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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 325
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NWer on 03-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!

13 Grains
Pale 2-R • 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

13 Hops
Bravo • Target • Columbus • Cascade • Delta • Warrior • Magnum • Apollo • Calypso • Perle • Galena • Chinook • Mt. Hood
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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep auburn black cherry body. Fantastic dark khaki head with outrageous lace and great retention.

S - Caramel malt, chocolate, touch of rye, and booze.

T - Wow, the grain bill pays off with huge complexity. Creamy oats and vanilla, edging into spicy rye, sweet prune, and woody bitter hops. Milk chocolate, caramel, and toffee center. Rye and sharp dark roast through the finish.

M - Silky smooth, medium body with a dry finish.

O - An awesome brew. Stir it up to get some of the sediment before you pour it out - it does wonders to smooth out and integrate the profile. The booze is bigger in the nose than the profile, and in the end it works out beautifully. (680 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter, this beer is pours a very dark brown color that refuses to let in any light at all. Tan head is about an inch thick when first poured, settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass wish swirls of foam here and there dancing on the surface. Pretty good lacing too. Just wish the head had stuck around a bit longer initially. Starts out with a nice earthy hop aroma with hints of pine, citrus that gives way to sweet caramel malt, some chocolate, mocha, licorice, hints of maple syrup and perhaps a slight touch of brown sugar. Also a bit of dark fruit in there, plum, apple, raisin, etc. The taste pretty much follows suit, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, mocha, licorice, hints of maple and brown sugar and dark fruit upfront, followed by some earthy, citrus, pine hops. A very complex beer flavor wise. So much good stuff going on at once here! Certainly more sweeter and a lot less hoppier than a lot of, if not all, other beers I have had of this style. Has a sort of sticky, oily, smooth, creamy, slightly crisp, chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth and doesn't want to leave. I am very impressed with this one. Dangerously drinkable for the 11% ABV.

Eric (1,263 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed by Stone in honor of Bottleworks Beer Store 13th anniversary.
Served on tap into a tulip glass at Bottleworks.
Appearance is very dark, black, no light, minimal head & effervescence typical of a high ABV beer.
At 11%, I didn't really taste the alcohol all that much but I really felt the punch - after my second glass.
Hop forward. Then the complexity sets in. Wild flavors all over the place confusing the senses. Smooth, sweet, hops.
Should age nicely.
Will update my review when I figure it out. (507 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressed with this beer. After a long hot day outside the heartiness of all the malts was a welcome refreshment. Pours ver dark and for a second or two has a Guiness type of head rising to the top. Good retention and lacing. Smells of some chocolate a slight roast and generally a ton of malts. Taste is strong but not over-powering. Glad to have several bottles and will probably be even better during the cold months. (420 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a massive head that just lays down on top of the coffee colored liquid; all kinds of lace splashes are left behind

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, smoke, fruitcake, pine and God knows what else - its like the kitchen sink of beer aromas

Taste: Gobs of malt flavor, up front, with caramel, chocolate, coffee, fruitcake and smoke; not as hoppy as expected, in the middle, but there is a piney aspect that balances out the malt; the finish pulls it all together, with the sweeter elements ultimately prevailing

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the rating, I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did - just goes to show; love the kitcvhen sink element of this beer and it just works, to me (748 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Am I really only the 3rd person reviewing this?

This beer is amazing. I just wished that it had a bit less of "hoppiness" but the hops add an extra layer of complexity.

A: Dark (Dark) brown, almost black with light brown head... about half a finger. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, hops,

T: Finishes bitter (hops kick in at the end and it lingers, starts off with chocolate malts... very very complex... hard to describe... so much going on. As mentioned, I just wished hops played a bit less of a role. I can taste the alcohol, but damn this thing has 11%!! I would not have guessed.

M: sosososo smoooth~ creamy. Low carbonation.

O: This beer is awesome. Stone did an amazing job. I bought a few extra bottles to see how it ages - will re-review in a year or so. (770 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark caramel and chocolate malts with some dark fruit, grapefruit, citrus, floral, and pine hops, and a bit of rye, brown sugar, and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with some prune and other dark fruits and some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, sp,e brown sugar and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some rye and floral hops. The finish is a mix of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel malts, with some rye, grpaefruit and pine hops, bitterness, brown sugar, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly resiny with a warming, sweet, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super complex and rich without being muddled. Good hop and malt profile throughout. (995 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, missed this on the first release, but found some bottles now,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a small light tan, leaves solid lace.

S: Definitely some peatiness which is always fun, has the Scotch ale thing going. Some notes of fig, lots of malt.

T: The label lists all the malts, I really get a lot of peated malt and chocolate malt from this. Clear smoky flavour with molasses and dark bread, some grapefruit and pineapple on the back end.

