Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.38/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a very dark brown with some red highlights. Mid-sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades out fast but decent retention at least. Zero signs of lacing.
S: Wonderfully rich aroma. Sweet milk chocolate and toasted malt stand out with quite a bit of barrel presence that overshadows everything. Caramel, toasted sugar and marshmallow from the barrels. Oaky vanilla and a touch of dark fruits. Big sweet scents.
T: More barrels up front. Super sweet caramel and toasted sugars. Sticky fudge. Lots of toasted malt lending a sort of toasted bread flavor along with some more caramel and brown sugar. Thick, dense bready flavors give it a real barleywine feel. A little bit more fudge floats around in the aftertaste. Chocolate stands out more and more once the beer fully warms.
M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Super sticky and sweet.
O: Hmph. Quite tasty but not as complex as previous years. This one tastes a lot like a nice big barrel-aged barleywine. Or maybe a big barrel aged brown ale. Or a blend of the two I guess. Very tasty, very complex, very bold and with a huge, sweet and sticky body to match.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 03:53:53 | More by Dope
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.
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