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Firestone Walker 15 (XV)

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RATINGS: 378   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 itís just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Trade by deathcharms ]. Clear light dark red brown colour with a small average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, tobacco, dried fruit, oak, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, oak, vanilla, dried fruit, dry, alcohol - bourbon. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121109]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (32006) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and caramelish. Smooth toasted malty and sweet caramelish. Toasted caramelish. Smooth caramelish and light fruity into a crisp malty and caramelish finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours a clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Heavy booze hits you straight away revealing more subtle layers of alcohol, wood and vanilla. Solid body, sweet caramel, loads of bourbony oak. licorice all-sorts, vamilla - you know the drill. Not sure I get the "citrus zest" at all - the oak and booze overpowers all subtleties. Warming alcohol finish. Very enjoyanle - as always in this series. 030312

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII. Deep reddish ruby colour, small beige head. Aroma ia mild fruits, some plum, a bit of hops and quite big time chocolate. Flavour is chocolate, some raisins and some toasted and coffeeish notes in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19950) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled at PBF. Hazy mahogany colour, minimal head. Caramelly with plenty of oak and vanilla. Sweet with full body and cleqn, rounded mouthfeel. Caramel, bourbon and honey. White pepper heats a mid bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17520) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle. Courtesy of Randall. Pours a dark ruby amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty woody whiskey caramel toffee flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty woody caramel and dark fruit finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
18th March 2012
Almost opaque brown - amber beer. Short lived pale tan head. Smooth semi dry palate. Slightly soft with mild fine carbonation. Smooth malt with a trace of toffee. Nice vanilla wood and smooth bourbon and brandy. Subtle sweet red fruits underneath. Mild alcohol burn. Licorice. Semi dry finish. Smooth and well integrated but I wish I had been patient enough to leave this for awhile.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15165) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14158) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are bourbon, vanilla, roast malt, caramel, oak and fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a clear, dark amber to brown body under a small, light beige head. Itís quite alcoholic and toffee-ish on the nose, with pine cones, vanilla and some resiny hints. Notes of chocolate too. Itís quite hard on the carbonation, very warming and full-bodied. Toffee, vanilla and some chocolate in the flavor, with a nice bitterness chiming in towards the end. Well, itís nice indeed, but itís way too warming, and also a bit heavy on the carbonation. I like it indeed, but I donít think Iíll miss it. 121109


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