Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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!

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4.4
nickd717 (6290) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2020 Oh sheeeeeit I hadn’t officially ticked. So embarrassing. Well now guess what? I’ve ticked. Very dark brown with a small light beige head. Aroma is very nice, bourbon soaked raisins, toffee, dates, maple syrup, sherry. Flavor is sweet toffee malts, big nutty Otter, da bourbz, dark fruit. Fuller body but not overly so, some boozy warming. This is ackshually on the lifey (barleywine = life) side of F-wizzles. It fux.

4
bp (1024) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2019 Draft aged for 6 years: pours dark reddish brown, aroma of coffee, dark fruit, molasses, taste is dark fruit, slight sweetness, a touch of alcohol, very smooth finish.

3.9
bu11zeye (13702) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2019 (22oz bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of cocoa, raisins, roasted malt, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

4.3
daleharshman (1169) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 19, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2019 Boxed bomber purchased in November 2013 at BevMo in Escondido ($23.99). After more than five years of letting this one lay down in my cellar, time to pop it open. POURS a deep and very dark brown with a half finger of tan foam. AROMA of very rich (seemingly cloying, though in the nose) caramel / treacle, vanilla pipe tobacco, smoky malts, old wet oak, some sweet-ish bourbon, with hints of chocolate and nuts. FLAVOR of sticky molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits stewed in bourbon, more (unsmoked) vanilla pipe tobacco, with a bit of port. Still has a little bit of hops from the potent but now faded Wookey Jack leaving the impression that the taste goes from sweet to bitter-sweet in the finish. Overall it hides the huge ABV quite well, These anniversary blends never disappoint. This is the longest I have cellared one and it seems to have done it well. (298, 1125)

3.9
Svartvit (1871) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2018
Sampled at Ace&Kees. Pours a hazy dark amber/brown, no head. Lots of bourbon, wet oak, cough syrup, dark fruits.

4.1
sjogro (9252) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2018
Sampled at Ace & Kees. Dark brown with no head. Big sweet roasted malts, chocolate, nutty, fruity, boozy, creamy, massive bourbon and vanilla. Big sweet and bitter, very smooth mouthfeel and a spicy alcoholic pucker after. Very nice stuff.

4.3
PotjeBier (4514) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2018
Bottle @ home, about 5 years old, from an IP trade with richiesd years ago. Dark brown color, not quite black. Brownish head with little retention. Aroma's: sweet, toffee, alcohol, light umami. Retronasal: sweet, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, light raisin/dried fruit, alcohol. Flavor is sweet with light roast and light bitterness. Strong alcohol feel, warming. Medium bodied (not as full as expected). Long finish, with light bitterness. Still delicious after 5 years....

4.2
Ktwse (6833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2018
Pours deep brown with low tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, light toffee and raisins. Taste is sweet, boozy, rich dried fruit, a lot of bourbon warmth coming through. Rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.

3.6
stevoj (10295) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2018
22 oz bottle at share.. Mostly imperial stouts, but this was too much out of place.Dark amber pour, mahogany, small bubbly head. Aroma brings a lot of sweet malt, dark fruity notes, wood barrels and some booze. taste is more fo the same from this blend. While quite good, it didn't knock my socks off like some of the other FW anniversary beers.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (17371) - Woodland Park, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2018
Draught at Plan 9 Alehouse. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Moderate boozy notes, rich bready and caramel malt, dates and figs with a medium sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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