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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 180
Gots: 430 | FT: 62
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Nice and dark, although a shade redder and browner than a stout.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Quite gentle on the nose.

T - Following the nose, milk chocolate, lots of vanilla and toffee. Pleasantly sweet, without being cloying. A little roasty and savoury at the same time. A hint of cinnamon, and coconut as it warms. Tobacco and leather. The interplay of sweet and savoury works really nicely. I definitely get the impression that this beer has mellowed and softened with an extra year of aging in the bottle.

M - Very smooth! My only criticism would be that it could be a little more viscous.

O - Reminds me a lot of Fremont's Bourbon Abominable, albeit sweeter, milder and less savoury. This is a really nice beer, although I think I would have got even more out of it fresh. It's so smooth that even at 13.3% I feel like I could drink this all day. In terms of my own personal FW hierarchy, this is right up there with Parabola, a rung above Stickee Monkee and Sucaba, and two above Velvet Merkin and Helldorado. The bourbon and oak influence do show up in the vanilla sweetness but have melted into the beer by this point, lending a wonderful integration of flavour to this beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, roasted coffee, nutty, and super cool warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: This beer is cool and orgasmic. As crazy as the blend looks, it all works together really well.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, super nice bourbon barrel flavor, full bodied, warm alcohol, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: All I can say is wow. This is one superb beer that gas been aged for a year. A beer like this only gets better with time.

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.