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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 181
Gots: 428 | FT: 67
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

socalbrewlvr, Feb 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

guido19, Feb 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hijodeloco, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BrandonSeal, Feb 21, 2014
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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.

hagbergl, Feb 21, 2014
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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.

ToddHolder, Feb 19, 2014
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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.