Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -7%
A: Pours pretty much black with a thin light brown head. Thins to a light cap over the beer but the retention is good.
S: Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, rye, cola nut and some bread. Much darker than I expected.
T: Waaay more malt than hops. Chocolate and caramel with a good amount of rye and a touch of sticky citrus hop resin. The sweetness coupled with the syrupy mouthfeel was a bit wearing. Not bad but I don't think I'd go for this again.
05-08-2012 20:16:42 | More by notchucknorris
3.48/5 rDev -7%
a deep brown pour with a half inch of creme colored head, nice retention and patchy lacing.
initial smell is of sulfur.. kind of off putting. hints of roasted caramel, sweet malt.
the taste has a weird earthy/oxidized taste up front but is then masked by a booze heavy earthy bitterness. spicyness/dark roasted grains, the hops barely pull through all the bitter roasty flavors but are somewhat present as spicy/bittering hops. that sulfur is back with a finish..
medium-full body, very heavy, very creamy. mildly carbonated, this strong ale masks the high alcohol content fairly well with its bitterness.
I feel like this would be way more enjoyable fresh. feels like it oxidized in the bottle maybe, just had a weird off putting sulfur-like overall taste and it ruined it for me.
08-17-2012 06:35:46 | More by facundoCNB
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
650 mL bottle. No bottle date. Thanks to iHEARTbeer247 for this bottle.
Appearance - Deep chocolate body with an ample thick and dense mocha head. Murky looking beer. Great retention.
Smell - Smells like... brown beer. Chocolate malts and other malts. Nearly impossible to distinguish other flavors. Pine and somewhat herbal hops in the background.
Taste - A little more concentrated on the chocolate malts. Not to a stout proportion, but definitely pushes it toward the stout end of the spectrum. Nothing terribly interesting, again, but good tasting. Some of the smoked malts come through a bit in the end, but not much. Bitter finish, as expected from Stone.
Mouthfeel - Viscous. Really nice texture. The mess of flavors linger nicely and it's well carbonated. Heavy, but not boozy.
Overall - Well, it's Stone, so it's certainly not bad. But it's uninteresting. Quite dull. I shared this bottle with a friend who described it as going to a Mongolian barbeque and adding a little bit of every ingredient before cooking it. It still tastes like Chinese food, but not good Chinese food.
06-22-2012 14:35:57 | More by Alieniloquium
3.35/5 rDev -10.4%
Pour is a deep murky brown with no head (well whats there is bright white). The smell is loaded with toffee and caramel, with a dominating herbal/medicinal hop presence. Theres an odd mix of Barleywine sweetness and ESB medicinal bitterness that Im not fond of.
The flavors arent all that great, and dont really mesh to well together, until its way above room temperature. then it turns into an English Barleywine with toffee dominating almost too much.
06-30-2012 02:58:53 | More by VncentLIFE
3.28/5 rDev -12.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown freshness. This pours a pitch black color with a good size mocha head which leaves a lacing. The smell is a little disappointing, no great dominate smell, a little roasted malts, some bread malts, some caramel and some hops, a weird mesh of smells. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is okay but also a little off, some roasted malts, some hops, no real dominate flavor and I'm not sure where they're going with this one.
06-08-2012 02:48:05 | More by DavidST
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
Bottle shared by blatantdream.
Nice appearance, good head & lace. Smokey / roasty aroma, boozy, dark. Taste follows suit, finishing boozy and slightly smokey in the back of my throat. Kinda jumbled, doesn't seem to know its direction. Not good, also not bad. Glad to tick it though.
07-12-2012 00:45:30 | More by brystmar
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
11-17-2012 04:17:13 | More by prototypic
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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