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RATINGS: 168   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 (213) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours a dark brown that lets no light through. Pours with almost no head that subsides to a micro ring of white.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, spirit soaked wood, gingersnap/gingerbread, molasses.

Taste: Toast, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, hot and sharp spirit barrel, roasted dark malt, caramel, chocolate chip cookie.

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of full bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall: I enjoy this better than last years stout heavy blend, and would say it’s drinking perfectly. Not as boozy as previous years either. Very well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (745) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
On tap. Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla. Taste of burnt malts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, ripe fruits. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little alcohol heat. Long bourbon and honey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
2014-07-08. Ruby tinged dark body small beige head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, alcohol, dark fruit. Vaguely Belgian undertones. Flavour is pleasant, sweet up front, dryish alcoholic finish. Bit of bourbon? Simple but rich. Medium to full bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3+ Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Draft. Ruby dark pour with pink head. Light sweet, fake malt and fruit flavors. Aromas are sweet malt, fruit and barrel tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle RBAG 2014 prelim, as part of a vertical from XIII to XVII. Tawny copper brown, quite clear. Similar vinous profile, plums and toffee, finish has some hot alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (889) - 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 (3082) - 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 (566) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 5 year vertical! Dark brown pour with light white head. Aroma is anise, coconut, bourbon, oak. Taste is oak, light bourbon, anise with hint of a sharp finish from the booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - 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 (2200) - 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

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