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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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Now close to a year and a half old, let’s see what it turned into. Pours black with a three finger tan head (aggressive pour). Good lacing, thick but not as dark as an imperial stout. Smell juicy, roasty, sweet. Very hard to pin down, combination of American Strong Ale, Barleywine, and Imperial Stout. Roast and nut, red fruit. Taste is roasty toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, fruit. Pretty sweet. Very full bodied. Less of a clusterfuck then when it was fresh, but still think there’s a lot going on, not sure if I’m a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (947) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, toffee, fruits and hops. Taste of roasted malts, toffee, dark heavy chocolate, hint of vanilla and tons of hops but not bitter at all, sweetness probably masking the bitter finish. Lower carbonation, full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11431) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with an thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big toffee malts and citrus hops. The taste is toffee, raisin, chocolate, big spicy, citrus hops. Medium-full bodied, lingering bitterness, booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3951) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle from unnknown place. Pours coca cola brown with an inch of khaki foam. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Dark fruits on the nose. Lots of raisin and brown sugar On the tongue. Finish lingers a bit. Hides it’s alcohol well. Solid but not spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3163) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. Brown pour with a mocha head. Malty aromas. Good body with a decent mouthfeel. 15 or so months of aging and this bad boy still has plenty of hoppy bitterness. Beginning to almost take center stage are rich grain and malty notes. Hints of baker’s chocolate. It’s a little muddled and somewhat void of complex flavors. Wonder how this will be in another 3 years or so?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3964) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, toast, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, brown bread, floral, pine, molasses, light chocolate, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Reminds me of double bastard in a way. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, toast, molasses, roasted malt, light chocolate, floral, pine, brown bread, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, roasted malt, molasses, light chocolate, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale! All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. They may have used 13 hops and 13 grains; but they definitely found a good balance to make it work. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
This seems to be doing ok age wise .. . deep amber .. light head, lacing is good .. . light to medium mouthfeel .. . maple, forest wood, and touches of aging malt .. . easy mouth, like i said, age is alright on this but i would drink mine if i had a bottle .. . . picture a balloon ...

.. i can do that.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Had this fresh and hated it; better with a tear on it but honestly it couldn't really get much worse. Ashtrays and burnt malts before turning boozy. It's just bad. Let's forget this particular year of Bottleworks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1612) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle pours black with a small white head. Nose is musty and hoppy. Taste is a bit sweet, with a nice malty richness and just enough hops to balance this out well. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1009) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bomber purchased almost a year ago at Stone Brewing ($6.00). Pours close to black with just a hint of brown on the edges and one finger of light tan head. Aroma of rich caramel, dark roasted malts, smoky-peaty malts, spiced chocolate, some dark sticky fruit, and really not much left of those 13 hops. Flavor of thick chewy roasted dark malts, sticky toffee, smoked figs and other dark fruit, salty dark chocolate, sweet molasses, and a hint of hot bourbon. The high ABV is well concealed. Kind of has a bit of a barrel aged character in the flavor (due to the aging?). Before drinking, I was not sure if this was more malt-centric or hop-centric, but it certainly appears to be the former…so the year of aging seems to have done this well. There is little hoppiness left in this bottle, but the result is still really pleasing. (217, 779)

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