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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 399   ABV: 13.3%
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As a finished beer, XVII is dark, rich and complex. The lead beers of the blend are Bravo, a lean and oak-forward imperial brown ale and Stickee Monkee, a huge brown sugar infused barley wine. These beers are beautiful on their own but together they bring rich molasses drenched oak flavors and cinnamon glazed almond aromas lifted by high alcohol. In the middle of the blend are our two favorite stouts, Parabola and Velvet Merkin, working in concert to provide a dusty cocoa mocha aroma and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Somehow together in this blend I am reminded of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough! Double DBA makes the blend again this year, bringing its signature vanilla-infused crème brulée flavor. Helldorado, our blonde barley wine, helps to bring balance with its honey notes and light leather nuances. Like last year, a dash of Wookey Jack made the cut bringing with it some fresh hop notes derived from bold Citra and Amarillo creating even more interesting complexity. All together I find XVII to be full of soft chocolate and warm spice perfectly balanced by toasted coconut, bourbon barrel notes and smooth creamy malt mellowness. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XVII is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half-filled brandy snifter or red wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. It takes a while, but as this beer sits and breathes in the glass, more rich chocolate and spice character is revealed as the ethereal spirit characters dissipate - 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 eighth oak-aged blend. The journey continues and it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996. Thank you so much for spending a little time with us!

stumpyiliz's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Root beer colored pour with a little head. Aromas of count and whiskey booze. Flavors of tobacco, malt whiskey and oak. Long dry finish theta envelops the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (844) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup ... FW Anniversay Vertical Rye, caramel, salt,. Dark brown, no head. Sweet caramel, rye and oak. Hot, but wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2908) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle - Raisin, bourbon and extreme heat. Deep mahogany and a rich white head. Rich caramel and raisin with a nice bit of heat. Recent and quite good compared to the older versions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (531) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
5 year vertical! Dark brown pour with light white head. Aroma is anise, coconut, bourbon, oak. Taste is oak, light bourbon, anise with bit of a hit sharp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 bottle at home ... deep black .... thi tan head ... dark roast ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet berry roast malts ... dark berryy fruits ... soft sweet malts ... sofft toffee fruits ... big sweet roast ,,, soft sweet fruits ... dark roast malts ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2144) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle, big thanks to Mike. Aroma of bourbon, wood, coconut, chocolate. Taste of chocolate and coconut, some fruitiness, dark fruit, plum. Sweet and bitter. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1400) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, aroma has toffee, chocolate, vanilla, taste is huge vanilla, toffee, chewy chocolate, dry, sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to weinando! Clear dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of caramel, mild bourbon and a little spice. Flavor is very similar to the nice aroma, plenty of mellow malt and toffee/caramel, hints of burnt sugar and spicy chocolate. Pretty damn outstanding, wish I had more bottles of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2931) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear chestnut with a small beige head that mostly dissipates leaving a ring that provides some lacing. Aroma is very malty - bourbon, toffee, toasted caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Flavor is much the same, pretty sweet, a bit of bitterness, lots of vanilla, bourbon and dark sugars going on. Some ABV heat is evident, as is some astringency from time in barrel. Medium body. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (932) - , Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
bomber to glass; I know this is one of the lower rates and I usually would cellar something this strong, nice caramel, alcohol in aroma. taste was too much sugar and alcohol - it just isn’t enjoyable; complex yes, meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2144) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Huge caramel malt and booze aromas. Caramels, booze, barrel, vanilla, and mild hoppy notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

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