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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Got a 22 oz. bottle in a trade with BOLTZ7555, thanks Dude! Beer looks deep brown the lots of ruby tints when held up to the light. Not much in the way of head or lace. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and a large amount of booze. Chocolate stout proportion is way low, with the DIPA showing up in the finish. However, for the most part it shows the Barley Wine first and foremost. The DIPA does give it a nice citrus zest and adds something totally different. The FW commercial DESCRIPTION is spot on! This is damn nice and really tasty.Similar to a fine cognac. Could be truly nice to revisit if you have more than one bottle.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
On tap at MacGregor’s. Pours clear brown with no real head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, raisins, malt, prunes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, very well balanced, with more bitterness coming out in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3163) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
On tap @ Ginger Man NYC. A deep deep dark ruby brown one with a small sidesticking light beige top. The nose is lovely dark and berry infused, not to extreme really, contains of mostly thick sweet malty goodness with concentrated figs and dates, dark fudge and some woody traces in the back. Yeah, you just gotta love it. About average on the carbonation level and the mouthfeel is light sticky and oily. Strong kinda boozy flavors. Not as boozy as the Nr.14 but still. Burned sugar, caramel, dark fruits and a little bit of salty lovely gunpowder and licorice in the finish. Drymouthing aftertaste. It’s undoudebly a lovely creation. 19.06.2013

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Pours brown, sweet toffee, berry fruits, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2141) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a off white head. Big barrel and bourbon bouquet. Somewhat sweet with rich caramel and brown sugar notes up front that lead to the vanilla and oak. The finish is slightly bitter with boozy characteristics. Not so much smooth bourbon, maybe more cheap whiskey and cola. Good mouthfeel and body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6139) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2014
Bottled. Nose of bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor of raisins, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Very smooth. Very nice but a bit unsurprising.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bomber. Mild bourbon nose, with rich dark fruit and some serious fumes. Light translucent brown. Tingling alcohol hits the tongue right away, ripe dark fruit, dark sugar, melds into a light but hot fruit sweetness. Medium-heavy body, with a bit of sharp alc. burn. Good, very complex, and tasty. A bit too hot.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
Deep brown colour. Fair bit of acitone on the nose with some sweetness. Blueberry nose with a hard acidic and berry end on the tongue. Such a very busy brew which just dilutes into a light volatile banana clashing spirity mess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
Bomber from a Garvie tasting, thanks for sharing! Pours deep dark brown, thin white head. Aromas are liquorice, caramel, vanilla, leather, very fruity, getting a touch of roasted coconut too. Taste is sweet, boozy, nice longer boozy bitterness. Oily texture, thick mouthfeel, but clean bitter finish. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13919) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sweet berries .. big fruit ... rich soft malt nose .. dark malts ... big berries ... soft toffee ... little crystal on the linger .. rich sweet malts ... big berry

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (240) - Bend, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2014
Super dark, almost black, mahogany hues at the edges, with thin off white head. Coconut and vanilla are prominent in aroma with flashes of cocoa, spice, orange peel, bourbon and very faint hop resin. Flavor begins soft, floral honey which slowly builds to an explosion of strong oak, bourbon, orange peel, cinnamon, figs, and toffee pudding. Finish adds some dusty cocoa courtesy of the merkin. Wow 2 years might be my favorite age for a FW anniversary. Still burly, powerful and lightly boozy with a touch more drinkability.


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