halfwayhouse (14) - - NOV 26, 2013
The flavors are almost indescribable. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cherries--this is a great beer that develops in your mouth and just keeps getting better. Amazing beer. Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Blended perfection! What can you say? They nail it every time. Complex yet smooth even fresh. Unbelievable, exactly what I was hoping for. magikarp (15) - - MAR 21, 2014
Amazing. Really complex. Deep red color. Too many flavors than I am able to perceive, but almost reminds me of red licorice. Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Wow. Dark red-tinged black. The head is animated, the most interesting thing I’ve witnessed in almost 6000 beers ... the carbonation dances around, like sprites dancing around on a thin cloud. The aroma si rich with vanilla, bourbon, roast. This drinks with an equally flavorful -- thick with chocolate, more vanilla, a bit of banana, oak, and even a little bit of ful milk. Quite complex. Amazing. A+. (#5608, 8/6/2014) JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Black-brown pour with toffee colored head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, vanilla, crème brulé. Flavors are full bodied chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Draft to snifter, thick black with fluffy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, licorice, malt, vanilla. Thick mouth feel, very complex, one of the best I’ve had! cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2014
Poured into Firestone Walker snifter. Aroma is chocolate, booze, and vanilla. Appearance is dark brown, nearly black allowing no light to pass. Had 1 finger light tan head. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, booze, and caramel. Palate is good with just the right carbonation though I’d expect this to be a bit more viscous. Overall an excellent beer as the ratings demonstrate. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker Snifter motor oil dark with a tan head.
Aroma is exquisite. Vanilla bean coconut with warm spicy chocolate.
Flavor is the same. Rich chocolate. Smooth bourbon. WOW.
Perfectly balanced with all this brew should be.
The anniversary ale is incredible. Every year. Yet another reason Firestone Walker is one of my top fave breweries. SPDickerman (1239) - 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. Thisis12ptfont (1192) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Immense aroma with candied sugar and coconut overtones followed by other notes of deep roast, straight bourbon, stinging rum, dried prunes and oats. Very black appearance with a distinct purple tint and circular lacing. Remarkably smooth, for the amount of beers they blended into this, it is insanely smooth. There is not really and upfront and backbone to this, it comes as one uniform piece bringing notes of sticky molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, faint coffee bean oil, very dry cocoa nibs, toffee, plums, a slick cough syrup note (I think from the Double DBA) and burnt sugar/caramel. The finish brings immense alcohol which stays with you to the very end of the finish. Notes of dates, bourbon, plums, coconuts and more cough syrup loiter on the palate. Overall, this is seriously a piece of art. I am so impressed. I can detect the Double DBA and the Parabola and Velvet Merkin help to make this beer insanely smooth. Really something special. A+ rating.