Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bomber to a snifter, it's had about twenty minutes out of the fridge to warm up
Pours black (brown around the edges) with a finger of mocha tinged foam that's receded pretty quickly into a frothy ring. Mild carbonation, nice legs and decent lacing- good looking beer
Smells of strong upfront oak and bourbon. Chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, honey, roasted nuts, citrusy hops, figs and dark fruits, vanilla, and alcohol. As expected, very complex with everything coming together quite well
Taste is with the nose well enough. Upfront chocolate, bourbon, oak, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and molasses, dark fruits, mild hops, honey and alcohol on the finish. Everything comes together here well, also
Feel is creamy and sticky with a full thick body. A bit dry on the finish, alcohol is very present but still drink pretty easy despite the warmth
Overall better than last years imo. Three more of these sitting in my cellar, I'll be back in a year or two
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 07:36:28 | More by lordofstarside
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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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