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Firestone Walker 15

Firestone Walker 15

Rated 3.500 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Paso Robles, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 46277 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Statistics

Overall Rank3166
Overall Percentile93.3
Style Rank126 of 722
Style Percentile82.5
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.875
Weighted Score3.500
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

    The aroma is sweet dark fruits (plum, raisin) and vinous alcohol.

    The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits with some strong harsh alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery with low carbonation.

    Overall, decent, but too sweet and boozy.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Sampled on 7/21/2012. This American Strong Ale pours a light copper brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit, wood, bourbon with a touch of alcohol. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, bourbon and boozy. The hops are herbal and earthy. Mild carbonation. Lots of bourbon, kind of sweet, but nicely balanced. Nice beer. Excellent aging potential. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    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...

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    quite possible it'll be upgraded to a 4.6 when the initial heat mellows a little, but it's already fantastic! FW sure knows how to barrel, and this blend is no exception. Sticky, malty goodness in every sip. More bourbon vanilla prevelant than the other barrels, but you notice the brandy presence as well, and a touch of hops (& chocolate), though this is definitely an after dinner sipper on the sweet side. Should age incredibly well as the previous couple have. 11/11 - upgrade to 4.6 complete after splitting a bottle at around 50-55 degrees. fantastic barleyeine-heavy blend!

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