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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!

13 Grains
Pale 2-R • White Wheat • Aromatic • Weyermann Chocolate Rye • Light Munich • Brown Crisp • Oats • Crisp Light Crystal • Caramunich • Baird's Chocolate • Lightly Peated • Simpsons Dark Crystal • Crisp Amber

13 Hops
Bravo • Target • Columbus • Cascade • Delta • Warrior • Magnum • Apollo • Calypso • Perle • Galena • Chinook • Mt. Hood

(Beer added by: NWer on 03-27-2012)
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin cocoa tan head that is supported by a slow microbubble carbonation that slides up the sides of the glass.

S- The plastic aroma and dubble yeast esters lead to a stout earthiness and a finish of some woody dank hops that are dark aswell. There is a roasted black malt bite and a hop bitterness in the finish.

T- The sweet crystal malt and circus peanut esters blend with an alcohol taste the mixes with the dark hops in the finish. There is a roasted black malt bite and a hop bitterness that lingers after each sip. Some chocolate malt and dried fruit esters come through as it opens aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture and an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This beer is complex but a bit chaotic with flavors all over the place. Some plastic and other odd flavors are in their but most ore nice layers of malt and hops and esters.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 03:19:14 | More by rhoadsrage
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:34:49 | More by superspak
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AlexFields

Tennessee

2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Shared by CurtisMcArthur at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Looks like room temperature black coffee with a few bubbles.

Smells like dusty gravel and wet cardboard.

Taste is typical Stone hop profile but greatly diminished and confused, some decent smoky malt character, this is okay but not great, probably a little better when fresh. Can more or less enjoy a small pour but wouldn't care for any more.

Mouth is a little undercarbed but not awful.

This tastes like someone put about 13 grains and 13 hops into a beer and then sat on it too long before opening it--oh wait.

5.6/10

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 17:07:24 | More by AlexFields
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jeffjeff1

California

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- black color, very thin head

Smell- chocolate, malt, coffee

Taste- chocolate, malt, coffee

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I might buy it again. I would definitely drink it again. I don't think it is their best beer but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:25:37 | More by jeffjeff1
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger golden-latte colored head that lingers at the one-finger level
S: A fairly straight-forward caramel-malt base with a noticeable hops influence and tropical fruits joining for the ride
T: Roasted malt, some coffee, come toffee, some hops/spice. Tasty, well-rounded and balanced
M: Creamy, smooth-drinking, balanced as not a hint of the 11%abv shows. Creamy and easy to sip
O: Stone wins again; I've not had a Bottleworks but kudos to whatever they added to the mix & I will have to visit the next time I'm in CA

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 06:16:05 | More by ONUMello
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chileman13

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ya know I could go through the whole rating scheme, however f it I don't feel like it. I think its a good gimmack beer. Would I drink it again?, yes. Would I but it again?, yes. Would I travel 50 miles just to buy it? probably not. Overall good beer...

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:10:48 | More by chileman13
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to drabmuh for the chance to try this one. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderately-dark caramel brown color with a decent off-white/tan head. Nose carries some sweet malts and a cornucopia of hop character. This is just a mess. Flavor doesn’t go in any direction. What’s the point in having such a gimmicky ingredient list? No one cares and it doesn’t smell or taste very good. Nothing is defined and the best words to describe this beer are "hops" and "malt." Maybe alcohol too. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:44:51 | More by Thorpe429
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer emerges a ruddy brown color that resembles brackish water, and is topped with a creamy, frothy, smooth, ecru colored head of about two fingers in size. The retention is wonderful and there is loads of lacing that leave a wonderful, ceramic frosting on the sides if the glass.

The aroma is mostly filled with maltiness and dark fruits. Pineapple, brandy, tobacco, plums, figs, caramel, oak, a little bit of everything. Though it seems complex, the aromas do not stand out, but meld well together. Hints of hops, but nothing over the top.

Flavor profile is quite nice. Really roasted, followed by more tobacco, oak, charred wood, dark raisins, and even a touch of cranberry.

Not surprisingly, this one is full bodied. The alcohol sticks out and is obtrusive as the beer warms past cellar temperature. Not a fan of the boozy alcohol, but otherwise, a nice winter sipper. Not exactly great on an 80F December day in Florida, but a nice beer anyway.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 21:25:29 | More by SaCkErZ9
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mactrail

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As you might expect, this is rich and powerful, though not as bitter as the typical Stone brews. Dark brown in the tulip glass with a beige foam. Odd lack of lacing down the glass, but maybe this stuff is a solvent.

