Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Beer Review - Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

Stone Brewing Company Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - 11.4% ABV

Do you get to visit Seattle much?  If so, you may have visited the famed Bottleworks beer store which carries over 950 different beers for you try.  So if you drank 2.6 beers per day you could drink all that they have in a year.... or could you?  They have seasonals, cellared vintage ales, rotating taps, kegs, growlers ..... etc.  My theory is that your liver would explode if you tried to drink them all.  This place is very well known.  How well known?  Since they don't brew their own beer they have their anniversary beer made for them.  Each year is a different brewery and a different style.  That's power. 

This year's anniversary ale was produced by the mad men at Stone Brewery because they wanted a huge beer and boy did they get it.  This monster is a 13 grain and 13 hop Imperial Porter.  Rumor had it that they were quite dissappointed when they were not able to reach 13% ABV. 

Hop Varieties:
Bravo, Target, Columbus, Cascade, Delta, Warrior, Magnum, Apollo, Calypso, Perle, Galena, Chinook, Mt. Hood

Malt Bill:
Pale Two Row, White Wheat, Aromatic, Weyermann Chocolate Rye, Light Munich, Brown Crisp, Oats, Crisp Light Crystal, CaraMunich, Baird's Chocolate, Lightly Peated, Simpsons Dark Crystal, Crisp Amber
This is usually where I tell you here what you should taste while drinking.  Instead put this list of ingredients in because there really is no way to describe this leviathan, but I will try.  Thick, heavy, malty, very malty, boozy, hoppy, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, pine, citrus ... oh c'mon you get it.  Or rather, you probably won't get it.  This was a very limited run, done as a one timer.  Hell, I don't ever remember where I got it.  If you find it, grab it and store it for a couple of years, it may mellow.  But then again it may not.  Worth the search.
Bottleworks Beer Store
1710 N 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

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