Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Mainbrew.
Pouring a very dark brown with a dense, brown head that falls off to a ring rapidly, leaving little lacing. The nose has a nice, big, barrel character. The American strong ale base is clear, with flavors or agave syrup, toffee, caramel and a clean, bready pale malt character. Along with this is the layered barrel character. Vanilla, bourbon, amaretto, a brandy pomace aroma, a little bit of coconut, some cinnamon.... This is complex. Clearly boozy, bit in a nice way, this is an enjoyable blend. The youth of the components is clear, with a rather snappy malt character, cereal-like in some ways. An oatmeal cookie note is also present. Intoxicating stuff.
The palate opens with a nice blend of brandy and bourbon flavors with fruit, vanilla, coconut and pomace. The base beer components come in next, with the roast from Parabola and oatmeal from Velvet Merkin blending nicely with flavors of agave syrup, buckwheat honey, light caramel, toffee and some sugar cookie dough. Fruit, With a blend of grape, pear, a little peach even, is present. A boozy sweetness lingers on into the finish, mildly spiced with, again, sugar. The clean malt character on the midpalate, present in so many young barleywines, especially of the American persuasion, is present. Tannins are low here, with just a little bit of oak. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the balance in the blend of barrels - brandy, bourbon and whiskey- is excellent. The mild burn on the finish is wholly appropriate.
A very nice beer, a welcome return after the disappointing 16, though if I am to be honest, I'm more enjoying deconstructing the beer than drinking it. While these beers might be getting better (or not), the sheer number of big, barrel aged beers makes the likelihood of experiencing another epiphany like the 11 at 9 months unlikely. And I'm forced into drawing that comparison because the 11 like 17, had Bravo as a main component. Still, this is highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 08:14:32 | More by DefenCorps
More User Reviews:
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 941 ratings.