Dark bitter chocolate is the main flavor, and plenty of it. Deep roasted coffee and Raisinettes candy. Lots of sweetness, and a hint of date sugar or cactus candy. Huge mouthfeel of liqueur-like dimensions including the hot alchohol presence. Candy-like aftertaste with a long, lingering bitterness. I still taste chocolate-covered caramels at the very end.

Whatever you call it, this is a dessert in a glass. Maybe it's better on vanilla ice cream. Seriously.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 06:02:06 | More by mactrail
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prototypic

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary pours a darker mahogany color. It’s almost opaque. Backlighting shows some burgundy highlights throughout. Not bad at all. It’s topped with a tan head that rises to almost a finger in height. It recedes pretty quickly. I suspect the abv was just too high for it to survive. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is interesting. It smells pretty good. It’s definitely quite diverse. It starts out with a rather strong dark fruit scent. Smells like plums and prunes. It’s definitely malty. Sweet caramel and chocolate are definitely noted. Hops are definitely in the mix. Primarily, the smell earthy and grassy. There might be some light citric notes, but it’s tough to tell. There’s a lot going on in there. On the tail, it smells very herbal. I’m getting some tobacco and tea. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Not bad.

The flavor’s pretty average. It’s okay, but there’s honestly too much going on. The malt base is and features caramel and cocoa flavors predominantly. It does have a strong dark fruit presence. Plum and prune are easily noted. It reminds me of fruit cake. Not my favorite thing. There are some hop flavors, but they’re very subdued by the malts. They’re a little piney and grassy. It’s not all that bitter. It does have some herbal flavors of tobacco and tea that emerge late. Alcohol is definitely there and comes through a bit too strong. It’s boozy. Finishes malty, herbal, and a bit warm.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels relatively smooth. Definitely a sipper though. It’s big, strong, and tough to drink. I can almost guarantee I won’t be able to finish the bomber.

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary is just okay. I honestly expected more from Stone. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either. The flavor is convoluted and not very satisfying. It’s also strong and boozy. It’s not very enjoyable or easy to drink. It might be worth a try, but I wouldn’t suggest picking up multiple bombers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:17:13 | More by prototypic
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome fluffy tan head leaves nice smooth lacing. Brew is black just like a porter.

Complex. Caramel, toffee, coffee, citrus, chocolate, roasty smokeyness all stand out. High heat detectible.

Smooth, light carbonation. Roasty smoke is a bit too much for me. Chocolate is nice and well balanced bitter. No sugary sweetness that goes much appreciated for style. Oatty presence is strong and nutty in flavor. very unique flavors.

A bit unbalanced, but very good for an experimental strong ale. Unique and worthy of a try especially at $8/22oz.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:13:12 | More by chugalug06
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AdamHart22

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass without a trendy brewers logo on it.

A - head is as thick as the beer, about 2 inches. Beer is nearly black but has a soft brown around the edges when held to the light. The head is a brilliant toffee color. Lacing is quite heavy and inviting.

S - I get coffee, caramel, the barley, and sourdough bread. Smells good but not amazing.

T - really fantastic. Some might think this a stout but its really an ale. The malt is superb but is tempered a bit by the peaty barley. All this heaviness is cut by the carbonation.

M - Really inviting. Thick but not syrupy. Makes you want to keep sipping. The alcohol is well hidden until after you swallow, when you get a nice warmth from the 11%.

As mentioned below, this could use a year of age but its great right off the bottling line. My wife picked this up for me and I will pick it up again. $8.99 for a 22 oz.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:52:43 | More by AdamHart22
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, split it with my cousin and poured my half in my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Stone's Bottleworks 13th Anniversary beer pours jet black. Three fingers or so of mocha foam rise up and sit atop the beer. Head retention is very good, and lacing coats most of the glass, with only a few holes left without. Just a great looking beer all around. The nose has a roasty chocolate base, with a definitely noticeable grapefruit aroma set against it. There's also a subtle smoky touch and a mild bready aroma that complete the picture. Dark grains and hops highlight the flavor profile as well. A not overly astringent chocolate taste and a not quite catty grapefruit note re what immediately jump out of the glass. Bitterness is noticeable, but stops short of biting. The smokiness from the aroma appears to be lost, but that soft bready bit comes through again. The body, while sturdy, isn't as full or chewy as a big stout would be, and there's a bit more carbonation to it as well. This anniversary beer is pretty interesting, it falls somewhere between an imperial stout and a black IPA to me, and Stone was able to stop just short of overdoing any one aspect of the beer. If I find some more next time I'm in NYC I'd probably pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:24:06 | More by axeman9182
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beer2day

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark muddy brown with an earthy quality to the color. 1 finger of darker cream head, but very little retention and only sparse lace.

