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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 278   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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Gathering ] @ ABCBeers, Korte Koediefstraat 5, The Hague, Netherlands 2511CE.

[ As Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale) ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, dusty malt, dark malt, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, vanilla, roasted, sweet malt - sugary, alcohol, buzzy. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20140925]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ Max’s Taphouse, Baltimore. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon caramel chocolate hoppy aroma. Fruity malty woody spicy bourbon caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel woody bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 bottle at home ... deep black .... thi tan head ... dark roast ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet berry roast malts ... dark berryy fruits ... soft sweet malts ... sofft toffee fruits ... big sweet roast ,,, soft sweet fruits ... dark roast malts ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21429) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18526) - 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
rlgk (18188) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ Pat’s tasting. Dark mahogany pour with an off-white head. Caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits on the nose. Lots of booze, vanilla, and toffee. Decent whiskey notes. Flavor is sweet and boozy. Some vanilla, toffee, and caramel. A bit of chocolate and dark fruit. Fairly oaky. A bit tannic and drying on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle shared by Tom at end of history tasting. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of oak, brown sugar, alcohol soaked fig, dark fruit and bourbon. Full bodied.

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