Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,413
Reviews:
124
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Preluderl
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of seedyone
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Eureka! One of my favorite brewers" proprietary releases & on tap no less. Hooray RnH.

The look & aroma will make no new friends as they are unremarkable. Deep, deep mahogany with no head or lacing. Then we get to the magical mystery. When first under the nose it"s "what's that smell?

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Auraan
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep brown, appearing black, though when held to light it is a very dark reddish brown with ruby red highlights. A thin cap of bubbly tan head recedes to sticky lace slowly. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice blended dark beer, well done. Scents of oak and vanilla upfront, leading into rich aromas of toasted coconut, brown sugar, dark molasses, dark fruit notes of raisins and dates and rich, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa at light levels, followed by notes of the aforementioned chocolate-derived aromas and coffee with a warming alcohol at medium-light levels. Age contributes notes of leather and tobacco adding further depth. Overall impression of aroma is of an amazing barrel-aged ale. I don't get the component beers themselves, rather, they have been expertly blended and aged to create a truly unique beer that is rich and appealing with an amazing range of aromas layered together in harmony. A truly excellent bouquet. Flavor begins rich and malty with flavors of molasses, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and light burnt caramel. Oak and vanilla are also present adding depth. Middle adds light flavors of dark fruit, following aroma, raisin and dates layered beneath an increased bitterness of roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and black coffee, aged leather notes and light warming alcohol. Finish is bittersweet with notes of dark chocolate, toasted coconut, black coffee and dark molasses with light nutty notes and faint hints of dark fruit with supporting flavors of oak, vanilla, moderate warmimg alcohol and notes of tobacco and leather. Aftertaste is rich yet bitter, with notes of black coffee, dark chocolate and roast malt with tobacco continuing from the finish. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent beer. One of the finest I've had, a rich, complex ale. It becomes well more than the sum of its parts to be a unique experience. It displays an array of flavors derived from the base beers, the high ABV, the barrel aging and the additional two years in the cellar to create an amazing tapestry of flavor. Truly magnificent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium-light carbonation, a light warming alcohol burn and a smooth, velvet feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent strong ale, rich, yet not overwhelming. Overall this is one of the best beers I have ever sampled. It has an amazing aroma that telegraphs the rich complexity of the flavor which is itself enhanced by the smooth mouthfeel. The complexity of all aspects is at both beguiling and approachable, a well constructed tapestry of aroma and flavors that highlight how Firestone Walker is one of the best breweries in the world.

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Photo of JoeMarinello
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: Murky dark mahogany. Moderate sized whitish-tan head on the pour that does a good job sticking around considering the high ABV. Nice, filmy lacing that slowly recedes.
smell: Rich, decadent nose. Vanilla, fudge barleywine.
taste: even better than the killer nose. Again, rich and decadent and complex. After 2 years, dangerously mellow.
overall: Just steller.

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Photo of sohearn
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deltoro
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshcarl
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raynmoon
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this a few times when it comes out. Kept for 2 years at room temp-ish.

Looks dark brown, with some red hues along the sides of the glass. Also has a small ring of foam around the edges. Alcohol legs are apparent. Looks great.

Big oaky, sweet liquor candy, perhaps a touch of oxidation (cardboard). Once swirled, sweet alcohol, unsweetened coconut, and wood come out. Pretty complex. Not too aggressive however.

A lot of the same initial flavors come to play in the big, drying oak, sugary bourbon and brandy character. However on the back-end, I get tons of graham cracker, and vanilla that lingers. Really awesome.

Lighter end of medium bodied, I'd say; for the style at least. It is appropriate. Not too syrupy or too runny, but just right. Also, upon initial opening it seemed a little fizzy. Perhaps some more fermentation took place in the bottle at my "cellar" temp.

Overall, still drinking awesomely. I think I now know what my favorite beer, and that is Firestone Walker's Anniversary Series. It is not the same beer every year, but I've now had 16-19 (have 15 waiting in the closet) and have loved all 4 of the vintages. They are each unique, in that no other beers taste like this.

I do think 18 and 19 are actually drinking better than this currently. My gripe with this beer initially was that you could taste the Double Jack/Wookie Jack.

Solid A!

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Photo of chefduff2
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ginepiece
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jluck2001
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this when it came out. Figured it was time to crack it.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark dark brown nearly black in the glass hue with a one finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of toffee, bourbon, molasses, maybe some tobacco, coconut barrel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of caramel and toffee, very nice bourbon which lends flavours of coconut and vanilla with toasty barrels. Finish still has a few flashes of alcohol which after a few sips start to get a touch oppressive and dominating though.

M - Mouthfeel is rather rich and creamy, but again, bit hot on the finish.

O - Overall, this was a tasty beer. Nicely aromatic and flavourful, the finish is still on the warm side though. Certainly aged nicely.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neurobot01
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Barrelworks Teku at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: dark garnet-tinged brown with little head.

Smell: sheer BA barleywine heaven. Brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, oak, leather, vanilla, coconut.

Taste: maple syrup, vanilla, coconut, oak, mild hoppy bitterness, more oak.

Feel: I'm guessing people will complain this is thin, but I love the drinkability. Pretty low carb.

Overall: my memory of this fresh had it as a richer, more complex cousin to something like 2013 Southern Charred—brash, burly, bitter (and awesome). Either that memory is way off, or age has massively smoothed out those rough edges. I don't know that this is better than the best of its components, and it's certainly not better than Maltose Falcons... but, it's damn good either way.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy ruby pour with a thick toffee ring lacing.

S - Dark fruit, bourbon, oak, roasted caramel.

T - Start to finish: dark fruit, bourbon, oak, dark roasted toffee, and vanilla.

M - Thick, heavy, sticky slick body with boozy effervescence.

O - Not terribly complex and boozy.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of joeseppy
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with stiff mocha head. Aromas of molasses, sweet bourbon, cocoa powder, figs and smoky oak. Taste is rich. Redman tobacco, damn fine bourbon, smoked almonds, prunes...just to name a few top picks. Feel is creamy and lasts a long time. Sorry for the quick review but I gotta finish watching to see if the Gophers can beat Nebraska. Fine brew indeed!

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Firestone 17 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,413 ratings.
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