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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1219) - Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Pours murky dark brown with a small tan fizz. Smells strongly of a variety of barrels and a lot of sweet, sticky malts. Taste is sweet, sticky, woody, and of a variety of spirits. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Firestone Walker XVII finishes with a subtle boozy heat.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 1, 2016
From the bomber it pours an almost black motor oil color with a small beige head. The aroma has vanilla, oak, molasses and toffee. The taste has some sweetness up front with molasses then some bourbon, vanilla, coffee and then more sweetness on the finish. Great sipping beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9672) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2016
22 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 and the Fifty West guys. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, toffee, tobacco, dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, wood, bourbon, vanilla, leather, crazy complex, solid as always.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (12234) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Sample at Kurtkeller 023: Firestone Walker-tastic 01 on 06/18/2016. The beer pours a dark brown color with mahogany around the edges, and a medium foamy tan head that diminishes steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, bourbon, coconut and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky vanilla, caramel malt, bourbon and chocolate. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5352) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2016
22oz bottle in a taster. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts with sweetness and chocolate and light roast, lots of bourbon and oak and vanilla, and some light dough and bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A solid beer for this style and one of my favorites of the FW anniversary beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (6433) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2016
22 oz bottle shared by a friend, thanks Mike! Dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of whiskey, dark fruit, dark chocolate. Tastes of whiskey, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Aged fairly well though I think I enjoyed it fresher in early 2014.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (508) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2016
The nose hos all kinds of dark, warm notes.. Dades, prunes, figs and boozy caramel. Christmas chocolate and all the spices of the xmas season. Everything barrel aged of course. The taste is sweet with spicy caramel, vanilla and boozy fudge. The aftertaste is sweet, leathery and oaky. The Texture is medium rich, oily and with low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3422) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle 660ml. Pours dark mahogany with low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, alcohol, barley sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Good, boozy. One of the best of the series I guess.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5686) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared at tasting. Dark reddish-brown with a small beige head, moderate retention, leaving little lacing and little legs on the glass. Flavors of alcohol - booziness, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, toasted malts, chocolatey notes, mineral notes... super rich again. . Taste is sweet but not that much. Boozy. Full body. Moderate carbonation. carbonation. Mouth coathing sirupy liquorous mouthfeel. Warming and hot finish. Quite similar to FW XVI we had just before. Pretty good sipper in small quantity, but not something I would like to drink on a regular basis (and never more than 2 oz of it) despite the wide array of flavors. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3591) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2016
Pours a reddish brown with a small offwhite head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of raw alcohol, chocolate and bourbon (coconut). Taste is quite sweet and centered on chocolate. Some vanilla (coming from the bourbon/barrel I guess). Medium-full bodied with a soft carbonation. Some hot alcohol but nothing bad. A good strong ale, cant say I would want to have it again, though.


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