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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 195
Gots: 468 | FT: 65
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

30% Bravo Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale
25% Stickee Monkey Barrel-Aged English Barley Wine
15% Velvet Merkin Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout
15% Parabola Barrel-Aged Imperial Russian Oatmeal Stout
8% Double Double Barrel Ale
4% Helldorado Barrel-Aged Blonde Barley Wine
3% Wookey Jack Black Rye India Pale Ale
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Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Dark leathery brown with a flat appearance. The khaki head is brief and leaves no trace behind.

Typical (in a good way) FW barrel smells. Toffee, toasted coconut, butterscotch. There's even a little piney hop whiff.

Layers of flavors that include the aromas listed. Add some wood, pecan, and tobacco spice.

Low carbonation, but that lends to the soft and smooth body. Definitely boozy and a little sticky.

Another winner from FW.

Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this bottle from BA SammyJaxxx after trading away my only bottle to another fellow BA for a beer I wanted a tad more. I was so excited to see it return, so to speak. Obviously, this is the 2013 vintage, and I poured it into a large 22 oz snifter glass.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a frothy, soap-like head about a finger thick (slightly less) with a mix of large and small bubbles the color of taupe or khaki. The head lingers for a bit before returning to it's home in the rich walnut-bark brown, almost black liquid that sits beneath the foam. Eventually settles to an archipelago of bubble islands mottling the surface and a rim of foam along the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of until I begin drinking, leaving a bits of spotty lace here and there along the glass. As I drink it down, some deep, rich burgundy tones become more present, as the liquid is less thick to block out the light. Very enchanting.

Smell - With a blend of so many different beers, I'm not sure what to expect--whether it will be muddled and hard to decipher or a symphony of various profiles blending. Thankfully, it is more the latter than the former. Notes of graham cracker and caramelized sugar interplay with some lighter notes of cocoa powder and just the faintest touch of molasses. Some tannins from the various barrels come through, but not aggressively in the slightest. Honestly, there could be a bit more wood here for my personal liking.

Taste - Disappointingly, the fear of muddling that I had going into the smell has come to fruition a little bit on the taste. It would be unfair to call it unpleasant, because it is anything but. That being said, it's harder to pick out the individual flavor characteristics than it was in the aroma. If I had to sum it up into one impression, it would be that of a homemade dark chocolate caramel, with a blend of slightly bitter and richly sweet. Good in many ways, but my personal preference is to beers that seem to change and evolve, coming to the forefront with different emphasis with each subsequent sip. This one is a bit muddier and more simplistic, considering the complexity that went into its composition.

Mouthfeel - Slightly viscous and somewhat velvety, if a little thin considering the rich and powerful blend of aromas and flavors. I would prefer a tiny bit more body. Carbonation is very low, but enough to get the job done in the face of the more viscous feel.

Overall, a really great beer. It's the first I've sampled in the FW anniversary series, and I must admit that it didn't quite rise to the pedestal level it occupied in my mind before opening. That being said, I'd gladly drink it again and I was very pleased with how easily it drank for a rich, 13% abv beer. At the very least, it has me curious to try the next installment in the series, when Firestone Walker becomes legal...

Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1774th Review on BA
Bottle to Firestone Walker Snifter
22oz

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.

Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention for the style and ABV, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Very inviting aroma with a prominent barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the characteristics of the various base beers. There's a decent spirit presence, consisting mostly of sweet and spicy bourbon, but the oak and other barrel notes really stand out. Subtle charred oak but not too harsh or toothpick-like along with some silky vanilla bean, marshmallow and strong toasted coconut. As it warms the bourbon/whiskey stands out a bit more and the tropical coconut presence comes to the forefront. Underneath the barrel, there is a subtle citrus hop presence and a complex malt bill with a nice balance of earthiness, roast and sweetness. Slightly smokey with hints of coffee bean, oatmeal, dark chocolate and toast countered by leather, baker's chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar and toffee. The brown ale and barley wine elements are the majority of the blend and it shows in the aroma. Not overly roasted or burnt smelling with sweeter, dessert-like and leathery, earthy malts. Also, the Mexican turbinado sugar from the stickee monkey portion is prominent providing additional sweetness that counters the barrel, spirit and more robust malts. The nose of this beer is very complex and appealing with not one element being too strong or overpowering. I would have preferred a little more bourbon, especially since it's such a prominent part of the blend, but it's refreshing to come across a BA beer it's a complete booze bomb.

