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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 399   ABV: 13.3%
As a finished beer, XVII is dark, rich and complex. The lead beers of the blend are Bravo, a lean and oak-forward imperial brown ale and Stickee Monkee, a huge brown sugar infused barley wine. These beers are beautiful on their own but together they bring rich molasses drenched oak flavors and cinnamon glazed almond aromas lifted by high alcohol. In the middle of the blend are our two favorite stouts, Parabola and Velvet Merkin, working in concert to provide a dusty cocoa mocha aroma and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Somehow together in this blend I am reminded of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough! Double DBA makes the blend again this year, bringing its signature vanilla-infused crème brulée flavor. Helldorado, our blonde barley wine, helps to bring balance with its honey notes and light leather nuances. Like last year, a dash of Wookey Jack made the cut bringing with it some fresh hop notes derived from bold Citra and Amarillo creating even more interesting complexity. All together I find XVII to be full of soft chocolate and warm spice perfectly balanced by toasted coconut, bourbon barrel notes and smooth creamy malt mellowness. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XVII is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or red wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. It takes a while, but as this beer sits and breathes in the glass, more rich chocolate and spice character is revealed as the ethereal spirit characters dissipate - so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our eighth oak-aged blend. The journey continues and it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996. Thank you so much for spending a little time with us!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle:   Deep cola in color, dark ruby hues, thin frothy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Bourbon, caramel, graham cracker, coconut, sweet roasted malts, chocolate, and just plain ole goodness on the nose.   Smooth on the tongue, very similar to the aroma.   Not as thick or sticky, which is okay but also a bit weird considering these past beers.   Lots of flavors, but body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Smooth, like a Bourbon Barley Wine crossed with a bit of a Bourbon Imperial Stout.   Needs to be a bit chewier in my opinion.   Clean, and enjoyable, just needs a bit more of that body.   Otherwise great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2014
1/28/2014. From bottle. Pours dark brown with almost no head at all. Aromas are sweet and oaky with malt and dried fruit. Sweet spicy flavors with lots of alcohol burn, oak, fruit and sugar. Nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bomber->snifter. Pours a dark brown with barest rim of tan bubbles, like a glass of soda. A: vanilla, honey, bourbon, molasses, some floral and spice notes. T: somewhat bitter, with vanilla and bourbon, malt, brown sugar, oak. Complex, smooth, with clear presence of the barleywine and imperial stout blends. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a semi-cloudy chestnut color with an off-white ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, spices, almonds, honey, dates, oak, brandy, and bourbon. Flavor of oak, raisin, brown sugar, honey, molasses, brandy, and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, sweet mouthfeel. I don’t get everything that the sheet lists because some notes are stronger than others, but this is complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2550) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber to be consumed by me, myself and I while we are on baby duty with the twins on a frozen saturday in MN. FW14 was one of the beers that just blew me away and opened up my mind and tastebuds to the world of craft beer. I was much less enthusiastic about 15 and 16 but it seems that with 17, Firestone has returned to some of the characteristics of FW13 and FW14. This is a hell of a beer. Bourbon, marshmallow, toffee, coconut with just a smattering of hops and a bitter chocolate finish. Really nice. I need another bottle now...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
22oz bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Dark brown red color. Thin khaki bubbly head. Dots of lace. Fantastic aroma.. Vanilla, brown sugar, maple. Mmm... Flavor is awesome. Bigger body, nice full texture to it. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Very nice creamy texture to it. Extremly smooth for 13.3%. Just a light nice warmth to it, minimal bite, no burn. Nice moderate bitter taste, little sweet -- intensely dry finish. Nice richness with the bourbon notes, marries fantastically with the chocolate and vanilla and light butterscotch. Delicious stuff. Nice caramel syrup. Maybe a hint of coffee, seeing the honey. Fantastic stuff, thanks greatly to Peter for sharing this (and PNC!).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This is awesome! Thank you phalislu, you rock and roll. All night long even, if you, because you know I will.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2607) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bomber thanks to Phaleslu - so complex but here goes: booze, dark fruit, brown sugar, bourbon, and more. Smooth. A treat. Brandy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (799) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a rich aroma and flavor of malt, chocolate, and some bourbon over a smooth, heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours a dark brown no head. Aroma is malty sweet and chocolate. Sweet. Oak and bourbon. Nice beer.

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