Firestone 17 (XVII) Anniversary Ale

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Firestone Seventeenth Anniversary Ale

Beer Data

13.3% ABV
30 IBU
49
First Release
November 2013

The Vision Behind Our Anniversary Ale Program

The Goal:  To create complexity centering on oak, in a multitude of forms, by brewing high-gravity beers in complementary styles, aging them in different barrel formats and then blending them together to achieve harmonious new flavors.

The Puzzle:  To blend these various components (or lots) to create a synergistic whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  This is done with the help of a few of our neighboring Paso Robles winemakers who are practicing experts in the art of blending.

The Inspiration:  Firestone Walker’s oak brewing tradition and our connection with winemaking.  Of course, until the advent of stainless steel, brewing was intimately linked to wood barrels and vessels.  Brewing has a deeply rooted history in the alchemy of blending.

The Barrels: The individual lots were aged in oak barrels, many of which were hand selected from premium Kentucky spirits producers by Tom Griffin, who is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about Bourbon barrels and beer. Each barrel lends its own unique influence to the final blend.

XVII - The Components: To create XVII, we blended together 220 oak barrels and 7 different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional. 

Following are descriptions of key components with their original code names:                                                              Final Blend %

Bravo (13.6% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels

-Imperial Brown Ale (30% of the final blend)

OG=26.5 FG=7.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles

 

Stickee Monkee (15.3% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon and Whiskey barrels

-English Barley Wine (25% of the final blend)

OG=27P FG=5.4P  IBU=45  Color=28 / Brewed with Mexican Turbinado (brown) sugar

 

Velvet Merkin (8.7% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon barrels  

-Traditional Oatmeal Stout (15% of the final blend)

OG= 15P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color= Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles

                 

Parabola (12.8% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon barrels

-Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout (15% of the final blend)                                                                                                  

OG=31P FG=8.5P IBU=80  Color=Black / Hopped with Magnum, Styrian Golding and East Kent Golding

 

Double Double Barrel Ale (12.0% ABV) - Aged in retired Firestone Union barrels

-Double strength English Pale Ale (8.0% of the final blend)

OG=25.0P FG=5.1P IBU=30 Color=16 / A double version of our flagship beer created by Ali Razi

 

Helldorado (11.5% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels     

-Blonde Barley Wine (4.0% of the final blend)

 OG=24.7P FG=4.5P IBU=24 Color = 8 / Brewed with Buckwheat honey and 100% El Dorado hops

 

Wookey Jack (8.3% ABV) - 100% Fresh, dank and hoppy, stainless steel fermentation

-Black Rye India Pale Ale (3.0% of the final blend)

 OG= 18P FG = 3.0P IBU = 80 Color =black  / Extremely hoppy double dry-hopped BIPA – Citra & Amarillo blend

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XVII, the Firestone Walker perfect

I would love to buy this again, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime blend of incredible brews by Firestone Walker. Truly perfection has been achieved, and it's name is XVII.

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Standout Qualities
  • Dark Fruit
  • Floral
  • Spicy
  • Herbal
  • Malty
  • Burnt
  • Sweet
  • Bitter
  • Alchoholic
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I'd buy this again.
Firestone XVII
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Layered like an onion

This insanely layered brew was created with 7 beers....Pin pointing each one was a game in itself....

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  • Creamy
  • Malty
  • Toffee
  • Burnt
  • Sweet
  • Alchoholic
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Just a great sippin' brew. Take your time, you won't regret it.

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Standout Qualities
  • Dark Fruit
  • Malty
  • Burnt
  • Sweet
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Truly a great beer, blended to a strong 13.3%.

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Standout Qualities
  • Creamy
  • Malty
  • Burnt
  • Alchoholic
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