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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 182
Gots: 461 | FT: 70
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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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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8% Double Double Barrel Ale
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Photo of TubaManJack
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap. Rather thin mouthfeel detracted from a great barrel aged composite. There is a lot of sweet bourbon notes in the taste that don't appear in the nose. I would enjoy it fresh.

Photo of uvachief
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz draft pour on oddly enough, 1-26-15. Full 2 fingers of tan head that lingered. Nice lacing. Dark deep burgundy brown but I do see light. Caramel, dark fruit like raisins and cherries, little coffee and dark bitter chocolate aroma. Tastes are much the same with some hints of roasted malts, hops and bourbon. Extremely smooth for the high abv. Pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of FreshZ
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mgr78704
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChiliSauce
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lillitnn92
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Firestone Walker tasting glass.

A: Just barely translucent; very dark brown. Stark white lace clings only at the very edges.

S: Dark and roasty, but not overly intense or bitter. Lots of booze, but pleasant softer bourbon-y notes.

T/M: Mmm, soft-sweet-bourbony goodness immediately followed by loads of brown-sugar fuelled booze, all balanced by a sort of woody-nutty bitterness. Carbonated enough to be vaguely spritely but smooth and mouth-coating enough to be smackworthy. Dark chocolate laced with vanilla spirals through.

O: Really tasty! Perhaps a touch too strong for many, but I recommend it. MUCH better than 16. Recommended.

Photo of Jho3325
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LehighAce06
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bilco
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jloomis
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodzm14
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Sam-VW
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours Black with a thin tan coloured head which dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Big hit of Bourbon followed by some Toasty notes, Vanilla, Brown Sugar and Dark Fruits.

T - At first you get a big Bourbon flavour, followed by Toffee, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Liquoriche and some subtle Red Wine notes. Very complex.

M - Very Thick body with a small amount of carbonation. Finishes quite sweet.

Photo of leaversuch
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sparty55
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Benmitch5
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nmann08
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xseanprimex
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dear God. Velvet and leather. Sweet and sticky.

Photo of Bunuelian
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redsox4life123
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Damian
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces (650ml) bottle
Served in a snifter

Dark mahogany appearance. Oily but not super thick. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, creamy, bubbly, khaki colored crown that slowly dissipated to a thick ring of bubbles. Streaky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was rather subtle initially but really opened up with time. Quite sweet with intense bourbon and brown sugar notes. Oaky and somewhat toasty. Dark fruits came through strong. Raisins were most noticeable.

Boozy, bourbony notes hit hard right off the bat in the flavor profile. Loads of dark fruits and brown sugar. Quite raisiny. Rich and robust. Slightly roasty. There was a strong caramel malt and toffee presence in the center. The beer finished noticeably hot with loads of oak/barrel. A touch of earthy hop bitterness came through as well. Dry, tannic notes lingered on the palate.

The beer was medium bodied for the style. Slick and smooth but lighter than anticipated. At 13+ percent ABV, it seemed that the barrel really thinned out the liquid.

I buy Firestone Walker's anniversary beer every year and am usually impressed by them. Although the overall flavor and aroma profiles seem to differ fairly little between vintages (which might be expected, seeing as each release uses a recipe consisting of pretty much the same beers but in different quantities), the alcohol presence has varied significantly. Even with a year-plus of age in my cellar, 17 was still very boozy and rough around the edges. I would love to see if this calms down in other year or two.

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of diamondlie
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeffaroo95
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.