Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 192
Gots: 488 | FT: 62
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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.

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
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Photo of hagbergl
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rodman's in Friendship Heights, Washington, DC let it be known that they had about a case more of Firestone Walker's XVII, their 17th anniversary ale, an outrageous blend of some of their most difficult to find and complex beers (including Parabola, Double DBA). 22 oz. bomber, split between myself and my girlfriend.

Appearance (4.25): Pours pitch black with red-brown highlights and a very little light brown head.

Smell (5/5): Vanilla, oak, bourbon barrel, toasted coconut, a sweet booziness, cookie dough, and an ever so slight touch of chocolate. Amazing amount of barrel character on this beer.

Taste (5/5): All these scents are masterfully realized in the taste--even more oak barrel in the taste, some brown sugar and cinnamon spice (which does great work with the spicy-sweet alcohol flavor), and a lot of vanilla and toasted coconut. The alcohol is present throughout the taste (as you'd expect at 13.3% ABV) but it works well with overall flavor profile. Dark fruits work their way in, as well as a touch of dark chocolate. 17 could be described as a stout-barleywine hybrid. Sounds weird? Well, no matter, it's incredible, complex stuff.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Full bodied. Thick yet smooth as velvet going down, and not the least bit sticky. Very low carbonation, almost none. Warming sensation occurs upon taking the first swallow. It's by no means an easy drinker, but that's no matter. This is meant to be consumed over a long session.

Overall (5/5): This is one of Firestone Walker's most masterful creations. The level of craftsmanship and inspiration that went into the brewing and blending of it is truly astonishing (make sure to read the inserted paper to get the details on its creation). Allow this beer to warm up to the appropriate temperature, sip, and marvel at it.

Photo of t8dd
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma is all bourbon-caramel, vanilla, wood, boozy. Dark amber with no head, nice lacing. Tastes amazing, lots of bourbon barrel presence with alcohol heat, dark jammy fruit, sweet and roasted malt. Long, long finish. Got another bottle I plan on aging. Will be interesting to see what time will do for this one.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

We're first attracted by what we see, right? That applies here. I'm looking at a finger-thick, khaki-colored and espresso-looking head. The head is persistent and slowly settles into a thick lace above the liquid. Below is a viscous and pitch black beverage with an almost oil-like consistency.

Surprisingly, the aroma and taste aren't entirely as complex and diverse as I'd expect given the mix of beers. On the nose I get bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet malt. It's straightforward and seems very much the result of bourbon-barrel aging. My tongue gets much more enjoyment, although the bourbon, spice and vanilla notes continue to reign supreme. Still, there is sweet malt, a slight resinous hop presence, and the finish is lingering oakiness. The taste that sticks on my tongue is very much like Dr. Pepper.

This beer is excellent and I think what really makes it notable is the silky smoothness and the thick viscous feel that drinks smoothly, yet so full-bodied. There is a slight astringency, but hardly anything notable given the ABV. Nothing like a big, bold beer being so creamy. I really enjoyed and look forward to seeing what this will taste like a year from now.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: .25L tulip (8.5 oz.)
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2014
Misc.: Part of BLAH’s fifth anniversary week

Poured a dark mahogany, almost pitch black color with two fingers of tan head when I got it. Fantastic foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Smelled boozy, Jim Beam, bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, light sour fruit and plum.

Tasted a bit better than the smell. Still boozy, bourbon, Jim Beam, sweet caramel, toffee, faint butterscotch, tobacco, plum and fig.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

Just a great beer overall. Not quite what I hoped, but still very, very good.

Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I do really like Double Jack, and for some reason expected this to be more like that. Upon pouring, it was darker than expected, but closer to what one would expect for a strong ale. The head is barely there, clinging to the edges.

The smell has a molasses sweetness on top of a bourbon tinged woody nature. My first few sniffs I thought there was a very weird smell I recognized but couldn't place. It dissipated, but I think what I noticed was melon in nature.

The taste is similar to the nose, starting with dark brown sugar and molasses sweetness. There is also a bite from the "spirits" (seems like bourbon to me), but it's very understated. The wood tones come in later, but the sweetness doesn't really dull, in fact it seems to become reborn briefly in the later taste, with a birch beer or cola taste.

This beer doesn't measure up to Double Jack, in my opinion, but it's a very good beer, if you don't mind a sweeter, somewhat sugary beer.

Photo of Bung
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Picked up while in Santa Barbara after the Rose Bowl.
Super dark brown pour, thin layer of cream colored head. Recedes to a ring, sticks to the glass only momentarily.

Aroma, Toasted malt, molasses, toffee. Some nice peat and woody bourbon barrel. This aspect opens up nicely as it warms.

Taste, Toffee, fudge brownie, roast malt. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, bourbon.
A leather and tobacco like element is the most interesting for me. It all lingers on very nicely.

