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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The Barrels The individual lots were aged in oak barrels, most 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. Tom continues to hand deliver some real treats to us, including some 20+ year old Rip Van Winkle Barrels! Barrels freshly dumped from the distilleries and hand delivered by Tom Griffin: Rip Van Winkle Bourbon Old Fitzgerald Bourbon / Old Fitzgerald Wheat Whiskey Heaven Hill Bourbon / Heaven Hill Brandy / Heaven Hill Rye Barrels purchased directly from American Coopers toasted to Firestone Walker’s specifications: New American Oak produced by World Cooperage / medium and medium plus toast Retired Firestone Union Oak produced by World Cooperage, and Barrel Associates (water bent staves) The Aging Cellar – The Components Following are descriptions of key components with their original code names: Final Blend % Parabola ྭ% ABV) - Aged in New American oak, bourbon and rye barrels ࿌%) -Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout (brewed02-09-06 and 01-18-08) OG=28P FG=7.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Simcoe, Bravo, Styrian Golding and East Kent Golding Opal ྫ% ABV) – Aged in rye barrels ྼ%) -Wheat Wine (brewed 2-25-08) OG=22.4P FG=6.2P IBU=45 Color=17 / Brewed with torrified and malted wheat, lightly hopped with Saaz Rufus ྫ% ABV) – Aged in rye and bourbon barrels ྲ%) -Continental Imperial Amber Ale (brewed 8-17-07) OG=22.5 FG=4.5 IBU=40 Color=15 / Brewed with Belgian Dark Candi Syrup / Hopped with Styrian Goldings and Saaz Saucerful of Secrets ƙ% ABV) – Aged in Brandy Barrels ƙ%) -Belgian Strong Ale (brewed 10-30-07) OG=23.4 FG=6.1 IBU 25 Color=39 / Brewed with Belgian Dark Candi sugar and everything else but the kitchen sink Union Jack IPA Ɨ% ABV) - Aged in stainless steel Ƒ%) -American Style IPA (brewed 10-28-08) OG=17 FG=3.5 IBU=75 Color=12 / Brewed with massive amounts of hops and a very kind attitude The Finished Piece- As a finished beer, XII is in some ways more aggressive than any previous blend, but it maintains a great deal of depth and complexity. Everyone seems to get something different when they taste this beer- mocha, tobacco, toasted almonds, olallieberries... I leave the interpretation to you. It is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. If left in a cool dark place, I suspect that this beer will age well. Only time will tell. If you find something you like- please contact us and let us know your thoughts. I truly hope you enjoy our third oak-aged blend. This crazy beer journey continues!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hapjydeuce (961) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottled. Aged well since this beers release back in 2008 I think. I never rated it upon tasting the first of the two bottles I picked up from the brewery. I had no idea this beast would develop into what it has become... Poured a dark mahogany with an oily appearance; some yeast sediment suspended near the bottom. A light amount of carbonation is still present. After warming in my snifter the aroma is incredible...old leather, charred oak, brandy, molasses, a slight hint of cedar and tobacco. The flavor has mellowed and blended something fierce; amazingly smooth transitions between the sweet brown sugar and raisin notes up front and the smoky oak, bourbon and chocolate tones behind it. Just outstandingly smooth...no harsh character in the profile at all. Palate is perfect; thick and oily and it coats the mouth like butter. The alcohol heat has subsided with aging and has made this a real treat to be savored. With the extra years on it, this is one of my favorite barrel aged blends so far. Its a shame I didn’t buy more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1129) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Wow! Bottle generously shared at Clusterfork. Pours a deep brown with little carbonation left. Aroma is toffee, butterscotch, some mild tobacco. Chocolate more in the taste with a good mouthfeel and some wine tanin. The carb level is low but this beer is still holding up. I’d heard bad things since the first time I tried it 3 years ago. Nice beer and hope it holds up a little longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (4532) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dave. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head that diminishes rather quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Thin mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Very smooth hiding the alcohol well, a very impressive American strong ale from Firestone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4984) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from rbsg #44 poured a small sized head of light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque and a fair lacing. The aroma was dark malt and bourbon. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of roasted malt and . Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DesertDevil (581) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, part of a vertical (thanks, daknole). Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon and caramel. Taste of malty biscuit with bitter coffee finish. Some oxidation (not surprising given the age), but the quality still shines through. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Pours brown and turns black as it pools with a small thin head that dissipates quickly. Nose is vanilla, toasted almonds, light coffee. Not as strong as other anniversary beers. Taste is sweet but transitions into a nice bitter finish. The bitter is more in tact then the other anniversary beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, the body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6241) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
alright! happy to try this- . pours a black thick oil .. mild foam .. . deep tar, burnt wood, dark caramel, touch of sherry, and burnt sugar .. . still quite thick, this could go another 5+ years .. . go away john terry, no one likes you!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle @ Armin’s bachelor party. Thanks Armin! Pours a dark brown appearance with a very small tan head. Quite nice, rich dark chocolate, toffee, light whiskey, caramel, molasses, fig, tobacco aroma. Somewhat fruity, fig, plum dark chocolate, rich caramel, chocolate flavor that’s thick and has just a touch of booze on the finish. No noticeable signs of oxidation and a real treat to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Sampled on 9/2/2012 during an FW 11-15 vertical. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is caramel. wood, boozy and sweet. A full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice balance. Lots of wood, sweet and bourbon. A little more bourbon and wood than the 11. Nicely balanced. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. An interesting tasting. The group consensus was that the was not a whole lot of difference between the 11, 12 and 14, but that the 13 was thin and tasted so different from the others we wondered if they changed the recipe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
(22oz bottle) clear deep ruddy brown pour, offwhite bubbles. Nose is very complex, whiskey, graham cracker, vanilla, taste is roasty caramel malt, light caramel, whiskey, barrel, marshmallow, nice err but perhaps past it’s prime by a slight bit.

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