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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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 itís just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.

   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

   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. Iíll just get to the point and say this is an amazing beer that is full of complexity and character. Itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1183) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to Huhzubendah for picking this bottle up from Caponeís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6594) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at hallinghansen grand tasting. Thanks hallinghansen! Pours hazy amber with a medium creamy off white head. The aroma is hops, toasted caramel, vanilla, dark berries and chocolate. The flavour is dark fruit, fruity hoppy, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and sweet caramel. Long bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2340) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle, pours reddish, aroma is just strong, the taste has got a lot going on its pretty wild stuff. Overall it was one of the better stronger beers I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Draft @ Tap and Mallet: Wowza. Pours a deep black with no head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, plum and rum. Taste is out of control. Heavy rum, dark fruit, yeast, black unknown. This could possibly be Satanís own private beer. Fuck, this is beyond me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7086) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
22oz bomber pours a clear deep amber with deep red ruby hues and thin light tan head. The aroma offers up prunes mixing with coconut, vanilla, spicy oak, booziness and bourbon near the end of the draw. The taste pulses with coconut and vanilla and then quickly moves into some molasses covered spicy oak, chocolate, sweet bold bourbon and then straight up booziness. This has plenty of barrel showing through virtually crushing the various beer notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2009) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2012
bottle poured a red brown in color with a covering of off white head. aroma has such nice barrel notes, vanilla, chocolate, rich malts, creamy custard, very silky and wonderfully layered. wow I took some time to take in the nose and the hops continued to bring in more layers. the mouth feel is medium and not as heavy as expected with nice strong carbonation appreciated in these big beers for me. flavor is so hefty but restrained at the same time. big barrel influences bringing vanilla, oak, bourbon, and sweet brandy. the hops introduce light bitterness, pine, and some resinous oil. there is brown sugar sweetness but the beer is not sweet with bits of maple from time to time. considering the strength the heat is controled and this just continues to open up as I enjoyed it. despite having a high price tag the boxing is top notch and the information sheet in the box well done and very informative. it is nice to see a brewery providing literature that gives a deeper appreciation to the effort and involvement in producing these beers.

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