Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 324
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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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 324
Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2 years. A very good American Strong Ale. Poured into a pint glass, a dark brown color with some ruby highlights coming through at the sides and bottom of the glass. Nice big light brown head with good retention and thick bands of brown lacing on the glass.

Smell and aroma are nicely balanced between sweet caramel and bready malts and moderate piney hoppiness. The flavor is rich with some coffee and chocolate malt. Overall slightly sweet but not annoyingly so.

Mouthfeel is rich and malty with some balancing bitterness.

I don't know how this beer was fresh, but with two years on it, it is a fine slow sipper!!! (625 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, toast, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, brown bread, floral, pine, molasses, light chocolate, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Reminds me of double bastard in a way. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, toast, molasses, roasted malt, light chocolate, floral, pine, brown bread, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, roasted malt, molasses, light chocolate, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale! All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. They may have used 13 hops and 13 grains; but they definitely found a good balance to make it work. A very enjoyable offering. (1,547 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chalky dark brown appearance with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma is full of roasted malts and molasses; sweet, nutty and creamy nose. Rich malt and sour brown sugar kick on the first sip. Predominantly malty and medium-sized body with hints of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Nutty, sour, sweet mouthfeel. Not absurdly impressive but a good brew nonetheless. (379 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color with an aggressive tan head about 2" tall (in a tulip.)

Smells of molasses, caramel, licorice, and earthy hops.

The flavor has notes of blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, caramel, pine, and earth.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a slight burn.

I very much enjoyed this one. It reminded me of one of those Jewbelation 13, 14, etc beers with all the malt and hop varieties in it. (403 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks really interesting, an interesting beer from Bottleworks and thanks to Stone for doing the legwork that allowed it's distribution to me. A long hot day running around with my son all day, and then got really cold and rainy to finish seemed like a perfect day for this beer.

it pours a creamy darker colored 1+ finger head that fades fairly slowly with plenty of nice lacing, over a super dark murky brown-black colored beer with no real light coming through.

Nose has a lot of the typical stone hops at first, plenty of spicy earthy hops, chewy hops and a bit of pine as well, with hints of citrus, smells like a typical stone American Black Ale (Black IPA), all that merges well with the dark malts, a bit of roast with some creamy coffee, a bit of dark chocolate and mocha, a light caramel and molasses, and even a hint of booze trickling out.

Taste brings malts at first this time, quite creamy, with a milk chocolate and mocha java , light roast with hints of coffee, caramel and toasted oats, light oatmeal, with some light sweetness and some warming toasty booze. The complex layers of creamy and dark malts give way to hops galore, plenty of spicy hops fairly dominant, with some earthiness, a bit of citrus and orange zest but not much, and even a bit of pine. The hops add a pretty decent bitterness that is accentuated by the roasty malts, but not overly bitter or astringent. As it moves towards the finish, a nice creamy coffee takes over, with some oats and bit of creamy cocoa before becoming completely hops, with a long somewhat bitter spicy and chewy hop flavor lingering for a while. It's fairly dry on the finish without much sticky feel.

Mouth is fuller bodied and fairly creamy, somewhat rich, with decent carb, and some warming booze.

Overall a pretty nice beer, a cross between creamy porter and cascadian dark ale (or black IPA whatever its called), with typical Stone like hops and malts for their black IPAs, with nice malt characteristics, decent hops that get slightly nagging as they build but not overpowering, and a nice overall drinkable beer especially for 11% abv. (2,119 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/14/12

Dark brown in the glass; very dark, indeed, but it is several shades away from black. The head is a perfectly formed, three finger cap of light tan foam - very smooth with a layer of bubbles on top. The head falls slowly. Lace remains as a thick ring with additonal drippy lace higher up the glass.

The malts take hold right away (even while still in the glass). Notes of oatmeal, chocolate, graham crackers, rye bread, biscuit, spent barley and grains, cocoa dust, caramel and hints of butter toffee. The hops are softer than the malts, but offer interwoven pepperings of pine tar, citrus zest and delicate floral tones. Burnt overtones stay mostly concealed until the beer warms.

