Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.30%

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

Added by StoutSnob40 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
125
Ratings:
1,428
pDev:
7.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,428 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Gambyt20
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MurphDog14
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark reddish-brown, almost black in appearance; one-finger thick head, lasting. Roasted and charred grain scent infused with notes of dates and figs; cocoa; wood. Boozy, charred grain flavors; spicy; cocoa and hints of vanilla; brown sugar. Heavy body; thick and chewy; some alcohol heat but mostly malt sugar heft; semi-sweet finish.

Found this bottle tucked into a corner cabinet, so figure after five years its ripe for consumption. It seems well blended and nicely balanced with all the dark malt goodness that went into it. The ABV is well-hidden behind the malt base. A beautiful monster...

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Photo of LA_Hue24
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwkdmk
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shaneb818
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WormGod
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taospowder
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sd123
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3.96/5: This has aged beautifully, with Bravo, Parabola, and Stickee Monkee showing equally well

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Photo of axf4129
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from A grocery store in Palm Desert CA for $20.

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Photo of mac31
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time having. Stored since purchasing. Hard to separate this beer from it's components. As they say: the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I think Bravo, Parabola come to mind first. Followed by Sucaba and Stickee.

Sweet caramel, cooked caramel and brown sugar hit my palate first. Then some coffee/ "soft" espresso kicks in. Every now and again I get some deep, dark fruit. Cherry? might be the fruit. Red wine/vine? I get some minor leather in there (reminiscent of Sucaba.)
There is the familiar (FSW), moderate amount of barreling noted in this brew. Vanilla is there, but subdued. Carbonation is more noticeable than some component beers. It's appropriate, though. Body is silky, yet thinnish. Big beer. Sweet. Boozy, for sure. Flavors clean up rather quickly on the palate. Slight hint of (earthy) hops and coffee linger past the finish, not overbearing in the least.

It's a great beer. I've had so many of it's complementary beers, it's hard for me to look at this as a "different" beer. Do I like it? Yes. Am I happy I bought it? Yes. Should I have stored it for so long? No. Glad that I have another? Absolutely!

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 1,428 ratings