SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Pours ruby mahogany with a light brown head. Smells roasted, smoky, and like black strap cookies. Taste is AMAZING: smoke, sweetness, molasses, roast, and some bitterness on the back end. Full-bodied with a chewy, gummy texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Stone Bottleworks’ 13th Anniversary Ale finishes with a burnt coffee bitterness on the back of the tongue. jmagnus87 (2912) - 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. ajax25g (76) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Pours dark dark brown with small beige head. Nose of toffee, caramel, and lots of hops. Very full bodied. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Pretty well balanced. Tastes similar to the nose, but add in a little chocolate. Awesome stuff! eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Smells very sweet. I detected notes of chocolate, licorice, and a bit of oak. A very faint smell from the hops. Very bready. DId not detect any alcohol, which is quite surprising considering this a very big beer at 11.4% abv. Pitch black, pours very thick almost like motor oil. Three finger head, khaki colored. Taste like is smells. As the beer warms the flavors intensifie. Full body, thick. Finishes sweet with a hint of smoke/ oak. Awesome beer. julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2012
It has strong malty flavors up front then settles into a chocolatey, roasted hoppy finish. Very strong and interesting.
kathouse (1926) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Can barely see the red in this dark ale. Head is thick and creamy. Hops can be detected over the dark malts. Some pine and citrus. Still can detect the toffee and dark chocolate. Fruits and roared malt flavors. Definitely complex with burnt sugars, licorice, and warm fruit. Finish is slightly fruity and sticky. pras (602) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours very dark, almost black. Aroma is of hops and malt. Taste is unlike anything I have experienced. Full of dark toasty malts and hops. Both totally in balance. Could not pick up the high alcohol in this one. Wish I could get another bottle of this one, but I don’t think that’s in the cards. jgb9348 (6394) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Deep brown body with almost no light getting through at all, with a two centimetre tall rich chocolatey brown head. Aroma of smoked peat, oats, nuts, oak, alcohol, pit fruits, milk chocolate and even some wormwood. Full-bodied; Dense rich malty mouthful with a pungent brandy, cognac and alcohol burn at first then fading to a subdued smoked peat note, a little mushrooms and a hint of spices, but mostly malt. Aftertaste shows some sweetness, a little bit of pit fruits and caramel and a lot more malt with alcohol. Overall, a nice and refined beer that is more complex than I initially thought, and finally showing a Stone beer worthy of a good score! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 04-June-2012 for US$7.25 sampled at home in Washington on the opening night of the Sochi Olympics in Russia for Rating #4400 on 07-February-2014. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Probably the last Stone I’ll have for awhile. Afghanistan here I come! Black with almost no head. Cheers to Ashton, the cute waitress I shared this brew with. Chocolate caramel citrus and pine hops aroma and taste. Almost fits somewhere between a sweet stout and a black IPA. Really interesting brew. Medium to full body with an oily slightly sticky palate. Overall, quite good but sweet. Definitely a desert beer. bhensonb (15499) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bomber from Bine and Vine. Pours very ark brown with ruddy glints and a slight tan head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit. Full bodied. Flavor has lots of dark fruit with chocolate, coffee, probably date sugar and likely floral hop is dominating. It finishes well balanced without heat - leaning to the malt side.