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Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 241   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (628) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours thick, like a syrupy strong ale monster. Lots of thick white-to-off-white foam at first, the bulk of which fades from 3-4 fingers down to half a finger in a matter of minutes. Color is murky and ranges, based on angle and backlighting, from dark ruby to black. Aroma is thick of malt and grains, surprisingly subdued from a hop and bitterness perspective. Huge bitterness up front in the taste, all dark grains and malt presence, followed by some bitter coffee and just a hint of chocolate. A second sip confirms the overwrought intensity I picked up on in the first taste. The final boozy burn on this monstrosity is pleasing, but it’s also one more facet of a brew that, overall, amounts to overdone. I’ve definitely had, and made, worse, but this thing is just for trying, not for regular drinking...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bomber poured a clear darkreddish brown with a lasting tan head. roma ofchocolate,roastiness, coffee, earhiness, light fruittiness and a hint of spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of chocolate, roastiness, carmel, earthiness and ligh spice with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tpb3jd (46) - University Place, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
In the bottle from MSM Deli: A solid punch of an ale, with strong notes of chocolate, plums, and brandy (at 11% ABV, that brandy taste could be considered a warning). An interesting tributary from the usual Stone line.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleph (231) - - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dale. Dark brown pour, off-white head. Toast, malts, vanilla, caramel, hops. Sweet with wet, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bomber from Jubilation. black ipa I suppose. Hoppy but not superly so. Definitely a stone beer. Some nice biscuityness. Alcohol def shoes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle shared by BuckeyeBoy. Black with a tall tan head. Muddy nose: spices, earth, dirty chocolate. Very sweet flavor—spicy, chocolate, candy, licorice, berries. Sweet and unbalanced; cloying. Somehow enjoyable, though, without being impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1384) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Deep dark brown with a nice tan head, solid retention and very nice lace. Subtle aromas of chocolate, vanilla, toast and roasted malt. Flavors come on a bit stronger, and feature dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, a touch of rye, and bittering hops. Full body, minimal carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and an understated alcohol presence, considering the abv.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Dark in color, clear with a thin head. Big alcohol forward malt bomb. I get a fruity spice forward flavor. Easy drinking big bitch of a beer. Interesting this was defiantly a one of type brew. Hoppy 13 Matt’s

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eros47 (52) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Smells very sweet. I detected notes of chocolate, licorice, and a bit of oak. A very faint smell from the hops. Very bready. DId not detect any alcohol, which is quite surprising considering this a very big beer at 11.4% abv. Pitch black, pours very thick almost like motor oil. Three finger head, khaki colored. Taste like is smells. As the beer warms the flavors intensifie. Full body, thick. Finishes sweet with a hint of smoke/ oak. Awesome beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2828) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, long duration beige head, over a clear, brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee, molasses, cocoa, brown sugar, treacle....taste is molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, leading to a bitter spice, light hop finish, with the sensation of sweetness throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol present, carbonation low. While this is a drinkable Strong Ale, the aromas and flavors do not do justice to the melange of ingredients. That is the problem with this beer. There is so much going on that it is muddled without any standout character. There are other "hyper ingredient" beers with similar difficulties. To get the most out of this don’t serve it cold, and leave it to breathe, in many ways it is almost a wine. BJCP 7/3/15/4/6


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