About full body, slick mouthfeel with a just shy of creamy carbonation. It is a tad warm, but not overly so especially for the size.
Very interesting blend of styles. A cigar beer for sure. Others should start dabbling in this process.

Photo of Wardo
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved it, but then again, what do I know, I thought XV was great!

What a difference a year makes, very different than XVI.

XVI was certainly more stout forward with roasted malts, slightly bitter, oak front end; you could really pick up the oatmeal stout influence. The XVII comes across as an great blend of a BA english barleywine and a BA old ale; some of my favorite styles. With those styles in mind - it's top shelf. Thrilled I have a handful of these to try over the next couple of years.

Kudos to FW, they do a great job blending these anniversaries and creating new and unique taste experiences every year!

Photo of beerexpertusahopps
3.35/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very lovely caramel color with a bite of bitter wood flavoring finish and good alcohol kick that delights one on a cold wintery day. I was quite impressed with the smooth silky feel but noticed very little lace going down which seemed unusual. Very good overall.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very fizzy and active initially, with a half a finger of loose foam forming briefly and then going away. No lacing. Mahogany colored liquid reveals continued activity when backlit, has good clarity, and just kind of looks very dense. Nothing particularly remarkable about the appearance. But I don't drink beer for the appearance.

Boozy esters are notable but not overwhelming, and there is some boozy heat as well. Caramel is also strong. Oak and vanilla elements are present. At first it seems a little disjointed, but it gels more as time goes by, and the boozy aspects dissipate some. Really nice. Lovely.

Rich caramel maltyness, oak, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruit and bitterness all come to forefront at first.

Plenty of slightly tingly carbonation, almost but not quite too much. Rich full body, medium viscosity and a mildly bitter and surprisingly drying finish.

As expected, this is an exceptional beer. Most likely the first and last time I will have it. Lucky to find one.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep cola color with a one finger tan head. Fades fairly quickly, but leaves a swirling film on the surface and some spotty lace.

S: Rich, dark malt and bourbon on the nose. Toasted coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla, booze, spicy oak, toffee and some toasted brown sugar. The spiciness from the oak emerges more and more as this warms. Lovely.

T: Opens with some nice bourbon notes. Caramel, roasted malt, lots of spicy oak mingling with a trickle of boozy heat. Toffee, cola, vanilla, charred barrel, burnt brown sugar and a light trace of hop resin on the finish. Definitely reminds me more of an English Barleywine than anything else in here, and I love it. Mouthfeel is a touch lacking, but this is a fantastic beer. Can't wait to see how it ages.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Dark brown pour with a touch of mahogany and a two finger beige head that quickly fades with pretty nice lacing. Very complex nose with lots of caramel malt and toffee along with hints of dark fruits, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, tobacco, butterscotch, and quite a bit of booze. The taste is just as complex. Loads of caramel, toffee, and oak up front along with hints of vanilla, maple, brown sugar, butterscotch, dark fruits, tobacco, bourbon, nuts, booze, and subtle cocoa and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, velvety smooth, and subtly creamy with a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Overall, this is a masterfully crafted beer. You truly get all the best characteristics of all the beers that make up this unbelievable blend. I think that Firestone Walker has now solidified itself as my favorite brewery.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Into a Spiegelau snifter - I dig the presentation of the bottle in the box with the 'pedigree" paper dated 10-1-13 - Looks like the real deal as it fills the glass with it's richness and puts up a 1/2 finger head - head quickly dissipates into a thin ring, spotty lacing drifts down the sides of the glass - I can smell all the good stuff described in previous reviews - Taste is very complex with all the dried fruits, caramels and toffees, and all the roasty goodness of the gods - the barrel aging flavor is superb - just right -
mouthfeel is slick and thick, but not too much of either - carbonation feels just right as well - an incredible blend - FW has achieved it's goal once again - blending the various beers to 'create a synergistic whole that is greater than the sum of it's parts' - fantastic stuff !

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Charred oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness. A lot going on in the nose but extremely inviting and complex.

T - Chocolate, roast and a nutty flavour come through at first as the Bravo flavours come to the forefront. The mid-palate adds massive barrel qualities with bourbon, vanilla, charred oak and a hint of brandy coming though. They are followed by barley-wine flavours of caramel, toffee and raisin. A warming alcohol presence is noticeable throughout but is fairly tame for the ABV. Very complex.

M - Medium, just short of full body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer but fell short of 15 & 16.

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A faint light tan one finger head is made off the pour, nothing too large, but with some decent staying power that it sticks around for a bit. Body color is mahogany brown out of the bottle but fills with a big dark walnut brown/black body, and some see through character towards the collar.

Impressive nose. A nice interesting tinge of vanilla, but a large toasty and creamy coconut aroma all throughout the bouquet. Some faint hiding cherry fruit in the background as well, giving a black forest cake like sensation. Real unique sensation, if not much oak woody or even roast and malt like character showing up.

