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RATINGS: 288   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle w/ Justin & Mike in Mammoth. This follows steadily in line w/ 10 & 11. A big, robust, oaky, vanilla wrapped burner of a brew. Chocolate and dark fruits in the middle. Damn good, but I would put this a touch above 11 and a tad behind 10. It’s tasting a little ’green’ at this point ... (and a bit pricey)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"2+ year old bottle. Holding up well, though you can tell a little bit of the flavor has faded. super-frikkin smooth, though. smells and tastes predominantly like a barreled stout, but FW makes complex barreled brews better than anyone, and this is no exception, though it is dominated by sweetness and a good dose of roast. i have a feeling my score reflects the age, but even then, still elite! Glad I happened to have a special beer for #2700 :) "

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle thanks to Sparky! Pours dark brown/black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and char. Taste is booze, vanilla, coffee and bitter baking chocolate. Full bodied with very little carbonation (5 years old) but a great amazing beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Richard! Dark brownish black pour with off white/tan head, aroma brought big notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of nice molasses, touch of slight honey in there, touch of dark chocolate in there as well, nice dark fruits. Taste is a mix of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and molasses into vanilla, oak, nice bourbon in there, finishing fairly sweet, nice and rich. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scanovajr (642) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 28, 2013
A dark brown beer with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with strong malty notes, lots of wood, alcohol and chocolate. Taste heavy malty and sweet, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and lots of wood again. Smooth with a burning alcohol sensation. Full body. Amazing beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
22 oz bomber shared by Bobby at a tasting. The pour is a darker copper, brown with a smaller tan head. The aroma is deep rich caramel and nutty malt, good amount of booze whiskey / bourbon, some vanilla barrel notes, and more of the sweet malt. Really big nose, rich full, well integrated. The taste is the nose, with equal parts caramel sweet malt, whiskey alcohol booze and the general vanilla oak barrel. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation, dry booze sweet finish. Nice one, thanks for sharing Bobby.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1045) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours an opaque, flat, very dark brown. The mocha-tan head doesn’t grow beyond a finger high. It attenuates into a panacea-patterned patch of bubbles that sits atop the deep-sea-dark liquid. The oak age has imparted a very appealing, sweet aroma of vanilla and coconut. Some coffee notes underneath. The nose is very smooth. Slick and just faintly thick mouthfeel. Slides through the palate without sticking or coating. Ample alcohol warmth, but not off-putting. A lot of tobacco right at the beginning. A quick blast of alcohol overlapping the tobacco in the beginning. Vanilla, then dark chocolate, then coffee, then tobacco. Not much of the coconut in the flavor that comes through in the aroma. An extraordinarily complex beer with distinct, yet seamlessly adjoined stages done in true FW fashion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (710) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish black, very little carbonation. Flavor is soft malt, banana bread, yeasty esters. Some heat on the back end from the alcohol. Lingering stickiness. Very smooth, seems to have aged well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is super complex, with loads of dark dried fruits, brandy-like liqueur, bourbon and booze - no hint I oxidation. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with notes brandy upfront, caramel, and deep dark fruits. Extremely deep and sophisticated. The body is sticky and liqueur-like. ABV is hidden really well. The age has done this wonders. Elegant and complex. Awesome stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hapjydeuce (952) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottled. Aged well since this beers release back in 2008 I think. I never rated it upon tasting the first of the two bottles I picked up from the brewery. I had no idea this beast would develop into what it has become... Poured a dark mahogany with an oily appearance; some yeast sediment suspended near the bottom. A light amount of carbonation is still present. After warming in my snifter the aroma is incredible...old leather, charred oak, brandy, molasses, a slight hint of cedar and tobacco. The flavor has mellowed and blended something fierce; amazingly smooth transitions between the sweet brown sugar and raisin notes up front and the smoky oak, bourbon and chocolate tones behind it. Just outstandingly smooth...no harsh character in the profile at all. Palate is perfect; thick and oily and it coats the mouth like butter. The alcohol heat has subsided with aging and has made this a real treat to be savored. With the extra years on it, this is one of my favorite barrel aged blends so far. Its a shame I didn’t buy more...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1079) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Wow! Bottle generously shared at Clusterfork. Pours a deep brown with little carbonation left. Aroma is toffee, butterscotch, some mild tobacco. Chocolate more in the taste with a good mouthfeel and some wine tanin. The carb level is low but this beer is still holding up. I’d heard bad things since the first time I tried it 3 years ago. Nice beer and hope it holds up a little longer.


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