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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 377   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.


4.2
   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 (6129) - Valdosta, 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 (12777) - 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. There’s lots of stuff going on but none of it really comes together.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle in Vail with Jetson. Brown appearance with a light brown head. Rich roasty caramel malty, toffee, herbal, piney hoppy, moderately fruity aroma. Piney, herbal hoppy, creamy caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oaky, fairly hoppy flavor. Pretty rich hoppy aspect and the bitterness seems slightly unbalanced. Somewhat boozy. I like it overall but it falls short of being legendary in my mind.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with very little carbonation. Aroma is big on the coconut, vanilla and booze. This is an interesting mixture of flavors. I get some chocolate, coconut, vanilla, bourbon and some orange zest. Slightly sticky finish (that’s what she said?)

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chawkfan (27) - USA - DEC 24, 2011
This is a exceptional beer. Smells of Bourbon, but the taste doesn’t over power. First time for me tasting a blend and after this it won’t be my last.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Much lighter than previous blends that I’ve had, more of a clear red-brown with a very thin beige head. Aroma is all char, bourbon, oak, vanilla. The taste is similar, mostly barrel character, oaky vanilla, charred wood, caramel in the sense of whiskey, light brandy sweetness. Nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bomber courtesy of thome50. Pours really dark, cola brown, with some reddish and orange high lights. Not much of a head on this one. BIG aroma on this one. Just a shit ton of wood, a lot of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, nuts, chocolate, caramel, holy shit. Only gets better as it warms. Quite complex. The flavors roll in waves as some sweet caramel and dried, dark fruit hit up front followed by coconut, some roasted malt, wood tannins, bourbon, vanilla extract, (those turtle cookie treats with pecans, chocolate, and caramel!), and a ton of nuts. Slightly fruity, while imparting some roasted malt mid palate after some interesting caramel and fruit flavors upfront. Real slick mouthfeel on this one leads into a very long finish. For how much barley wine is in this, I’m impressed. Wonderful blend, with just the right amount of flavor integration from the other brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle from thome50. Thanks! Deep cola brown in color with a small white head. Some reddish-orange highlights to this slightly murky beer. Pretty nice looking overall. Intense aroma of vanilla and coconut. Some toffee character to it as well. I just keep getting more and more coconut as it warms up. Fucking intense and amazing. Slight bourbon character is starting to appear in the aroma after it warms for about a bit longer. Taste is vanilla, coconut, and loads of caramel and toffee towards the finish. Not as rich as the aroma had made it seem like it would be. Slight bit of citrus starts appearing towards the finish along with a bit of chocolate. If only there was some nougat flavor here. I fucking go crazy for Snickers. A bit lighter on the tongue than expected, but that is nice due to the intensity and richness of this beer. It never gets to be overwhelming. I’m usually not a person who likes barleywines and things similar but this is really, really good.


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