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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
pours a cloudy dark brown with a very small tan head that goes away quickly, and very little lacing. smell is of chocolate, bourbon, a touch of espresso, and some dark fruit. taste is of dark fruits, bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, malt, a touch of vanilla is in there, hops come out in the back, and some licorice. ends strong and thick.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
Bourbon och champinjoner. Alkoholvarm men inte stickig. Kola och choklad. Härlig balans. Svartbrun/mörkbrun och klar. Signerad flaska, vilket givetvis ökar smakupplevelsen rejält. Underbar balans på fattonerna.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at City Beer in SF. Pours a dark maroon color. Small off white head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate, apple pie. Flavor is like a chocolate shake, with vanilla and slight coffee and smoke notes. Nice mouthfeel, perhaps slightly watery, which seems to be a trait of all FW beers. Better than I remember FW 16 being, for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (5319) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at Martin City Brewing. Comes a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and fruit. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and wood. Very complex and very good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1783) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau for the FW SF Beer Week event. Pours a deep amber-brown that is clear with minimal head. Sweet and boozy on both flavor and aroma. Not nearly as complex as some of the other anniversary beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Shared bomber with SHERM1016....thanks! Pours a dark dark brown with minimal head. Initial nose is dominantly a barley wine with notes of sweet caramel / sweet malts. Let it warm and tastes change to chocolate / expresso stouts....and booze. Very tasty.

3.9
   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.

4
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1807) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (6065) - 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!


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