Firestone Walker 17

Firestone Walker 17

Rated 3.375 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Paso Robles, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

13.3% Alcohol by Volume

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THE FINAL BLEND “We blended together 220 oak barrels and seven different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional.” – Brewmaster Matt Brynildson Bravo / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 30% of Final Blend -Imperial Brown Ale Sticky Monkey / Aged in Bourbon and Whiskey Barrels / 25% of Final Blend -English Barley Wine Brewed with Mexican Turbinado (brown) Sugar Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 15% of Final Blend -Traditional Oatmeal Stout Parabola / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 15% of Final Blend -Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout Double DBA / Aged in retired Firestone Union Barrels / 8% of Final Blend -Double strength English Pale Ale Helldorado / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 4% of Final Blend -Blonde Barley Wine Brewed with Buckwheat Honey Wookey Jack / 100% Stainless Steel / 3% of Final Blend -Black Rye India Pale Ale XVII ABV: 13.3% BREWMASTER’S NOTES “The lead beers of the blend are Bravo, an oak-forward imperial brown ale and Sticky Monkey, 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. Altogether, 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.”

ID: 55218 Last updated 7 years ago Added to database 7 years ago

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Overall Rank6359
Overall Percentile86.6
Style Rank206 of 722
Style Percentile71.5
Lowest Score4.5
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.500
Weighted Score3.375
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    These ave gotten a little stronger over the years, ad you can tell a little. That is really the only "fault" in this beer. It's ridiculously smooth and has a near perfect body. Just a touch of too much alcohol on the nose and flavor prevent this from being ecstasy in a bottle. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and leather up front and center. Complex and usual. This years blend is stout heavy, and I love my stouts. Stuck between 4.5-4.6 outta the gate. I'll go low for now and see how it ages.

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