RATINGS: 401   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IanIPA (20) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On tape at the Tribes Alehouse in a snifter. It poured a dark brown color but oddly see through. You could taste all the barley wine, stout and IPA all at once which was good but didnt help to much. It was almost overly malty. The taste was almost to strong on the malts but didnt have any of the other flavors I felt it should have. Over all I feel like Firestone should have made a better beer for their 15th

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. aromas of nuts, wood, roast, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, roast, vanilla, and some wood.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Big nearly black beer with no head to speak of... Big big big slightly sweet bourbon creamy aroma with notes of vanilla roast dark fruits, exceptionally complex, as the bourbon is big but not overpowering... Deftly blended with notes of dark fruits, vanilla, woods, cream, roast, bourbon, brandy... Full bodied but not overly full bodied, each sip begs you to come back for more with complex flavors, super silky body... Quite possibly the best barrel aged beer ive had...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6435) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
This poured a dark brown color with a biege head. Aroma was lots of char and oak, some light dark chocolate, some bourbon and alcohol too. Flavor was much the samel, lots of barrel, some mlik chocolate and light smoke. Mighty tasy but one dimensional, almost all barrell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2012
22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature. A - Aggressive pour yields a frothy 3 finger head. This eventually dies down and after a while all traces of foam are gone. Decent lacing, but amazing alcohol legs. Clear dark brown body with great red tint. Sits in the glass like a hard liquor. S - Loads of boozy bourbon and oak notes. Vanilla, toffee, candied dark fruits and caramel malts. Hops are not noticeable. T - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are the dominant tastes here. In the background is raisins, toffee, caramel and just a hint of citrus. The alcohol is present but in the best way possible. Very pleasant warming sensation. M - The best part of this beer for me. It just drinks so smooth. The alcohol is present but its not harsh at all. The body isnt quite medium, but it just works. This is like drinking a nice malty flavored bourbon. O - The aromas and flavors arent earth shattering, but the smoothness of this beer makes it a really great sipper. A really enjoyable barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Had at FW tasting room. Beautiful bled of flavors. will have again and again. Second time in a bottle. Just as good as the first. Magical

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3025) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Draft at the Cellar Door. A little yeasty in the first impression, like a youngish barley wine. Not much alcohol at first. Deep dark brown, thin layer of foam with very little lace. But the taste is all that. Mainly in barley wine territory. Sherry sweetness, but with a thread of alcohol building up. Notes of punch tobacco, brown sugar, maybe a nudge of hibiscus. Sometimes I want to swig this down and let it lay me low, other times I want to treat it like a civilized big beer. Despite the long winded explanation above, its still a big barley wine. Kind of a coffee note, but totally without roast. Just a nice toasty malt, balanced by bitterness to keep the sweetness from taking over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6195) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Dark brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, some cocoa, light smoke, coconut, dark fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of vanilla, tobacco, caramel malts, some roast, vanilla, and a silky mouthfeel

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 1, 2012
22oz. bottle. Pours very dark, thick amber head. Smells of vanilla, clove, figs. Medium body. Sweet, roasty, vanilla, oak, bourbon, alcohol warmth. Lingering spiced afterglow. Its expensive, but the incredible flavor profile and rich aromas are worth the expense. One of the best beers I have enjoyed in quite some time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12332) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, light toast, figs and dates, toffee, oak and bourbon. Flavor is malt forward, caramel, cookie, and toffee, oak, bourbon, light bitterness, some spiciness and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.

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