Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.91/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 03:02:38 | More by GreesyFizeek
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 14:57:32 | More by Scotchboy
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.