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Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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When it came time to brew Bottleworks 13th anniversary beer, we turned to Stone to brew this behemoth. "The Matts" traveled down to San Diego in December to help create this 13-hop, 13-grain monument to our 13 years of selling great craft beer!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"really nice pulling together of 13 different types of malt in this beer, including two distinct chocolate malts. The hops, while aggressive, seemed a bit muddled, like maybe a combo of these 13 was a bit much. loved the bite of this beer...loved the flavor, especially the chocolate roasty sweetness, and liked the aroma (shows a little more alcohol than the flavor). not a world beater, but pretty nice."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark porter tone. Aroma is that of perfect malt. Taste is richness. Finish is warm and clean. Perfect

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5856) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Aged 28 months in a wine cellar. Dark brown color with lasting tan head. Nutty, dark fruit, toasted caramel, leather aromas. Smooth full body.  Dark fruit, coffee, dark caramel flavors with leather, dark toast----warming lightly boozy finish____good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (42) - - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle into a snifter. Caramel becomes a dark chocolate brown in the glass, obscurant. Half a finger of sandy tan head fades to a silky ring quickly. The aroma is constantly shifting; I pick up something different upon each pass. This time, coffee beans, milk chocolate and toast; next time, vanilla and red grapes. Much sweeter here, with raisins and figs up front. A dash of cinnamon is met with sweet caramel, toasted bread, bread pudding, tobacco. Reminds of a sweet hookah. Lingering coffee and dark chocolate. Hefty medium full body, made thick with malt sugars. Alcohol sure is noticeable at 11 percent, numbing the tongue and flowing through the nose a bit. Heartburn as well. Moderate carbonation pinches the tongue but holds together well as it moves. Maybe a bit different a year after bottling, but interesting. Lots of malt complexity. Heavy, hard to have more than a glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
Dark color, almost black, with small compact head. Aroma of cocoa and dark malt. Good body structure; nice malty flavor, on the dark side obviously, with chocolate; moderately sweet; but the presence of liquorice brings to mind the oxidization and spoils a bit the experience. Strong but balanced bitterness.
Very good beer as usual.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Aroma: Earthy Malts, Mildly Boozy Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Mild Lacing Taste: Dirty Earthy Malts, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Drying

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1603) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2014
Tasted @ RBBSG II, Courtesy of ajax25g. Pours a super dark brown with a small tan head. the smell is sweet dark malt, molasses, coffee. The taste is ;iconic, molasses, dry char, wood, finishing dry. Medium body with active carbonation. Decent charred beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2200) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle from Amfo. Pours deep dark brown. Nose is dark fruits, peat, earth, and molasses. Tastes of pine, plums, molasses, peat, mushrooms, chocolate, resin, and all sorts of things that you may find in a basement. A lot going on but pleasant. Alcohol is there and this is nice for a cold evening glad I drank before spring.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4770) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Rating #4400!: Deep brown body with almost no light getting through at all, with a two centimetre tall rich chocolatey brown head. Aroma of smoked peat, oats, nuts, oak, alcohol, pit fruits, milk chocolate and even some wormwood. Full-bodied; Dense rich malty mouthful with a pungent brandy, cognac and alcohol burn at first then fading to a subdued smoked peat note, a little mushrooms and a hint of spices, but mostly malt. Aftertaste shows some sweetness, a little bit of pit fruits and caramel and a lot more malt with alcohol. Overall, a nice and refined beer that is more complex than I initially thought, and finally showing a Stone beer worthy of a good score! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 04-June-2012 for US$7.25 sampled at home in Washington on the opening night of the Sochi Olympics in Russia for Rating #4400 on 07-February-2014.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (4472) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Chocolate and nutty notes with a ton of booze. Almost like a liquor chocolate. Jet brown with a brown head. Malty syrup, chocolate and booze. I was hoping for so much more but this is a bit of a mess of flavors and not very good.


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