Controlled mouthfeel, with a hint of tight fizz and light bodied not very much coating the palate. Some more tannic wood like character, and mellow hop and roast comes through in the finish compared to what is hinted on the nose. Interesting mix of mellow roast with some minor piping warmth that doesn't quite get the coffee and chocolate angle coming out, but has some malt depth.

Overall it has a nose that just senses greatness but just comes out as a solid aged and blended beer instead, no complaints.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in trade. Thanks! Pours into my tulip dark brown with a small very creamy khaki brown head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, chocolate, nuts. Rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation for a little prickle. Flavor is a medley of nuttiness, big toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, oak, leather, tobacco, coconut. The vanilla nut flavor lingers a looong while on the palate. There is a hint of metallic off flavor in this, but I may also just be drinking it too cold. Enjoyable brew. I expected a little more sweetness and creaminess and less dry and dusty finish from the oak. As it is though, while warm and boozy it comes in nicely mellow. While I have not had Bravo on its own, based on its description this beer seems to be strongly led by that beer and the brown sugar from Stickee Monkey (also have not had that one).

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black-brown espresso with a tan one-finger head that recedes quickly but leaves along a nice thin lacing throughout. A quick whiff of vanilla and oak escaped the bottle once I opened it just as you would expect from a traditional FW Anniversary beer. Strong bourbon, oak, vanilla, dried fruit, chocolate, figs, and perhaps some crème brûlée are picked up in the nose. Good golly! This brew was pretty hot with its bourbon traits rushing out like the running of the bulls in Spain which made me a bit remorseful for not laying this brew to rest to allow it to age a bit longer so that the heat would mellow down significantly to enjoy the other complexities of the beer. After allowing for the beer to get just below room temperature, I could once again detect the oak and vanilla. I also picked up rich molasses, cinnamon, and the flavor was reminiscent of the Stickee Monkey, FW’s barleywine, as I understand the most forward component of this beer was the barleywine style. Medium bodied mouthfeel and decent carbonation throughout. Overall, this beer was very well made and tasted better after each sip mostly due to the temperature change which allowed the other flavors to open up and finally underwhelm the bourbon heat. Again, I wish I had laid this beer to rest and I plan to do that with my extra, so I’ll be seeing this one again next year!

Photo of bpasquini
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color, but while sitting in the glass it is pitch black, on a heavy pour it left a tiny, light tan colored head, leaves no lacing, even though it sits pitch black in the glass, you can somewhat notice that dark amber color from the pour, very intriguing color to this beer and it's fantastic!

S: Primarily I am getting the bourbon barrels, but it is mixed with sweet vanilla and brown sugar, a very slight hint of booze, chocolate, and broken down hops, slight hints of tobacco, and coffee.
It is very interesting to smell this beer, every time you smell it, you notice something new, or the presence of a smell is stronger than the last, I am literally getting a new smell from this beer every time I smell it, great smell to this beer! Only negative is that the smell is a little faint, if it were stronger it would definitely be a perfect score

T: This section blew me away, I was skeptical about the flavor of the blended beers, but damn this tastes good! Initial flavor is broken down hops blended wonderfully with caramel and brown sugar, then it transitions to a slight boozy chocolate, tobacco flavor, and finishes with that lovely bourbon vanilla flavor mixed with brown sugar and chocolate, the flavor lingers ever so slightly but you only taste the vanilla, it's not overly sweet which is fantastic! This is definitely one of the best tasting beers I have and probably will ever have!

M: The mouthfeel to this beer is phenomenal, it's medium bodied, incredibly smooth, very drinkable especially for a beer at 13.3% ABV, there is a slight creaminess to it as well which compliments the sweet flavors of the beer, just a perfect mouthfeel to this beer, that's all that needs to be said about it.

O: Damn good beer in my opinion, if it weren't so pricey or if I didn't have a budget, I would go to all the bottle shops that still have this beer and buy all of them, I had low expectations for this beer and it shattered every doubt I had about it, get your hands on this beer!

Photo of Jonada
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours dark brown with less than a finger of a light khaki colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is basically opaque.