The taste is a seamless transition from the aroma; just as complex and with a boldness not fully reached in terms of smell. The hops figure into the equation more than in the aroma. A pairing of pine and a crackling citric amalgamation sit comfortably along side a grainy malt profile that calls to mind oatmeal chocolate clusters in cereal. Layers of grain, too. The chocolate become more lush as the beer warms. Hints of rye spice. Roasted, nearly burnt dark sugars.

The feel is a gritty, dominant, full bodied thing. Carbonation is average and puffy; there's enough to carry the beer without overshaddowing the multitude of flavors. Alcohol has a slight warming sensation, but it isn't hot at all.

Wow, I forgot about this beer shortly after it was released; before I had the chance to try it. Incredibly drinkable with an appropriate amount of layers and complexities. I'm glad I stumbled across a bottle. This is choice. Batch 10,000 it ain't. (1,674 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a root beer black brown with a frothy cappuccino head that hands around a while.

Smells of dry cocoa, some earthy tobacco, and noticeable alcohol. I get hop aromas, but the malts take over and I cannot put m

Taste: WOW... I was taken back by this. Its super flavorful and super powerful. Alcohol hits right up front. Very earthy, dry, tobacco notes and some smoky notes are in there as well. Very bitter finish.

Full bodied, rich, with strong mouth coating.

A ton of flavors in this and Im sure as soon as I submit this I am going to smell and taste more.Very bitter and very much a sipper.An experience in a bottle for sure but is it too much? (655 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger golden-latte colored head that lingers at the one-finger level
S: A fairly straight-forward caramel-malt base with a noticeable hops influence and tropical fruits joining for the ride
T: Roasted malt, some coffee, come toffee, some hops/spice. Tasty, well-rounded and balanced
M: Creamy, smooth-drinking, balanced as not a hint of the 11%abv shows. Creamy and easy to sip
O: Stone wins again; I've not had a Bottleworks but kudos to whatever they added to the mix & I will have to visit the next time I'm in CA (580 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for Sarge27 for this beer recently! 22oz bottle split with my wife. Poured into a snifter. Pours a darker-than-expected almost black. There's a paper-thin sheet of lace on top. A nice looking beer. The nose is rich with notes of molasses candy, licorice, syrup, brandy. A full mouth captures the decadence of this special beer. The alcohol imparts a boozy quality that makes this beer perfect for an evening sipper. Rich dark fruit quality lays down a semi-sweet base, while the abundance of hops add a nice bittering quality. The hop character isn't as potent as I expected though. Slight tobacco and woodsy flavors on the finish. This beer was a treat to sip. (668 characters)

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quaffed down from draft pours at a Stone event at Steingarten LA. This beer certainly is a beast but the malt profile does stand up to the hops, not sure I would say "balanced" but we're talking about a Stone beer here. Pours dark like a stout (or was the lighting dark?). The taste is reminiscent of some of the flavors you get from a dark IPA- roasted malts with a surprising herbal mintiness, but everything is amped up here and we get extra sweetness from the chocolate and crystal malts. Reminded me a little of girl scout cookies (think thin mints). As the beer warmed the hop flavors began to take over and seemed to compete for dominance, an experience far less enjoyable.
To enjoy this beer try to get as fresh a pour (or bottle) as you can, and take smaller pours so it doesn't get too warm. I do not recommend aging, the wonderful hoppy mintiness will subside and the beer will lose an integral part of its character. (928 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown ale with a nice beige foamy head. Light lacing.

The aroma has a lot going on. Chocolate, dark fruits, malt, leather and green apple.

The taste is roasty with a nice chocolate finish. The hops are there but subdued nicely with the creaminess. More chocolate in the aftertaste and maybe even some coffee bean. Light alcohol warmth in the tummy.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel. They nailed it.

