From Stone – When it came time to brew Bottleworks 13th anniversary beer, we turned to Stone to brew this behemoth. “The Matts” traveled down to San Diego in December to help create this 13-hop, 13-grain monument to our 13 years of selling great craft beer!
Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale – 22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 11% abv.
Appearance: Pours rootbeer brown with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Roasted malt ,wet autumn leaves and oatmeal.
Taste: Toasty malt, ever so slight dark chocolate roast, coffee,green hop flavor. Not much hop bitterness but its there. Alcohol is there, but for an 11% beer, it’s pretty well placed.
Mouthfeel: Prickly carb. Full rich mouth. Not cloying or syrupy in the least.
Overall: Rarely does Stone make a one off beer without a concept or gimmick behind it. The more jaded beer enthusiasts quickly pointed to beers like Bell’s Batch 10,000 or any of the Jewbelation beers and compared the concept to this one. No doubt this is a full, rich strong ale, but compared to Bell’s 10,000 or the Jewbelations, this is far more balanced. Did I pick out 13 hops and 13 grains. Fuck no, but the end result was a very smooth, very malty strong ale. Oh yeah, and tasty.