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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 itís just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bomber from Frank Smithís. Pours deep brownish with 1-finger frothy tan head. Nose is earthy peaty malt, figgy and vinous fruits, mild spice, bourbony oaky notes, and vanilla. Tastes of dark malt, oaky bourbon, spicy with notes of cinnamon, ginger, cacao, plus citrus fruit, vanilla, late coconut. New flavors emerge with every sip, and the overall experience is sublime, and one of the reasons I still seek out these types of beers. The alcohol is well integrated, not hidden so much as accompanying the plethora of flavors. This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever quaffed, and is a true delight to behold.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Courtesy of rayl101

Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fadesbto a ring. The flavor starts with caramel and chocolate. There is a light fruitiness in the background. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of oak. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a lightly sticky mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
22oz bottle courtesy of dcschiller. Pours a deep, clear brown with a thin off-white head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is dark chocolate, with notes of coconut, toffee, and vanilla. Flavor is much the same, but very little heat from the spirit barrels. Full bodied, and dec,eptively smooth to drink. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2728) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2011
This is a monster beer with more flavors then I want to list. The aroma is roasted nuts, chocolate, dark fruits, and a little citrus. Taste is like a barley wine with some roasted burnt character. Chocolate covered cherries and nuts are the predominant flavors I get. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (817) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 pours the deepest possible red with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. aroma is raspberry, mint, bourbon, oak, licorice, and chocolate. taste is red wine, a hint of grapefruit, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, some metal, and clove. finish is boozy, with notes of bourbon and hops. finish is syrupy leaving lots of sticky stuff on the lips. an extraordinary beer, one of the best Iíve had. complex but balanced. i can tell that aging would do this beer well but I didnít have the patience!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4398) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bomba, this is how blends are done. Such a good bottle for Only $10! The barrel aging is magnificent. I love barleywine and stout blends. Absolutely fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pour is a deep copper with a swirly white and tan head. Smell is oaky vanilla brown sugar and sweet grapes. Taste is sugary vanilla lots of coconuty awesomeness. Love it thx DROWLAND!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6635) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2011
12/28/11. 22oz bottle with big thanks to dcschiller! Dark brown pour, lots of red under the light, with a small khaki head that fades. Definite wood in the aroma with big vanilla, coconut, and a bit of butter and lemon peel, as well as a dab of alcohol burn. Very nice flavor at first that shows butterscotch, coconut, sweet burnt caramels, and some wood. More time and another sip shows alcohol, sweet sherry, molasses, and more caramel. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of malt, Bourbon, spicy oak, roasting, vanilla, cocoa, dust, and spicy rye. Poured mahogany/brown in color with a small, creamy, loose, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small-sized particles throughout. Complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, oak, tobacco, caramel, Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, wood, brown sugar, roasting, slight Whiskey, an a slight touch of alcohol. Medium to full body. Slick, creamy, then slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, oak, tobacco, Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, tobacco, toffee, and wood. 12.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Pretty great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Amber-brown colour. Thin head. Charred and slightly barrelly notes on the nose along with vague grapey accents. Strong with alcohol and fruity on the palate, with more caramels and maybe some light toast. Thereís lots of stuff going on but none of it really comes together.


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