Smell: Caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, raisins/figs and some brandy as well. Really complex and inviting.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, surprising amount of brandy character, bourbon, raisin, caramelized sugar, just a hint of citrusy hops and even some faint red grape.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium. Goes down pretty smooth, but with a medium strength alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

Overall: As per usual, Firestone Walker knocks it out of the park with their anniversary release. Worth picking up a a couple of bottles both to drink now and age for later.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip; jet black with a moderate tan head that fades slowly, leaving nice sticky lacing.
Smell is brown sugar, bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, banana, raisins...wow. Complex and tons of barrel character.
Taste is...magnificent. Oak, bourbon, burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, raisins, dark fruit, black bread, vanilla, spice, slight hops...everything.
Mouthfeel is smooth as hell, slick and amazing.
Overall, this is awesome. I was a bit worried as to how a blend would be, but this has removed all doubt. This is amazing stuff. Every flavor you'd desire in a beer, and so much barrel character, all in perfect harmony. Wow.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, with slippery light lacing. Aroma of whisky, dark fruit, vanilla, hints of nuts and chocolate, dominated by the whisky barrel elements. Flavor is wonderfully integrated dark dried and fresh fruit, vanilla, oak wood, bourbon, caramel, pale malt, and a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with bourbony caramel. Medium to heavy bodied, nearly syrupy. Complex but balanced, the flavors really do meld together as if several people spent a lot of time blending different components (which is the origin of this strong ale). The high ABV shows through even the dense flavor of this, but mostly as bourbon and toffee. Delicious. Really hard to say how this could be improved, except the pour is kind of one note dark brown with little excitement from carbonation (the carbonation is fine in the taste).

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Refrigerated bomber poured to snifter, allowed to warm 10-15 minutes

Pours black as night, about 1 finger tan head that settles to a light lace

Aroma is complex: whiskey and oak first, vanilla, toffee, butter, roasted malt, plum sneak in

Taste is delicious whiskey, sweet malt up front and brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, fig, molasses, licorice and faint fuggles spiciness on the back as well as hot alcohol. Not "woody" at all

Mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy

Overall: one of my favorite beer styles, my first time having FW 17 from the bottle (previous had it on tap). Not often a beer comes with two pages of reading material. Definitely a sipping brew, that continues to improve in all facets as it warms. Tremendous melange of flavors present, with none of them really overpowering... a well orchestrated symphony of flavors, each sip a little different as it warms. I'm scoring it damn close to perfect, as it is difficult to imagine a better imperial stout.

Photo of Beerampage
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where/When: Secluded North East KS in a cabin by the lake @ approx 12PM CST on Dec 28th. Sharing with old friends who may have had a significant head start in the alcohol race.

Appearance: Deep Brown in color with a nice cream laced ring around the top. Looks delicioius.

Smell: Sweet smelling. Brown sugar is prominent. Bourbon fills the nose with the barrel notes. Tobacco. Very well balanced in the nose. Changing from sweet to boozy. Just like an evening lady should.

Taste: This beer isn't obtrusive or loud. Its very soft. The nose doesn't lie as the brown sugar is present up front. Was hard to get ahold of at first with a toasted vanilla flavor to the back of the tounge. Just a tad of bitterness. Much more revealing on the second sip. Nutty, and sweet. Very rich and delicious. Sexy beer.

Mouth-feel: Carbonation is perfect. FW does a very nice job with this. Feels the way it tastes, beautiful.

Overall: Three days removed from this years Parabola, this one is softer, but doesn't lack any complexity. This beer does what an outstanding beer should. The nose is a precursor to what's to come, and upon tasting, validation. I was lucky enough to grab two, and I count the days till our second meeting.

Cheers!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle split with my dad the weekend after Christmas. He claims it is the best beer he's ever tasted. Not bad for a guy who was primarily a Bud drinker a year ago!

Pours a medium-to-dark brown into two snifters. Small but nice looking head, not much lacing.

Smells great. Brown sugar, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, all of that great stuff. Can't wait to put this in my belly.

Tastes very similar to the smell. Very strong brown sugar and oak. The bourbon flavors are strong, but well integrated, doesn't taste boozy at all, really. There's a bit of a nut flavor I'm getting in the taste that I didn't pick up in the smell.

Mouthfeel is full and wonderful. The beer warms you right up.

A must try. One of the best beers I've had this year. Worth the steep price.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas present from the wife, split with my brothers on Christmas day.

A: Very dark brown pour, red transparent hues follow the edge of the glass; decent amount of off-white head and lacing.

S: The nose starts brown ale with notes of toasted malt, nuts, chocolate, roast, coffee, and even some hops. The barrels are there too, but a little more in the background than I'm used to from FW Anniversary beers; warmth reveals mellow toasted oak, vanilla, and toasted coconut, as well as some caramel and toffee.

T: More of the barrel character comes forward here, with bourbon and a little of the brandy showing up in flavors of toffee, vanilla, caramel, and some coconut. There is a bit more burn here than on the nose but its completely manageable. More malty roastiness and hints of coffee as well as butterscotch as the palate unfolds.

MF: Fuller bodied with medium-to-low carbonation; light alcohol presence lends some bitterness but minimal burn.

O: Started drinking this one at slightly cooler than room temp, and while the bouquet was nice at that temperature it still left me wanting a little more. I don't think this one will age as well as some of the others; its very mellow and tasty right now. Overall a very good beer.

Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.