RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
This year, 17 winemakers convened in late August to help create the blend for XX. As always, they were tasked with creating their own preferred blends, with all of these initial blends later being blind tasted on the group. After votes were cast, the blend by Scott Hawley of Torrin Vineyard was deemed the winner and became the basis for XX.

“It’s always a friendly but competitive gathering,” Brynildson said. “Collectively, the winemakers’ input is invaluable, because they are practicing experts in the art of blending.”

With XX, this proven process yielded a beer for the ages. “There is just so much going on in this beer,” Brynildson said. “It’s big and complex, with all of these different facets from our barrel-aged program that are so seamlessly integrated. We wanted to produce something really special for our 20th anniversary, and I think we did it.”

The Final Blend:
Parabola / Aged in New Oak and Bourbon Barrels / 40% of Final Blend
Stickee Monkee / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 20% of Final Blend
Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 17.5% of Final Blend
Bravo / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 12.5% of Final Blend
Helldorado / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 10% of Final Blend

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jtclockwork (18159) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2018
Bottle (no label taken) - pours dark brown tan head - nose and taste of bourbon, brandy, chocolate roast, rye, raisin and dark fruit - Full bodied

Werckmeister (3623) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 26, 2018
0,65l bottle at home shared by Sander, big thanks. black color, small tan head. smells bourbon, nutty, frosted cake, light whisky, marzipan, some coconut, lovely smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of pines, coconut, licorice, some sweetness, light mint, wood, bourbon. finishes very balanced with notes of coconut, light mint and bourbon notes. very very very nice one, so smoooth. lovely balance. definitly a favorite of mine. 9, 4, 10, 5, 19

PowY (1338) - AUSTRIA - MAR 25, 2018
650 ml bottle at Werckmeister's place, shared by Sander, many thanks! Pours a dark chestnut brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweetish malt, toffee, honey, wood, mild whiskey, vanilla, raisins, cocoa, brown sugar. Full and very creamy body with a soft carbonation, a medium sweetness and a medium bitterness. The flavor is again full of sweetish malt and lovely barrel notes - mild whiskey, quiet some wood and vanilla, honey, marzipan, almonds, caramel, some cocoa - spicy with a light herbal touch. Finishes with a long lasting residual malty sweetness, some honey and lightly bitter, woody with a lightly warming feeling. Really complex with loads of flavors and an exceptional balance. Very good!!!

Aroma: 9
Appearance: 4
Taste: 9
Palate: 4
Overall: 18

Saeglopur (2578) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 24, 2018
Score: 8 / 4 / 9 / 5 / 17

650 ml bottle shared by Sander, many thanks!
Dark brown body, with a small, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of whisky barrel, dark chocolate, tobacco, soy sauce,
Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, marzipan, maple, vanilla, coffee, dark fruits, some alcohol.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes warm, moderate roasty, moderate sweet, with chocolate, barrel, caramel, moderate coffee, some dark fruits, slight soy sauce,

Amazing! Incredibly complex, there is so much going on, while it's so round at the same time. Lovely balance of sweet and roasty notes. One of my favourite beers by this great brewer so far.

Ratman197 (16016) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2018
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coconut, oak, vanilla, light cherry and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light fruitiness and a hint of coconut with a smooth lingering chocolate bourbon finish.

Iznogud (5078) - CROATIA - FEB 11, 2018
Bottle, 650 ml, from Barrelworks. Shared with Miro, JFK10000, Max. My 5000th Untappd checkin. Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, sweet, some dark fruit, somewhat oily, super drinkable for ABV, warming. Medium bodied. Expected a bit more thickness, bit more barleywineish than expected. I've liked XVIII more, but this is excellent as well.

50belair (3746) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2018
Bottle. Brown pour with an off white head. Boozy bouquet. Cheap whiskey highlights give way to bitter almost astringent oak/bitter roasty notes. Thin in the body. Average mouthfeel.

Chalumeaux (1990) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2018
Poured from 22oz bottle black brown with a tan head nice lacing in the snifter. Aroma is dark fruit toffee brown sugar caramel and mild alcohol. Taste is sweet balanced brown sugar toffee caramel barrel treatment dark fruit. Taste cheanges as the glass warms. Wow I could drink this everyday.

AirForceHops (8403) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2018
Chalumeaux with a 22 oz. bottle. Just a tad over a year old. Thanks for sharing TJ. (Glad I have a bottle). Pitch black color, no head. Aroma is red grapes, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon, Brandy barrel. Awesome. The flavor really opens as it warms up. Layers of flavor. Dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, oak, coffee. Finish is balanced with all sorts of flavors. Oak, bourbon, grapes, raisin, deep chocolate, red wine. Holy hell!! Just for over a year old, not hot at all. Smooth as all shit. Did I type holy hell? Yes, I did, booze is totally hidden. Wonderful in ever regard. How could anyone give this less than a 4? Are you high on some sort of mind altering drugs??

thomashall (1638) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2018 Bomber shared. Dark brown pour. Aroma is confusing, so much going on, caramel, nutty, boozy. Boozy up front, nutty, sweet. This is complex and crazy good.

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