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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2014
22oz bottle, thanks Aaron! Split with dwm1034. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, caramel, some whiskey, oak, vanilla, with a smooth, boozy finish. A very nice blend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
A- pours an opaque black brown with lighter cola edges. Light to medium tan head that thins in a hurry. Good lacing. S- graham crackers, vanilla, marshmallows, rhubarb, wood, rich chocolate, molasses, honey all co-star. M- medium oily body that is very fluid. No chewiness. Medium sweet to cola palate seems out of place, but no offensive. Good carbonation. T- starts off bland with cola, mineral water and some cheap milk chocolate. Richer flavors come on the middle. Grains, toasted malts, figs, honey, marshmallow, molasses come next. Ending is bitter and dry with zinc, hops, chalk, banana bread, cocoa, and rhubarb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1712) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
22oz bottle pours a brown color without much head. Complex flavors finishing with prevalent bourbon flavor. Smoothed out with some time to breathe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Binnys Lincoln Park location on Black Friday. damn near black with a thin retention around the rim of the snifter. The nose reminds me of BCBS 2013 release, coconut and huge notes of vanilla and slight barrel hints. to try and break down this masterful blend of mixing the brews would be sure lunacy. The brewer that blended this was over the top, great at his job. I can taste a barley wine\stout\bold ass American punch you in the face strong ale. The ABV content is there but not distracting. Hot damn this is bitching!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4265) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
AirForceHops grabbed this when we were in Chicago. Last bottle at Binny’s! Enjoyed 2 months later split 2 ways in a snifter at 55F.

A - Looks black in the glass. more of a very dark amber against a lit. Nice creamy head that fades to a thin line.

S - Nose is fantastic. Lots of oak, pie crust, very sweet, pumpkin pie, persimmons, coconut and vanilla.

T - Wow. The taste is VERY coconut forward. Lots of tropical coconut, lots of dark fruits, raisins very oak heavy...a hint of cherry and molasses and maple syrup. I get more pumpkin, it’s just a really great beer.

M - Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice oily texture. Impressive stuff!

O - I loved this beer. all of my favorite tastes all blended into a single bottle. I could nurse a 750ML of this all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: .25L glass (8.5 oz.) From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif. Price: $8.00 Purchased: Feb. 7, 2014 Consumed: Feb. 7, 2014 Misc.: Part of BLAH’s fifth anniversary week Poured a dark mahogany, almost pitch black color with two fingers of tan head when I got it. Fantastic foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. Smelled boozy, Jim Beam, bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, light sour fruit and plum. Tasted a bit better than the smell. Still boozy, bourbon, Jim Beam, sweet caramel, toffee, faint butterscotch, tobacco, plum and fig. Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Just a great beer overall. Not quite what I hoped, but still very, very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
t8dd (46) - Mascoutah, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3005) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours out almost pitch black with a very thin grayish- white head. Aroma is of under cooked, gooey brownies, chocolate, light caramel and toffee, mild boozy bourbon notes, syrupy sweet notes, oak and some toasted coconut. Taste is super complex, toasted coconut, sweet chocolate syrup, oak, bourbon, some vanilla beans, caramel, tobacco, light lingering alcohol notes in the finish that are borderline boozy. Really complex beer, this was fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Expecting something similar to last year really. Brown ale with some caramel hues, a decent short living sheet of tan foam. Smells sweet, bubble gum, vanilla, bourbon, cotton candy, cola, sweet cocoa powder. Flavor is alcohol, sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, a little bitterness, some caramel. Nice flavor. Medium bodied with low carb, semi dry finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big bourbon, coconut, bready, figs, raisins, toffee, caramel, deep earthiness, cocoa, and espresso in the aroma. Taste is earthy, brown sugar, toffee, plums, coconut, coffee, toasted malt, whiskey, and grasy characteristics with a mouth coating roasted finish. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Another great anniversary blend from Firestone Walker.

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