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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 365   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (525) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bomber. Subdued aroma of chocolate, caramel, oak, and a hint of sweet whiskey. Pours clear dark brown with a bunch of suspended particles. Sharp, odd vegetal taste with very thin chocolate syrup, maple, and mellow bourbon. Thin body with a sharp, hot finish. This one did not age well; everything is quite muted. It was so much better when fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (1999) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak/wood, vanilla, & some coconut notes; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, and some chocolate; Warm booze finish; Nicely balanced; Quite complex and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3190) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle at home as I work through the FW anniversary backlog. Dark bronze and brown color with a thin khaki head. Pretty still and no lacing which make sense based on the barley-wine heavy blend. Huge aroma of caramel, molasses and shockingly enough some hops. Flavor is reminiscent of a caramel-sweet British barley wine with a little kick from hops.The booze pops up in the finish. Does warm nicely. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (882) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Deep brown with lacy tan head. Aroma is big on honey, some toffee. Really approachable and delicious, honey, caramel, toffee. So smooth, so great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2119) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 19.06.2013, tap @ The Ginger Man NY:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is mild and well balanced, dark malts, dark sugar, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, cocoa, oak, alcohol, bourbon, grass, dark sugar, vanilla, citrus. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by brew3crew. I have had this a couple times and thought that although a bit hot, it was the most drinkable of all of them fresh. Pours a clear deep copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a big sweet caramel base, vanilla, brown sugar, hints of chocolate, toasted oak, touches of citrus and dark fruits, mild spice all with a full body and fairly smooth character given the abv. Alcohol is there, but more out of the way than most FW Anny beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmongoose (1283) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2013
bomber shared and what can you say but i died and went to heaven and all they had to drink was firestone walker xv. poured a dark brown with a brownish head. aroma of bourbon, malts, chocolate and coffee. overwhelmning the nose. the flavors are so intense and so many it was amazing to work your way through this beer. not knowing immediately how this one was make i was in awe on the flavors on the end you get a smooth alcohol burn that is just soothing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1952) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bomber from Summer Secret Santa. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a little head that fades to a ring. Aromas jumps out at you. Big oak, caramel, toffee, honey, cocoa, citrus, and dark fruit. Taste is syrupy sweet with a mild bitterness. Packed with oak, caramel and toffee. Finish is dark fruit and citrus with a moderate booziness. Medium to thick body, syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice sipping barley wine. I think I liked XVI better but it’s hard to compare, I had them at completely different ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6166) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
65 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours clear dark mahogany red color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, some caramel malts, some toffee and sugary syrup notes . Flavor of sweet caramel malts, ripe sweet fruits, syrup, some wood and resiny hops. Somewhat too sweet palate, but still quite nice and enjoyable slow sip brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6239) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
650 ml bottle @ PBF 2013. Brought from Coit Liquours, San Francisco.
Pours a dark copper amber colour with a small head. Aroma of strong bourbon, strong blackberries, grass and sweet caramel. Rich flavour of strong sweet caramel, bourbon, grass, wood, salty licorice, orange zest and dark chocolate. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Maybe not as complex as I hoped for, but still an excellent beer. I think the XVI version was better than this.

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