Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
4.21/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
The nose is all barrel and it is amazing. Tons of coconut and vanilla, charred oak, bourbon, dark cherry, brown sugar, chocolate, cookie dough, roasted malts and just the slightest hint of alcohol.
The taste is so different from the nose right up front that its almost mind boggling. Caramel, toffee, booze, brown sugar, booze again, a hint of hop bitterness, some pine, threads of citrus, a bit of chocolate, some char, vanilla, oak, hints of coconut and a heavy, nutty, boozey finish.
The use of the Bravo imperial brown and Stickee Monkee barleywine as the dominant beers (together they make up 55% of the blend) really made this beer different from ones I have had in the past. The XV was my first, it was mostly stouts and you could taste it. Last year (XVI) they used PNC, which is a tequila barrel-aged buckwheat stout, and I felt that the tequila barrel flavors were way too overpowering. This year, even though it looks like a stout, it really drinks like a barleywine. And a pretty hot one at that. This is an excellent brew and I’d recommend it to any fan of BIG beers, but I think this could benefit from a year or two of cellaring to reduce the heat and let the strong, sweet, substantial flavors to come to the forefront.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 08:12:07 | More by DonDirkA
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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.
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