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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
#800! big thanks to bman113vr for bringing this bottle out. black pour with no head. wow, that nose is ridiculous. bourbon, vanilla, maple and booze. great thickness with a smooth bourbon, vanilla and maple flavor. ridiculously smooth finish of vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 22oz bottle purchased and consumed on site at the Stone Bistro in Escondido, CA. I was actually happy to find this during my San Diego vacataion. A little expensive at $28 a bottle, but what is a beer geek to do these days. At least the Waiter asked if I am sure I wanted to pay that much for a beer and also said it was very popular. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, roasty, chocolate, somem dark fruitiness, and vanilla. Tastes of plums, raisins, woody, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and wood. Alcohol finish got stronger and stronger as I drank this and I had a problem finishing the bomber by myself - trust me I did. On the sweeter side. One to share for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
Another supreme offering from teh king of beer tarvels, none other than tpd975. this beer is just a big wow. Jaw dropping goodness. Pours black with tan-white head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon and sweetness almost vanilla. Taste of bourbon, malty caramel-choclate filled with the nice oak barrel touch. The mouthfeel has an awesome lingering bourbon presence that make this beer a really exceptional brew. There is just not much to say about the beer, it is just near perfect goodness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle saved by Freddy for me from Beverages for Less in Santee. Thank you Freddy. Enjoyed out in the desert with my Bro. Aromas that I wanted to smell forever. Flavors of bourbon, carmalized sugars, mollasses and wood. Very good. The aromas were the best thing about this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9216) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly. There is a strong malt aroma with some alcohol fumes. There is a smooth chocolate and coffee flavor with very little alcohol burn. The finish, however, is slightly harsh, but I assume it would mellow out with a year or two of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle in a trade. Pours a dark brown body with a thin off white head. Sweet malty with over ripe fruits. Very boozy with light chocolate and coffee. My favorite so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bomber shared by Marcus. Very dark brown color with a fairly decent tan head. Aroma is mild, but intense, dark fruit. Alcohol is detectable. Fully body with mild carbonation. Flavor is fruity with a little coffee and chocolate, and some quad like malt. Starts smooth, and tends to harshen up. But with time it turns more mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Damn, tpd975 ROCKS. He scored some of this tasty brew and shared some with us at the weekly tasting. Thanks Greg. Pours dark brown with brown edges and very little foam in the off white head. The aroma is full robust notes coming from barrel essence of oak, vanilla and booze to go along with hints of malts and caramel. Not even a big draw brings a load of heat. Understandable considering the huge ABV and young age. The taste is surprisingly smooth starting with malt sweetness, caramel and solid oak. It then turns toward vanilla, bourbon and molasses. Very nice stuff. I would love to try it with a couple of years of age. From my point of view the 11 was better with more levels of tasty complexity. Both the 11 and 12 I find far better than the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Tampas Grand Master Beer collector tpd975. Pours a clear brown amber with a small light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, dark fruit, a touch of booze, and a hint of coconut. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2381) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2008
650 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is strong and rich with whiskey, roasted malts, dates, plums and coffee. The flavor shows a good balance of whiskey to ale blends. There is a distinct taste of roasted barley intermingled with bourbon, dates, plums, vanilla and black walnuts. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. The finish is long and glorious with lingering malts and Bourbon This is a great brew that exceeds its hype.

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