RateBeer
Home >

Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
available

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
As a finished beer, XV is alive with amazing complexity and yet it is quite possibly the most integrated and seamless blend yet. Looking at a blend of 8 beers on paper at first looks chaotic and potentially disjointed; however, a closer look reveals and interesting theme: 76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA. XV introduces our new blonde barley wine Helldorado with flavors of lavender honey liqueur. The well established DDBA delivers its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. 2010 vintage Sticky Monkey folds in brown sugar, maple, cinnamon, ginger and ripe figs. Parabola brings the familiar flavors of roasted dark coco, and chocolate covered cherries. Velvet Merkin carries silky milk chocolate, toasted coconut and creamy textures. Good Foot and Bravo add assertive barley wine warmth and lush barrel derived vanilla bean notes. The game changer this year is the addition of Double Jack to the blend. At just 5% its massive dry hop character brings citrus zest, tangerine and mango aromas making this a completely new beer. The beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XV is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass, a richer, orange zested, chocolate dusted, vanilla custard character is reveled, so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our Sixth oak-aged blend! Our journey continues and itís just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2012
22 ounce from Pear Deli, Seattle. I saw it. I bought it. Big bourbon and vanilla taste. Small tan head fades quickly. Lots of wood in there, but lots of vanilla as well. Very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (2561) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
This is really nice. The key is to allow it to warm. it pours a mahogany with red highlights, thin swirling head. It has a complex aroma with caramel, fruit, vanilla, oak, booze among others. The flavor has all of the above with each sip releasing something else onto your tongue. Wildly creative, looking forward to 16.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle.Pours a dark brown with a bit of small head. Smells and tastes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon. clear, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, flat. Over all I was hoping for a lot more then I got. It wasnt all that great I mean better then lots of beers but hardly worth the price. Maybe I just wasnt in the mood for it it was good but over rated?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IanIPA (20) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On tape at the Tribes Alehouse in a snifter. It poured a dark brown color but oddly see through. You could taste all the barley wine, stout and IPA all at once which was good but didnít help to much. It was almost overly malty. The taste was almost to strong on the malts but didnít have any of the other flavors I felt it should have. Over all I feel like Firestone should have made a better beer for their 15th

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. aromas of nuts, wood, roast, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, roast, vanilla, and some wood.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Big nearly black beer with no head to speak of... Big big big slightly sweet bourbon creamy aroma with notes of vanilla roast dark fruits, exceptionally complex, as the bourbon is big but not overpowering... Deftly blended with notes of dark fruits, vanilla, woods, cream, roast, bourbon, brandy... Full bodied but not overly full bodied, each sip begs you to come back for more with complex flavors, super silky body... Quite possibly the best barrel aged beer ive had...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
This poured a dark brown color with a biege head. Aroma was lots of char and oak, some light dark chocolate, some bourbon and alcohol too. Flavor was much the samel, lots of barrel, some mlik chocolate and light smoke. Mighty tasy but one dimensional, almost all barrell.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (617) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2012
22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature. A - Aggressive pour yields a frothy 3 finger head. This eventually dies down and after a while all traces of foam are gone. Decent lacing, but amazing alcohol legs. Clear dark brown body with great red tint. Sits in the glass like a hard liquor. S - Loads of boozy bourbon and oak notes. Vanilla, toffee, candied dark fruits and caramel malts. Hops are not noticeable. T - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are the dominant tastes here. In the background is raisins, toffee, caramel and just a hint of citrus. The alcohol is present but in the best way possible. Very pleasant warming sensation. M - The best part of this beer for me. It just drinks so smooth. The alcohol is present but its not harsh at all. The body isnít quite medium, but it just works. This is like drinking a nice malty flavored bourbon. O - The aromas and flavors arenít earth shattering, but the smoothness of this beer makes it a really great sipper. A really enjoyable barrel aged beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Had at FW tasting room. Beautiful bled of flavors. will have again and again. Second time in a bottle. Just as good as the first. Magical

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Draft at the Cellar Door. A little yeasty in the first impression, like a youngish barley wine. Not much alcohol at first. Deep dark brown, thin layer of foam with very little lace. But the taste is all that. Mainly in barley wine territory. Sherry sweetness, but with a thread of alcohol building up. Notes of punch tobacco, brown sugar, maybe a nudge of hibiscus. Sometimes I want to swig this down and let it lay me low, other times I want to treat it like a civilized big beer. Despite the long winded explanation above, itís still a big barley wine. Kind of a coffee note, but totally without roast. Just a nice toasty malt, balanced by bitterness to keep the sweetness from taking over.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page   1 « 24 25 26  27  28 29 30 » 36


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50