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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 230   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (796) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
Pours black with white head. Aroma is choclate, _malts, coffee. Taste is chocola_te, bourbon, coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
GABF 2014. Dark brown color with no head. Strong bourbon aroma. Big, rich malt flavor. Lots of caramel and dark fruit. Oaky bourbon. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark reddish brown with a small goldenish beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and tiny estery with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, caramelized apples, toasted coconut, hay, bourbon, cocoa powder and oatmeal cookies. Taste is sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, toasted hazelnuts, coconut milk, hay, bourbon, brandy, raspberries and oatmeal cookies. Mouthfeel is round, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter, malty and boozy with caramel, toffee. vanilla fudge, charred wood, toasted nuts, hay, minerals and bourbon. Tasty as usual but feel very hot still with an alcohol burn that hides the complex malt profile that usually makes these beers marvelous. Hope to try this again in 1-2 years time. I suspect it will be even better by then.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (5154) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Deep dark almost black color with an off white head. Powerful sweet aroma. Sweet fruity. Raisins and plums. Almost full body. Sweet and a fine bitterness. Rich sweet raisins and plum flavor. Bready and mild boozy.
[ Bottle at rlgk plaza]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (3045)
- Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
(Bottle) Pours deep mahogany with a nougat coloured head. The aroma holds soft but complex malt (cocoa, caramel, toffee, cookies and light roast), balanced oak (vanilla, cocoanut and woodshop) alongside fruits, spices and friendly hops. The flavour is is medium sweet, near medium bitter and tiny acidic with perfect balanced malt and soft oak notes alongside a perfect hop profile. The mouthfeel is soft, velvety, clean and llight numbing with light carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Clear deep amber beer with a nice beige head. Caramel aroma, fruity, raisins, toffee, banana, toffee, vanilla, licorice, some milk chocolate, cream, plums, some roasted notes. Caramel flavor, toffee, warming alcohol, licorice, raisins, figs, hazelnuts, some plums. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4153) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bomber at rlgk. Aroma is malty sweet caramel grapes some raisins. Flavor is as aroma boozy medium bitter pungent. Extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lectvay (170) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Dark brown, thick. Smells like a quad, molasses, plum, bread. A syrupy, silky feel that I recognize from beers like Parabola, Sucaba. Warm, dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1605) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle on October 11,2014.

Appearance:Pours dark brown black but not opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of chocolate, spice.
Taste: Always complex with these..chocolate, some oak, medium light bitterness.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: Sometimes these combinations are just too hard for me to discern. This one was enjoyable not as overbearing as others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (4411) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Trade with _angst_.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, raisin, plum, malt, caramel.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, port, some alcohol, malt, caramel.

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