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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3.2
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Root beer colored pour with a little head. Aromas of count and whiskey booze. Flavors of tobacco, malt whiskey and oak. Long dry finish theta envelops the palate.


3.9
tmoreau (4296) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Shared bomber poured to snifters displaying a dark, brownish amber hue, a presentable layer of off white foam. and spots of lacing. With such a "kitchen sink" of notes, it was difficult to particularize, but the comingling was outstanding & smooth. Noticed some roasted quality, sweetness as candy, caramel, and toffee, dark fruit as plum, barrel induced hints of vanilla & coconut, and a touch of lurking bourbon. Surprised at the medium body, with low carbonation, while the taste incorporated a good deal of the aroma notes, with liqueur-like booziness and warmth.

3.8
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2017
Ma moins préférée des bières anniversaire de cette brasserie. Dégustée à deux reprises et les deux fois n’ont pas été des dégustations concluantes. Mis à part ce look irréprochable - constante dans les bières de la Maison, ce blend est le moins balancé et profond depuis le quinzième anniversaire. Profil général trop axé sur le quadrupel à mon goût. À ces fruits noirs, sucrés et sirupeux, s’ajoute une amertume en fin de bouche qui me plaît guère. Beaucoup de sucre, de cassonade et de fruits noirs. On va se dire les choses simplement ici: il manque furieusement de Parabola ici.

4.2
BuckeyeBoy (7514) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2017
22oz bottle pours out a dark amber color topped with a sand head. Nose is big sweet malts pit fruit oak barrel booze toffee roast malts. Taste is more of the nice sweet malts pit fruit toffee plenty of booze and wood.

4.1
sebletitje (10048) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2017
Bomber via trade. Anno 2013. Brun-cuivre sur léger trouble, col épais beige mais sans trop de ténacité. Arôme est complexe et offre de belles effluves de barrique, principalement de whisky sur un rétro de vanille, retrouve une sensation de fudge, caramel avec un agrément de bouquet de fruits noirs, léger rétro de biscuité, caramel, et une certaine persistance de barrique. Palais est malté, toffeesque, whisky avec un rappel de biscuité caramélisé, croquant, fudge, vanillé. Effervescence reste bien vivante malgré l’age. Petite touche d’amertume qui arrive en fin de bouche avec un côté citronné, houblonné américain. Pas mal de sucre résiduel sans être surfait, caramel et malt pâle au fini pour un fini proche d’un barley wine américain. Avec le temps, possible qu’une petite oxydation commence à apparaitre, et donc à boire sous les 2-3 ans.

3.8
GlasgowTAD (1768) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle at pre-amble to Slayfest. Pours deep brown with a medium brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is strong oak, caramel. Taste is oak, raisins, hint of caramel sweet, dried berry tart, fruity-ish coffee. Medium bodied.

3.8
AdmiralVernon (1187) - SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2017
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin brown lacing N: Liqourice, ash, oak, coffee T: Coffee, oat, liqourice, ash O: Nice balanced flavours. Nice!

4.6
onceblind (9411) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Aged 5 years! Deep dark brown under a thin bubbly light tan head. Amazing nose of sweet brown sugary coconut bourbon with vanilla and oak and delightful toffee malts. Big Barleywine esque flavor with coconut and woody sweet bourbon with caramel and oak and toffee and brown sugar. Rich and hugely complex.

4.1
Klimaet (2539) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2016
Bottle thanks to Brian Braun! Pours hazy reddish dark brown with a small brown head. Aromas of coconut, sweet bourbon, light booze, fudge, cocoa, dark fruits, toffee. Taste is fruity, coconut, subtle roast, orange, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, booze.

4.3
thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle as part of a Firestone Walker 14-19 vertical tasting. Surprisingly, this was still a little hot, even after 3 years, but the taste was dominated by dark barleywine sweetness, a good amount of light coffee roast from the stouts, and then a lot of oak and bourbon from the barrels. Outrageously good, as always with these beers.

4.4
MrHangover (4439) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle, rating #4000. Pours a deep rich dark brownish, reddish beer with a medium sized, light tanned head on top. Aroma of loads of barrel notes, hints of bourbon, port wine, sugary molasses, light chocolate and loads of wood. Flavor is strong on the chocolate and boozy barrel notes, making it very sweet and soothing, without getting disturbing alcohol burns in there. The richness of the malts combined with some of the barrel notes are just perfectly balanced, the soft carbonation makes it easy to drink and silky smooth, rich sweet and long aftertaste makes it that you defintely want to savor this one. Amazing brew. defenitely enjoyed all of it.


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