RATINGS: 410   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 it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.

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SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
500ml booot .. . pours a deep brown black .. medium head, medium lacing .. . its like a skeleton convention in there .. . light heat- light bourbon wood + roasted vanilla bean .. . a great beer- will be amazing in 6months to a year
.. . . i am a cipher, a cipher wrapped in an enigma smothered in secret sauce...

bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Draught at spuyten duyvil. Brown with good color and ring of foam. It is complex in ways that are hard to describe...like picking the spices out of a mole. Dominate aromas of vanilla, spices, sugars, some esters, oak, alcolhol. Slick sticky slightlu prckly and not such a big mouthfeel. Dries. Flavors of caramel, mulled citrus, solidly bitter but balanced. Really interesting and so many enjoyable layers.

bigabe (194) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Quite simply, the most complex beer I have ever tasted. Massive chocolate, coffee, bourbon notes... sweet malt, bourbon, and a little hop bite on the finish. Massively awesome, extremely epic... pick your superlative. This beer is incredible.

GypsyHead (35) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Fantastic brew, though I don’t really like heavy barleywine-esque styles. This one knocks it out of the park though. Smooth, velvety vanilla tones and a nice oak presence, though, depending on the temperature, there can be a bit too much booze presence. Had to keep tossing the 22 back in the fridge while drinking small samples to keep it under control. Great body and mouthfeel, very smooth without being slick. Very chocolatey and rich in all the right ways.

Papsoe (25063) - 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

Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
12 feb 2012, bottle. Nose is honey and toast. Med body and a bit fizzy. Golden syrup. Some maple syrup and big vanilla. Some burnt oak notes. Amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
On tap at the Blind Tiger - Manhattan. NY. Boozy, cherried, bourbon nose. Strong, fuming bourbon malt flavor. Very oaky, but this is a little too barreled for me. Thme blended malt complexity is there, but it gets a little overwhelmed by the heat of the booze, the dryness of the barrel and the age of the hops. This is tight, but there’s way, way, way too much barrel and not enough beer.

hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über 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 i’m glad to be sharing it.

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.

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.

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