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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Ben. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan collared head. Very stout like aroma, dark fruit, molasses, and roast. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very smooth with notes of caramel, toffee, and roast. Lingering bitterness in the end. Solid.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has vanilla, bourbon, toffee qnd some dark fruit. Flavor has some caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon with a little bitterness. Another great FW anniversary ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Been saving a bottle, perhaps for this specific tasting at Adam’s. I guess a thanks to myself in order! Pours a maple syrupy cordovan tone with no discernible head; whatever head there was, it certainly had faded quickly into nothingness in my glass. Smells of brandy alcohols, aged oak, backstrap molasses, burnt rubber and hops. Tastes of molasses straightaway, followed by oak, cinnamon, persimmon, and milk chocolate. Ends bittersweet and thin.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Shared by RadarSocks at my cabin in NH. Enjoyed at room temp in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Poured dark brown. No head at all. Black in the glass with some red hues.

S - Wow. I can smell the bourbon from 2 feet away. Always a good sign. This is a very hot and boozy beer. Tons of bourbon and whisky on the nose. Lots of smokey oak and some hints of vanilla.

T - Fantastic. BIG huge dark fruits up front. Lots of figs, some black cherries and some dried prunes. In the middle, dominant oak and some cocoa as well. It’s this weird Oak/Coffee/Chocolate mix that really blends well in the middle. The finish is hard to point out. Charred and smoky notes from the barrels, vanilla from the barrels and this semi-sweet barley wine esque finish.

M - 10% carbonation, heavy body. It coats your tongue but no tingling that I was expecting. Very much a mouth filler and heavy and boozy and hot and oh so delicious.

O - I enjoyed this beer tremendously. It’s for sure a sipper and one that I was expecting to have fallen off by now. Still drinking great. Enjoyable.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
651mL at Woodshop 7 as part of the complete FW vertical FW10-FW15. Clear maroon pour, deep. No head. Nose is tomato paste, savory soy and truffle, brown sugar, bourbon, sweet carrot, candied beets. Brown liquor. Taste is rich ganache, hazelnut, toasted nuts, candied pecans. Bitterness to balance. Very rich and excellent. A nice surprise. No cloying body. Taste really opens up to amazing roasted candied bitter nuts. Palate is spicy, oily, bitter. A very nice surprise. Has held up well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee almost no hops presence at this point. Appearance is deep brown with no head and minimal lacing. Taste matches the aroma with almost no burn and comes off pretty sweet. Overall I was really happy to share this one but those in the crowd who’d tried it before siad this one isn’t aging as well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle - celebratory of Devils winning ECF. Pours dark walnut brown with tan head. Nose/taste of walnuts, dark toffee, charred caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and raisin. Complex. Slight alcohol in finish. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 9, 2012
@HallingHansen tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, raisin, plum, chocolate, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Flavour is roasted malt, raisin, chocolate, oak, vanilla and alcohol.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2012
bomber. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nice nose of whiskey/bourbon, some sugary sweetness. Taste is very well developed of barrel aged barleywines, lots of sugary sweetnesss, some stickiness, and lots of alcohol presence. Very easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak head. The aroma is malt, dried fruit, sweetness, vanilla, fruit and wood. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcoholwarmth. The palate is sweetness and alcoholwarmth. Overall a really good beer.


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