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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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!

MullMan's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Chestnut brown color, almost black. dark tan head. aroma is roasted toffee malt, bourbon, sweet molasses, butterscotch, madagascar vanilla. sweet charred oak. flavor is roasted chocolate malt, roasted coffee beans, very mild bourbon. warming but not hot. dryish/astringent but not bitter. warm & dryish aftertaste. Thanks to Rciesla for sharing this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
March 27, 2016. Bottle,received in a trade with heyta, thanks!
Dark brown wirh a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty and boozy with caramel, prunes, dark chocolate notes, bourbon, notes of vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is sweet, malty, light roasted with caramel, some bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, notes of licorice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Past its prime, but still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4337) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Hackobock. Pours very dark chestnut brown with a small frothy beige head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and tiny nutty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark fruits in brandy, toasted nuts, bourbon alcohol and brandy alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny velvety, tiny astringent, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, dark fruits in liqueur and some additional barrel character on top of that. Good but time has taken its toll and the oxidation is prominent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
linusb (638) - SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
A: Deep dark brown, close to black. Thin lacing light brown head. N: Bourbon, coffee, Rye, boozy T: Rye, pumpernickel O: Quite boozy and a bit flat. It’s good, not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
I found this in the back of ’deep storage’. These Anniversary Ales started tasting like pruney strong ales, and this may have been the last year i bought. This seemed to hold it’s age well, maintaining a pretty complex taste. I’m thinking it might have been a little low carbonization to begin with, and it surely lost some on the way, but maintained enough effervescence to bring out the flavors well. Not much lace however. As the beer warmed up, it was very drinkable, and hid the higher alcohol well. Some bourbon, wood, and sweet flavours, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2842) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Aroma: Chocolate, Boozy Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Chocolate, Boozy, Mild Bourbon Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Filling

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2918) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of cocoa dusted malt balls with nuances of dark fruit, burnt caramel, vanilla, some nutty bourbon, a bit of oxidation and thinness appears due to the age of the bottle but still delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (911) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Malt smell to it. Taste is malt and chocolate. Not as good as some of the other anniversary beers, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
[6493-20140708] Bottle. Fragrant roasted syrup and wood malt aroma. Dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Rich roasted toffee syrup flavour with a long sweet aftertaste. Full body is fairly smooth. Delicious. (8/3/9/4/16) 4.0
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)
Overheard: "You can basically categorize tippers as good guys or bad guys."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1503) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Bad boy is 5 years old now. Pours black with not much head. Taste is chocolate covered raisins and roasted malts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prufrockstar (1820) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle, poured into blue paper cup and shared with my wife at a campground in Glacier National Park on our 6 year anniversary. Pours much like the preceding Parabola - dark and thick with some mocha head. Aroma: s’mores (might be the camping talking); a little soy, some oxidation. Lots of marshmallow and coconut, so maybe a mounds s’mores? Campfire smoke and all. Moderately sweet, though somewhat dried with age. Medium+ body, slick texture. Overall: Delicious. I wish I knew it younger, but then again, this was made years before I drank beer. Glad to have had this one.

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