RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
Goodgrief (2062) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2017
On tap at Pinocchio’s. Chestnut brown pour with amber hue. No head or lacing. Hugely sweet candied sugar aroma. Molasses and maple flavor that I wasn’t hugely fond of. Some candy, some cocoa. It’s complex, I’ll give it that. Overall, a tad disappointing becaus I love just about everything FW.

4
rxeight (3281) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2017
22oz bomber. In a box with papers. Dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of roasty malt and vanilla. Taste is caramel, vanilla, oak, roast. Half stout, half barleywine. Light barrel.

4.5
Nische (2565) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2017
Backlog, acquired from a trade. Deep, viscous reddish brown with thin beige head. Packed with vanilla, oak, caramel, dried fruit. Rich and strong with a touch of boozy bourbon. Spectacular.

4.3
BVery (11390) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Bomber shared by Tom - thanks! This is bad ass, as expected. So complex. Deep ruby brown pour with a rocky head. Raisin, bourbon, wood, and about a zillion other things - but it's not muddled. Another great one.

3.9
Ungstrup (38587) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2017
Bottled. A red-brown beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt bourbon, vanilla, wood, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, wood, alcohol, bourbon, caramel, and malt, leading to a burning finish.

4.1
Desverger (13173) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2017
[email protected] - very dark brown to black with beige head. Lots of dark dried fruit with a sweet malty backing with lots of caramel and toffee, some rich dark dried fruit shred, touch of bourbon soaked wooden accents into the close.

4.2
brnandersen (4183) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2017
Sample from 650 ml bottle. Rating # 4100, or wait... it's not... 4098...Deep red colour with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma with caramel malts, oaked notes, over ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon notes and dark malts. An alcohol dense note. Taste is sweet. Full body with an oliy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes sweet with caramel malts, over ripe fruits and alcohol dense notes. Excellent. Rich.

4
yespr (48094) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2017
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma is dense malty. Roasted. Bitter, dense malty. Caramelish. Overripe fruity note. Bitter, toasted and slight herbal. Mellow. Fruity and dense breadish to malty finish.

3.9
Borup (15553) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2017
66 cl. bottle. A dark brown coloured beer with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, dried fruit, hoos, spice, vanilla, oak and bourbon.

4.6
onceblind (10697) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2017
Deep amberish brown under a thin light tan head. Lovely nose of brown malty roastiness with brown sugary oak and vanilla and bourbon. Smooth soft but full and warming flavor that's woody and cocoa'd and bourbonish. Nice vanilla and smooth and dark and chocolaty-ish with Barleywine like notes.


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