Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
12-21-2013 08:14:32 | More by DefenCorps
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4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
Prefacing this with the fact that I had Stickee Monkee just six days ago. Opened the bottle last night and full notes taken at the time.
A- Split several ways for a tasting and pours with a dark brown body. The head forms to about two fingers with a very light tan hue. Head retention is pretty good as it falls to a foamy ring. Just a few spots of lacing.
S- The Stickee Monkey portion comes out huge with deep brown sugar and some Quad sweetness. Mellowed oak Bourbon barrels come in fairly big as well. Belgian yeast spice, caramel, slight roast, red fruits and vanilla.
T- Complexity is big as it has been with almost all of the FW Anni. brews I had (XIV had a TON of Parabola). Brown sugar, vanilla oak sweetness, bourbon, Belgian yeast spice, spiced raisin red fruits and a slight hop feel. Hints of roast, toasted nuts, figs, slight alcohol and peppery whiskey.
MF- Thick but not RIS thick body with a moderately high carbonation. Pretty much feels like the other Anni. brews completely. Texture is creamy and frothy with a heavy alcohol warming in the end.
Feels like a Quad mixed with a great Brown ale with a decent dose of Bourbon and vanilla oak. The complexity of these brews are astounding. I could probably list a ton more flavors but those are the main ones.
06-08-2014 19:24:55 | More by cbutova
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
1774th Review on BA
Bottle to Firestone Walker Snifter
App- When out of the bottle, this had all the indicators that it was a stout. Color was missing and it was a dark brown, black mix of color. A little red sprinkled in for good measure as well. The light tan foam cap was only about 1/2" and faded quickly. A nice bit of stick to it.
Smell- You can always tell a FW BA beer IMO. The character of all the beers comes wafting up at you and you get hit in the nose and you tend to stick around a bit and try to decipher all the aromas coming up. This had hints of oak, bourbon, vanilla, spice and a booze. A bit stringy vs smooth for me.
Taste- I had heard the rumblings that this wasnt as good as the other vintages because of the new blends and the direction FW took this one. I say pish posh. This was a tasty beer. Sadly I wish that price point was a bit lower to get a few more. The opening was a bit more brown ale than I was expecting even after reading the blend list. It was smooth and flavorful. Melded well with all the ingredients.
Mouth- A solid medium body BA ale that even for me bordered on being a stout. A big feel behind it with a solid carbonation level. Smooth and velvety. The residual flavors were a blend of the beer and left you wanting another sip.
Drink- I will say that it was good. It was a solid beer and that FW always does a good job. It wasnt the best of the Anny series I have had, but thats only because I like stouts better than strong ale blends. Wonder how this one will age.
03-29-2014 15:57:57 | More by FosterJM
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
Nose: delicious. Not your typical bourbon barrel aged stout, it has enough different notes to stand out. Marzipan, currants, and vanilla
Taste and mouthfeel: enough carbo to feel like a beer and not a sipping whiskey. Just the right amount of booziness. Coats the mouth, has long delicious finish.
Overall: worth seeking out. Coming from a hophead, this is a great beer
08-14-2014 06:37:57 | More by Phenom
4.26/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours into an oversized wine glass a deep chesnut brown with a thinner lighter beige head atop.Aromas are on the lighter side wich was surprise but still pleasant,cocoa and some "meatiness" along with some alcohol sweetness,and dark fruit.Wow the complexity on the palate is just awesome,cocoa powder and buttery rum make for a rich taste and the feel goes hand in hand,it's sticky in a very good way,there is a noticable toasted pecan-like flavor as it warms as well.I admit at first I was dissapointed but once the first sip hit me I was hooked,just a great beer.
12-24-2013 23:11:06 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
A - Pour a dark brown with little to no head. Not much lacing on the glass.
S - The smell is amazing. It hits you before you get near the glass, lots of vanilla and whiskey. I get whiffs of the alcohol also.
T - The aromas are backed up by the taste, oak and vanilla, reminds me of a great bourbon.
M - A light bodied beer, maybe a bit too thinner than I thought it would be.
A really well balanced blend of flavors. I love the influence the whiskey barrels have on this beer.
11-11-2013 03:08:17 | More by aquazr1
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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