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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 155
Gots: 397 | FT: 68
Brewed by:
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:
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

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-16-2014 20:01:13 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, coconut, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great aromas and tasty flavors but this is not one of the better beers in this series in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:49:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-02-2014 23:59:52 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-03-2014 00:10:29 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-02-2014 04:17:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-30-2014 00:15:17 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-30-2014 02:22:38 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-31-2013 18:04:12 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:11:06 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-01-2014 04:01:22 | More by GRG1313
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-10-2014 04:44:44 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2013 03:52:38 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-04-2013 01:14:25 | More by largadeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 12/21/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a flight glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. There’s a hearty malt character and no trace of the high ABV. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, no style to represent here since this is a conglomeration of several beers but it’s a very good beer to sip on for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 00:53:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

03-02-2014 13:12:56 | More by SocalKicks
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's

Dark brown pour, slightly translucent around the edges, small cap of creamy, off-white head that retained as a tiny ringlet, leaving just a few dots of lacing on the glass. Aromas of vanilla, burnt caramel, coconut, toasted nuts, bourbon. In the taste, the toasted nuts and bread of a brown ale mingled with the sweet and somewhat burnt sugary notes of a barleywine, flavors of coconut and bourbon-soaked wood. Mouthfeel was smooth, but not entirely fleshed out, body was about medium, but improved as the temperature rose; boozy, but not overly hot. Good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 23:07:21 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

05-27-2014 04:37:08 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-30-2014 23:33:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-18-2014 07:30:10 | More by zestar
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-05-2014 23:06:53 | More by XmnwildX12
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-27-2014 16:29:29 | More by mendvicdog
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-13-2014 20:17:51 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 06:47:38 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

12-20-2013 03:53:20 | More by MarkyMOD
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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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