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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Dark brown pour with a bubbly head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Toffee, fruit, caramel, vanilla. The flavor is nice and sweet with lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon. Incredibly smooth. Very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less. Pours viscous, opaque brown with mahogany edges. Short and thick off-white head. Slight lacing. Rich, oaky bourbon aroma. Vanilla, tobacco, leather, and chocolate abound. Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Full bourbon taste with swirling chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, and licorice. Drinks like a cognac. Very alcoholic, but no ethyl flavors. More porter-like flavors than stout, but both are present. Delicious. Easily one of the best of this year.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
An impressive beer. what sets it apart is the balance acidity and alc all come together to make this huge beer feel very elegant and light. aging several and should be rewarded nicely!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours mahogany, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, wood, vanilla, little nutty, little alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours deep mahogany brown with no head. The nose and flavor are similar and HUGE with toffee, dried fruits, chocolate, and a smooth whisky sting. Not really a burn like the FW 10 thankfully. Smooth and a bit viscous.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2008
it is solid...I feel a bit unreleased by youth...I feel it will get more complex as the days go on...tons of dark Belgian notes....decent....very decent

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Poured into a brandy snifter. Out of the bottle it is a maple syrup color but in the glass it sits a complete opaque black. An ecru head tries to form through the dense liquid but manages only about a half finger of height. Aroma features all the great qualities of a fine bourbon but with none of the alcohol sharpness. Chocolate drizzled on oak and peat, with sumptuous vanilla and a raisiny fruitiness, even hazelnuts. Flavor seems to morph with each sip. First I got a really portlike Utopias character, then I got a nice roastiness, and now it seems to be sweet bourbon and wood. Similar notes as the aroma, and I am also getting a slight candied citrus note, which may be the only trace of hoppiness here. Brown sugar, smoke, molasses. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a touch under thick, which lends a nice drinkability. Carbonation is lowish but there is nothing wrong with that, considering this beer is almost closer to bourbon than beer anyway. Finish is surprisingly clean. Wonderful warming sensation from the high but well-hidden alcohol makes this just perfect for cold weather and winter in general. Top notch beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle, big thanks to BMan1113VR. Black brown pour with no head. Nose; coconut, dark chocolate, port, raisins, nutty, vanilla, bourbon, leather. Awesome nose. Taste is vanilla, dark rum, caramel. Complex and delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Smells lightly of whiskey, maybe a bit of chocolate. The flavor is rich and intense. Quite a bit of chocolate. Great stuff. Definitely a bit of strength in the feeling of the beer but not the flavor. The only downside to this is that they raised the price considerably from previous years. 20 bucks is too much.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Picture sent in to be uploaded. Had side by side with Firestone 10. Pours with a small light brown head and a near black body. Great lacing! Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, maple, booze, leather, and tobacco. Aroma is a bit hot from alcohol, but the taste surprisingly isnt for such a young big beer. Taste is bourbon, wood, sweet with chocolate, not too hot at all, with some cookie, nut, molasses, smooth maple syrup and a light wood bitterness. Syrupy and mouthcoating with light carbonation. Warming. A very good beer, better than both 10 and 11 in my opinion!


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