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Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 225   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!


fishonmyplane's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (492) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
A very strong, rich ale. For the most part it comes across as an oak-aged stout/barleywine blend, but as noted in the description there are several other styles in there as well. It has multiple layers of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, etc. Sweet but not cloying. They are right in saying that the flavors & aromas open up more as it warms to ~55 F. I must admit, I am usually skeptical of the approach of mixing together a bunch of different beers in order to achieve complexity. Nonetheless, this is a great sipping beer and the high ABV has a nice warming quality.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c0fein (256) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
650ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe. Bottled 10/07/13.

Black colour with a small light brown head. Chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, wood, fullness. Big bottle only for me so this takes a while to enjoy. Sadly this is the only one, wish that could leave one to cellar for a few years.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4070) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Awesome! Tons of layers barrel flavors and nuances, aromas are all over from caramel to wood to fruit, one of the highest complexity beers out there

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiiruBierBeer (320) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Caramel smell. Low to medium sharp carbonation with full body and no foam. Much smoother than 16. Taste is caramel, malt, bourbon, and vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5175) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured a clear ruby color with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet malt, vanilla, woody notes. Booze. Flavor was lots of boozy malts, sweet toffee, vanilla. Lots of heat on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neuromatt (1218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
650 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves trace lace. The nose is very complex, with brown sugar, toasted oak, vanilla, caramel and hints of bourbon, earth and herbal hops. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout and even more complex than the nose. Notes of vanilla, molasses, oak, chocolate, raisins and stewed dark fruits come through as well. The finish is somewhat hoppy, but has lots of oak and roasted malts. On the palate it is medium-full in body with soft carbonation and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, an incredibly complex blend of barrel-aged brews. Beautiful. 2014-10-17

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6494-20140708] Bottle. Mild roasted grains and woodsy aroma. Slightly hazy, dark cola brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted soya flavour has a lingering sauce finish. Full body. Good. (8/3/8/3/17) 3.9
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8085) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy blackish brown with minimal head. Nose is figgy fruit, vanilla, oaky booze. Complex flavor, with dark malt, oaky spirits, vanilla, figgy and quadruply fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle one year old ish. Pours hazy dark brown with light edges and some legs. Aroma just goes on and on spicy hops dominate then booze then all kinds of sweet and richness--oak , vanilla, dough, chocolate, tobacco very light raisin oxidation. Flavor is big sweet wood and spice and deeply umami salty smoked vegetable finish. Feel is slick dense kinda tight and drying. Really wish I had 10 more bottles of this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolord (134) - - NOV 25, 2014
Vom Fass, Tiefschwarz im Glas, Mocca und dunkle Schokolade in der Nase, erstaunlich leicht im Antrunk, vielfältige dunkle Röstaromen im Abgang

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2687) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
Flaske. Købt i en bewmo i petaluma. Super duft af bourbon. Meget let mindfylde. En chuckable bourbon, men samtidig tydelig øl. Helt fantastisk. Super øl.


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