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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1468) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
Solid black with a small beige head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, hint of coffee, molasses. Oily mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate, nicely balanced. Taste is salty liquorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, hint of leather and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Dark brown with an average off-white head. Aroma is malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is of booze, malt and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1337) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
At STL bbbb, thanks for the taste! Pour is clear brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma and flavor loaded with caramel malt, brown sugar, light barrel notes, and a smooth vanilla finish. This is very nice with no hints of oxidation at all yet. Drinking very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. The 14th Ann is one of the best beers I’ve ever had so I think I was little to hyped up for this one. Still a great beer will all bourbon and malty goodness, but maybe just a little past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Monument at a huge markup. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, cocoa, Hershey's syrup, and roasted maple syrup. Flavor definitely dominated with bourbon with other nose characterics catching up in the flavor. Some burn here, even after years of age. Not as good as the FW14, so was a letdown. Still, an excellent beer to ring in my 800th rating! Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (931) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Aroma is really nice. Roar and chocolate with dark fruit esters. Quite a bit of vanilla and oak; the vanilla fades as it warms. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Esters are mostly fig an prune with a bit of a sherry note. Pours black with dark brown notes on the edges. Thin mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing but some medium legs. Taste starts with milk chocolate notes with hints of roast and coffee. Mid palate the eaters hit - nice dark fruit. The finish has bourbon, oak and a good amount of vanilla as well as more roast to balance. A light hop note is present and there is medium low bitterness. A slight touch of astringency and there is a decent amount of alcohol spice in the finish but it mixes with lingering chocolate and roast notes. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Astringency is low and alcohol warmth is medium. A nice creaminess to it with a bit of a sticky finish. Overall this is super enjoyable and only just now showing signs of slight oxidation. I think I will let my other bottle go another year or two for a nice vertical. My only complaint would be that it might be a bit thin, but it gets better as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9533) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Huge thanks, Ratman! Pours a dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Spicy cinnamon, burnt sugar, caramel, big chocolate, somewhat boozy, delicious aroma. Thick dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, rich caramel, toffee, a touch boozy, a bit woody flavor. Super smooth and lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1290) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, a lot of figs and a lot of barrel qualities. sweet liquorice, black currant, dark cherry and vanilla. Taste of dark ripe fruits and berries, like thick red wine (Syrah), liquorice, savory, vanilla and wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3976) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle as shown at Camp Beer. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy tan head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong roast smoke bourbon and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a rich chocolate and roast with light bitter finish. Hides alcohol well, a very good American strong ale from Firestone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Thanks to whoever traded this to me! Shared recently with some hometickers and this one was tasting splendid (though probably best not to sit on it for too much longer if you’re in possession of a bottle). Dark brown pour, oily and medium carbonation after the head lies back a bit. Nose was huge and caramelly, with oak, bourbon, and dried fruits. More along the lines of an old ale than the aggressive 14, and it gets sweeter and more port-like as it warms. Still got some hops and booze, but - though balanced impressively - is emphatically after dinner sipper.

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