RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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 its just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2012
11/17/11 Fw15 bottle at azwineco. Dark amber brown.ow head. A is banana bread, toffee, alcohol, oak. F is the same...really caramely/toffee,some banana,soft bourbon,spice. Oily but not thick.spicy. sweet. not a fan...meh 7/3/7/3/15 tons of booze. least good of the bunch so far. This is difficult to put away and im glad to be sharing it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours really dark mahogany/ruby with a half finger of off white head, leaves quick. Smells rich, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel. Taste is super rich, very sweet vanilla caramel up front, roasty flavors in back. Very little hop or alcohol presence. Sipping beer, but smooth on the palate. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a clear and brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, dried fruit and licorice. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is sweetness and alcohol. Overall a really good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1669) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Draft at Papago Scottsdale AZ. Poured. Black but filtered. No head. Nose is slightly bourbon with some chocolate and maltiness. Taste is rich of cask, a bit bourbany, with a nice choc and thick malt flavor. I reserve the right to re rate this one in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2016) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Dark brown pour, fluffy head. Big bourbon aroma. Flavor is super sweet, but not cloying. Lots of bourbon, but silky smooth. Vanilla, oak, chocolate and maybe a hint of cherry and everything else malty and sweet. Pretty enjoyable. Thanks to my pal, Brian (eaglefan538), for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Draft. Rich, darkly sweet aroma, with toffee, milky chocolate, soft bourbon, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, dark cherry and faint alcohol, certainly quite welcoming. Deep, dark red-brown color, hazy, with a slight, fine head. Flavor features plenty of malt up front, with dark, caramelized sugary sweetness, more bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and wood, peppery alcohol, fig, tobacco, very faint citrus and pine in the background, likely lots of other things occurring that I consumed this too quickly and greedily to capture fully. Thick, warming feel, but enough carbonation to carry the massive flavors well, body is of course enormous. Finishes long and lingering, really powerful stuff but so refined and luxurious. Extremely well done, this is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Waited quite some time to try this one. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, some oak, caramel, and a bit of chocolate with butterscotch flavors. The body was a nice dark brown with a thin off-white head. Flavor wise, this one is subdued bourbon flavors (vanilla) and mainly chocolate and butterscotch. I enjoyed this one quite a bit especially as it warmed up. Medium bodied and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
500th rating! This brew poured a deep red body with a thin messy head. Scents were all over the place; cocoa, raisins, molasses, oak, bourbon and cherries. The taste was heavy and comples, lots of toffee and cherries with a solid chocolaty malt backbone. There was a hint of vanilla in the background, which aided the warm alcohol finish. Cant thank OmegaX enough for sharing this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Sampled at blowtoad for Veronica bday. Beautiful dark clear brown pour with ring of tan head. Extremely complex. Good sweet red hop with lots of nuanced chocolate covered cherries, dark rum soaked fruits. Does not have nearly the alcohol heat that I expected. as kristen summarized "It just leaves your mouth happy."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Aroma of oak, vanilla, amaretto, and hints of cherry. Pours deep red with no head. Taste is complex with oak, cookies, and slight bourbon. Truly wonderful.

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