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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196
Gots:
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For Trade:
69
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma is all bourbon-caramel, vanilla, wood, boozy. Dark amber with no head, nice lacing. Tastes amazing, lots of bourbon barrel presence with alcohol heat, dark jammy fruit, sweet and roasted malt. Long, long finish. Got another bottle I plan on aging. Will be interesting to see what time will do for this one.

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4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

We're first attracted by what we see, right? That applies here. I'm looking at a finger-thick, khaki-colored and espresso-looking head. The head is persistent and slowly settles into a thick lace above the liquid. Below is a viscous and pitch black beverage with an almost oil-like consistency.

Surprisingly, the aroma and taste aren't entirely as complex and diverse as I'd expect given the mix of beers. On the nose I get bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet malt. It's straightforward and seems very much the result of bourbon-barrel aging. My tongue gets much more enjoyment, although the bourbon, spice and vanilla notes continue to reign supreme. Still, there is sweet malt, a slight resinous hop presence, and the finish is lingering oakiness. The taste that sticks on my tongue is very much like Dr. Pepper.

This beer is excellent and I think what really makes it notable is the silky smoothness and the thick viscous feel that drinks smoothly, yet so full-bodied. There is a slight astringency, but hardly anything notable given the ABV. Nothing like a big, bold beer being so creamy. I really enjoyed and look forward to seeing what this will taste like a year from now.

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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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