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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2824) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2012 Difficile de passer au travers toute la gamme des notes de ce concert de saveurs incroyables. Les fruits vineux confits, les sucres bruns, mélasse, chêne fumé, cannelle, chocolat dans un marécage visqueux et collant. À reboire dans une soirée où les vintage s’empile un peu moins. Définitivement un stud.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
this was a real treat, thanks Andrew!. i didnt think a beer with that many blends would turn out to be anything but this really surprised me. too many subtleties to mention... it just worked.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7235) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a syrupy aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes caramel, tobacco and dark fruit. It leaves a tingly sensation on the palate and a bit of an alcohol trail. However, not quite as sensational as some of the previous anniverary brews.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3405) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours deep ruby/black with a medium tan head. Aroma has sweet bourbony vanilla notes...mild roastiness, coffee, very faint dark fruit and coconut. Flavor is bourbon forward with nice vanila and roastiness, toasted coconut...faint coffee creeping in...suprisingly not boozy but very warming. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky with a smooth bourbon/roasty finish. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1298) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle shared with marcus. The palate is really heavy. Heavy malt flavors. Beer is thick. Its a blend of a bunch of beers so its hard to pin point the taste. Great beer. Just not that big of a fan

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Bottle shared by marcus on superbowl sunday. Aroma is raisins and Bourbon. Pours cola with a beige head. Flavor is tobacco leaf and sweet. Finishes very smooth

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Opened on New Years Eve. I’ll just get to the point and say this is an amazing beer that is full of complexity and character. It’s on par, with or maybe just right behind, my previous FW anniversary ale experience (13). It contained the familiar sweet barrel notes with some vanilla along with the Parabola component making itself well known.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1211) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours near pitch black with no head. Aroma is of oak, vanilla, malts, barley, aluminum, booze, and toffee. Very little carbonation. Flavor has malts, oak, vanilla, anise, leaves, and roastiness. Leaves a nice and roasty oaked malt finish. Good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 2/2012 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a small soapy tan head that faded and left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet coconut, caramel and pine. The flavor was sweet caramel, tobacco, bourbon and coconut. The finish was long and the body was full and syrupy. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to Huhzubendah for picking this bottle up from Capone’s for me. Served in a wine glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin light tan head and a nice collar throughout. The nose carries some oak and bourbon plus vanilla, chocolate, and roast. The flavor is fairly oaky with some tannins. Roast as well. The oakiness comes along with a bit of booze; probably a bit too young at this point, though still enjoyable.


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