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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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As a finished beer, 14 is brimming with amazing flavors and textures. DDBA leads the blend lending American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. Newcomer, Sticky Monkey, folds in the taste of brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and ripe figs. Parabola brings the familiar flavors of bitter dark chocolate and cherry pit. Velvet Merkin carries silky bourbon soaked chocolate cake goodness to the party while a touch of Black Xantus teases coffee and tobacco. Last, but not least, Good Foot brings the hops... hints of citrus zest and tangerine, which adds a pop to the aroma and nice finish to this big, sexy brew. 14 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 this beer will age well. It was an absolute pleasure making it and I truly hope you enjoy our fifth oak–aged blend! The journey continues.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle shared by weeheavysd. Coffe cake aroma. Srong bready malt with bits of carmel and spice. Flavor has vanilla pastry, bitter coffee in the finish. Lingering candy sweet. Dark fig. Tasty and balenced, but not as complex.as I remember some FS ani beers


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (942) - New York, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle poured into a tulip..amber/burgundy with almost zero head..aroma of caramel,toffee,bourbon,vanilla & oak..tastes of caramel,bourbon,butterscotch,vanilla, toffee..aft 5+ yrs..held up extremely well..Tasty ..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5806) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2016
Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium size dark brown foamy head with light retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and wood with some deep caramelized malt with some residual sugar notes is pretty nice. Taste is also a good mix of wood notes with some bourbon and light vanilla notes with some caramelized malt and some residual sugar notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Nice beer thought perhaps not the best from this series.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1633) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2016
From bottle at BKL München 2016.
Dark brown body, with a tiny head.
Dense, comomex aroma of barrel, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, coffee, liquorice, caramel, cocoa.
Delicious, complex taste of cocoa, melting dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, barrel, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes medium dry, medium boozy, astringent, roasty, medium sweet, with wood, cocoa, coffee, liquorice, bitter chocolate

Delicious! Very complex and dense, but still not too overwhelming, greatly balanced, with layers of smooth dark malts and barrel notes. Alcohol is there of course, but not too overpowering and providing a comfortable warmth. My favourite beer I’ve had from the Anniversary range so far.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Dark brown. Chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla. Sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2716) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2015
22 Oz bottle pour at Brouwers. From the box, very fun experience. Near black pour with a quick fade head. Soft chocolate and caramel aroma. Thick body, super smooth flavor. Chocolate heavy, with vanilla, and a soft toasty finish. Amazing how smooth and settled down this is. Fun try. Fantastic beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2015
December 18, 2015. Bottle at home.
Dark brown with a small dense, quickly dissipating, tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, toasted oak and warming alcohol with caramel, sweet licorice, figs, raisins, plum, nuts, hints of cocoa and vanilla, bourbon. Taste is sweet malty with soft roasted bitterness and warming alcohol. Finish is sweet and sticky with caramel, figs, raisins, licorice, warming bourbon alcohol, bitter roasted and some dry woody notes. Medium to full bodied, slight sticky texture leading to a drier woody finish, soft, almost flat carbonation.
This one has aged gracefully, the finish is slightly dry, woody and bitter which balance out the sweetness and makes it easier to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (3740) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted notes, dark fruits, cocoa and boozy notes. The taste was similar to the aroma with more roasted dark chocolate, cocoa, oak, dark fruits and brown sugar. Just awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (892) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2015
From backlog. Pour dark brown, with a small tan head. Aroma is all packed with deliciousness. Plenty of wet barrel, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and some bourbon soaked dark fruits. So malty and sticky.. Great stuff right here, and it drinks almost as a stout. Taste is pretty sweet, with some subdued bitter notes. Average bodied, with a surprisingly lively carb compared to the aroma - still pretty chill for sure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2300) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate to low carbonation. Huge aromas of tobacco, dark chocolate, bourbon, heavy pale malt, and a bit of stewed fruit. Strong but mellow in the mouth with chocolate, toffee, brandied cherry, and oak notes. A bit of iron on the finish, as I think it’s just a touch oxidized. Big and boozy, but still quite complex. Definitely a sipper, and not something I’d want to drink often, but still fun to try.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1292) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2015
On tap @ Brouwer’s. Pours thick opaque dark brown, slightly ruddy undertone, thin creamy mocha head that laces quickly. Aroma is dry cocoa powder, molasses, bourbon, aged baking chocolate, espresso - huge. Taste is similar - dry aged dark chocolate, figs, rich creamy molasses again, coffee, lighter caramel and vanilla notes. Tons of smooth rich barrel-aged notes. The boozy heat so evident in these beers has smoothed out considerably after 5+ years. Amazing beer, and simply incredible to find on tap after being cellared this long.


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