Viscous full body with a strong boozy barrel presence that is perfectly integrated into the complex flavors of the blend. There's some charred oak and boozy heat but the ABV is very well masked making this complex beer dangerously drinkable. I'm picking up a blend of different spirits but it's mostly dominated by bourbon and whiskey. Along with the bourbon and oak, there's a lot of toasted coconut and some sweet vanilla bean. Underneath the barrel flavors, there's a very nice balance of stout, brown ale, barley wine and black IPA characteristics. Bravo imperial brown ale is the strongest portion of the blend and it definitely shows. There's a prominent sweet, chocolate malt presence with subtle roast, caramel and toffee. Velvet Merkin and Parabola combine for 30% of the blend and together they provide more bourbon as well as roasted, robust malt and sweet dessert-like sweetness. Burnt toast, bittersweet dark cocoa, coffee bean and oatmeal followed by flourless chocolate cake, fudge and toffee. Stickee Monkee and Helldorado give the blend some more alcohol sweetness but surprisingly, there still isn't much heat. Just great bourbon/whiskey/brandy flavor. In addition, these barleywines provide subtle earthy hops and a decent amount of leathery malt and a touch of vinous fruit sweetness. Toward the back end of the palate, the earthy hop bitterness and the spicy rye presence from Wookey Jack stand out. The WJ is only 3% of the blend but the spicy rye, resinous hop and subtle citrus stand up to all of the barrel flavors, boozy sweetness and complex malt flavors.

Overall, I'm once again very impressed by the blend that FW came up with for this anniversary beer. Amazing barrel flavors that are perfectly integrated into the complex flavors of the base beers and the high ABV is nearly invisible. There is some heat and boozy sweetness but the drinkability is off the charts. I had to slow myself down before finishing the bomber to quickly. Another great beer from Firestone Walker. Highly recommended!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with a moderate sized light tannish/dirty white cap, the head retention was good but the lacing was almost obsolete.

S: Big coconuts, vanilla, caramel and toffee with a healthy dose of bourbon and nuts. I can tell the Bravo and Stickee Money are the big bases for this beer.

T: Initially toasted malts coconut and lots of nuts. Midtaste is a pronounced bourbon/booze sting with more toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate. The barrel is still strong, very strong at this point. The finish is warming w/ caramel, toffee, a light candy stickiness, toasty witha subtle bitterness.

M: Wamrining, medium-full body, a little low carbonation, velvety, sticky and sweet. A big lingering warming alcohol on this beer, more so than previous FW Anny releases

O: Very good but not amongst my favorites. I thought the heat was pretty damn in your face with this beer, which is odd for FW who do a great job of masking and blending. However, I have a couple and won't kick them out of bed!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Photo of Phenom
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

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of aquazr1
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip; jet black with a moderate tan head that fades slowly, leaving nice sticky lacing.
Smell is brown sugar, bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, banana, raisins...wow. Complex and tons of barrel character.
Taste is...magnificent. Oak, bourbon, burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, raisins, dark fruit, black bread, vanilla, spice, slight hops...everything.
Mouthfeel is smooth as hell, slick and amazing.
Overall, this is awesome. I was a bit worried as to how a blend would be, but this has removed all doubt. This is amazing stuff. Every flavor you'd desire in a beer, and so much barrel character, all in perfect harmony. Wow.

Photo of 01001111
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark chestnut brown with significant lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, vanilla, hazelnuts, oak, faint bourbon and booze.

T: Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Aftertaste is bitter hops reminiscent of those found in English ales.

M: Very heavy and syrupy with a significant alcohol heat. The booze becomes stronger as it heats up.

O: A great sipper. Complex and enjoyable but not quite greater than the sum of its parts.

Photo of hagbergl
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rodman's in Friendship Heights, Washington, DC let it be known that they had about a case more of Firestone Walker's XVII, their 17th anniversary ale, an outrageous blend of some of their most difficult to find and complex beers (including Parabola, Double DBA). 22 oz. bomber, split between myself and my girlfriend.

