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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!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 66cl. @ [ Tasting by cgarvieuk ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, chocolate, kokus, vanilla, wood, light to moderate roasted and caramel, alcohol notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. [20090411]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2009
From bottle, blind #17. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dense overripe fruity, hard roasted malt and light spiced aroma. Dark fruity bourbon flavours. Smooth roasted and bourbon fruity flavoured into a smooth finish. Roasted and warming bourbon flavoured finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2009
Bottled. A dark chestnut colored beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt adn caramel as well as lighter notes of alcohol and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol, over ripe fruits, and prunes. The alcohol leaves a burn on the palate. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of bu11zeye. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a creamy, beige head. Warm bourbon aroma. Medium body, roasted malt, lots of caramel, loads of bourbon and vanilla accents. Warming alcoholic finish. 120609

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle #17 at Papsø’s blindtasting. Clear brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of oak, chocolate and cocoa powder with notes of berries. Sweet flavour of oak, vanilla, dried fruits, liquorice and alcohol with notes of hops. Hoppy, oaky and warming alcoholic finish. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Bottled@omhper. Pitch black colour, not much head. Aroma is wood, some whisky and quite strong on both nuts and vanillaish notes. Also some mild burning alcohol is in there as well as liquorice and some caramel malts. Flavour is equal, but in a really pleasant and mild way. Easy to drink strong and complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2010
Bottled, thanks baggio Near black, no head. Caramelly woody nose. Sweet and dense, powerful and huge bodied. There’s licorice, rye bread, alcohol, mud cake and finnish mämmi followed by chocolate and licorice. Salty bitter finish. A huge beer with so many different flavours to explore.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small tan head. Has a fruity woody malty dark fruit and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Smooth sweetish malty chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and licorice flavor. Has a smooth malty chocolate and licorice finish with hints of wood and vanilla in the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
6th June 2010. RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 Warehouse. Cloudy dark brown beer. Rich toffee nose. Dry smooth palate. Rich oak and chocolate. Subtle vanilla and coffee. Tiny bit of spice and brandy. Third time of tasting and this has improved a lot over the year and a bit since it was released.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2010-08-01, courtesy of Papsø, 7-4-8-4-16=39
The color is almost black; it has a very thin head, some sparse bubbles. The aroma is mild, with roasted malt and vanilla, and very light liquorice. Good body strength, with enough sweetness; caramel and chocolate flavor, strong, with light liquorice (it would be better without), quite salty, with some late vanilla, but also a bit dusty. The final is the logic blend of the above, with quite some alcohol warmth. Solid brew, but not much refined.

2009-06-12, blind tasting at Papsø’s, 8-4--8-4-18=42
Black color; small creamy head. Stylish aroma, harmonious mix of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Good body, sweet chocolate flavor, well complemented by the vanilla, good bitterness level. Very good.


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