Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 178
Gots: 434 | FT: 63
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.

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(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013)
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4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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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.

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.