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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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We are extremely honored to present to you our 13th Anniversary barrel aged blend! This is our fourth barrel aged release and each year is another adventure into the flavor unknown. Our oak aging cellar continues to grow and so do the blending possibilities. We peaked at just over 120 barrels in our program this year, yet only 53 barrels made this year’s final blend. We have stayed true to our original goal of making straight ahead strong ales and letting them rest in wood barrels to mature and develop flavors slowly and naturally. We again met with some of the area’s best wine makers and allowed them to guide us to the finished product. Most of the beers that are in this blend are old friends who we know well. Dark and ominous Parabola along with the rich and complex Bravo Brown were brewed again this year and together became the center piece of this blend. Other beers like the Rufus and Opal along with Sean Paxton’s Saucerful of Secrets are still tucked away in the cellar in their original first generation form, gaining character with extended aging. Velvet Merkin has established itself as a real barrel loving beer, although it is only 6%, it carries barrel qualities beautifully. A new beer, that was created this year by our Cellar Master Ali Razi, is Double Double Barrel Ale and it found its way into this blend as well. In the end, this year brought us seven wine makers and seven beers to counter balance our lucky thirteenth year of brewing beer on the Central Coast. The brewery is alive and well and oak is as much a part of our program today as it was back in 1996!

As a finished beer, 13 is more sublime then last year’s blend. It is all about the subtleties and quiet tones. It has deep dark chocolate notes and is accented with dried fruit and licorice. There are hints of molasses and even a little cherry in the middle complimenting the vanilla and coconut notes brought in by the oak. These barrel qualities are very well integrated and meld well with the roast malt and caramel undertones. It is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. If left in a cool dark place, I suspect that this beer will age well. It was a pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our fourth oak- aged blend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1550) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a nice oiled leather brown with little foam formation. Rich smells of cocoa, vanilla, nougat, toasted sugars, hints of oak nad caramel. A nice grouping that together seems like a turtle candy. Flavor is sweet and toasty with gobs of vanilla toffee and hints of almonds and pralines. A nice, tight netting of caramel corn flavor on the edge with a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with sparkly carb and a good off dry finish. Nice beer. I wouldn’t really seek it out again, but it is a nice beer. Serving type: bottle 08-28-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours black, minimal tan head. Smell sweet smokey and fruity Taste sweet, oaky vanilla, chewy oatmeal, sweet but balanced. Medium body Clearly fading but still good, no real barrel presence, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1183) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours a very dark cola brown color with a large, well-retaining root beer-like head. Rich chocolate liqueur with a bit of tobacco undertones one the nose. Some competing coconut after the beer settles. Mildly thick and slightly coating moutfheel. A little sticky on the lips. Chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and tobacco flavors, in that order. As my friend with whom I’m sharing this beer put it, it does not disappoint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2018) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
August 25, 2013 - bottle from Eric to celebrate my 13th wedding anniversary. Dark brown pour with limited tan head and lacing. A gentle swirl really gets a nice head going though and stains the glass. Aroma was chocolate, wood, vanilla, cherry, licorice and bourbon. Taste starts with the vanilla, cherry and more of a cocoa powder than chocolate. The wood and bourbon then kick in before the finish that was dark chocolate, wood, dry alcohol, licorice and slightly bitter. The finish was a little rough and was really the only part that took away from a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (3701) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Super awesome strong ale thanks to a friend of GTs at a beer tasting very strong caramel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3808) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle, poured viscous black with tiny tan head. Aromas of heavy and smooth wood, fudge, leather, vanilla and chocolate bar. Flavor was most of the same with a deep complexity of wood and rich cocoa flavors working back and forth. The liquor notes became more evident as it warmed, I liked 12 the best out of the anniversary’s but this is a close second. Top notch Russian Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8738) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is extremely rich and complex, with notes of brandy and sherry-like liqueurs, toffee, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Flavour brings out notes of sherry, loads of dark fruits (figs especially), and a touch of toffee. Highly complex, with a big warming effect. All the notes mesh together beautifully, finishing on notes of liqueur and dark fruits. Less sweet than the 12th Anniversary, with perhaps a slightly better integration of flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4115) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bomber at a bottle sharing. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Nice and warming. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2763) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours a dark brown with little tan head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, vanilla, and some wet cardboard. A bit oxidized at first but for a 3 year old bear not bad. That fades and its a very rich complex lightly bourbony and toasty barleywine. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in an 11-16 Vertical. Pours a bigger blackish brown pour, near opaque-ish body, with some nice glowing brownish edges. A frothy loose tannish head atop dies to a mellow frothy tannish head dies to a loose ring, laces small. Aromas are a mellow roastiness, faint coffee and toast. Caramel and vanilla, gentle oak, touch of carmelization. Some whiskey, spirit, and gentle fruity dark elements. Initial is fuller bodied, some marshemellow, vanilla, and roast. Some toastiness, caramel, and toffee. Touches of vanilla, roast, and coffee. Middle is some fudge, cocoa, vanilla and gentle toasty marshmellow. Firmer freshness, some oak, spirit. Cocoa, toffee, and toasty marshmellow. Finish is dry, a bit tannic, some heat and lingering cocoa, fudge, and marshmellow. Pretty nice for it’s age. Nose a bit dead, but solid.

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