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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 375   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 it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4988) - 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 (5011) - , 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6530) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1331) - 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 Satan’s own private beer. Fuck, this is beyond me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1990) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a nice deep gold orange with very thin head. The nose is a mix of liquors, alcohol, and vanilla. The flavor seems to rely on the barrel more than the beers. I get a good bit of bourbon, vanilla, Grand Marnier, oak, and lots of alcohol. This is one boozy beast. Medium bodied but thin in the finish due to all of the all to obvious alcohol. I found this one to be a bit to alcoholic to be really enjoyable. Perhaps it will calm down with some age, but right now I think it’s too hot to enjoy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some patchy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a clear, bright-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized, toasted grain and pine-like / herbal hops up front. A second take sees me noticing some spicy, woody, slightly astringent / sharp oak character along with a supple buttery note, a fruity Bourbon-like character, soft nutty notes and a soft, supporting vanillin note towards. Between the hops and the Barrels, the nose picks up an almost holiday like spiciness as it warms up (cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of allspice).

The beer is a bit too cold to start out, but still has a nice nutty not up front, somewhat of a bitter hop bite, some lingering pine like hoppiness and a finish that has some Bourbon / Oak spice and warmth to it. The alcohol warmth and the hops mix in the finish to get a touch harsh, but this gets reduced as the beer warms up. A hoppy citrus character contributes a marmalade like flavor as the beer warms up; this is also accentuated by the deep caramelized character that makes up the malt character in this beer. Lots of barrel influenced flavors play the dominant role in this beer, especially as it warms; flavors of sweet, lightly toasted coconut, ample vanillin, richly caramelized character, molasses coated toasted-nuts. This beer is certainly a rich, sipping beer, it is not excessively heavy, or even cloying though; it hits the right balance of being rich, chewy and viscous, without being excessively heavy.

The hop character isn’t actually nearly as expressive as my description might seem, in fact it is less than I had been expecting, but it is noticeable and certainly an contributor to this beer. Really thought, the barrel character and malt play the more leading roles in this beer. At times this can be a bit hot & I bet this won’t peak for a year or two once the heat has had some time to mellow.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1055) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On draught at a beer dinner at Monk’s Kettle. Perhaps i was a little jaded drinking this after completely enjoying Parabola, as i felt it didn’t hold up to its predecessor. Lots of sherry on the aroma. medicinal and viscous. All of the flavors seem a little disjointed. A nice beer, but i love many of the FW beers more.


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