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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 182
Gots: 461 | FT: 70
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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Dark brown pour with a touch of mahogany and a two finger beige head that quickly fades with pretty nice lacing. Very complex nose with lots of caramel malt and toffee along with hints of dark fruits, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, tobacco, butterscotch, and quite a bit of booze. The taste is just as complex. Loads of caramel, toffee, and oak up front along with hints of vanilla, maple, brown sugar, butterscotch, dark fruits, tobacco, bourbon, nuts, booze, and subtle cocoa and black cherries. The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, velvety smooth, and subtly creamy with a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Overall, this is a masterfully crafted beer. You truly get all the best characteristics of all the beers that make up this unbelievable blend. I think that Firestone Walker has now solidified itself as my favorite brewery.

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4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Into a Spiegelau snifter - I dig the presentation of the bottle in the box with the 'pedigree" paper dated 10-1-13 - Looks like the real deal as it fills the glass with it's richness and puts up a 1/2 finger head - head quickly dissipates into a thin ring, spotty lacing drifts down the sides of the glass - I can smell all the good stuff described in previous reviews - Taste is very complex with all the dried fruits, caramels and toffees, and all the roasty goodness of the gods - the barrel aging flavor is superb - just right -
mouthfeel is slick and thick, but not too much of either - carbonation feels just right as well - an incredible blend - FW has achieved it's goal once again - blending the various beers to 'create a synergistic whole that is greater than the sum of it's parts' - fantastic stuff !

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Charred oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness. A lot going on in the nose but extremely inviting and complex.

T - Chocolate, roast and a nutty flavour come through at first as the Bravo flavours come to the forefront. The mid-palate adds massive barrel qualities with bourbon, vanilla, charred oak and a hint of brandy coming though. They are followed by barley-wine flavours of caramel, toffee and raisin. A warming alcohol presence is noticeable throughout but is fairly tame for the ABV. Very complex.

M - Medium, just short of full body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer but fell short of 15 & 16.

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.