Overall this is the second bottle I have had of this. I sat on this for over a month as I did not like the earlier bottle I consumed fresh. I think it could definitely use more time to work it's complexity even more, but this bottle was pretty darn good. All the grains and hops made me question the drinkability but this is rounding out nicely. Wish I had more to age and see what this beast brings. (810 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.27.13
Once on tap, this is my second bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown with a large two inch fine dark tan head with great retention.

S - Classic Stone maltiness, bready, wheat, rye, toffee.

T- Smooth burnt carmel with a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Silky smooth, then bitter finish. Good carmel aftertaste, Good carbonation, with a medium body.

O - A year has helped this one in my opinion. (414 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Definitely an interesting aroma here: Coffee, hops, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a fairly large amount), coffee, citrus, and a bit of caramel. A different kind of flavor to say the least. While not a home run, it's generally successful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly one of the odder beers I've tried recently. Probably wouldn't go back to this beer, but it was definitely worth a shot. (616 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really dark brown if not black color with a pretty thick foamy brown head. Head has really good retention and left behind some really nice lacing.

S- Smell is a good mixture of hops and malts. A good amount of tropical hops, chocolate and coffee. Quite a bit going on and very rich.

T- Hops are pretty strong here for sure. Quite a bit of tropical hops leading the way. Charcoal, coffee and chocolate are also right in the mix. A ton going on here almost too much, really complex.

M- Medium in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- A ton of stuff going on for sure. Very interesting. It took a few sips to adjust to the taste bud over load going on here. Very different in a good way. (703 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, split it with my cousin and poured my half in my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Stone's Bottleworks 13th Anniversary beer pours jet black. Three fingers or so of mocha foam rise up and sit atop the beer. Head retention is very good, and lacing coats most of the glass, with only a few holes left without. Just a great looking beer all around. The nose has a roasty chocolate base, with a definitely noticeable grapefruit aroma set against it. There's also a subtle smoky touch and a mild bready aroma that complete the picture. Dark grains and hops highlight the flavor profile as well. A not overly astringent chocolate taste and a not quite catty grapefruit note re what immediately jump out of the glass. Bitterness is noticeable, but stops short of biting. The smokiness from the aroma appears to be lost, but that soft bready bit comes through again. The body, while sturdy, isn't as full or chewy as a big stout would be, and there's a bit more carbonation to it as well. This anniversary beer is pretty interesting, it falls somewhere between an imperial stout and a black IPA to me, and Stone was able to stop just short of overdoing any one aspect of the beer. If I find some more next time I'm in NYC I'd probably pick it up again. (1,249 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black with tan head that is pretty robust.

Nose is roast malt maybe caramel.

Intriguing taste. First sip was really, really bitter. Second sip was sweeter. Tastes like a stout yet really hoppy. Many flavors here. It seems to mellow as it sits. Very heavy bodied, very strong flavors. Hoppy, roasted malts, bitterness, charred oak, sweetness, Alcohol is quite warming. Carbonation is average.

Overall, I am enjoying this beer. (472 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a lot of ingredients in one beer, 13 hops and 13 grains. Deep cola, brown a bit murky with ruby highlights. Big thicket of tan head, forms thick and resilient. Aroma has dark roasts, caramel, herbal, earthy, and pine hops flowing forth. Big dark roasted malt beer, with herbal/pine notes going on. Awesome well made big burly beer, roasted malts, hints of coffee, big hops all day, a very big beer, I figured it would have been one big clusterfuck with all of the ingredients tossed in, but each sip is tight cohesive well blended and just straight up flavorful and good. I can't believe how damn good this beer is, as it warms it becomes a bit more abrasive with hot alcohol. The hops really are unrelenting when you add in 13 varieties, hop burps galore, big mouthfeel slightly slick with hop oils...this is one big beer. Overall I'm a fan because it hits hard with flavor, hops wielding the power of big beer in a manageable fashion. (952 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - bottleworks 13

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - dark body - ebony with garnet hues, 1/4" foamy tan head with minimal lace

smell: heavy roast, char, sweet dark fruits, booze

taste: layers of complexity - takes some detective work by the palate to find it all: smoke and charred malt are prevalent, disagree with other reviews and feel the alcohol is quite hot especially in the finish, heavy roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, big cherry presence, a moderate bitterness, hops present but not a major factor. I dunno - really a bit charred and overpowering for me right now.

