Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 283   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 crme brule 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 its 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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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (1937) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Dark brown with an amber tint. Tan head quickly disappears. Light aroma of bourbon barrel and vanilla. Sweet caramel vanilla and brown sugar start followed with a big bourbon and barrel flavor. Sweet malty chocolate finish with lingering alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Black pour, khaki head. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, tar, alcohol, leather on the nose. Smooth palate, heavy vanilla, wood, leather, alcohol, chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle, courtesy GT2, thanks! Pour is black with a tan head, good retention/little lace. Aroma of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, roast, barrel. Taste is lightly sweet, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, oak. Palate is drier soft, slick, creamy. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8373) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bomber to snifter shared by tastybeer; thanks GT2). Looks good; a a fairly opaque dark brownish black with off-white lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2014
What a beautiful blended beer from Firestone! So far, this is the only way I can taste Parabola!! Highly recommended as is all the beers Firestone produces! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
migajos (306) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Fantastic dark strong ale. Milk chocolate, nuts, vanilla. Rather on a sweet side than bitter. So many layers and flavors. Although very strong (13,3%) its very drinkable. I didnt feel alcohol both in taste and in aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, coconut, vanilla. Super smooth, silky, lots of vanilla, rich but nothing over-the-top. Extremely good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2205) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
pours a cloudy dark brown with a very small tan head that goes away quickly, and very little lacing. smell is of chocolate, bourbon, a touch of espresso, and some dark fruit. taste is of dark fruits, bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, malt, a touch of vanilla is in there, hops come out in the back, and some licorice. ends strong and thick.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
Bourbon och champinjoner. Alkoholvarm men inte stickig. Kola och choklad. Härlig balans. Svartbrun/mörkbrun och klar. Signerad flaska, vilket givetvis ökar smakupplevelsen rejält. Underbar balans på fattonerna.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at City Beer in SF. Pours a dark maroon color. Small off white head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate, apple pie. Flavor is like a chocolate shake, with vanilla and slight coffee and smoke notes. Nice mouthfeel, perhaps slightly watery, which seems to be a trait of all FW beers. Better than I remember FW 16 being, for sure.


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