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RATINGS: 205   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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (3445) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
650 ml bottle. Dark ruby brown with tan head. Aroma is complex, alcohol, roasted malt, rum and mild chocolate. Taste is sweet, light roasted, alcohol, rum, light chocolate with a boozy and warming finish really nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1990) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle poured a very dark brown in color with a covering of off white head. Aroma has juicy barrels, oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, thick brown malt, chocolate, and custard. The description of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough is right on with sugars and marshmallow. Mouth feel is a solid medium with great coating and low side carbonation. Flavor busts out an amazing blend of barrel flavors matched up with huge rich base beers. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, mid range malts that are rich and chewy, dark brown sugar, molasses, and a snap of heat showing it’s true strength. I have been drinking this anniversary series for five years now and it never fails to impress me with the detailed paperwork, fantastic packaging, and most importantly blending of lots of flavors in such a skillful way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (12462) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Deep dark maroon brown color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of gingerbread house covered with dark chocolate and dark fruit, with a pot of coffee brewing inside. Taste is rich, complex dark fruits, dark roast, lots of character. Great silky full mouthfeel. Really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (1022) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Thanks for the bottle, Leo! Dark brown. Aroma of woody rye, vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, licorice, prune, booze. Taste is sweet. Boozy burn, good bitter-dry finish. Still relatively smooth, but pretty hot at the moment. This'll mellow out very nice over time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5841) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Wow. Dark red-tinged black. The head is animated, the most interesting thing I’ve witnessed in almost 6000 beers ... the carbonation dances around, like sprites dancing around on a thin cloud. The aroma si rich with vanilla, bourbon, roast. This drinks with an equally flavorful -- thick with chocolate, more vanilla, a bit of banana, oak, and even a little bit of ful milk. Quite complex. Amazing. A+. (#5608, 8/6/2014)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1483) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottled October 7, 2013.
Glass: Firestone Walker Reserve tulip.
Appearance: Very deep garnet body, near opaque, with a short and short lived tan head. The head settles to a light coating on top with a large ring.
Aroma: The aroma is incredible. Brownie mix rings first with an accent of coconut and bourbon. Oak is definitely present as is vanilla with a dash of spice. Excellent.
Taste: Cocoa is the prominent flavor here, becoming a bigger role in the finish as dark chocolate and sweet brownie mix. Upfront some spirits are noted, some bourbon for instance, caramel is mild and some fig makes an appearance by the finish. Bourbon is noted on the finish with some oaky tannins, tobacco, cherries and mild booze. This is an excellent sipper, though not as rich as I expected.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another fucking killer beer from Firestone Walker. No brewery does a barrel aged beer like these guys and no one does a blend like these guys. Absolutely outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (6726) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a near-black with a small tan head. Aroma is super complex, with loads of complex bourbon notes, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel - wow. Flavour is exquisitely complex, with loads of cocoa, bourbon barrels, vanilla, caramel and candied sugar. Huge flavour, with amazingly complex bourbon and vanilla notes. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wow, this is one of the best Firestone Walker anniversary beers. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours a dark brown that lets no light through. Pours with almost no head that subsides to a micro ring of white.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, spirit soaked wood, gingersnap/gingerbread, molasses.

Taste: Toast, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, hot and sharp spirit barrel, roasted dark malt, caramel, chocolate chip cookie.

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of full bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall: I enjoy this better than last years stout heavy blend, and would say it’s drinking perfectly. Not as boozy as previous years either. Very well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
On tap. Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla. Taste of burnt malts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, ripe fruits. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little alcohol heat. Long bourbon and honey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
2014-07-08. Ruby tinged dark body small beige head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, alcohol, dark fruit. Vaguely Belgian undertones. Flavour is pleasant, sweet up front, dryish alcoholic finish. Bit of bourbon? Simple but rich. Medium to full bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3+ Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh

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