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, bitter, smoky, charred

overall: complex and layered, but pretty rough in the early stages (724 characters)

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a reddish cola brown w/ a thick khaki head that leaves a thin film of lace.

Aroma is dark roasted fruity malt, molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate, oily nuts, and a blend of aromatic and bitter hops. Interesting. Lots going on here.

Taste continues the complexity. Some very dark roasted chocolate malt blends with fruitier caramel and pale malts. Like a blend between a stout and a barleywine. Alcohol heat in there too. Hops are just a jumbled mix, none dominant. Strongly bitter while also sweet, roasty, and boozy. Rich and complex but a little scattered.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, chewy. Smoky bitter finish.

Overall a unique, challenging beer to describe. So much going on here, thanks to the 13 hops/13 malts combination. This is just a beast. While I like it fresh, I think with time it might settle down and gel a little. Could be amazing in 2 or 3 years. Looking forward to revisiting this again over time with my five remaining bottles. (993 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with murky shoulders and an inch-plus head of dense tan foam. A partial skim coat remains on the surface along with some dotted lacework.

Aromatics are roasty, chocolaty, and boozy. Shades of Kahlua, nougat, espresso, dark rum and pine sap follow through.

Full bodied, a bit syrupy and a certainly chewy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, booze-laced dark fruits, and charred malt start the palate. Resinous, bitter, and piney hops step forward but are muted by the strong alcohol presence and roasty, malty character.

Finishes with some lingering heat, chewy malt and some faint grapefruit.

Big beer. Tough call weather to enjoy what hops there are now or cellar for a year or two to allow the heat to subside and flavors to integrate. A bit rough around the edges now but I love a big beer! (820 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark muddy brown with an earthy quality to the color. 1 finger of darker cream head, but very little retention and only sparse lace.

Complex nose, but all with light flavor. Raisin, chocolate, fresh bread all combine with a deep hop profile. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, esters all are there, but again not that strong.

I get the strong ale categorization, but this a stout like flavor to it as well. No attempt to hide the abv here, though. Stronger flavors than are in the nose. Raisin and anise hit me first. Chocolate malt, rich brown bread, and strong alcohol burn. Gets a little messy, but I like it.

Thick mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.

Overall, a pretty decent sipper but probably could have benefited from a bit more time in the bottle. (750 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut colored with a tan head. The aroma offers pine, hops, caramel, booze, malt, maple. The flavor is a balance of piney hops and rich, sweet, caramels and malt, with a nod toward the malty side. Double digit abv is masked pretty well for the most part. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A bit syrupy, coating the palate. Lingering flavors of caramel. Overall, this was pretty tasty. I would have it again. (470 characters)

Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark but relatively clear reddish brown, with a fair amount of tan head. A thick film retains over most of the surface, leaving reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with an almost plastic-y resin note.

T: Burnt sweetness, well balanced through the mid palate, with the hops coming out towards the finish. The booze isn't entirely hidden, showing up especially in the aftertaste with a slight burn.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very nice. I may try to find another bottle to cellar. (521 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with poor retention with some light getting through the deep brown/black body.

S: espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Not much on the hop side for the aroma.

T: flavor is fairly sweet with citrus, vanilla and toffee balanced well by the espresso and roasted malts. The bitterness is nicely applied. I just feel the alcohol is coming through more than I would like.

M: fairly thick body and moderate carbonation. coffee gives a semi dry finish.

Overall: nicely balanced, a touch too sweet and the booze comes out a little too much. (558 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Bottleworks 13th is a deep dark brown with good clarity. The head is think and creamy with great lacing.

Aroma is toasty, hoppy, and slightly boozy.

Flavor is intensely bitter with a huge malty body. So many malts and hops, it's hard to tell what's going on.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol is a little heavy but I think a couple years would round it out.

Overall a solid American strong ale but sort of lacking direction. (496 characters)

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.