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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11893) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Sweet caramel and malt flavour with oak and a faint fruity touch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
22oz, boxed and black foiled bottle, from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful garnet color topped by a full, creamy, beige head that leaves rich, sticky rings of lace through the entire pour. aroma is incredible, amazingly complex, with rich notes of toffee, vanilla, figs, and subtle cinnamon up front backed notes of black cherry, dark chocolate cake, and toasted coconut in the background with subtle, woody bourbon, maple syrup, and grand marnier-esque orange notes emerging as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful, again, amazingly complex with smooth, rich notes of woody bourbon, vanilla nougat, black cherries, and brandy soaked raisins & figs up front that smoothly transition to notes of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, cinnamon bread, and rich dark chocolate with beautiful notes of toasted oak, tobacco, and earthy hops on the back end. palate is smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation and great balance of sweet and savory notes from each element of the blend. overall, another outstanding anniversary brew from FW that’s right up there with XIII. can’t wait to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14835) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle @ Hallinghansens US Tasting, Odense. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is liquorice root, vague roast and oak. Sweet flavor of oak, liquorice, fruit and vanilla. Smooth and full bodied. Warming finish..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (11249) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of caramel, toffee, bready malts, vanilla, dark chocolate and honey liqueur and toasted coconuts. Medium body. Well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brigg (557) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2012
(22oz bottle) The aroma really jumps out at you as soon as you open the bottle: dark fruit (raisin, black cherry), alcohol, bourbon, wood, floral notes, caramel malt; the barley wine character is evident. Dark brown, almost black body, thin light brown head. Flavor is sweet with fruity and floral notes underneath the medium-roast caramel flavor, wood, and bourbon. Overall very sweet, but the hops peak through just a bit; some hints of sourness, too. Alcohol is strong and warm. Body oddly feels medium at first but seem to fill out as it moves back and sits in your mount; full bodied overall. Soft carbonation feel. Really love this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1401) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Red win, port wine and mocha coffee aromas. Unbelievably boozy and very smoky. Brick-red, a little light shines through. Not a ton of head; more like a still liquor. Flavor is cola, toffee, coffee, raisins; tawny port flavors. Also tons of chocolate and dusty, nutty tastes. A veritable panoply of flavors. Slick and smooth, akin to a liqueur. Great for style; completely coats the tongue. Very sticky. This beer is insane: they just chucked a bunch of stuff in here. It’s a Barleywine x an Imperial Stout, and it = fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber body with a ssmall head. Aroma is caramel, berries, vanilla, hops. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3384) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7819) - 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.

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