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Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Roasted coffee and toffee aromas. Coffee, raisin, peat and smoke. Overall very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1005) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Brown black with a dusty, light-brown crema head. A combination of smoke, caramel, and hops are found in the aroma. Body is medium-heavy. Flavor contain caramel, resinous bitterness that isnít exactly smooth, lingers, a bit boozy and hot. Ok, nothing special. Tastes a bit funky to me. Iím beginning to think my tastebuds are changing on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle - Pours a brown color with a one and a quarter finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, and herbal and pine hops. Flavor is toasted malt, light chocolate, and herbal hops. Finish is very smooth and the 11% ABV is well hidden. Medium to full body. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bomber at Jerryís. Dark mahogany with big, creamy, tan head / Earthy nose of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, and dry hops / Full body, chewy and inky, some sweetness and acidity, with big malts but good hop balance, and very bitter, slightly hot finish / Big flavors of bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee bean, caramel, prune, licorice, and grass / A touch overly bitter (much like a coffee stout) and hot, making for a very aggressive mouthfeel, but the rich body and flavors make for a lot to like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonkeyBra (3906) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours a syrupy dark brouwn with a small tan head that subsequently fades into a small cloud on top of the beer. Aroma of mollasses, brown sugar, smoked meats. Hops are present in the aroma as well, more lemony and orangey with slight bits of pine. Flavor is very sweet. Tons of sugar, molasses, corn syrup, etc. It even has mild cola twinges. Iím getting a headache from eating it. Oddly, after the rush of sweetness, it hits a strong smokey note, and then parachutes into generic citrus hop bitterness. This is so messy. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel that makes the carbonation a mere afterthought. Powerful and boozy too. Oh, Stone. I wish I could tell you that itís not you itís me. Oh, how weíve grown apart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (629) - 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 itís also one more facet of a brew that, overall, amounts to overdone. Iíve definitely had, and made, worse, but this thing is just for trying, not for regular drinking...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12166) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1184) - 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

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