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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 257   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, red fruits. Malty flavour, caramel, red frutis. Finish wood, somewhat astringent.
(from 66cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi. Clear brown. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, cookies, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla. Sweet flavor with caramel, cookies, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of coffee, dark fruits, vinous notes, wood, a bit of bitterness, and a mild alcoholic edge. Rounded mouthfeel. Great and really complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (2387) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
August 28, 2015. Bottle at home.
Dark reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, oak, alcohol, toasted coconut and light roasted notes. Taste is medium sweet with caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, some bourbon alcohol, slight tannic astringency and medium bitter with a very light roasted note. Finish is bitter, light astringency, warming alcohol and a malty sweetness. Medium bodied, oily texture, slightly fizzy small bubble carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3555) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
At Rich’s Massive Cellar Emptying Tasting. Firestone XVII 13.3% reddish brown pour with a maple syrup oaky aroma. Heat going down on a med-light spritzy body. The taste is oak, woodsy, maple syrup but the body is just not enough to support it. Somewhat disappointing but I am 10 hours+ into a tasting...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2015
4th November 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Hazy deep amber beer, decent pale tan head. Nice vanilla - oak nose. Smooth palate, semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Sweetish malts - caramel. Some vanilla. A little spicy alcohol. Smooth bourbon and a touch of brandy. Light semi dry finish. Nice beer, but could do with a little aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drdisque (685) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
From a shared bottle poured in a snifter at Binny’s Lincoln Park tasting room. Very complex as one would expect given the beer’s composition. Bourbon comes through but the complexity of this beer compared to most barrel aged beers really shines. Through. Finish is nutty and slightly sweet, but clean and great. I think this type of grand cru type beer is such a great idea, I can’t believe more brewers don’t do it. Really Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1913) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle. Color is dark brown thin head aroma of burnt sugar and toasted vanilla wood. Taste is thick and sweet lots of oak and creme Brule

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8794) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
Good rusty-cream head over ruby-brown beer. Nutty, chocolate, alcohol, Bourbon, vanilla. Rich roasted, chocolate, vanilla & Bourbon taste, fusels. Well-carbonated, very well-bodied. Balances better than many in this segment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mears (55) - - JUL 26, 2015
The deScription says it all. An outstanding beer. I wish they would make it all the time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3567) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
31 May 2015, tap at FW Barrelworks. Dark brown. Nose is sweet, mocha, tobacco, hints of coffee, and there is something spicy somewhere in the background. Ned body, mildly fizzy, a tad oily. Mocha, tobacco, some dry wood, mild alcohol, brown sugar. Nice.

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