Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Scotchboy:
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Christmas present from the wife, split with my brothers on Christmas day.
A: Very dark brown pour, red transparent hues follow the edge of the glass; decent amount of off-white head and lacing.
S: The nose starts brown ale with notes of toasted malt, nuts, chocolate, roast, coffee, and even some hops. The barrels are there too, but a little more in the background than I'm used to from FW Anniversary beers; warmth reveals mellow toasted oak, vanilla, and toasted coconut, as well as some caramel and toffee.
T: More of the barrel character comes forward here, with bourbon and a little of the brandy showing up in flavors of toffee, vanilla, caramel, and some coconut. There is a bit more burn here than on the nose but its completely manageable. More malty roastiness and hints of coffee as well as butterscotch as the palate unfolds.
MF: Fuller bodied with medium-to-low carbonation; light alcohol presence lends some bitterness but minimal burn.
O: Started drinking this one at slightly cooler than room temp, and while the bouquet was nice at that temperature it still left me wanting a little more. I don't think this one will age as well as some of the others; its very mellow and tasty right now. Overall a very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 14:57:32 | More by Scotchboy
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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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