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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Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 2012.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbly surface foam. Slippery non-resilient lacing slides down the glass quickly leaving little specs behind.

S- Intensely boozy oak aroma with some sweet malt behind it. Whoo, borderline rubbing alcohol. Not very pleasant.

T- The taste is a different story. The alcohol is still there as well as the oak but there's more of a chocolaty sweetness to accompany it. Also some vanilla and caramel with the dark roasted malt smoothing every thing out and even lending some bitterness, but more like coffee bitterness rather than hops. There are some mild hop notes but they take a backseat to all the other flavors. Oak aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy and slick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Super solid but the fumy aroma is a bit off-putting. Otherwise, I enjoyed how drinkable it is for such a strong beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark mix of black, brown and red, decent cap of khaki froth, gone quickly but decent lacing. Lots goin on in the scent, leads with vanilla and coconut, quick turn to booze - smooth bourbon and some more astringent notes, damp wood and earth, mocha coffee and chocolate, dank piney and citrus hops, light toasted caramel. Needless to say, the taste has a lot going on. First impression wasn how approachable it was fresh, despite the large presence of burbon, tequila and more, smooth and flavorful without being overbearing. Definitely want to age one now. Medium to heavy on the palate, a touch more smoothness would be welcomed for such a heavy beer. Overall, one of the top anniversary blends and a welcome one along side the fantastic Parabola and Succaba.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a oversize wine glass (I really need to get a snifter). Purchase in Wakefield, RI.

A- The pour was clear and brown, but once in the glass it's a pretty opaque and super dark, nearly black with cherry highlights. The head was small and khaki brown, and didn't leave much lacing.

S- The first noticeable aroma is a very inviting vanilla-bourbon note, reminiscent of BCBS. I also get some toffee, maple syrup, and caramel. Slight booze but nothing cloying.

T- Upfront it's sweet with notes of honey, caramel, candied sugar, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. It then develops into a beer with predominately stout characteristics, namely roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and a nice smokey, toasty aftertaste. I may be picking up subtle hint of the the smaller blends, including an ever so slight rye zing on the finish from the wooky jack.

M- medium-low carbonation, medium body but it's quite creamy and smooth.

This was the first anniversary ale I've experienced from Firestone, and it makes me want to seek out versions from previous years. It's SUPER complex, tasty, and balanced. It's a lighter version of BCBS with an added level of complexity. I can't wait to try this in 2 years when my other bottle is matured.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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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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%

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,132 ratings