Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by vic21234:
4.49/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz boxed bomber poured into a snifter. This will be the third installment I've tried of FW Anniversary Ales, starting with 15 and 16.
A- Pours brown/ borderline dark red with some light emerging through the top sides of the glass. A small amount of khaki colored head fades to the side of the glass. Lots of lacing on the glass as well.
S- Sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak. It smells boozy, actually burnt my nose taking in a big whiff.
T- Very nice beer. I get an oaky vanilla up front at first sip. Additional tastes bring about caramel and dark fruits, along with the warming from the bourbon with each sip. Very complex and tasty.
M- Medium bodied, flavorful, boozy like any FW barrel aged offering.
I enjoyed this beer fresh much more so than 16 last year. It drinks hot like all Firestone BA offerings I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 01:09:57 | More by vic21234
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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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