Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 288   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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3.8
cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from 22oz bomber picked up a few months ago, was supposed to be enjoying this during the True Detective finale, but f you hbogo for not working, not going to deter me from drinking this still, pours a clear dark brown with a red hue in the light, really thin light tan head, aroma is pretty big, tons of vanilla and sweetness with a good amount of caramel and malt too, the barrel doesn’t really come through a ton, the flavor has a lot of caramel and dark fruit on the front end with a finish of booze and vanilla, the abv isn’t completely hidden but it’s still noticeable, lots going on with this one, almost too much in a way.

4.1
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Bottle pours black with a small white head. Nose is a bit musty and dank with some caramel notes. Taste is very mellow with a nitro style body. Barrel is noticeable and the alcohol is present. Quite less flavorful than previous anniversary beers. 6-2-16 Much better with age.

4.1
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Hard to place the aroma. Some kind of barrel, sweet and fruity. Taste is a bit harsh, boozy, i get some pineapple or coconut. Very complex and tasty

4.2
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.

4.3
Maxbier (981) - Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Aroma is subtle. Vanilla, bourbon. Dark brown with tan head. Hint of bitter up front. Loads of vanilla and dried fruit flavors. Long caramel finish. Unique, but reminiscent of Belgian strong. Great great beer.

4.3
dlovell2 (2132) - 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
mar (5415) - 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
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
b3shine (8864) - 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
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


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