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RATINGS: 412   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 oakaged blend! The journey continues.

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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep mahogany brown hue with a nice soapy light brown head. The nose is full of brown sugary, light molasses, dark chocolate, nice oak notes, aged hops, butterscotch, all sorts of fantastic stuff. The flavors enter with tones of butterscotch and caramel, aged hops take the middle with some tangerine and grapefruits. Butterscotch and caramelized light molasses follow on the finish with a bittering oak ting in the aftertaste. There is a little kumquat and grapefruit over caramel and butterscotch for a while but that bitterness fades some. Lots of barrel characteristics with the Brandy and raw/Union Barrels being the must inflectional at this point. The mouth is a little bitter at times and a little stingy from oak and could use some melding and smoothness. The body of the Parabola just doesnt come through as much as I expected. Lots of barrel characteristics. Overall I think this year should of been enjoyed a little fresher even though there is still a ton to offer. Great beer and I love this anniversary line. I wish the price was $8-$10 cheaper but I will still buy them until they really disappoint.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Six years in, and this bear is beautiful. Deep dark pour, still abundant but not aggressive carbonation. Massive complexity, tons of plum, tobacco, lots of wood. A bit a booze but not heavily so. Drinking this in one sitting was an excessively decadent delight. I need to buy these every year, price be damned.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1123) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2016
Bourbon Aged? YEPP!!! So kann also Bier schmecken!!! Extremst in vielerlei Hinsicht und definiert unser Lieblingsgetrnk mal ganz anders. Heftige Wein, Sherry und Whiskeyflavours sind permanent und dominant prsent. Megaintensiv, unfassbar schwer und knospenspaltend. 0,1/4 beim KIELER CRAFT BEER DAY TWO 2016....und Ratty hat gleich nochmal Nachschlag geholt ....ein wahrer Geniesser 😏 .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (12552) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle shared at RBWG 16: Poured a brown with a off white head. Aroma is boozy malts. Taste is boozy malty some oak, but that booze smashes it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6097) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (1074) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle shared as part of a 14-19 vertical tasting. The first in the series surprised everyone by how well it held up. Even 6 years later, theres very little evidence of any oxidization, and the flavors have clearly mellowed and evolved. Strong, chewy chocolate dominated the flavor, although there was a good amount of oak, booze, and coffee flavor as well. Just enough sweetness to round out and compliment the chocolate. Outrageously good and extremely complex.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - JUL 26, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2016 Bottle poured into a tulip..amber/burgundy with almost no head..aroma of toffee, caramel,bourbon,vanilla,leather and oak....tastes of caramel,butterscotch,toffee, vanilla,bourbon..inc smooth..alcohol present but subtle..held up great after 5+ yrs..Tasty. ..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (3290) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1202) - , Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Not sure why I let this sit for so long - 5 or 6 years? Thanks to some great RB for trading this to me. - WOW! Nose may be the only thing outstanding - not a ton there; but taste is sublime - roasted sugars, plenty of malts; some dried fruit, caramel. mouthfeel is perfect; not thick. on second glass - is becoming a little cloying but WOW>

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1855) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2016
From bottle at BKL Mnchen 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 Ive had from the Anniversary range so far.


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