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Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 235   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Charred malt and smoke aromas along with some minerality and sweetness. Very dark brown with a tan head. The char and smoke follow into the flavor, but not nearly as strong as the aroma would indicate. Big booze and sweetness follow with licorice, molasses and cocoa flavors. The alcohol burns through the sweetness and almost overpowers it. Some fig and plum flavors followed by dark chocolate. Ends hot and sweet and smoky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
well while we are on beers that i forgot to rate. Nose of darker roasted malts brown bread ligjt smoke earth caramel dark fruit a whole bunch of shit. Floral hops some pine pepper and alcohol. Pours dark brown tan head. Flavors of roadted malts caramel dark fruit floral bitterness hint of peat pine dank chocolate. Some alcohol and decent bittetnrss in finish. Way too much going on here for my liking. Confusing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Toerstig (47) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown,clear with tanned small head. Malty aroma with some chocolate, nuts and caramel and hints of grass. Medium heavy sweetness and medium bitterness with some salty notes. Slightly more than medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Some bitterness but mostly malty in the finish. A fun beer with lots of tastes and aromas. You feel that it’s made of so many different malts and hops. Quite good in small amounts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
This pours a dark brown color with deep red hues and a light brown, dense head. It has a complex, roasted, and sweet malt aroma with a unique, almost smoky, spicy, plant-like nose. It’s complex, but easy in the mouth, smooth but spicy, with notes of roasted and burnt malts making for a very neat flavor. This is aged about 9 months, and it’s already pretty smooth. There’s a deep, dark and almost over-caramelized fruity finish that kicks in to balance the 11% ABV, resulting in a serious, mean, but smooth beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, floral hops, and some alcohol warming. Flavor has plenty of alcohol warming on the finish with some floral hops. Overall, pretty delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6037) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Late December, 2012. 22oz bottle from RIBCO. Dark brown pour with a small khaki head. Rich sweet malts and dark fruits with bits of roast and spice. Reminds me of a barleywine with a dark kick. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Cocoa, cocoa, cocoa. Damn this brew is good. It almost reminds me of a lighter bodied stout. I need a bottle so I can properly re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1057) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle pours a nice opaque black/ Nose with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and mild hop. Taste bitter chocolate, roasted malt with a nice viscous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
22 ounce bottle
Bad bottle or just too much? Either way I think trying to cram so many malts and hops into a single beer has resulted in a confusing mess. Thanks to someone for sending me the bottle but I think I will jump off the "more is better" bandwagon for the time being.

Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red pour gets darker as the head settles from a tan buffer to hardly anything. The nose is a muddled mess of hops and malts. Finding it hard to pick out anything in particular it is better just to move on to the flavor profile instead.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, caramel, and coffee grounds straddle the line between imperial IPA and a heavy stout. Florally resin aspects pop up from the crowd from time to time. If this were two or three different beers it would be enjoyable. Trying to cram it all into one is like making a bacon, peanut butter, and cajun chicken sandwich into something salvageable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbblood (4) - - JAN 18, 2013 does not count
A very fruity American Strong Ale. Poured quite dark, a beautiful pour with just the right amount of head that dissolved slowly. Pine notes, grapefruit. Tons of malt and mega hops. A bit saucy, the taste has a instant strong impact yet the after taste was pretty smooth. Maybe not as full bodied as I expected from 13 hops / grains. But quite delicious, strong and not really OTT. A job well done!

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