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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1078) - 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 (2501) - 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 (797) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5055) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle big thanks to Greg! Chocolate and cocoa mixed with a bit of molasses. Some creamy rich goodness here. Not booze and followed by hits of vanilla and coffee with some bourbon. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (805) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour, creamy head. Bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bread and dark fruits in the aroma. Flavour is sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bread, and some subtle spices and fruity notes. Similar in some ways to a lighter version of Utopias - warming, with similar spice, bread and fruit notes. Not what I expected, but pleasant nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5849) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
(Draught) clear copper, tan bubbles. Nose of alcohol, bourbon, tinge of tart fruit,brown sugar, vinous notes and background of horse blanket funk but very hard to detect that. Taste of alcohol, warming bourbon, touch of tartness, plum, really great balanced strong barrel aged beer. Touch of white and red grapes in the finish and still quite warm. Time will do this favors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle split with Chris at Memphis Taproom. Pours a deep reddish brown with tan head and lace. Nose of chocolate, licorice, fig, vanilla, bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (1257) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Cloudy dark brown color. Nose is bourbon, dark fruit, fig, raisin, oak, musty. Taste is earthy fruit, fig, raisin, plum, old leather, musty wood, barrel. Finish is a little boozy, bready, nuts and fruit, complex barrel notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a deep burnt caramel brown with a finger of khaki foam. The nose has lots of citrus, orange peel, toffee, cocoa dust and bourbon. The palate follows with big burnt caramel sweetness on the front that layers itself into toffee, cocoa powder and a linger bitterness of orange peel and grassy hop notes creep in on the backend. Tasty but not as harmonious as some of the previous releases... though this is the freshest Ive ever had of the series so maybe the hop presence is more pronounced than previous bottles. Still enjoyed it very much, will lay down a bottle to see how it ages.

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