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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale
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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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

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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Ratings: 1,127 |  Reviews: 168
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY. Holdover from their Father's Day Firestone Walker Brunch. Served into a small tulip.

Pours a murky light brown. Decent sized head. Not much carbonation visible.

Smells like brown sugar, booze, malt, and some dark fruits.

Tastes intense, if slightly over-bearing. The booze is strong, and very present, keeping the flavors from ultimately melding together. The flavors are great- so much caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup. The booze is too evident, though. Probably needs some time to mellow out via aging.

Low carbonation, medium, creamy mouthfeel. Really nice, one of the best parts.

A pretty damn good beer that could be vastly improved by aging. With a few years on it- this beer would be near perfect.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a cola brown, cloudy, dark, creamy head

rich vanilla and sweet bourbon. candied fruit and molasses

similar to nose, very smooth vanilla and oak bourbon. sweet candy and molasses with a touch of chocolate.

mild to moderate carbonation, a lot of burn on the gums and lips. the heat really reminds you this is 13% and barrel aged.

smooth, good stuff. a great evening sipper.

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3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured an almost muddy dark brown, no translucence, but not really black either, with just under 1/2 inch of medium brown head that had low-to-medium retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was fantastic, lots of deep, rich malts, a hint of stone fruit, just a touch of yeast, and a barely noticeable alcohol scent. On the tongue though, the alcohol hit hard, fast, and sharp at the front. The blend of malts and fruit took possession of the middle, with alcohol and fruit sharing the finish.

The body was nicely smooth and even, and surprisingly dry for as sweet as it was. Drinkability was good, for such a big beer, but I probably wouldn't have 2 in a row. Overall, a great beer. A must try if you see it.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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