M: Full-bodied, lush and creamy with a very mild tartness which I really liked.

O: A very nice big beer which is good now, but I think could be amazing in 2-3 years. A fun beer to delve into. (651 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head, slow to leave. Some cling lace.

S - Cocoa, warm cookies, burnt coffee/malt, sugar and alcohol.

T - Beautiful blend of all the smell attributes, focusing on the sweet and malty cocoa. Chocolate milk there too.

M - Creamy, coating, good carb, good balance.

D - Huge abv, but truly enjoyable. (343 characters)

Photo of Daveychu
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All over the place and awesome because of it. All the stodgy old coots hate on it because they can't classify it and that's why they're boring. It's like when youre hungover and make an omelette with all the leftovers in the fridge and it's the best thing you've tasted in weeks. (279 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours an opaque dark brown. Attractive two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted and chocolate malt with faint hops. A wow beer; on first sip, I tried to tease out the flavor elements but could only say wow. With a bit more effort, discerned roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee. Seems to be leaning in the direction of a stout, but has an underlying sweet, dark and light fruit body that makes the strong ale description accurate. Very complex and well integrated. Finishes with hints of coffee and non-herbal hops. Alcohol makes its presence known, but is well hidden by rich flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy, nice mouth feel. I think this is going to age beautifully, but it is very rich and enjoyable right now. This is hard to describe, but excellent. (853 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured near-black with a finger of dark khaki head. Roasty cocoa and caramel aroma mingling with pine and a touch of boozy heat.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel that finishes very smooth. Big pine up front followed by chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla. There's some boozy warmth and then a burst of grapefruit and more astringent pine on the very bitter finish.

Quite a mish-mash of flavors but all of them are darn tasty. (464 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep dark pour with ruby highlights, leading to a nice big head of tan foam.
Aroma-Interestin boquet of hops and chocolate
Taste-Big roasty and hoppy flavors collide in big waves of flavor and a little hottness. This is a high gravity brew to be sure. Very complex and chock-full of character. Smooths out upon warming a bit. Creamy and pretty well-balanced for the insane amount of hops and grains.
A great match for grilled marinated steaks or just sip slowly and enjoy. Excellent. (536 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A roasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke and some pine hop character.

T - Thick, dark malt up front, with espresso and dark chocolate. Some pine and grapefruit hop character in the middle and a finish of burnt sugar, deep, dark chocolate, and smoky pine hops.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Very nice this beer has a really excellent dark malt character and enough hops to make it something other than a stout. (619 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a thick looking murky dark brown... You can see tight little carbonation bubbles trudimg slowly through the murk up the side of the glass.... Two finger frothy mocha head.... That last and leavs a ton of sticky lacing.... Slowly dads into a 1/4 finger head.

S: bam!!! In your face.... Like a mocha frappe.... Light smoke and chocolate up front over some toasty caramel, the nose is very complex, I get a creamyness in there as well, this beer smells phenomenal delicious, mouthwatering infact.

T: so deliciously like the nose, chocolate witha not f roasty smoke, giving it a mocha flavor, the hops are deffinatly more prevelant in the body of the beer then there were in the nose, adding a nice solid bitterness and hoppyneass to the already complex profile, the alcohol is there but appropriately so for such a monster of a brew, becoming more and more apparent as the beer warms.

M: heavy bodied, thick, creamy and delicious, low carbonation but this is a hefty brew, deffinatly a sipper.

O: this beer is awesome! I love big beers and this brew is a monster, in both complexity and heft.... Meant for sipping and savoring for sure.... Wish i coulda got my hands on more of this one. (1,246 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 25oz snifter, pours opaque and near black with a tall, foamy tan head that holds great retention and leaves lacing on the side of the glass. Malty and earthy nose has notes of anise, chocolate, peat, soil, woodsy, boozy as it warms. Tastes are complex with dark chocolate, pine, wood, earthy, smoky, roasted malt, vanilla, burnt caramel, and booze. Mouth-feel is chewy and viscous, full-bodied, creamy, velvety smooth with ample carbonation. Finishes bitter with roast and pine. Overall, I thought this was excellently put together. Great complexity, great balance, awesome! (600 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale pours dark brown, almost black, with a massive, thick, creamy tan head. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it might be, but it's loaded. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and an earthy nuttiness. Some medicinal alcohol is also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is full of rich chocolate and roasted malt. Mixed in are notes of dark fruit (plum), nuts, coffee, orange citrus, and pine. It finishes with some grassy bitterness and alcohol. Once gone the chocolate, dark fruit and grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

For an 11% beer this is quite drinkable. Loaded with flavors which are more typically found in an Imperial Stout than a Strong Ale. (847 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle served chilled into a Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very full, beige, three finger head with really good retention. Very thick and creamy. Dark brown to black in color.

