Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 249   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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7651) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2012
22 ounce bought at Foodery. Big carbonation. Chocolate and creamy. Pretty sweet. Some syrupy taste in there. Almost pomegranate like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
22oz bomber for $5.99 at OB Quik Stop. Looks black, ruby center and clear when held up to light, small creamy tan head, fading to a thick ring and tiny film before long. This beer really really reminds me of some nondescript beer I had (in Michigan, perhaps) a few years ago, maybe before I was even on RB. Huh. Lots of pine, roast and burnt peanuts with some rye and a little bit of cola, tinge of citrus as it warms. Seems pretty dry so far. The flavor adds some sweetness as well as plenty of spicy hop and burnt soy. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking at a 6-7, burnt, some alcohol noted. Theres some scorched toffee as it warms. Full somewhat syrupy body with low carbonation. Aside from the deja vu/reminiscing aspect of this beer, this is a mess. Me no likey. A rare miss from the Bottleworks anniversary beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1423) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Decent offering, but kind of runs the gamut on styles. Not sure what this wants to be, but it is reminiscent of porter, Scottish ale and barley wine. Nose of toffee and malt, pours a deep brown with a decent beige head, not much lacing. Sweet and mildly bitter on the palate, syrupy and thick. Roasty and malty, with hints of coffee and caramel. Boozy. Like I said, decent, but not exactly sure what to classify this as.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GandGKevin (934) - 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 (1010) - 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 isnt exactly smooth, lingers, a bit boozy and hot. Ok, nothing special. Tastes a bit funky to me. Im 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 (2901) - 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 (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bomber at Jerrys. 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 (4044) - 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. Im 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 its not you its me. Oh, how weve grown apart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (636) - 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 its also one more facet of a brew that, overall, amounts to overdone. Ive 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 (14504) - 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.

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