Complex nose, but all with light flavor. Raisin, chocolate, fresh bread all combine with a deep hop profile. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, esters all are there, but again not that strong.

I get the strong ale categorization, but this a stout like flavor to it as well. No attempt to hide the abv here, though. Stronger flavors than are in the nose. Raisin and anise hit me first. Chocolate malt, rich brown bread, and strong alcohol burn. Gets a little messy, but I like it.

Thick mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.

Overall, a pretty decent sipper but probably could have benefited from a bit more time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:15:25 | More by beer2day
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great imperial stout, very black with a Bubbly head and very lacey. Chocolate, coffee, hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Great dangerous drinkability.Intense mouthfeel.
Radek's bottle, another great Stone hoppy production.Why this is my favourite style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:22:23 | More by Sammy
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Chris!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some brown froth & lace.

(S)- Lots of baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and molasses. Dense and rich. Very subtle smokiness to it.

(T)- A rich and dense combo of raisin, cocoa, bark(oak?), and that same subtle smoky peat on the finish I noticed in the smell too.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance, though quite rich and thick.

(O)- Very big and rich, but balanced well and dynamic/complex enough to keep you interested. That subtle smoky peat in the background is really interesting in combination with the rest of the beer's profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:28:23 | More by sweemzander
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Bung

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Pretty solid black, some light around the edges. Very light tan head, retained well enough.

Aroma, a lot of pine and citrus still. Some anise and cocoa. Definetely potent smelling.

Taste, There is a lot here almost gets in its own way. Similar to the Schmalz offerings, sort of. Much more stone fruit and citrus here. Equally as much roast and grainy malt. finish is quite dry, cocoa is very prevelent.

It is warm, the ample carbonation doesn't help the slight harshness either. Probably best a sharing sipper.
Guessing this will be like Double Bastard in that it is best after about 2-3 years.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:54:47 | More by Bung
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some citrus zest flavors and an alcohol kick. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:36:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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beagle75

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some transmission of brown light at the edges, with one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spicy, like pink peppercorns, resulting from the aggressive hops that also provide noteworthy herbaceous and pine qualities. Malt is inseparable from volatile aromas, but provides a layer of chocolate pudding. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy crystal malt that is affected by brief dark citrus before being overwhelmed by strong monotonous pine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where black pepper and herbaceous spice really take over, persisting to the moderately bitter end. Other flavors include late roasted malt and mild spirituousness throughout.

M: Thick viscosity, creamy and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Not only is this strong ale a beast of a beer, but it is also a schizophrenic mess. Hardly a malt-bomb, it drinks like some brewer's dare to make a black IPA that exceeds Stone 15th anniversary ale in terms of sheer size. While smell is true to this notion, it falls apart midway through the flavor profile. Definitely not a gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 21:39:33 | More by beagle75
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seand

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark but relatively clear reddish brown, with a fair amount of tan head. A thick film retains over most of the surface, leaving reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with an almost plastic-y resin note.

T: Burnt sweetness, well balanced through the mid palate, with the hops coming out towards the finish. The booze isn't entirely hidden, showing up especially in the aftertaste with a slight burn.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very nice. I may try to find another bottle to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:09:33 | More by seand
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, brown-black. Massive head formation. Big, pillowy, the color of coffee with too much milk. Retention is solid and leaves some hefty notches of lacing. Impossible to see through. Pours a little thick.

Smell: Toasted and roasted malts. Some caramel, Burnt, cooked sugars. Deep fruits. Cherry, plum, and fig are predominant. Big bready/biscuity component as well. It's all over the place. Hops are earthy, citrusy, and floral at the same time. Citrus begins to dominate as the beer warms. Biting alcohol on the back. Layer of spicy herbal hops as well. It's a kitchen sink approach.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. Epic levels of burnt sugar. Big bready malts fuse with some caramel malts. Earthy and dank in good measure. Nice level of pine resin creeps over some orange rind and oily grapefruit flesh. Alcohol bite as well. Cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is big, but doesn't manage to pull through the insane body of this beer. Nice balance between the two. Drinks like cream.

