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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:
124
Ratings:
1,418
pDev:
7.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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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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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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4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

These things are almost always so similar, except for 14 which was like, primarily a stout compared to the other ones.

Very dark brown pour, close to black, thin lighter brown head, 2/5". Aroma of booze, bourbon, chocolate, oak. Mild citrus hops.

Taste, pretty decadent and layered, much like the Bruery anniversary beers. Brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate malt. Still has that tiny bit of citrus hop bite. Toffee, caramel, burnt belgian candy sugar. A real good chestnuts roasting on an open fire feel to it as well. Mouth feel then drops the slightest bit of vanilla and raisin. Complex.

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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter a deep dark brown, almost black. About 1 finger of irregularly shaped bubbles in the head that left deep lacing. Smells of stone fruit, leather, and red wine. Tastes about the same. Moderate bitterness is well balanced by the malt these guys really know what they're doing in the blend.

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

Photo of admonster00
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Zythophile
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: sometime in 2013
Palate Contaminants: grilled meat

Appearance is a really dark brown, but it does let some light through. There's hardly any head.

The smell is buttery and smoky. It has a lot of what I could best describe as burnt molasses. There's also a hint of spices (cinnamon), but the molasses are the main thing. Definitely cola in there, as well. Overall, it doesn't seem to volatilize particularly well.

The buttery savoriness is the first taste I get, then there are a whole bunch of other things behind that. The next flavor is charred barrel, but it's in the acceptable range. From that emerge some sweeter flavors. Very heavy sweet tea is there, like brick tea with a drop of clove honey. It is a bit like dark rum, too, and I definitely get the alcohol. It gets sweeter as it warms up, mostly from nondescript dried fruits, although I can pick out prunes. There some anise in there, also.

The aftertaste is somehow a little bit spicy. The aftertaste is dominated by cloves and burnt sugar. There's not much carbonation, still.

I have one more bottle, and I don't know how much longer I'm going to let it sit.

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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kell50
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 1,418 ratings
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