Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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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