RATINGS: 359   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!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 21, 2014
My 500th Review. Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. The color is a complete dark black with a tiny maroon highlight on the bottom with a finger and half of foamy brownish head and a little lacing left of the glass. The smell is has a raisin like flavor with a touch here and there of bourbon flavor. Some black road tar comes out in the third and fourth smell. There is some hints black licorice as well a little Jagermeister. The taste is sweet then expected, some sweet malt flavor comes right out and slides over the tongue with a raisin and currant flavor that is pleasing. The bourbon comes out toward the end of the sip and announces the alcohol flavor but not before hints of toffee and peanut butter are let out. The body is robust and seems to be massively complex. Since this is a blended beer there seems to be layer upon layer of beer going through your pallet and down your throat. It is a drinkable beer for one with a high ABV. It goes down with little effort and then makes wonder what the next experience will be like. Fantastic.

rouhlas (3900) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 9, 2017
From bottle shared at Ratebeer Best awards and bottle-share. Dark brown to black color with beige head. Malty aroma, roasted notes, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark dried fruits, wood alcohol. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

DSG (15312) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Very dark brown. Wood, vanilla, oxidation, chocolate, nuts, caramel, dark fruits, sweet, rounded.

anstei (2673) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours dark brown with a little head. Aroma is a little less bourbon than the 12, but still boozy and strong. Heavy body, but easier than the 12 through more carbonation. Still a long palate, very nice.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Auction won from California. Notes of raisins, wood, dark chocolate, toffee and coconut. Definitely had hints of parabola. Amazing.

hackobock (4095) - 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.

_angst_ (5009) - 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.

AdmiralVernon (1200) - 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.

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.

merc7186 (3160) - 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

bottleforager (3211) - 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.

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