Appearance (4.25): Pours pitch black with red-brown highlights and a very little light brown head.

Smell (5/5): Vanilla, oak, bourbon barrel, toasted coconut, a sweet booziness, cookie dough, and an ever so slight touch of chocolate. Amazing amount of barrel character on this beer.

Taste (5/5): All these scents are masterfully realized in the taste--even more oak barrel in the taste, some brown sugar and cinnamon spice (which does great work with the spicy-sweet alcohol flavor), and a lot of vanilla and toasted coconut. The alcohol is present throughout the taste (as you'd expect at 13.3% ABV) but it works well with overall flavor profile. Dark fruits work their way in, as well as a touch of dark chocolate. 17 could be described as a stout-barleywine hybrid. Sounds weird? Well, no matter, it's incredible, complex stuff.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Full bodied. Thick yet smooth as velvet going down, and not the least bit sticky. Very low carbonation, almost none. Warming sensation occurs upon taking the first swallow. It's by no means an easy drinker, but that's no matter. This is meant to be consumed over a long session.

Overall (5/5): This is one of Firestone Walker's most masterful creations. The level of craftsmanship and inspiration that went into the brewing and blending of it is truly astonishing (make sure to read the inserted paper to get the details on its creation). Allow this beer to warm up to the appropriate temperature, sip, and marvel at it.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

We're first attracted by what we see, right? That applies here. I'm looking at a finger-thick, khaki-colored and espresso-looking head. The head is persistent and slowly settles into a thick lace above the liquid. Below is a viscous and pitch black beverage with an almost oil-like consistency.

Surprisingly, the aroma and taste aren't entirely as complex and diverse as I'd expect given the mix of beers. On the nose I get bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet malt. It's straightforward and seems very much the result of bourbon-barrel aging. My tongue gets much more enjoyment, although the bourbon, spice and vanilla notes continue to reign supreme. Still, there is sweet malt, a slight resinous hop presence, and the finish is lingering oakiness. The taste that sticks on my tongue is very much like Dr. Pepper.

This beer is excellent and I think what really makes it notable is the silky smoothness and the thick viscous feel that drinks smoothly, yet so full-bodied. There is a slight astringency, but hardly anything notable given the ABV. Nothing like a big, bold beer being so creamy. I really enjoyed and look forward to seeing what this will taste like a year from now.

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the most consistent series of anniversary beers out there - all similar in principle but varying in blend. For the 2nd straight year, leaning more to the barleywine territory than in the past. Spiced dark fruit, brandy barrel, bourbon barrel, citrus zest, sticky hop resin, pine, brandy soaked cherry.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of ricknelson
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Firestone's 17th Anniversary Ale came in 7th in my recent beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting, 17th Anniversary got an average review score of just 3.88. It scored lower than the 15th and 16th Anniversary Ales that it went up against in a side by side tasting of the three years, having less smell, less taste, and less appearance.

Photo of IKR
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:Very dark-brown coloring with a small beige head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Bourbon, browns sugar/toffee, mild vanilla, and some fruity notes. The barrel elements are the prominent features in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, mild roasted malts, mild oak, faint tobacco (not in a bad way), and some fruit notes. The finish is fairly dry with some faint hop notes, oak notes, and roast malts present in the end. Very restrained alcohol presence

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Very nice.

Overall: As a stout/porter and English barleywine fan, for my palate, this is the best anniversary edition since 14. 15 and 16 don't compare for my tastes. What can I say, another excellent bal-aged FW beer.

Photo of richj1970
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours deep brown to almost black with two finger light tan head that settles quickly to a thin ring. Some light lacing.

S: Bourbon, raisins, coconut, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T: Sweet bourbon, dark fruits, coconut, vanilla, and chocolate. Lots of complexity going on here, but almost crushable for a big ABV beer.

M: Medium body and a touch thin but not unexpected for a barrel aged beer.

O: Wonderful beer. Lots of amazing flavor and aroma. Wish I had another bottle to age some more.

