Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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Photo of snaotheus
4.86/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours dark brown, slightly muddy looking, little head, small amount of carbonation. Basically opaque. Smell is rich, sweet, fruity, alcohol, some black licorice, some smoke, chicory, something chocolatey. It smells very interesting.

Taste is shockingly creamy and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable, but not even vaguely overpowering. Well balanced by sweetness that comes out as chocolate and dark fruit. Jesus. This is delicious.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Buttery, velvety, but not sticky or heavy. Terrific.

Overall, this beer is world class, excellent. Well done, Firestone Walker.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DanChristensen
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This blend of beers was an interesting concept to me and with the high amount of respect I have for FIrestone I decided to shell out the 20 bucks. It is the most expensive beer that I have ever bought but certainly not the best. I liked the uniqueness of the beer combining maple, vanilla, and toasty flavors. The wood flavors were really pretty subtle. One of the most difficult, perhaps even impossible, tasks with a very high gravity beer is to hide the alcohol from the nose and taste buds. This was my biggest let down with XVI as the smell and taste of alcohol was one of the first things that I noticed, but truthfully I was looking for it. That flavor and smell did subside as I drank either because I got used to it or because it warmed up. Disclaimer: of all Firestone beers I like velvet merlin the least and it makes up the greatest percentage of this beer. SO if you like velvet merlin then chances are you will love this beer. The mouthfeel is truly exceptional, kinda of like... velvet. If you are willing to spend the money then buy one because it sure was fun trying it!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smcnulty1981
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark dark thick brown color with a 1 finger darker kahki head with a good ammount of lacing on the glass when held up to the light there is a dark red hue showing also there was some alcohol legs showing

S: lots of coconut and bourbon on the nose with some chocolate coming through also there was very little to no alcohol on the nose

T: the coconut and bourbon again come through on the taste with good malty character the only issue is the there is a little bit of alcohol burn but with some aging it should go away

M: heavy mouthfeel on this beer coats the mouth very well almost a viscous quality

O: this was a great beer as usual fw is one of the best at barrel aging and the blend of this beer is spot on compared to last year 16 I believe is better than last year can't wait to see how this edition turns out with some aging

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very deep, muddy brown color. Settles in the glass much darker, almost black. Surprisingly, a nice finger or so of tannish head develops. It doesn't stick around for long at all, settling in as a thin, soap-like ring of foam around the glass. The difference in color between the very dark body and much lighter head is striking.

There is a ton of wood right up from in the nose. Oak, bourbon and vanilla are represented very well. Underneath the barrel notes there is a nice sweetness with some toffee and caramel leading the way. As the beer warms it seems that there are slight roasted notes but they are buried underneath the other aromas. There is definitely a touch of booze throughout that gets stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is similar to the nose but the sweet toffee and caramel notes are more dominant than the barrel character. Surprising given the amount of wood/oak/bourbon/vanilla in the nose. The toffee is really big and provides an almost sticky sweetness. There seems to be a touch of chocolate that peaks its head out as well. It wasn't in the nose but works nicely with the sweet toffee and barrel notes. The booze is present just as it was in the nose. It's definitely there but it's not too hot, even when it gets stronger as the beer warms.

Low carbonation (really low) and a big body give the beer a huge mouthfeel. At times the beer is pretty sticky but all the while, it's incredibly smooth. There is a slight burn from the alcohol but it isn't too bad.

This is a very nice beer. The sweetness and barrel notes meld together extremely well. It's definitely a big, rich, almost dessert-like beer. Like most of the Firestone Walker barrel aged and anniversary beers, this one is ready to drink as is.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black - completely opaque with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Massively complex nose. Vanilla, bourbon, brandy and oak all come though initially as the various barrels really shine up front. Toffee, dark caramel, cocoa, roast and a hint of tequila in the background.

T - Pretty heavy barrel flavours up front - bourbon, oak, brandy, vanilla and tequila. The tequila is not dominant but is definitely more prominent than the nose indicated. Cocoa, caramel, toffee and roast are all here too.

M - Medium body, creamy. Somewhat sticky at times. Light carbonation.

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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 1,125 ratings
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