Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Pours a nearly impenetrable brown with a solid, two-finger block of dark brown head. Very good retention and some lacing.
S: Roastiness up front, medium roast coffee, kind of a woody/spice thing.
T: Rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, spice, blackened espresso beans, and a long, melted chocolate, slightly bitter finish. A little pine comes through as it reaches room temp, which works well. I don't know if it's the 13 different grains, but there's definite depth here.
M: One of the thickest I've had in awhile, it's like drinking straight cream. The medium carbonation level is as good as it could be.
O: Basically a huge imperial stout, nice complexity but the thickness knocks down the drinkability. Glad that the hops don't really show themselves.
04-27-2012 06:16:55 | More by pmarlowe
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
A - Very dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head, slow to leave. Some cling lace.
S - Cocoa, warm cookies, burnt coffee/malt, sugar and alcohol.
T - Beautiful blend of all the smell attributes, focusing on the sweet and malty cocoa. Chocolate milk there too.
M - Creamy, coating, good carb, good balance.
D - Huge abv, but truly enjoyable.
04-27-2012 04:17:39 | More by srandycarter
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
A - dark mahogany; a nice blend between brown and black
S - boozy with a touch of grassy hops.
T - drinks like a heavy, bitter porter and reminds me of Palo Santo Marron. Starts off a little harsh with bittersweet chocolate coating the tongue nicely. The plethora of grains and hops creates a complex beer but the flavors don't quite work and clash with each other.
M - bubbly and carbonation heavy. Personally I think this detracts from my enjoyment of this beer. It helps covers up the heat a bit.
O - I could see some potential with this beer for aging. I prefer to think of it as a not-quite-as-good Stone 15th Anniversary.
04-26-2012 07:04:16 | More by Enish266
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
really awesome idea with the 13 grans and 13 hops, some pretty unconventional stuff on the list there. pours a a very thick dark brown into a snifter with a 1 inch tan head. the nose is interesting, i can smell lots of chocolate, rye, west coast hops, and a woody syrup very similar to the birch syrup used in sierra nevada's life and limb. in fact, the beer smells quite similar to the taste of life and limb. the taste here is surprisingly hoppy up front, followed by a mellow chocolatey earthy sweetness and a warm alcoholic finish. the beer gets downright overpowering when it warms up a bit. the 11% really comes out. feel good, full bodied on this one, which i suppose is expected with all the grains here. medium carbonation, and a booze burn. this one might have been served by a little brighter carbonation. also a beer potentially very nice to age awhile and let it settle down a bit. in any event, the idea is awesome, and the beer is pretty darn different, so check it out. for less than 8 dollars a bomber the bang for the buck is great on this one.
04-23-2012 17:44:18 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
Bottle shared at Perennial.
A - Pours dark brown, tan-colored head, thin collar.
S - Really boozy, char, sweet malts, roast, hops. This beer is confused as to what it's trying to be...sorta Imperial Black IPA + Stout + Who Knows.
T - Lots of booze, harsh, toasted malts, hoppy bitterness, syrupy sweet, toffee. The 11% is very evident and pretty in-your-face, which is not good. Lots of sweetness and lots of hops, which actually makes this beer harsh.
M - Medium body, light carbonation, harsh charred finish.
O - I was hoping for better results from his beer, but perhaps the alcohol will die down a bit with some age and allow this one to develop a bit over time. Slightly above average right now...hoping for better later.
04-20-2012 02:18:55 | More by Sean9689
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
4/5 rDev +7%
22oz bottle - bottleworks 13
appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - dark body - ebony with garnet hues, 1/4" foamy tan head with minimal lace
smell: heavy roast, char, sweet dark fruits, booze
taste: layers of complexity - takes some detective work by the palate to find it all: smoke and charred malt are prevalent, disagree with other reviews and feel the alcohol is quite hot especially in the finish, heavy roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, big cherry presence, a moderate bitterness, hops present but not a major factor. I dunno - really a bit charred and overpowering for me right now.
mouthfeel: creamy medium body, bitter, smoky, charred
overall: complex and layered, but pretty rough in the early stages
04-07-2012 03:08:41 | More by dirtylou
4.45/5 rDev +19%
Am I really only the 3rd person reviewing this?
This beer is amazing. I just wished that it had a bit less of "hoppiness" but the hops add an extra layer of complexity.
A: Dark (Dark) brown, almost black with light brown head... about half a finger. Nice lacing.
S: Chocolate, hops,
T: Finishes bitter (hops kick in at the end and it lingers, starts off with chocolate malts... very very complex... hard to describe... so much going on. As mentioned, I just wished hops played a bit less of a role. I can taste the alcohol, but damn this thing has 11%!! I would not have guessed.
M: sosososo smoooth~ creamy. Low carbonation.
O: This beer is awesome. Stone did an amazing job. I bought a few extra bottles to see how it ages - will re-review in a year or so.
04-05-2012 04:07:44 | More by sukwonee
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
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Brewed by Stone in honor of Bottleworks Beer Store 13th anniversary.
Served on tap into a tulip glass at Bottleworks.
Appearance is very dark, black, no light, minimal head & effervescence typical of a high ABV beer.
At 11%, I didn't really taste the alcohol all that much but I really felt the punch - after my second glass.
Hop forward. Then the complexity sets in. Wild flavors all over the place confusing the senses. Smooth, sweet, hops.
Should age nicely.
Will update my review when I figure it out.
03-27-2012 03:54:46 | More by NWer
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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