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RATINGS: 415   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
   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (3353) - GREECE - MAR 9, 2017
From bottle shared at Ratebeer Best awards and bottle-share. Dark brown color with beige head. Heavy malty aroma, chocolate, cookie, caramel, toffee, vanilla, drk dried fruits, some smoked notes, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (11343) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle shared at Ratebeer awards show. 30/01/2016. Huge thanks! A clear reddy mahogany brown coloured pour with a small tan head. ARoma is layered cakey toffee, vanilla, boozy barley wine, hint age and mint. Flavour is composed of sweet cakey malts, toffee, mint, nutty malts, hint of boozey dried fruits. Palate is sweet, velvety, sticky toffee. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1955) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours dark brown. Fresher aroma than 12 and 13, but also heavier and boozier, with more caramel. A little less to my taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (1221) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4952) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1218) - , 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>

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1551) - 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 😏 .

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6208) - 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.


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