Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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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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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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