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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Draft at Papago Scottsdale AZ. Poured. Black but filtered. No head. Nose is slightly bourbon with some chocolate and maltiness. Taste is rich of cask, a bit bourbany, with a nice choc and thick malt flavor. I reserve the right to re rate this one in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Dark brown pour, fluffy head. Big bourbon aroma. Flavor is super sweet, but not cloying. Lots of bourbon, but silky smooth. Vanilla, oak, chocolate and maybe a hint of cherry and everything else malty and sweet. Pretty enjoyable. Thanks to my pal, Brian (eaglefan538), for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Draft. Rich, darkly sweet aroma, with toffee, milky chocolate, soft bourbon, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, dark cherry and faint alcohol, certainly quite welcoming. Deep, dark red-brown color, hazy, with a slight, fine head. Flavor features plenty of malt up front, with dark, caramelized sugary sweetness, more bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and wood, peppery alcohol, fig, tobacco, very faint citrus and pine in the background, likely lots of other things occurring that I consumed this too quickly and greedily to capture fully. Thick, warming feel, but enough carbonation to carry the massive flavors well, body is of course enormous. Finishes long and lingering, really powerful stuff but so refined and luxurious. Extremely well done, this is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Waited quite some time to try this one. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, some oak, caramel, and a bit of chocolate with butterscotch flavors. The body was a nice dark brown with a thin off-white head. Flavor wise, this one is subdued bourbon flavors (vanilla) and mainly chocolate and butterscotch. I enjoyed this one quite a bit especially as it warmed up. Medium bodied and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
500th rating! This brew poured a deep red body with a thin messy head. Scents were all over the place; cocoa, raisins, molasses, oak, bourbon and cherries. The taste was heavy and comples, lots of toffee and cherries with a solid chocolaty malt backbone. There was a hint of vanilla in the background, which aided the warm alcohol finish. Can’t thank OmegaX enough for sharing this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Sampled at blowtoad for Veronica bday. Beautiful dark clear brown pour with ring of tan head. Extremely complex. Good sweet red hop with lots of nuanced chocolate covered cherries, dark rum soaked fruits. Does not have nearly the alcohol heat that I expected. as kristen summarized "It just leaves your mouth happy."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Aroma of oak, vanilla, amaretto, and hints of cherry. Pours deep red with no head. Taste is complex with oak, cookies, and slight bourbon. Truly wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - FEB 13, 2012
After a few rounds of barrel aged Lost Abbeys, I was worried that this beer would blend into the mix...I need not worry. This is a very unique brew...sticky sweet yet somewhat dry (figure that one out). The bitterness is spot on and there is a bit of hop flavor drifting through the buckets of malt flavor. There is a lot of alcohol taste to this though, and there is no getting around it...it is a very dominant. Fresh outta the keg probably brought it out a bit more. While there are so many good and unique elements going on here, it is more than a bit harsh. If you have a bottle, I would tuck it away for a few years to let everything come together. A pretty awesome beer, but the score just isn’t there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn. Pours clear, dark ruby with a fine foam head. Brown sugar nose, sweet malts, some of which are tangy. Big sweet, brown sugar flavor, some bourbon, toast, light roast, burnt sugar and wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with light sting, wood, bourbon, brown sugar. A bit boozy overall, but still lots of nuance peeking through. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear, dark, deep ruby ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet delivers chocolate, fudge and toasted oak with splashes of bourbon and brandy. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is a bundle of chocolaty, bourbony, vinous, port-like fun. Finishes silky and warming. Another world class blend from the fine folks at Firestone Walker! Thanks so much to darkguardian for sharing his bottle!

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