Tasting: June 11, 2012
Style: Black IPA
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary
I’ve never heard of Bottleworks. My first assumption was that they are a major craft beer distributor. A quick Google search netted that they have but a single retail location in Seattle, Washington. My resulting assumption is that they must be an amazing and legendary craft beer store. Why? Well, to celebrate their 13th anniversary, Bottleworks collaborated with Stone Brewing on a recipe for the celebration. I’ve read that they’ve collaborated with other brewers on past anniversary brews. This brew is a mix of 13 different grains and 13 different hops. They had a goal of hitting 13% ABV but fell short at 11%.
Sorry New Jersey, not here.
You know how I love those hard to find items and this one is not available in New Jersey. I bought this one over the weekend on a trip to Pennsylvania and have to admit that I was quick to pop one in the freezer for a quick chill. I’ve had one already so, I’m just popping one open as a refresher on that experience.
My weekend impression was that Bottleworks 13th Anniversary reminds me a bit of the last beer I reviewed, Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny. They both are dark ales and both are hoppy with a resulting bitter punch. Where the separation exists is in the polish. This beer offers smoother carbonation and nice mouth feel. Hoppy Bunny was a blitzkrieg of flavor this one is a bit more subtle but full of flavors from every angle and with every sip. I get smoke, dark brown sugar, lemon, roasted grain, raisin, maple, subtle coffee. Maybe 13% ABV was too lofty of a goal as it already has a little too much alcohol burn. I can see how some might call this one a mess — but to me, it’s interesting that every sip is a different experience. I like it – 91 points.