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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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!

xBEERxNOLA's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - MAR 6, 2014
Appearance - dark dark brown. Not much head. Aroma - biscuit and sweet. Slightly bourbon. Mouth - silky. Taste - chocolate bourbon milkshake. Slightly coconut toffee. Gravity is hidden. Funky cookie dough. Overall - really excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5230) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe

Pours dark brown with a smooth brown head. Nice and complex aroma with loads of wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, syrup, roasty malts, ripe fruits, berries and bourbon. Taste is complex, heavy and sweetish with loads of wood, oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, syrup, hints of roasty malts, ripe fruits, berries and chocolate. Finish is smooth, complex and sweetish with loads of oak, vanilla, bourbon and hints of toffee, syrup and chocolate. Quite complex and balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (8075) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
65 cl bottle. Rating #8000. BBE 30.10.2018.
Pours deep dark red color with a small off-white head. Lots of roasty malts and chocolate on the aroma, sweet resinous hops, caramel, molasses, licorice notes, some faint ripe fruit sweetness, bourbon-y vanilla and wood. Flavor is somewhat sweet with caramel malts and chocolate, subtle coffee bitterness, cocoa, vanilla, faint bourbon, licorice and ripe fruit sweetness, some wooden tangyness on the finish. Alcohol warms a bit. Very complex and tasty, refined. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7601) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, licorice, bourbon and quite strong fruitiness. Flavour is rather rich with very deep bourbon notes, heavy toffee sweetness, strong bitterness, tart wood, a bit of tannine and dark chocolate. Full bodied. Complex, rich, dry finish. Brilliant. Maybe an even heavier body would do the trick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
65 cl bottle @ home
Aroma is rather sweet and heavy with ripe fruits and sweet bourbon aromas; vanilla and wood. Flavour has bourbon notes, vanilla, licorice, wood and sweetness-balancing alcohol. Rather long aftertaste. Too sweet and sticky to be enjoyed in large quantities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5919) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle @ Hoffbro’s. Deep brown with a tight tan head. Leather and rich Cocoa. Red apple fruit leather. Rich. Taste is similar. Cocoa. Pepper. Graceful barrel accents. Boozy butterscotch and vanilla. Well integrated. Thick and full, oily. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of toffee and sweet grains with a bit of caramel and bourbon. Flavor has toffee and sweet grains with a bit of bourbon and some dark sweet grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4073) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, red fruits. Malty flavour, caramel, red frutis. Finish wood, somewhat astringent.
(from 66cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi. Clear brown. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, cookies, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla. Sweet flavor with caramel, cookies, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of coffee, dark fruits, vinous notes, wood, a bit of bitterness, and a mild alcoholic edge. Rounded mouthfeel. Great and really complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (2300) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
August 28, 2015. Bottle at home.
Dark reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, oak, alcohol, toasted coconut and light roasted notes. Taste is medium sweet with caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, some bourbon alcohol, slight tannic astringency and medium bitter with a very light roasted note. Finish is bitter, light astringency, warming alcohol and a malty sweetness. Medium bodied, oily texture, slightly fizzy small bubble carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3443) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
At Rich’s Massive Cellar Emptying Tasting. Firestone XVII 13.3% reddish brown pour with a maple syrup oaky aroma. Heat going down on a med-light spritzy body. The taste is oak, woodsy, maple syrup but the body is just not enough to support it. Somewhat disappointing but I am 10 hours+ into a tasting...

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