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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 172
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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

zbodnar1, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

EricClayton, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Gobzilla, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

mbw314, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

saxclar123, Dec 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Swervine44, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Lucnifter, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Pidzik12, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

falconxman, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

brez8791, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

BARFLYB, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

fivetime, Dec 06, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz boxed bomber poured into a snifter. This will be the third installment I've tried of FW Anniversary Ales, starting with 15 and 16.

A- Pours brown/ borderline dark red with some light emerging through the top sides of the glass. A small amount of khaki colored head fades to the side of the glass. Lots of lacing on the glass as well.

S- Sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak. It smells boozy, actually burnt my nose taking in a big whiff.

T- Very nice beer. I get an oaky vanilla up front at first sip. Additional tastes bring about caramel and dark fruits, along with the warming from the bourbon with each sip. Very complex and tasty.

M- Medium bodied, flavorful, boozy like any FW barrel aged offering.

I enjoyed this beer fresh much more so than 16 last year. It drinks hot like all Firestone BA offerings I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

vic21234, Dec 06, 2013
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Oakenator, Dec 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

mportnoy, Dec 05, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Exponentially excited to have this beer, my first of the Firestone Walker anniversary ales that I've gotten to purchase in a bottle. I had the 15 and 16 on tap last year. Of this blend, I have only tried one or two of the beers that were blended. Expectations are through the roof.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass. Subtle ruby / chestnut highlights around the edges when held to a light source. About one finger of chocolate tan head that falls to a ring quickly. Looks beautiful.

S - Smell is so rich and complex. Beautiful creamy vanilla up front. Chocolate. Oak wood. Raisins. Brown sugar. Bourbon & rum alcohol fumes. Smells amazing.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: silky vanilla, creamy chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hint of coconut, charred oak wood, some subdued bitter herbal hop presence, and bourbon / rum alcohol heat. Tastes more like a delicious barrel aged stout to me than anything else. This is a seriously amazing tasting beer.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a good amount of roasty bitterness and sticky sweetness clinging to the palate. Just a mild hint of alchol warmth lingers, but it is hardly noticeable. Delicious.

Overall, another wonderful delicious blend from Firestone Walker; I cannot wait to try more of these. More of an amazingly delicious barrel aged stout / barleywine hybrid to me than anything else, but the other components of this beer are clearly present. Highly recommended & ridiculously delicious.

Firestone Walker XVII (Seventeenth Anniversary Ale) ---4.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

rydev24, Dec 05, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed December 4th, 2013 from a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series tulip/goblet glass. Poured at 40 degrees F allowing warming throughout tasting.

Beer is two shades lighter than black; dark brown with deep garnet highlights. A respectable one finger light tan head forms and hangs around long enough to become a thin crown, providing minimal sheeting. This is actually the worst aspect of the beer, as it turns out, and I have no complaints so far!

Aroma is vanilla, coconut, strong spirits, cane sugar, melanoidins. More of a barleywine smell than anything else.

Flavor is subtle and complex. The stout component of this beer is present in the chocolate note, giving way to a hot, boozy gingerbread and molasses affair. Some woody bitterness mingles with a relatively sharp, peppery note towards the end. Lingering moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, nearly velvety. Some alcohol heat.

Another winner from FW. World class.

charlzm, Dec 05, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's

Dark brown pour, slightly translucent around the edges, small cap of creamy, off-white head that retained as a tiny ringlet, leaving just a few dots of lacing on the glass. Aromas of vanilla, burnt caramel, coconut, toasted nuts, bourbon. In the taste, the toasted nuts and bread of a brown ale mingled with the sweet and somewhat burnt sugary notes of a barleywine, flavors of coconut and bourbon-soaked wood. Mouthfeel was smooth, but not entirely fleshed out, body was about medium, but improved as the temperature rose; boozy, but not overly hot. Good overall.

Rifugium, Dec 04, 2013
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Jules11788, Dec 04, 2013
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myuncle, Dec 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber to snifter

I was expecting a bit of a let down since this year's anniversary batch is a lot easier to acquire, but no...they just made a lot more of it (if you're reading this and you can't get it in your area, it would be a good time for a San Diego vacation, it's in pretty much every bottle shop, well stocked). Complex and layered and completely delicious, this brew will undoubtedly do well with a few years under its belt. The specs:

A: The beer looks like a dark cola, deep and brown and viscous. The tiny, wispy head leaves little islands of lacing.

S: Boozy, chocolatey, and buttery. Oak stands out, playing nicely against a whole array of decadent desert tones - coconut, vanilla caramel.

T: The flavors are even more complex, as a distinct hazelnut tone speeds to the front of the palate. Again, chocolate, vanilla and caramel are all present, rolled into one big boozy desert-like aspect. A touch of oak and drying hops keeps the sugar at bay - barely, but enough to add balance. Booze warms throughout, regardless of the temperature, but its accent it welcome. Finishes long and sweet and yummy.

M: Of course it's chewy and viscous...as much as you'd expect. But there's enough carbonation to keep the palate cleaned and primed for each sip.

rand, Dec 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

jplopez21, Dec 04, 2013
Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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