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RATINGS: 358   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

[ Trade by GAManiac ]. Clear dark dark brown color with a large, creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, chocolate, alcohol, sweet bourbon, fruity plum, dark chocolate, moderate caramel. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, malt sweet, sugar sweet sweet bourbon, dark chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100619]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and dark malty. Light alcohol presence. Smooth chocolate malt flavoured. Smooth roasted note too. Mild vanilla and dark malty note. Smooth roasted finish. Lingering roasted finish. Lingering chocolate and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and caramel as well as lighter notes of brewmash, alcohol, and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and bourbon. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, bourbon and dark chocolate with notes of alcohol. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tint of red and a smallish beige head. Rich Bourbon aroma combined with loads of sweet licorice allsorts. Sweet and rich in body, lots of vanilla and oak, licorice allsorts with a warming alcoholic finish. Amazing. 030110

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and woody vanilla aroma with hints of dark fruit. Smooth roasted malty chocolate and dark fruit flavor with hints of licorice and vanilla. Has a smooth roasted malty chocolate finish with hints of vanilla and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
18th October 2010
Opaque dark brown beer. Tidy tan head. Perfectly balanced vanilla oak and light coffee nose. Soft smooooth palate. Vanilla oak is the strongest flavour but these Firestone Walker Anniversary beers are so well blended it doesn’t dominate by much. Beautifully integrated coffee and bourbon. Buried slightly deeper is a little chocolate. Finishes soft and a little dry. Smooth sumptuous treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 bottle at home ... Home tasting ... 280111... dark brown ... sweet rich plum and vine roast malts ... dark heavy roast ... dark malts ... soft toffee ... figs and plums ... juicy... soft black currant malts .. little rougth round edges. deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark malts ... chocolate roast ... big berry malts ... sweet fruits ... liugth bourbon coconut nose ... soft fruits ... coconut ... zezty fruitss ... big sweet coconut roast ... soft sweet roast ... soft malts ... soft malts ...3.9 aged well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Koelschtrinker (17712) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 23, 2012
Sehr schokoladiger Malzantrunk mit trockenener Herbe, vereinzelt alkoholische Noten. Dann kommen hopfige Töne hinzu, die dem nun erdigen Malz aber geradezu lächerlich unterliegt. Komplex, etwas holzig und minimal bitter. Dann wieder Schokoladennoten, gering nach Whiskey. Harmonisches und interessantes Bier – gut! 10/13/12/13/10/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is just about black with a thin layer of dark brown colored foam. S: The smell is quite similar to Parabola. A lot of smooth bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of oak. There is also a bit of alcohol, but not very much at all considering the blend and the ABV. T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. The initial sips seem a bit boozy, but this quickly dies down. The dominant flavors are chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt. There is a bit of alcohol and oak, but surprisingly balanced for its (young) age. M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is moderate but quite proper for the beer. D: I thought this would be a bit hot and tough to drink at its young age, but it is quite an exceptional beer. This one will surely get better with age, but it will be tough to keep my hands off of.

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