Saturday, July 14, 2012
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale
I decided today was the right moment to open my Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale brewed by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. This "behemoth" of a beer was brewed with 13 grains and 13 hops, but could only manage a wuss 11% alcohol. LOL. Those grains and hops are listed on the bottle, which you can see below. On the front of the bottle is a giant 13 between the names of both breweries. Simple yet classic design on Big 22. You are also told this is part of the Imagination Series. Cellar at 55°F or below.
Lots of cocoa and caramel, sweet, milky, creamy aroma. Similar flavors in the beginning too, mainly cocoa powder and caramel, along with a bit of spice. Some raisin fruity sweetness is also prominent. Now, don't be surprised by the hefty dose of alcohol you are about to taste and feel. Quite boozy with lots of heat and just pure unfettered alcohol.
Coffee flavors synergize with some annoying roasted malts, smoke and a light char to make for an unpleasant repeating flavor profile in the middle. Medicinal cherries with some bitter pine come next. This beer has zero cohesion and is all over the place with flavors that don't work well together.
More alcohol, with some burn and dryness. Hot. Well, at least the initial sweetness didn't go unchecked. Hoppy citrus rind bitterness can also be found. Repeat everything. For me, the alcoholic roasted char and medicinal cherry alcy aspects of this beer were too much. There were good flavors but there were at least as many bad ones. Pass.