Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 286   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
A very strong, rich ale. For the most part it comes across as an oak-aged stout/barleywine blend, but as noted in the description there are several other styles in there as well. It has multiple layers of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, etc. Sweet but not cloying. They are right in saying that the flavors & aromas open up more as it warms to ~55 F. I must admit, I am usually skeptical of the approach of mixing together a bunch of different beers in order to achieve complexity. Nonetheless, this is a great sipping beer and the high ABV has a nice warming quality.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (7007) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9706) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2017
Bomber via trade. Anno 2013. Brun-cuivre sur lger trouble, col pais beige mais sans trop de tnacit. Arme est complexe et offre de belles effluves de barrique, principalement de whisky sur un rtro de vanille, retrouve une sensation de fudge, caramel avec un agrment de bouquet de fruits noirs, lger rtro de biscuit, caramel, et une certaine persistance de barrique. Palais est malt, toffeesque, whisky avec un rappel de biscuit caramlis, croquant, fudge, vanill. Effervescence reste bien vivante malgr lage. Petite touche damertume qui arrive en fin de bouche avec un ct citronn, houblonn amricain. Pas mal de sucre rsiduel sans tre surfait, caramel et malt ple au fini pour un fini proche dun barley wine amricain. Avec le temps, possible quune petite oxydation commence apparaitre, et donc boire sous les 2-3 ans.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1581) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1102) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (8669) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (2332) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepatrickman (1184) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (4293) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Won from California auction. Beautiful notes of wood, vanilla, cocoa, bread, coconut, bourbon and toffee. Absolutely amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christos (5356) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2016
(Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale)) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 13.3% Deep brown colour on the body, good sized tan head on top, with good density and retention. Arom ahas bourbon, vanilla, wood, chocolate malts, caramel, dark fruits. Taste is sweet with lots of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate notes, caramel, dark fruits, sugars, malts, vanilla. Medium thick body with good carbonation. Nice one.


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