Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 17 - Anniversary AleFirestone 17 - Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
97.8%
Liked This Beer
4.47 w/ 1,414 ratings
Firestone 17 - Anniversary AleFirestone 17 - Anniversary Ale
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 dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
1,414
Liked:
1,383
Avg:
4.47/5
pDev:
7.61%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
513
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Ratings: 1,414 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of Mordhaus
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kingmaker
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SayBoom
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Caramel, brown sugar, tobacco, bourbon, oak, brandy, vanilla, cocoa, cola

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Photo of LXIXME
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of Riggsenater
3.84/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a deep brown that may as well be black with a small tan head that fades quickly to a small collar leaving minimal lacing.
S: Smells of toffee, caramel, vanilla, some fruitiness, hints of chocolate and roasted malts
T: Taste is toffee, oak, caramel, vanilla, spiciness, dark fruits, slight dark chocolate and hints of roasted malt. Swallow is oak, roasted malts, chocolate, a little espresso, with some lingering caramel and vanilla from the barrels
M: Fairly heavy in body but not terribly so with soft carbonation and a dry finish from the alcohol
O: Simply outstanding. Such great flavors and the nose is exceptional. This beer is liquid art and I can't speak highly enough of it. You can taste the individual parts and they play very well together.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakecattleco
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a snifter. Pours a brownish black with almost no head. Nose is mostly sweet, vanilla and cherry, mixed with nice augmentations of oak and whiskey. Nose became more mute as it warmed. Taste was delicious, some sweetness and a bit hot from the ABV, character of the barrel, some toffee, hints of chocolate, and other hard to distinguish subtleties. Mouthfeel is good but perhaps on the thinner side, carbonation good, and the finish lingers a bit hot and dry. A very complex beer that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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Photo of Whatup14
3.47/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aged over two years.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. There's a deep reddish tint on the sides. I poured in a mini-wine glass so there's almost no head.

It smells like a Belgian strong dark: raisins and brown sugar.

Flavor is very complex! It's hard to pick out what I get initially, but after a few sips: brown sugar and raisins are up front and very prominent. I really like the level of sweetness. There's also this lovely dark chocolate playing in the background, like Hershey's chocolate. With the brown sugar flavors, the chocolate mixes and creates a sweet graham cracker/marshmallow flavor. Also mixed in there are plums and black cherries, along with some caramel or toffee, and of course bourbon. Awesome flavor.

This beer is on the thicker side of medium. There's just a little carbonation, which adds some character. After each sip, it lingers on the tongue and coats the whole mouth with the lovely flavors described above. Some booze is left on the throat as well.

Overall, this is a wonderful brew. I'm thankful that the barrel characteristics aren't hiding all of those amazing flavors. Not only are those flavors there, but they are THERE - meaning that all of them stand out as if you were drinking a liquid desert cake.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged two years. Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a reddish tint. There is a small head with a little soapy lacing. The odor for me is dark fruits, figs, plum, raisin, berry, coconut, almost dessert wine like, dry woods, barrel, little bourbon. The taste for me is plum, dates, figs, dried fruits, coconut, dark berry, raisin, woods, barrel, no bitterness, dry on the back.

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Photo of rab53
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buckeyes2010
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.8% out of 100 with 1,414 ratings
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