RATINGS: 406   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrelbelly (750) - - NOV 10, 2012
Black with almost no head. Aroma of butter cookies, prunes, chocolate. Taste chocolate, prunes, wood, rum. High alcohol and sweet aftertaste. Very nice and balanced beer.

Tide (4219) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2017
Draught at City Beer SF. Light brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, toffee, hops, resin, nuts, oak, dried fruit, raisins, a bit of pine and caramel. Bitter finish with citrus, dried fruits, hops, toffee, oak, resin, pine, nuts and caramel. Exquisite American strong ale.

Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2017
Bomber. Deep amber small head shirt retention. Nose raisins and caramel. Some oxidation. Taste raisins, caramel, bourbon. Some oxidation. Finish bourbon and raisins. Pretty hot. Light spicy notes. Nice bourbon. Well balanced. Nice stuff.

rouhlas (3736) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 9, 2017
From bottle shared at Ratebeer Best awards and bottle-share. Dark brown to black color with off white head. Malty aroma, bread, caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruits, raisins, plums, honey, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste. medium oily body with soft carbonation.

hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
February 24, 2017. Bottle at home.
Murky brown with a one inch off-white head. Aroma is loads of dried fruits with figs, raisins and prunes, sweet caramel, licorice, soft roasted notes, a touch of bourbon. Taste is sweet, malty, smooth bitter. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Finish is sweet sticky caramel, figs, prunes, licorice, bourbon, licorice, light roast, warming alcohol.
Aged with dignity, very good!

DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Brown. Vanilla, dark fruits, cookies, malt, caramel, sweet, rounded mouthfeel.

anstei (2510) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours dark brown, yet a bit lighter than 12, 13, 14. More vanilla, less barrel. Better balance, but still a boozy warming sipper. Long caramel palate. A very pleasant sipper indeed.

BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2017
22oz bottle pours out a hazy cola brown color topped with a small head. Nose is lots and lots of layers of barrels sweets toffee caramel pit fruit booze. Taste is more of the complex nose pit fruit barrel vanilla.

Chalumeaux (1649) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks Jonathan. 2011 bottle date with a nice dark color. Aromas of toffee caramel dark fruit molasses. Taste is still awesome raison fig oak. Wow.

WillRunForBeer (2728) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Bomber shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours murky brown with a beige head. Nice aroma. Molasses, raisin, oak. Flavor is molasses, raisin, date, oak. No hint of alcohol.

thepatrickman (1457) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle as part of a Firestone Walker 14-19 vertical tasting. This stands out in the crowd of Firestone Walker anniversary ales -- since it’s predominately barleywine and IPA, it’s a lot lighter and a lot less roasted than everything else we tasted that night. It’s delicious -- there’s a lot of vanilla, caramel, and oak sweetness, mixed with some deeper, darker flavors -- but it was probably the most divisive bottle we opened at the tasting.

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