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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 399   ABV: 13.3%
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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!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 There is alot going on with this beer and it’s mostly good. Obviously it’s a brown ale base but the other blends just turn this beer into a new animal. Tobacco, bourbon, major oak, and toast are the main elements with the Hellderado cutting through it all for a snappy finish. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Translucent reddish brown color, off-white lacing. Rich aroma of butterscotch, booze-soaked raisins and figs, caramel malt, vanilla, brown sugar, and traces of cocoa. Almost heavy sweetness, with a bit of spice; very barleywine-like. Creamy and full-bodied with average carbonation. Good alcohol presence.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (4437) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
On draft at Churchkey DC. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. Vanilla and bourbon nose. Flavors of plum, cocoa , licorice, bourbon and vanilla. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Solid effort for an anniversary beer from firestone, it’s solid and tasty, but lacks the bold flavor that I associate with this anniversary series.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (778) - - DEC 31, 2013
2013 bottle to a snifter. Pours a mahogany brown with little to no head. Aroma is a candied dark fruit, particularly cherry, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is the same with a spiciness from the alcohol and some brown sugar. Some leather at the end. Medium mouthfeel with some drying at the end due to the alcohol content. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (879) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a ruby tinted brown with a thin beige head and minimal lacing. Aroma of cherry and bourbon with some vanilla and oak. Taste dark fruits along with bourbon booziness and brown sugar. Oak and vanilla mid palate with a little spiciness from the alcohol and mild roasted malt. Finishes mostly dry. Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of developing flavors that blend well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (492) - USA - DEC 31, 2013
A medium brown with red tint. Marbled off white head on the surface. Smells fruity sweet, cherry cough syrup. The cherry cough syrup comes through in the taste as well as a spiciness almost like a pepper burn but I think it's just the alcohol burn. Some vanilla, maybe a bit of the creme brûlée that's mentioned. Medium body, and carbonation. As it warms I start to pick up more on the roasted flavors and the barrel character, and maybe a little bit of the chocolate but not near as much as most people have mentioned. I'm not real sure what to think of this one overall. I was hopeful that this would have a ridiculous amount of complexity and I'm a tad bit disappointed on that front. Having said that, it's a good beer, it's unique and probably deserves a second chance in a year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2019) - - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours cola color with some ruby tints and a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and bourbon barrel. Taste is banana, caramel, oak, vanilla, wood from the barrel. Thick oily palate. Delicious and complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (1059) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap, poured black hue w/ minimal head fully diminishing w/ alcohol clinging the glass. Moderate boozy aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light biter finish. Tastes are oak, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, and port. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, soft carbonation and boozy warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle shared with Jacob and Tom. Pours a clear ruby brown with a large creamy beige head. Bit of iodine in the front, moves into some sweet vanilla and bourbon, wood and caramel. Beautiful sweet caramel and a bit of chocolate, warm alcohol but not boozy. Sweet bourbon, cocoa, a bit of wood. Super smooth,a bit of umami. Long warm sweet caramel into the finish.


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