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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 181
Gots: 431 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

SwG237, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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MattGrimley, Jan 01, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip; jet black with a moderate tan head that fades slowly, leaving nice sticky lacing.
Smell is brown sugar, bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, banana, raisins...wow. Complex and tons of barrel character.
Taste is...magnificent. Oak, bourbon, burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, raisins, dark fruit, black bread, vanilla, spice, slight hops...everything.
Mouthfeel is smooth as hell, slick and amazing.
Overall, this is awesome. I was a bit worried as to how a blend would be, but this has removed all doubt. This is amazing stuff. Every flavor you'd desire in a beer, and so much barrel character, all in perfect harmony. Wow.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 01, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, with slippery light lacing. Aroma of whisky, dark fruit, vanilla, hints of nuts and chocolate, dominated by the whisky barrel elements. Flavor is wonderfully integrated dark dried and fresh fruit, vanilla, oak wood, bourbon, caramel, pale malt, and a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with bourbony caramel. Medium to heavy bodied, nearly syrupy. Complex but balanced, the flavors really do meld together as if several people spent a lot of time blending different components (which is the origin of this strong ale). The high ABV shows through even the dense flavor of this, but mostly as bourbon and toffee. Delicious. Really hard to say how this could be improved, except the pour is kind of one note dark brown with little excitement from carbonation (the carbonation is fine in the taste).

LiquidAmber, Jan 01, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Refrigerated bomber poured to snifter, allowed to warm 10-15 minutes

Pours black as night, about 1 finger tan head that settles to a light lace

Aroma is complex: whiskey and oak first, vanilla, toffee, butter, roasted malt, plum sneak in

Taste is delicious whiskey, sweet malt up front and brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, fig, molasses, licorice and faint fuggles spiciness on the back as well as hot alcohol. Not "woody" at all

Mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy

Overall: one of my favorite beer styles, my first time having FW 17 from the bottle (previous had it on tap). Not often a beer comes with two pages of reading material. Definitely a sipping brew, that continues to improve in all facets as it warms. Tremendous melange of flavors present, with none of them really overpowering... a well orchestrated symphony of flavors, each sip a little different as it warms. I'm scoring it damn close to perfect, as it is difficult to imagine a better imperial stout.

ryannosaurus, Jan 01, 2014
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.