Photo of Bung
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Picked up while in Santa Barbara after the Rose Bowl.
Super dark brown pour, thin layer of cream colored head. Recedes to a ring, sticks to the glass only momentarily.

Aroma, Toasted malt, molasses, toffee. Some nice peat and woody bourbon barrel. This aspect opens up nicely as it warms.

Taste, Toffee, fudge brownie, roast malt. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, bourbon.
A leather and tobacco like element is the most interesting for me. It all lingers on very nicely.

About full body, slick mouthfeel with a just shy of creamy carbonation. It is a tad warm, but not overly so especially for the size.
Very interesting blend of styles. A cigar beer for sure. Others should start dabbling in this process.

Photo of BergBeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Look: Opaque black with a vanilla head.

Smell: Huge bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla notes explode from the bottle. Also getting toffee, coffee, vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, earthy hops, and more bourbon. Smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste: Huge vanilla hits the palate followed by chocolate chip cookies soaked in bourbon, a slight hint of cinnamon, mocha, Irish cream, Molasses, and a finish of vanilla ice cream with bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Rich and decadent. Big bodied and sticky. Wets the palate and goes down with a slight alcohol burn that warms the chest.

Overall: Outstanding! So rich and complex with all of these decadent flavors melding into one barrel lovers treat. ! I've said it a million times but this one deserves it again. There is magic in Firestone Walker barrel system and this beer is liquid proof.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Charred oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness. A lot going on in the nose but extremely inviting and complex.

T - Chocolate, roast and a nutty flavour come through at first as the Bravo flavours come to the forefront. The mid-palate adds massive barrel qualities with bourbon, vanilla, charred oak and a hint of brandy coming though. They are followed by barley-wine flavours of caramel, toffee and raisin. A warming alcohol presence is noticeable throughout but is fairly tame for the ABV. Very complex.

M - Medium, just short of full body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer but fell short of 15 & 16.

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A faint light tan one finger head is made off the pour, nothing too large, but with some decent staying power that it sticks around for a bit. Body color is mahogany brown out of the bottle but fills with a big dark walnut brown/black body, and some see through character towards the collar.

Impressive nose. A nice interesting tinge of vanilla, but a large toasty and creamy coconut aroma all throughout the bouquet. Some faint hiding cherry fruit in the background as well, giving a black forest cake like sensation. Real unique sensation, if not much oak woody or even roast and malt like character showing up.

Controlled mouthfeel, with a hint of tight fizz and light bodied not very much coating the palate. Some more tannic wood like character, and mellow hop and roast comes through in the finish compared to what is hinted on the nose. Interesting mix of mellow roast with some minor piping warmth that doesn't quite get the coffee and chocolate angle coming out, but has some malt depth.

Overall it has a nose that just senses greatness but just comes out as a solid aged and blended beer instead, no complaints.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle split with my dad the weekend after Christmas. He claims it is the best beer he's ever tasted. Not bad for a guy who was primarily a Bud drinker a year ago!

Pours a medium-to-dark brown into two snifters. Small but nice looking head, not much lacing.

Smells great. Brown sugar, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, all of that great stuff. Can't wait to put this in my belly.

Tastes very similar to the smell. Very strong brown sugar and oak. The bourbon flavors are strong, but well integrated, doesn't taste boozy at all, really. There's a bit of a nut flavor I'm getting in the taste that I didn't pick up in the smell.

Mouthfeel is full and wonderful. The beer warms you right up.

A must try. One of the best beers I've had this year. Worth the steep price.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, with slippery light lacing. Aroma of whisky, dark fruit, vanilla, hints of nuts and chocolate, dominated by the whisky barrel elements. Flavor is wonderfully integrated dark dried and fresh fruit, vanilla, oak wood, bourbon, caramel, pale malt, and a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with bourbony caramel. Medium to heavy bodied, nearly syrupy. Complex but balanced, the flavors really do meld together as if several people spent a lot of time blending different components (which is the origin of this strong ale). The high ABV shows through even the dense flavor of this, but mostly as bourbon and toffee. Delicious. Really hard to say how this could be improved, except the pour is kind of one note dark brown with little excitement from carbonation (the carbonation is fine in the taste).

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.