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RATINGS: 397   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 it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (993) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle, direct from the brewery pub in Paso Robles. Pours a clear deep burgundy color with ruby edges. Medium tan head and low carbonation. Aroma is wonderful; notes of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla bean and a hint of coffee. Kickass flavor that shows off the various barley wine blends with the deep tones of Parabola showing as well. Some light citrus and dry hops on the back end. Solid oak throughout. Warming finish, would be nice if it mellows and blends with age. Firestone delivers yet again!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3626) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Dark color. Aroma of malt, vanilla, raisin, whisky and ripe fruit. Flavor of rich vanilla, malt, toffee, raisiny ripe fruit and some booze. Tastes like a barley wine or red port. Feels like it has been aged a little too long, still very good though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2016
22oz bottle pours a hazy brown with some cloudy, white head. Nose has brown sugar, bread crust, mild spice, fruit cake. Flavor is malty and sweet, brown sugar, dates, raisins, clove. Full bodied, boozy finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2393) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Backlog. 2012 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Dark brown with small tan head. Caramel malt, molasses, toffee, sweet vanilla, booze. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6655) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle at the main DC December Gathering. Poured a dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma was lots of malts, molasses. Boozy notes. Lots of toffee, vanilla notes. Roasted malts. Chocolate finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5079) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle at the DC December Gathering #2. Dark brown with beige head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, booze. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, booze. Medium-full body with a dry finish. May be past prime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5165) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2015
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and sweet malts, some chocolate, bitter hops, hints of roast, oak and boubon, and some dough. Flavor the same. Smoother texture. Would have liked this way more back in the day, but not now.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2015
On tap at Brouwers alongside 18. Pours rich dark brown color without any head. Aroma is huge caramel and bourbon, rich malts, sweet brown sugar. Wow. Flavor follows closely with lots of vanilla marshmallow behind sweet rich caramel malts, a light hint of chocolate, and big bourbon sweetness, with a hint of oak in the backdrop. Big bodied, sweet and rich, low carbonation. Absolutely beautiful.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is thick malts, molasses, hint of booze. Flavor brings out more of the barrel character, with a nice toffee, vanilla, molasses. Solid, but probably my least favorite of the anniversaries so far.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5639) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours very dark, almost black. Small layer of foam. Smell has notes of bourbon. Taste is nice and intense bourbon, over dark malts and an oak-intensified taste. Very nice ! High on bourbon, intense but rather balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2323) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2015
August 27, 2015 - bottle that I probably picked up from Binny’s. Celebrating another wedding anniversary and excited to try this as the mix is predominantly barley wine. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma was a nice blend of bourbon, brandy, caramel, vanilla and light citrus hops. The wood came out in the aroma as it warmed. Taste was very smooth and had a nice bourbon flavor / heat throughout that was spot on. Taste also had the caramel and chocolate early and vanilla came out late and in the finish. The brandy characteristics came on late and a very mild citrus bitterness was in the finish. Another fantastic blend from Firestone to celebrate one more year of marriage.


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