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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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 crčme 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (3935) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1597) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAY 16, 2015
650 ml bottle bought at Bier-Deluxe.de in 2014.
Dark brown, copperish body, with a small, quickly dissipating, frothy, dark beige head.
Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, booze, barrel, coconut, some vanilla, dried fruits, slight liquorice.
Very complex taste of bourbon, dark chocolate, booze, coconut, barrel, vanilla, cocoa powder, some coffee, some liquorice, dried fruits, some black tea.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a lively carbonation.
Finishes boozy, astringent, roasty, quite dry, with cocoa, coffee, dried fruits.

Very tasty, heavy stuff. A bit too boozy for my liking, but otherwise a wonderful, warm sipper, with a very complex and well balanced flavour. World class, but still not my favourite beer from Firestone Walker, which is Parabola.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 15, 2015
650ml bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, many thanks Thomas. black color, small tan head disappears very quickly. smells liqueurish, wood, coconut, vanilla, some chocolate, lightly alcoholic, some (dried) fruits, raisins. full body, surprisingly quite a bit of carbonation, rather oily mouthfeel. taste of wood, coconut, coffee, alcohol present, caramel, dried fruits, bitter chocolate. alcoholic / coconuty finish. very nice, great and complex, alcohol a tad bit too present on the taste for me though. But glad I could try this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jacobrm (39) - - MAY 1, 2015
One of the most balanced bba beers I've ever had! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6364) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottle @ WWT IV, small sample. Clear brown color, short head. Aroma of bourbon, cookie, caramel, bit booze. Medium sweet in taste, bit alcoholic, bourbon, vanilla. Big sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (2869) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottlee at WWT tasting. Black with small shoirt lasting beige head. Marzipan, cognac, milk chocolate, sweet strawberry jam, iced coffee, sweet grape candy. Quite sweet. Medium to full bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (12353) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
Bottle shared @ WWT IV. Clear red-brownish color, average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma is a bit faint. Taste malts, some alcohol, roasted malts, some dark chocolate, a hint of overripe dark fruits. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. A deep brown pour with a thin ring of creamy brown head. Nose is rich and inviting; sweet barrel notes, cocoa, and vanilla. Taste is rich with bourbon and chocolate malts, lighter vanilla and toffee. A little on the boozy side, but rich and sultry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (632) - HUNGARY - FEB 21, 2015
A Firestone Walker aranykezű mesterei és szakértő segítői 2013-as évének megkoronázása a főzet, melyhez hozzájutni kiváltságnak számít. A művészi gonddal összeállított keverék a 17. évfordulóra az előző évi változatban is megtalálható összetevők mesteri elegyét nyújtja, jelen esetben egy imperial brown ale karakterét helyezve a középpontba, a különböző hordók lelke azonban ismét mennyei lenyomatot hagy minden egyes komponensen. Mahagóni teste ha lehet, még ékesebb köntöse az italnak a 16. évfordulós változathoz képest, illatai azonban kevésbé zabolázhatatlanok, lekerekített élűek, puhábbak és inkább mélyek, mint szertelenül szerteágazóak. Vaníliás kávé, mandulás likőr, konyak és szivarfüstös bourbon hangulatát árasztó pirított mogyorós aromák. Olajos kortyai súlyosak, kerekek, ugyancsak élesen alkoholosak, masszív, de elegáns párlatok képei köszönnek vissza belőlük. Olvasztott csokoládé, bourbon vanília, likőrös kókusz és fahéjas marcipán elemei sorakoznak kimeríthetetlen erővel, miközben a stílusok színpadán a bársonyos imperial stoutok és klasszikusan markáns barley wine-ok jegyei viaskodnak a háttérben, a stílusok egymásnak feszülése azonban korántsem képez feloldhatatlan ellentéteket, leginkább a lágy harmónia érzése az, amit az egyes karakterek egymáshoz idomulása során tapasztalhatunk. A 16. verzióhoz képest a brit jellegzetességeket ez esetben igazi amerikai vérvonal váltja, összességében némileg sötétebb, azonban kevésbé vad, elegánsabb változatát adva a Firestone Walker főzeteinek legnemesebb változata nyújtotta varázselegynek.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1538) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Tap at Beer Junction. Murky dark cola brown. Not as hot as I remember. Mellowed aroma with vanilla, toffee, oak... sticky flavor, still a bit boozy, and the barrel character seems to have as much dark rum as whiskey. Quite sweet. Like boozy candy in a glass.

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