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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sitzds (318) - - NOV 17, 2014
On tap at Simmzy’s Long Beach and poured into a snifter. Translucent dark brown body with a thin tan head that hangs around as a thin ring. No lacing. Aroma is barrel-forward: charred oak, coconut, vanilla, bourbon. There are also dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel notes plus a touch of leafy hops. Taste is complex and inviting: sweet caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with woody and leafy bitterness on the back of the palate. Some boozy hotness and dark fruits on the swallow. An ample medium body, slick and viscous texture, low carbonation, sweet finish with some heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bomber. Dark brown pour with a sudsy layer of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt, charred oak and bittersweet chocolate along with some toffee, vanilla and coconut in the background. Taste delivers a strong shot of bourbon, espresso and dark chocolate upfront followed by notes of caramelized sugar, dark fruits and rum. Mouthfeel is sufficiently full-bodied and chewy with medium carbonation and a final dose of charred malt and whiskey in the finish. The overall flavor is predominately Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout with a touch of Quad. A fine dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3458) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
22 oz bottle. Deep brown with beige suds. Nose is caramel, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, sherry and wood. Creamy medium body with a soft tang. Taste is bourbon, caramel, chocolate, candied citrus peel, dates and marzipan. Finishes dry with grass and wood. Dare i say this is dialed back as compared to earlier iterations?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11442) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to the host with the most, 04/11/14. Mahogany brown with a decent ligh tan covering. Nose is toasted malt, coconut tones, nice BBA effect, brown sugars, light booze, spice, chocolate melt. Taste comprises sweet licks, dark malts, sweet toffee, trickle of booze, cocoa, toasted brown sugar, bourbon tunes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, massageing on the palte, sweet close tempered with a lick of booze. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5695) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2014
19/X/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Beuk’s postponed Firestone Walker and other nice beers allowed as well tasting (Brussels) - BB: n/a, bottled: X/7/13 (2014-1231) Thanks to beuk87 for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: chocolate, sweet vanilla, sugary, crème brûlée notes. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: alcohol, pretty sweet, caramel, sugary, more alcohol, little sour, boozy impression. Aftertaste: lots of vanilla, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, sugary, coffee, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13203) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours clear, rich brown with a frothy tan head. Big aroma, lots of toasted toffee, semi-dark fruits, figs, bread, vanilla, berries. Big sweet flavor with lots of chewy, overripe fruits, prunes, figs, bread, toffee, mild alcohol, grapes. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots more sticky, ripe fruits. Gooey toffee, vanilla, lightly torched wood, more dates and figs. Quite tasty overall. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8249) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours darkest brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is rich, sweet, oily, big vanilla, bourbon, candied berry, dried fruits, toffee, candied peel and cranberry. The taste is slick, toffee, toasty, wood, bourbon, earth, vanilla, wood, leather, ashy and some astringency with a drying finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Top quality barrel aging. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4835) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Sampled at GABF 2014. Aroma has alcohol and dried fruit. Flavor is tremendously sweet with prunes and raisins, as well as caramel flavors, but I can taste the alcohol also. It only takes an ounce for me too say this beer is too sweet for my tastes, and I can’t imagine drinking an entire bomber. Thick, heavy palate, and almost no carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (365) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2014
# 250. Thank you very much for this, Jason! Pours a small beige head, which soon begins to fade, leaving back a very thin lacing. The color of the brew is dark mahogany, almost black, but held against a light, it reveals inserted red spots . Has enjoyable aromas of milk chocolate with lots of barrel character to it, with gentle bourbon notes being the most detectable. Alcohol burn is recognizable, but get easily balanced by a fiery spiciness and wooden malts, still leaving a gentle sting to the Bourbon. The nose implies sweet toffee, as well as hints of rum and coffe beans, which are almost hidden beneath the stronger aromas. First impression of the taste gets mirrored by the aromas. Creamy, smooth milk chocolate blends into wooden, earthy malts, which convoke the most enjoyable bourbon flavors among a peppery spiciness. A short glance of slick acridity invites the tastebuds to the next stage, defined by an immense coffee bitterness. This bitterness gets enhanced by a sharp alcoholic bite, while a pronounced, earthy, oaken maltiness helps to maintain the balance of the beer. Barrel character appears to be very contradictionary, while the Bourbon gets accompanied by mousse-au-chocolate and burned coconut, Rum comes along with bitter coffee and charred malts - both working together very well. Full bodied, with a very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (214) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Strong bourbon alcohol smell. Strong alcohol taste....really complex. Great beer.

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