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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 oakaged blend! The journey continues.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19502) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Bruce. Pours deep red-brown with a frothy beige head. Great snout, hugely dynamic, lots of dark berries, some cocoa, figs. Big sweet flavor, lots of rich bread, fruitcake, cocoa, some roast and light charred wood. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with lots of dark, dried fruits, figs and dates, more fruitcake, rich bread, some burnt wood and earth. Great stuff. Pretty deep.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (13311) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The taste is rich, earthy, fudge, toffee, dark fruits, fruit cake, treacle, plum, prune, vanilla and nougat. The taste is smooth, wood, fruit cake, nougat, marshmallow, earth, brown bread, vanilla, warming booze, toasty and leather with a smooth, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation, slick, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7415) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to Dmac! Pours deep black with a ruby tint, small tan head that dissipates slowly to a ring leaving nice lacing. Aroma is heavy malts, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolates. Flavor is sweet, medium bitter, and hot. Tons of maltiness, toffee, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Medium plus, creamy body. Hot finish. Heat distracts from what is otherwise a nice beer, with just a hint of oxidation after all this time.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10750) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"man, im glad FW started their barrel program. ive only had the last two, but the sheer depth of the 13, and now the 14, is just amazing. a blend of about a half dozen barreled beers, bourbon takes front and center, but does not dominate. theres also brandy, and these over bases of barelywine, double pales, and big stouts, expertly blended. add oak, a touch of Mexican coffee, hops...you get one damn good beer. not quite as good imho as the 13 for two reasons. 1-13 was fanfreakintastic! 2-this one, while smooth, was a little boozier. we had it fresh, but we had the 13 fresh too. anyway, awesome beer that may be too damn expensive to get again. 2012-this beer is holding up soooo well against newer releases I gotta up it to 4.5."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 30, 2014
generous bottle pour at braukunst live 2014 in munich; good on them for serving in snifters. dark brown with a reddish tinge, clear with a minimal off-beige head; heady aroma with some rumnraisin, vanilla; pleasantly sticky with some nougat, dessicated coconut, cocoa powder. luscious and enticing

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2456) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2014
August 26, 2014 - bottle from Eric to celebrate my 14th anniversary. Black pour with limited head that faded quickly. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit and some spice. Taste was consistent with the aroma, reminded me of Gooses Bourbon Barley Wine but with a touch of cinnamon in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1896) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup ... FW Anniversay Vertical Salt, lots more caramel than 13. Same dark colour, no head. Caramel, malts, bourbon, and oak.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
5 year vertical! Dark brown pour, aroma toffee, burnt sugar, English malts, very reminiscent of an English barley wine. Taste is syrupy sweetness, toffee, a bit of anise, somewhat sherry like. Really solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (13501) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2010 - Light nutty notes, raisin and light dark sugars. Amber with a decent white head. Nice toffee and nuts with a bit of dark sugar. Just enough edge and mellow rounded notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4329) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
First pour of a fresh keg @ Ginger Man. A big everlasting big dark beige head on top of a deep dark cola brown beer. Smells absolutely lovely. Lots of sweetness on the nose, it also has a little bit of cocoa/chocolate, wood, Nutella nuts, some licorice hints and a swift of vanilla. Lovely stuff. It has a really good thick oily/sticky mouthfeel this, and the carbonation level is just below average. Fantastic flavorful as well. Lots of malty caramel sweetness with wood, prickling alcohol, nuts, yeast hints and deep dark dried fruits. Some vanilla lingering. Its a bomb! 19.06.2013


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