Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours an opaque dark brown. Attractive two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted and chocolate malt with faint hops. A wow beer; on first sip, I tried to tease out the flavor elements but could only say wow. With a bit more effort, discerned roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee. Seems to be leaning in the direction of a stout, but has an underlying sweet, dark and light fruit body that makes the strong ale description accurate. Very complex and well integrated. Finishes with hints of coffee and non-herbal hops. Alcohol makes its presence known, but is well hidden by rich flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy, nice mouth feel. I think this is going to age beautifully, but it is very rich and enjoyable right now. This is hard to describe, but excellent.
03-28-2012 03:35:52 | More by LiquidAmber
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured near-black with a finger of dark khaki head. Roasty cocoa and caramel aroma mingling with pine and a touch of boozy heat.
Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel that finishes very smooth. Big pine up front followed by chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla. There's some boozy warmth and then a burst of grapefruit and more astringent pine on the very bitter finish.
Quite a mish-mash of flavors but all of them are darn tasty.
04-12-2012 03:20:37 | More by grittybrews
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured from 22oz. bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep dark pour with ruby highlights, leading to a nice big head of tan foam.
Aroma-Interestin boquet of hops and chocolate
Taste-Big roasty and hoppy flavors collide in big waves of flavor and a little hottness. This is a high gravity brew to be sure. Very complex and chock-full of character. Smooths out upon warming a bit. Creamy and pretty well-balanced for the insane amount of hops and grains.
A great match for grilled marinated steaks or just sip slowly and enjoy. Excellent.
07-04-2012 15:35:54 | More by hosehead83
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.
S - A roasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke and some pine hop character.
T - Thick, dark malt up front, with espresso and dark chocolate. Some pine and grapefruit hop character in the middle and a finish of burnt sugar, deep, dark chocolate, and smoky pine hops.
M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.
D - Very nice this beer has a really excellent dark malt character and enough hops to make it something other than a stout.
08-25-2012 02:12:36 | More by nickfl
4.3/5 rDev +15%
22oz bomber poured into a 25oz snifter, pours opaque and near black with a tall, foamy tan head that holds great retention and leaves lacing on the side of the glass. Malty and earthy nose has notes of anise, chocolate, peat, soil, woodsy, boozy as it warms. Tastes are complex with dark chocolate, pine, wood, earthy, smoky, roasted malt, vanilla, burnt caramel, and booze. Mouth-feel is chewy and viscous, full-bodied, creamy, velvety smooth with ample carbonation. Finishes bitter with roast and pine. Overall, I thought this was excellently put together. Great complexity, great balance, awesome!
08-28-2012 21:55:43 | More by barnzy78
4.28/5 rDev +14.4%
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale pours dark brown, almost black, with a massive, thick, creamy tan head. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.
The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it might be, but it's loaded. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and an earthy nuttiness. Some medicinal alcohol is also present.
Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is full of rich chocolate and roasted malt. Mixed in are notes of dark fruit (plum), nuts, coffee, orange citrus, and pine. It finishes with some grassy bitterness and alcohol. Once gone the chocolate, dark fruit and grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.
For an 11% beer this is quite drinkable. Loaded with flavors which are more typically found in an Imperial Stout than a Strong Ale.
07-29-2012 18:17:27 | More by WanderingFool
4.28/5 rDev +14.4%
Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle served chilled into a Bruery tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a very full, beige, three finger head with really good retention. Very thick and creamy. Dark brown to black in color.
Aroma: Big and sweet milk chocolate notes cut with some earthy hops upfront. Definitely some caramel and a touch of rye in there as well. I definitely get a lot of sweet milk chocolate similar to an oatmeal stout.
Taste: The complexity of the chocolate malt comes out first and foremost. This is not really hop forward at all, but the hops provide a realy nice earthy, piney feel. There is not the clashing of flavors I sometimes get in Black IPAs. A touch of caramel and rye notes round this out. Very tasty and unique.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy and smooth overall. I definitely get the full bodied for the addition of the oats. Very pleasant.
Overall, a really nice beer. I definitely enjoyed this far more than new Stone beers I have enjoyed recently. The chocolate malt really paired well with the malt to create some complexity and a nice hint of sweetness. A pleasant surprise.
06-30-2012 02:44:34 | More by Gosox8787
4.28/5 rDev +14.4%
I'd like to think of 13 as my lucky number. Case in point, this beer has 13 hops and 13 malts.
Dark brown with a red hue and a frothy head. This should be interesting.
A smorgasboard of hops that project a flowery-citrusy juggernaut. They're not so apparent though. Malt has hints of rye, wheat and chocolate among others.
Whoa mama! An amazing cocktail of citrus and pine hop resin followed by chocolately, creamy malt underneath. The anti-stout because it's not as dark. Sweet, peppery and spicy all at once. Again, a melting pot of flavor!
Lingering alcohol heat followed by raisin, cocoa and citrus in the mouthfeel. Very diverse.
Be careful with this one as it's a definite palate wrecker! If you like to sample 13 different malts and hops in one beer, this is for you.
05-30-2012 02:00:05 | More by Brad007
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a duvel glass.
A: pours a thick looking murky dark brown... You can see tight little carbonation bubbles trudimg slowly through the murk up the side of the glass.... Two finger frothy mocha head.... That last and leavs a ton of sticky lacing.... Slowly dads into a 1/4 finger head.
S: bam!!! In your face.... Like a mocha frappe.... Light smoke and chocolate up front over some toasty caramel, the nose is very complex, I get a creamyness in there as well, this beer smells phenomenal delicious, mouthwatering infact.
T: so deliciously like the nose, chocolate witha not f roasty smoke, giving it a mocha flavor, the hops are deffinatly more prevelant in the body of the beer then there were in the nose, adding a nice solid bitterness and hoppyneass to the already complex profile, the alcohol is there but appropriately so for such a monster of a brew, becoming more and more apparent as the beer warms.
M: heavy bodied, thick, creamy and delicious, low carbonation but this is a hefty brew, deffinatly a sipper.
O: this beer is awesome! I love big beers and this brew is a monster, in both complexity and heft.... Meant for sipping and savoring for sure.... Wish i coulda got my hands on more of this one.
05-24-2012 02:29:09 | More by PeterIngemi
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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