Overall: A hot mess, but the cute kind.

This is a kitchen sink beer, and an unabashed one at that. Flavors are everywhere and then some, and it's almost too much. Almost being the operative word. It's a lot, share it, but definitely drink it. It's Stone, you should expect this.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 17:26:36 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ESPNman

California

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

I had a bottle back when it was originally released, and kept this one in the cellar for a while. The first bottle was running a little hot, and it has mellowed nicely in the last few months.

A - it pours almost pitch black. Decent amount of fluffy off-white head. Moderate lacing, but you can see that this beer has some serious wine-like legs. This beer just looks like used motor oil.

S - Not as intense of an aroma as I was expecting. Some sweet overripe fruit, but not as much as the first bottle. More leather and smoke this time around, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Not bad, just not mouthwatering.

T - This beer is a little schitzophrenic. It has a tremendous grain bill coupled with a ton of different hops. It all comes off a little muddled, but surprisingly delicious. It's somewhat like an American strong ale mixed with a big barley wine. Lots of overripe fruit and caramel, with the smoke and bitterness present in the nose. Every sip seems a little different than the one before it.

M - big, thick, brash, and well-carbonated. It has the mouth-coating characteristic of an imperial stout, but is carbonated like an imperial IPA. I've never had a beer quite like this one before, and the mouthfeel fits with the beer.

O - I'm curious to see how this beer ages. This wasn't a hone run of a beer, but it's certainly a solid double. Worth a try if you can find it, but it's not destined to be an all-time favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 06:00:05 | More by ESPNman
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/14/12

Dark brown in the glass; very dark, indeed, but it is several shades away from black. The head is a perfectly formed, three finger cap of light tan foam - very smooth with a layer of bubbles on top. The head falls slowly. Lace remains as a thick ring with additonal drippy lace higher up the glass.

The malts take hold right away (even while still in the glass). Notes of oatmeal, chocolate, graham crackers, rye bread, biscuit, spent barley and grains, cocoa dust, caramel and hints of butter toffee. The hops are softer than the malts, but offer interwoven pepperings of pine tar, citrus zest and delicate floral tones. Burnt overtones stay mostly concealed until the beer warms.

The taste is a seamless transition from the aroma; just as complex and with a boldness not fully reached in terms of smell. The hops figure into the equation more than in the aroma. A pairing of pine and a crackling citric amalgamation sit comfortably along side a grainy malt profile that calls to mind oatmeal chocolate clusters in cereal. Layers of grain, too. The chocolate become more lush as the beer warms. Hints of rye spice. Roasted, nearly burnt dark sugars.

The feel is a gritty, dominant, full bodied thing. Carbonation is average and puffy; there's enough to carry the beer without overshaddowing the multitude of flavors. Alcohol has a slight warming sensation, but it isn't hot at all.

Wow, I forgot about this beer shortly after it was released; before I had the chance to try it. Incredibly drinkable with an appropriate amount of layers and complexities. I'm glad I stumbled across a bottle. This is choice. Batch 10,000 it ain't.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 04:19:06 | More by Ryan011235
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bum732

Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

S: Lot going on, fruity esters, some tropical notes, chocolate, liquorice, touch of pine, nutty, a lot alcohol as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, light tan, creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Roasty chocolate with an odd grassy hoppy backbone. Medium-high herbal and bitter citrus peel like bitterness leading to a mixture of fruits with a prominent roastiness. Anise, rosemary and bitter nuttiness also on the palate. Some cappucino.

M: Medium full, creamy body, slight alcohol detectable. Medium carbonation.

Really messy, couldn't finish it. I get the gimmick, but throwing everything but the kitchen sink in the mash is fucking stupid. Why professional breweries do this and then charge this amount is mind boggling.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:23:23 | More by bum732
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vic21234

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, time to give it a try.

A- Pours very cola-like, dark brown with slight light seen through around the top and bottom of the glass. About a half finger of head fades to a film along the top. Nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of dark fruits and maybe even some coffee to me. An odd smell for what I was expecting.

T- The initial sip brings some chocolate and coffee notes, followed by an overall malty presence before leading to some hop bitterness. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium to heavy, nicely carbonated, bitter yet malty, dry finish.

This was an interesting one. Good stuff but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:10:45 | More by vic21234
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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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