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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,071
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 414 | FT: 69
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:
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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Ratings: 1,071 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ADTaber, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

attometer00, Jan 24, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

beerexpertusahopps, Jan 24, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 24, 2014
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4.46/5  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.

sprucetip, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

mishtif, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

JT99125, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ThrashMaster, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ricecracker420, Jan 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Abbbp, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

beerforpresident, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

unclejazz, Jan 22, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

notchucknorris, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

chippo33, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

starrdogg, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Jpepe08, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Davit, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

bccocx, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

pagesofphotographs, Jan 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

brycevolk, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Dirty25, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Whimpers, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Shaimless, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

jb3304, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

nick_asian, Jan 19, 2014
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.