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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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Tasted on 12/17/12 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle. Pours dark cola brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to average lace, leaving some lacing along the inside of the glass. The nose is full of dark molasses and roasted coffee beans with dark chocolate, toasted cocoa nibs, a touch of vanilla, and some resinous hops. The flavor is much the same, with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate malt, with a ton of bitter resin hops, and just a touch of sweeter molasses and vanilla. The body is full and sticky with average carbonation and a long bitter coffee, resin hops, and lightly sweet molasses and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2873) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle: Super deep brown pour, faint ruby edges, nearly black center. Light khaki head barely forms, fade quickly to a collar. Aroma of spicy rye, dirty earth notes, light cardboard, burnt toast, ashy leaves, a hint of citrus peel, & some faint caramel. Flavor is more sweet with caramel & lightly metallic toffee notes. Heavy earth, rose hip, perfume, burnt rye bread, toast, a touch of chocolate syrup, faint anise, some very mild prune. Kind of all over the place, but not bad. A little harsh at times, kind of has an "old" flavor in the aftertaste. Not bad but not great, either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33598) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
22 fl oz botle.pours with a small whitehead. Aroma is wineous and fruity. fruity, toasted and malty and caramelish. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2259) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Dark, amber colour with a creamy, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with rich caramel malts, dark malts, sweet fruits, liquorice, coffee, spices and nuts. Light hints of alcohol. Very good. Taste is light sweet. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Finishes drying with rich fruits and caramel malts. Excellent - with a good warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light beige head. Aroma. Ripe fruits, sweetness, light herbs, spice. Flavour. Ripe fruits, spice, sweetness, herbs, caramel. Medium to full bodied. Ends light bitter and with a light alcoholbite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (1067) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 65 cl. Pours brown with an orange hue and a beige head. Warm alcohol aroma, oddly spicy - even medicinal and herbal. Rich, sweet body, nuts and burned caramel with a massive hop and alcohol impact. Not so much aromatic hops, more bittering, some sweet licorice. Unusual and interesting. 081114

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"really nice pulling together of 13 different types of malt in this beer, including two distinct chocolate malts. The hops, while aggressive, seemed a bit muddled, like maybe a combo of these 13 was a bit much. loved the bite of this beer...loved the flavor, especially the chocolate roasty sweetness, and liked the aroma (shows a little more alcohol than the flavor). not a world beater, but pretty nice."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark porter tone. Aroma is that of perfect malt. Taste is richness. Finish is warm and clean. Perfect

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Aged 28 months in a wine cellar. Dark brown color with lasting tan head. Nutty, dark fruit, toasted caramel, leather aromas. Smooth full body.  Dark fruit, coffee, dark caramel flavors with leather, dark toast----warming lightly boozy finish____good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (175) - - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle into a snifter. Caramel becomes a dark chocolate brown in the glass, obscurant. Half a finger of sandy tan head fades to a silky ring quickly. The aroma is constantly shifting; I pick up something different upon each pass. This time, coffee beans, milk chocolate and toast; next time, vanilla and red grapes. Much sweeter here, with raisins and figs up front. A dash of cinnamon is met with sweet caramel, toasted bread, bread pudding, tobacco. Reminds of a sweet hookah. Lingering coffee and dark chocolate. Hefty medium full body, made thick with malt sugars. Alcohol sure is noticeable at 11 percent, numbing the tongue and flowing through the nose a bit. Heartburn as well. Moderate carbonation pinches the tongue but holds together well as it moves. Maybe a bit different a year after bottling, but interesting. Lots of malt complexity. Heavy, hard to have more than a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
Dark color, almost black, with small compact head. Aroma of cocoa and dark malt. Good body structure; nice malty flavor, on the dark side obviously, with chocolate; moderately sweet; but the presence of liquorice brings to mind the oxidization and spoils a bit the experience. Strong but balanced bitterness.
Very good beer as usual.

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