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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1367) - 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 (6569) - 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 (2822) - 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 (1339) - 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 (3170) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a violent growth of thick shaving cream like head while a dense brown liquid poured into my pint glass cup. Aroma is thick and structured with a sturdy backing of rich sugary caramel or malt syrup. The flavor is rich and robust with a velvety smooth palate of sweet caramelized malts that completely dominate this drink but there is just the right amount of hop balancing. Sort of reminds me of drinking a double arrogant bastard that has been oak aged except I don’t taste any wood and I mean this not in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (604) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2013
As the name implies, there’s a lot going on here... perhaps too much. The aroma is chock full of resinous pine tar notes. On the palate, it’s clear that there are a ton of malts, but they cannot cut through the hops in the nose. The malt backbone attempts to balance out the intense bitterness of the hops and the significant alcohol burn, but doesn’t quite make it. It’s intense and enjoyable, but not technically great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Pour is dark brown, tan head, good retention/some lace. Aroma is pine, resin, roast, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste is sweet, very bitter, pine/floral/resinous hops, roast, molasses. Palate is thick, sticky, bitter/sweet finish. What a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Poured black with a tan head that settled to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of milk chocolate. The flavor found chocolate with a nice roasted malt backing. Medium body, sweet, and a cocoa aftertaste.

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