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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13218) - 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 (7777) - 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 (2246) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
750 ml bottle shared at WeeHeavySD’s 2000th rate tasting. Sweet and malty on the nose and the tongue. Lots of malty roasty flavors. Sweet finish with hints of frutiy and more than a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2008
7th rating for this brew. Bottle shared by Kmweaver, thanks Ken shared at my 2000th rating tasting with Kmweaver and his wife, my girlfriend Cyn, dalekliz, fordest, toncatcher, and wetherel. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and rich, and malty, slightly sweet. Taste is sweet, rich malty and very nice. Its a pretty nice beer overall but the alc is way too present right now, and its my least fav of 10, 11, and 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Cask @ Toronado, for the Firestone Walker XII release party. Pours a deep, oily chocolate-brown color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Lots of dried dark fruits, tempered alcohol, milk chocolate and nougat in the aroma; solid barrel aging. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried dark fruits, dark chocolate, and lightly warming alcohol; generous, oily, tempered alcohol; very solid, generous beer. Lengthy finish: chewy chocolate and nougat; roasted malts, and nicely tempered alcohol; nicely dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Bomber shared by Odeed; Nose of chocolate covered plums, oaky vanilla, and some light alcohol; black with a small, quick disappating, tan head; flavor has very light bitterness, light alcoholwarmth, chocolate, and some dark fruitiness. 11/20/11 Bomber form my cellar. Only four of these left after this rerate. Nose is oaky vanilla up front, chocolate, and prunes. Hazy very dark brown with a small beige head. Flavor is big on toffee and prunes, musty oak, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. 8/4/9/4/17 4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
22oz bomber, no date--however, it said Bottled on 11/04/08 on the side of the case, so Happy B-day to me. Black with deep brown edges and a 1/2 finger beige head, fading to a thin film and ring rather quickly. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, sweet vanilla (doesn’t necessarily come from the oak), some oak and bourbon up front. Bread dough and a baked chocolate chip cookie are in the middle, and raisins round it out. That said, I had no trouble nosing out the alcohol here. Quite interesting. English barleywine maltiness with plenty of barrel are up front in the flavor along with the cookie notes and more chocolate. Raisins, and faint dried cherries are also present with the sweet vanilla and brown sugar. Dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3-4 out of 10. Didn’t turn out as boozy as I’d have thought, and the flavor mimicked the aroma quite well. Full creamy body with low carbonation. This is pretty good just bottled, and I’m sure will age well for some time. Update: there is a bottled on 11/4/08 on the neck of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
(on cask and bottle serving.)brown body with a nice light brown head.the aroma is a complex blend of oak,vanilla,chocolate,molasses,and alcohol heat.flavor is much of the same with a bit of butterscotch thrown in.its really nice although id say it needs some time to mellow the alcohol out.

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