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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 183
Gots: 421 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Grinky, Dec 22, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 12/21/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a flight glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. There’s a hearty malt character and no trace of the high ABV. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, no style to represent here since this is a conglomeration of several beers but it’s a very good beer to sip on for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

zrbeer1579, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of IKR
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:Very dark-brown coloring with a small beige head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Bourbon, browns sugar/toffee, mild vanilla, and some fruity notes. The barrel elements are the prominent features in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, mild roasted malts, mild oak, faint tobacco (not in a bad way), and some fruit notes. The finish is fairly dry with some faint hop notes, oak notes, and roast malts present in the end. Very restrained alcohol presence

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Very nice.

Overall: As a stout/porter and English barleywine fan, for my palate, this is the best anniversary edition since 14. 15 and 16 don't compare for my tastes. What can I say, another excellent bal-aged FW beer.

IKR, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

ejimhof, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Mainbrew.

Pouring a very dark brown with a dense, brown head that falls off to a ring rapidly, leaving little lacing. The nose has a nice, big, barrel character. The American strong ale base is clear, with flavors or agave syrup, toffee, caramel and a clean, bready pale malt character. Along with this is the layered barrel character. Vanilla, bourbon, amaretto, a brandy pomace aroma, a little bit of coconut, some cinnamon.... This is complex. Clearly boozy, bit in a nice way, this is an enjoyable blend. The youth of the components is clear, with a rather snappy malt character, cereal-like in some ways. An oatmeal cookie note is also present. Intoxicating stuff.

The palate opens with a nice blend of brandy and bourbon flavors with fruit, vanilla, coconut and pomace. The base beer components come in next, with the roast from Parabola and oatmeal from Velvet Merkin blending nicely with flavors of agave syrup, buckwheat honey, light caramel, toffee and some sugar cookie dough. Fruit, With a blend of grape, pear, a little peach even, is present. A boozy sweetness lingers on into the finish, mildly spiced with, again, sugar. The clean malt character on the midpalate, present in so many young barleywines, especially of the American persuasion, is present. Tannins are low here, with just a little bit of oak. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the balance in the blend of barrels - brandy, bourbon and whiskey- is excellent. The mild burn on the finish is wholly appropriate.

A very nice beer, a welcome return after the disappointing 16, though if I am to be honest, I'm more enjoying deconstructing the beer than drinking it. While these beers might be getting better (or not), the sheer number of big, barrel aged beers makes the likelihood of experiencing another epiphany like the 11 at 9 months unlikely. And I'm forced into drawing that comparison because the 11 like 17, had Bravo as a main component. Still, this is highly recommended.

DefenCorps, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

xacidx, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Nightrain87, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

jmccraney, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Braz, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

MarkyMOD, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

scxcrunner, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

adamdarcy, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

BullBearHawk, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

ShanePB, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Kevincredible, Dec 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

kevgod, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

9uns, Dec 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Jslay013, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

xnicknj, Dec 16, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very dark brown with some red highlights. Mid-sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades out fast but decent retention at least. Zero signs of lacing.

S: Wonderfully rich aroma. Sweet milk chocolate and toasted malt stand out with quite a bit of barrel presence that overshadows everything. Caramel, toasted sugar and marshmallow from the barrels. Oaky vanilla and a touch of dark fruits. Big sweet scents.

T: More barrels up front. Super sweet caramel and toasted sugars. Sticky fudge. Lots of toasted malt lending a sort of toasted bread flavor along with some more caramel and brown sugar. Thick, dense bready flavors give it a real barleywine feel. A little bit more fudge floats around in the aftertaste. Chocolate stands out more and more once the beer fully warms.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Super sticky and sweet.

O: Hmph. Quite tasty but not as complex as previous years. This one tastes a lot like a nice big barrel-aged barleywine. Or maybe a big barrel aged brown ale. Or a blend of the two I guess. Very tasty, very complex, very bold and with a huge, sweet and sticky body to match.

Dope, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

kk73, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

hogansct, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

LSMroz, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Sisky, Dec 15, 2013
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,127 ratings.