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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Had at FW tasting room. Beautiful bled of flavors. will have again and again. Second time in a bottle. Just as good as the first. Magical

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Draft at the Cellar Door. A little yeasty in the first impression, like a youngish barley wine. Not much alcohol at first. Deep dark brown, thin layer of foam with very little lace. But the taste is all that. Mainly in barley wine territory. Sherry sweetness, but with a thread of alcohol building up. Notes of punch tobacco, brown sugar, maybe a nudge of hibiscus. Sometimes I want to swig this down and let it lay me low, other times I want to treat it like a civilized big beer. Despite the long winded explanation above, itís still a big barley wine. Kind of a coffee note, but totally without roast. Just a nice toasty malt, balanced by bitterness to keep the sweetness from taking over.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Dark brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, some cocoa, light smoke, coconut, dark fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of vanilla, tobacco, caramel malts, some roast, vanilla, and a silky mouthfeel

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 1, 2012
22oz. bottle. Pours very dark, thick amber head. Smells of vanilla, clove, figs. Medium body. Sweet, roasty, vanilla, oak, bourbon, alcohol warmth. Lingering spiced afterglow. Itís expensive, but the incredible flavor profile and rich aromas are worth the expense. One of the best beers I have enjoyed in quite some time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, light toast, figs and dates, toffee, oak and bourbon. Flavor is malt forward, caramel, cookie, and toffee, oak, bourbon, light bitterness, some spiciness and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1950) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
bottle courtesy of wavers1 thanks!!!! pours a midnight black with khaki head. aroma blows my mind all kinds of wood and malt and hop. the taste works together so well silky smoth on pallate and layers of flavor to complex for me to explain.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a deep, dark ruby-brown. The aroma is quite complex with notes of toffee, vanilla, coconut and red fruits. The flavor is pretty sweet with roasted nuts, dried fruit, and sherry notes. Quite complex.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a caramel brown with 0 head and little to no lacing. Aroma is Burbon, alcohol, honey, malt, and a hint of citrus hops. The taste is burbon and alcohol at first but as it warms it gets really complex. Thereís a sweetness like honey that stays in your mouth after every sip. The alcohol is there but itís not offensive. Brown sugar, molasses, sweet malt, vanilla, and tobacco are all there. It;s super good but not quite as good as last year for me. A great beer to drink on new years :)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Cola brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is marshmallowy bourbony goodness, and taste is the same, with bourbon and chocolate throughout with a mild alcoholic finish. $20/22ozs

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5092) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2011
22 oz bottle from Spirits Brick Blvd. Poured a good looking thinner density black body with a smaller sized foamy super light beige head. Aroma is very nice notes of bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla custard, chocolate truffles, pudding skins, and more bourbon. The body is only a medium mouthfeel and a little thin for such a big beer. Carboantion was nice with a soft touch and a good dose of heat from the middle to the end which was the perfect touch for this beer. Flavor of bourbon, dark chocolate, burnt toast, vanilla extract, super dark chocolate truffle candy, touch of wood. Good stuff all around but I wish it was a bit thicker.


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