Aroma: Big and sweet milk chocolate notes cut with some earthy hops upfront. Definitely some caramel and a touch of rye in there as well. I definitely get a lot of sweet milk chocolate similar to an oatmeal stout.

Taste: The complexity of the chocolate malt comes out first and foremost. This is not really hop forward at all, but the hops provide a realy nice earthy, piney feel. There is not the clashing of flavors I sometimes get in Black IPAs. A touch of caramel and rye notes round this out. Very tasty and unique.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy and smooth overall. I definitely get the full bodied for the addition of the oats. Very pleasant.

Overall, a really nice beer. I definitely enjoyed this far more than new Stone beers I have enjoyed recently. The chocolate malt really paired well with the malt to create some complexity and a nice hint of sweetness. A pleasant surprise. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd like to think of 13 as my lucky number. Case in point, this beer has 13 hops and 13 malts.

Dark brown with a red hue and a frothy head. This should be interesting.

A smorgasboard of hops that project a flowery-citrusy juggernaut. They're not so apparent though. Malt has hints of rye, wheat and chocolate among others.

Whoa mama! An amazing cocktail of citrus and pine hop resin followed by chocolately, creamy malt underneath. The anti-stout because it's not as dark. Sweet, peppery and spicy all at once. Again, a melting pot of flavor!

Lingering alcohol heat followed by raisin, cocoa and citrus in the mouthfeel. Very diverse.

Be careful with this one as it's a definite palate wrecker! If you like to sample 13 different malts and hops in one beer, this is for you. (783 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Bottleworks 13

Deep brown with red hues interspersed and a thin tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Full of chocolate, citrus, raisin and vanilla aromas. Hop bittering chocolate up front opens up to citrus, pine and alcohol and finishing sweetly with an herbal and pepper bittering alcohol linger. Silky, syrupy smooth with a bite.

I had a morbid curiosity about a beer with this much of a grain and hop bill. I didn’t think it would have any real flavor at all and just be a muddy mess. I was wrong but I can’t help but think it could have been achieved with less and that they must have used some very small percentages of some of the ingredients. That being said it does have hints of everything and is a good beer that may benefit from aging. The mouthfeel is great as it probably gets qualities from everything and is very full-bodied. It certainly is a very sweet beer probably from a huge amount of unfermentable sugars; they evidently were trying to hit 13% abv as well and couldn’t make it because of the sugars. (1,047 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome fluffy tan head leaves nice smooth lacing. Brew is black just like a porter.

Complex. Caramel, toffee, coffee, citrus, chocolate, roasty smokeyness all stand out. High heat detectible.

Smooth, light carbonation. Roasty smoke is a bit too much for me. Chocolate is nice and well balanced bitter. No sugary sweetness that goes much appreciated for style. Oatty presence is strong and nutty in flavor. very unique flavors.

A bit unbalanced, but very good for an experimental strong ale. Unique and worthy of a try especially at $8/22oz. (547 characters)

Photo of AdamHart22
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass without a trendy brewers logo on it.

A - head is as thick as the beer, about 2 inches. Beer is nearly black but has a soft brown around the edges when held to the light. The head is a brilliant toffee color. Lacing is quite heavy and inviting.

S - I get coffee, caramel, the barley, and sourdough bread. Smells good but not amazing.

T - really fantastic. Some might think this a stout but its really an ale. The malt is superb but is tempered a bit by the peaty barley. All this heaviness is cut by the carbonation.

M - Really inviting. Thick but not syrupy. Makes you want to keep sipping. The alcohol is well hidden until after you swallow, when you get a nice warmth from the 11%.

As mentioned below, this could use a year of age but its great right off the bottling line. My wife picked this up for me and I will pick it up again. $8.99 for a 22 oz. (898 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great imperial stout, very black with a Bubbly head and very lacey. Chocolate, coffee, hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Great dangerous drinkability.Intense mouthfeel.
Radek's bottle, another great Stone hoppy production.Why this is my favourite style. (249 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, pine and citrusy hops, coffee, and some dark fruit. I like the taste too, it tastes like pine and citrusy hops, roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and some anise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew overall, and it's definitely worth trying. $8.99 a bottle. (554 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a dark brown color with a nice, creamy beige head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is a wonderful mix of fruit, roast and cocoa powder. Fair amount of hops that seem to be lightly tropical and piney.

Tastes really nice too, the hop flavour is awesome and the malts even better! A smooth, roasty chocolate aspect with the perfect amount of sweetness. I actually wish the beer leaned more in either the hoppy or malty direction, as the hop flavors are a bit clashing...maybe a few months in the cellar would bring forth the malt. Still a very good beer and I am thoroughly impressed. Id like to find a couple more of these for future consumption. (686 characters)

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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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