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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary/Stone Brew???

Discussion in 'US - Northwest' started by t4h2c0, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. 107 Cases Made = 1284 bottles, 6 bottles per person, really tasty beer. 13 Malts, 13 hops, 11% alcohol and should cellar for some time. Liked it much better than I expected to right now, very dark boozy beer with a nice hop profile. Was around 6th in line, and first person to purchase bottles, grabbed couple of glasses of it and quite enjoyed the morning.

    Cheers!
    Jeff
     
  2. I believe the lack of craziness is due to the fact that they made such a large quantity of it. And from the sounds of it, it's being distributed too.
     
  3. 11% ? Doesn't it say 13%on the label?
     
  4. Nevermind, I see the actual labels are different on the bottles from what were linked to in the OP. it IS 11%
     
  5. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    I just got off work and I'm enjoying a hoptimum out on my deck. Is it worth heading over to bottleworks to pick some of this up? Is it that good?
     
  6. Showed up at 1. Bought my bottles and left. Easy as could be.
     
  7. Where did you hear it's going to be distributed? I'm not doubting your info, if its from a reliable source, but it would surprise me. Generally the Bottlworks Anniversary beers are only sold at Bottlworks, unless something is different this year.

    Cheers!
    Jeff
     
  8. Yes, I would definitely say it's worth your time.
     
  9. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Just walked over there, had a glass, picked up 3 bottles (1 for me to drink, 1 for me to cellar, and 1 for a friend) $6.99 a bottle?!?!!? Incredible deal in my opinion. What a great Seattle day.
     
  10. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    WTF? beg borrow steal, go back over there and get three more! You'll thank me later :)
     
  11. Believe me I thought that too, but take a look at post 34 of this thread...
     
  12. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    Thought it was great on tap! There's a crap ton and I enjoyed the $7 price point. Should age well.
     
  13. Yeah, for a beer that tasted that good, and is that strong, I was very pleased with the price.

    On a tasting note, did anyone get an initial off flavor, kind of like plastic or acetone? It was only in about half my sips, but it was distracting. I'm sure it would go away with some time but it definetly prevented me from being COMPLETELY blown away by it.
     
  14. Crazy, didn't see that before. This will be interesting to see if it is distributed....

    Cheers!
    Jeff
     
  15. I did get a slight phenolic a couple of times, but I'm usually over-sensitive to phenols so I thought it was either just me or something imparted by the yeast they used. I didn't find that it took away from the beer as a whole, though.

    Agree with the others above, at this price point, this is a phenomenal beer.

    Cheers!
    Jeff
     
  16. Yeah great price for the beer.
    Picked up a 6 pack
     
  17. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Savant (485) Washington Nov 12, 2011

    Chuck says we tried to get some here, but couldn't. Sounds like it is being distributed, but it's going to be fairly limited.
     
  18. Dankbeers619

    Dankbeers619 Zealot (95) California Aug 20, 2010

    Has anyone reviewed this beer yet..? If so could someone provide the link, I'm having trouble finding the exact location for the beer. Thanks
     
  19. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,035) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    Yeah, and I've got a photo of the bottle ready to submit. But I haven't reviewed it, and won't until I can sit down w/ a bottle, there's too much going on w/ this beer to write a review after the fact.
     
  20. Dankbeers619

    Dankbeers619 Zealot (95) California Aug 20, 2010

    Cool, I would agree that this beer is very complex, can't wait a year or so to see what the age will do to it also..:)
     
  21. I assume BW won't supply to its competitors ( In Seattle) so its more likely to get to Portland or somewhere.
     
  22. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    You're sure about that are you? I've never seen such competitiveness between players in the local craft beer business and if it shows up elsewhere besides Stone, competition isn't likely to be a factor.
     
  23. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    I felt the exact same way when I had it, but yeah I think with age it will calm down a bit.
     
  24. So far there is not much hype for this beer. Normally a very good trading beer.
     
  25. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    I inferred the same thing earlier. The lack of enthusiasm is stunning.
    How good is this beer? I left half a bottle open overnight and finished it off the next day. It still blew me away. Absolutely delicious, complex, everything to look for in a great beer that will get only better in time.
     
  26. Probably because it's from Stone...

    Speaking of which, I wonder if we'll have the opportunity to get/try it at the Bistro?
     
  27. I like it actually. It is complex for sure, and has alot going on with it. As much as big stouts and other beers go on this site, i would think there would be a big interest. Maybe when the bros get a posting up for the reviews of the beer, that it will get more noticed. I think the fact that Stone brewed this beer, people are scared. I kind of was, I mean in my eyes Stone is kind of mediocre. They did a wonderful job on this one though.
     
  28. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,035) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    In the past I think the breweries have always held on to some for local consumption. Got to check out the Stone Bistro during a recent trip to SD, that is a pretty nice setup. Seemed like kind of a random location (so is Lost Abbey) but good food and a general vibe very in keeping with Stone's image.
     
  29. No I am not "sure" about that. That is why I said I "assume". As for competitiveness, it might not necessarily be to do with the actual brewers but more the distributors, and their favorite accounts (or the accounts that make the most money for them).
     
  30. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,035) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    It's up to BAs to put up the beer - not the Bros. Whoever reviews it first has to add the beer first. Anyone can do it.
     
  31. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    I've been waiting for you to do the honors :)
    I can't even figure out what style it is and I can't get any straight answers.
     
  32. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,035) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    After you, I insist. You post the review, I'll submit the photo.

    I'm pretty sure I'd classify it as an American strong ale though (could be an American barleywine I guess), and if I were to create the listing I'd probably use arabic numerals rather than roman, as that's how it's written on the bottle: Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale.
     
  33. i would classify it as a strong ale yes.
     
  34. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    OK. Done. Went w/ASA don't think barleywine would do it justice
     
  35. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,035) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    Right on, bro. Picture uploaded. That's teamwork! Now I'll read your review...
     
  36. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    "Picture being approved" sweet!
     
  37. Yah, when RR (Deviation), new Belgium (BW X) or the Bruery (BW XII) makes it...wait till next year when Cascade makes it...my advice....drink it yourself and enjoy it, cellar it for future enjoyment, or hook up regular trading partners and share the wealth!
     
  38. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,035) Washington Sep 18, 2010

    I agree. I know next to nothing about cellaring, but my first impression when I tasted it was that time could do some very interesting things with this one. Could be a ridiculous whale in 3 years' time, or it might completely fall apart. In any case, at $7 a bottle the cost-benefit potential looks pretty favorable. (Hastening to clarify, I'm not talking about "beer as an investment" here, I'm talking strictly about personal enjoyment and/or sharing w/ fellow beer connoisseurs...)
     
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  39. NWer

    NWer Advocate (660) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    A side-by-side tasting with Double Bastard would be fun.
     
  40. csano

    csano Initiate (0) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    Has Cascade been confirmed for BW 14? If so, that's going to be insane!
     

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