder, cherry comes through with light brandy booziness. Incredibly smooth full body - coats the mouth and is not syrupy at all - with only subtle alcohol warming. The taste is dominated by barrel and chocolate - cocoa, toasted coconut, toasted oak, oaky vanilla. There are spirit notes and warming in the back of the mouth - bourbon caramel, brandy apple-skin sweetness.

This is a very complex beer in both it's composition and execution. All those barrels blended together create a very unique oakiness. All this being said, I wanted to like it more than I actually did. 4.25


4/2015 revisited.

Very well rounded, distinctive firestone coconut and oak. Aroma of a coconut chocolate macaroon. Very little booze, incredibly smooth, lots of oak barrel. From what I remember there is less of a dichotomy of barleywine and stout, age has brought everything together more.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

some chocolate milk head but that went away quickly. very very dark brown in the glass, no lacing, just unorganized foamy bubbles on the side of the glass. smell is very beautiful. bourbon is very nice layered on top of some lighter coffee, toffee roasted malts, vanilla. taste is the same and very well-balanced, very smooth. all I can say is 'wow'. a little bitter on the sides, but this is extremely smooth and velvety. I didn't research this much before I opened it so I was intrigued when I read what Phelps wrote in his review back in July. quite a mix of some decent brew. before I even continue with this, and I think I just want to relax and enjoy this one, I will recommend you scroll down to read what Phelps wrote as that was a really nice description....
mmm, lingering chocolate and not in a novelty way. this is really an almost perfect brew. this one is truly "good to the last drop".

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,123 ratings.
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