Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by CuriousMonk:
4.2/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours black-brown espresso with a tan one-finger head that recedes quickly but leaves along a nice thin lacing throughout. A quick whiff of vanilla and oak escaped the bottle once I opened it just as you would expect from a traditional FW Anniversary beer. Strong bourbon, oak, vanilla, dried fruit, chocolate, figs, and perhaps some crème brûlée are picked up in the nose. Good golly! This brew was pretty hot with its bourbon traits rushing out like the running of the bulls in Spain which made me a bit remorseful for not laying this brew to rest to allow it to age a bit longer so that the heat would mellow down significantly to enjoy the other complexities of the beer. After allowing for the beer to get just below room temperature, I could once again detect the oak and vanilla. I also picked up rich molasses, cinnamon, and the flavor was reminiscent of the Stickee Monkey, FW’s barleywine, as I understand the most forward component of this beer was the barleywine style. Medium bodied mouthfeel and decent carbonation throughout. Overall, this beer was very well made and tasted better after each sip mostly due to the temperature change which allowed the other flavors to open up and finally underwhelm the bourbon heat. Again, I wish I had laid this beer to rest and I plan to do that with my extra, so I’ll be seeing this one again next year!
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 20:56:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.36/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
this anniversary series from firestone has become one of the most anticipated in all of beer, and it is the pinnacle of barrel aging and blending in my opinion. this one is different from years past, less thick and syrupy in feel, i was surprised how easily this one slid down, remembering the last few years as almost gelatinous texturally. this has a dark brown color to it. with some blacker shadows and a thin off white head, almost milky looking, but short lived. the nose is heavy bourbon barrel, a fair bit of the roasty rye from wookey, and a sweet candy-like barleywine middle. vanilla is again a dominant flavor from all the barrel, but the dark chocolate malts of merkin and parabola are more abundant than in other anniversary blends. it comes across as a darker barleywine, being entirely malt and barrel driven, extremely mature for being recently released, and not as hotly alcoholic as it probably should be at this strength. all of the component parts are impossibly well integrated, and while i can taste subtleties from each base beer, the synergy here is profound. its less about trying to pick out each beer than it is appreciating them in this combination. thankful to hops and pie for having this one on tap. and to firestone for continuing to challenge preconceived notions about blending and barrel aging. this is a special brew, now i just need a bottle to age!
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 16:42:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.