1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

319 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 319
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 48 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: NWer on 03-27-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 319 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ArrogantB
1.65/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

This was truly an awful beer and I don't say that often. It actually tasted offensive. Dark black color, short head. Smells a little odd, like plastic and malts. The taste was downright awful, burnt rubber, tires, gas station, malts and a hint of pine. I was really disappointed in this beer, one of the worst beers I've had and probably the only bad Stone beer I've had. Disgusting.

ArrogantB, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of bum732
1.95/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

S: Lot going on, fruity esters, some tropical notes, chocolate, liquorice, touch of pine, nutty, a lot alcohol as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, light tan, creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Roasty chocolate with an odd grassy hoppy backbone. Medium-high herbal and bitter citrus peel like bitterness leading to a mixture of fruits with a prominent roastiness. Anise, rosemary and bitter nuttiness also on the palate. Some cappucino.

M: Medium full, creamy body, slight alcohol detectable. Medium carbonation.

Really messy, couldn't finish it. I get the gimmick, but throwing everything but the kitchen sink in the mash is fucking stupid. Why professional breweries do this and then charge this amount is mind boggling.

bum732, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of stevec32
2/5  rDev -46.4%

stevec32, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -46.4%

drummermattie02, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to drabmuh for the chance to try this one. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderately-dark caramel brown color with a decent off-white/tan head. Nose carries some sweet malts and a cornucopia of hop character. This is just a mess. Flavor doesn’t go in any direction. What’s the point in having such a gimmicky ingredient list? No one cares and it doesn’t smell or taste very good. Nothing is defined and the best words to describe this beer are "hops" and "malt." Maybe alcohol too. Not recommended.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
2.2/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is light roast, some coffee, earthy hops and a strange plastic note. The taste has a light sweetness with some roastyiness, some coffee, earthy hops, and the same strange plastic note. A bit of alcohol on the finish as well as some light bitterness and a bit of astringency. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Strange beer. Disappointing.

jethrodium, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a finger of tan head that gores away completely. The color of this beer reminds me of Dr. Pepper.

Smell: Quite sweet and malty. I'm getting some roast and dark fruit as well. This beer also has a fruity black cherry like quality to it along with some alcohol. Caramel and some mild smoke as well.

Taste: Fairly muddled to be honest. Not as sweet as the smell indicated. Some roast from the malt. The bitterness and fruit notes combine with the alcohol and it reminds me of bitter cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and a bit syrupy. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer had way too much going on. I appreciate the effort, but it didn't work for me. Oh well.

oline73, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of KevSal
2.5/5  rDev -33%

KevSal, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of localhost
2.5/5  rDev -33%

localhost, May 21, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
2.5/5  rDev -33%

johnnyboy76, May 18, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
2.5/5  rDev -33%

PhatAtUT, Thursday at 01:54 PM
Photo of ehammond1
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2012)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Cloudy dark brown and dark mahogany with a small light brown head that lingers for some time, eventually leaving the glass oily and spotted with stick.

A big kitchen sink of aroma: definite hoppiness coming in waves of pine and earth, though this is decidedly a big, sweet, and roast malty aroma, with some big notes of alcohol heat as well. It has everything, sure, but too much isn't necessarily a good thing.

The flavor suffers from a similar fate: there's just too much going on here to be pleasantly complex. It's piney and bitter, sweet, roasty, full of caramel and bread, some char and ash, and big booze notes.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit prickly.

I didn't care for this one. A beer brewed on novelty: 13 different hops and 13 different malts celebrating 13 years of business. That's all well and good, until you drink the beer.

ehammond1, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Shared by CurtisMcArthur at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Looks like room temperature black coffee with a few bubbles.

Smells like dusty gravel and wet cardboard.

Taste is typical Stone hop profile but greatly diminished and confused, some decent smoky malt character, this is okay but not great, probably a little better when fresh. Can more or less enjoy a small pour but wouldn't care for any more.

Mouth is a little undercarbed but not awful.

This tastes like someone put about 13 grains and 13 hops into a beer and then sat on it too long before opening it--oh wait.

5.6/10

AlexFields, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger light beige head. Small waves of lacing cling to the glass.

S- some peat, chocolate, toffee, and pine.

T- molasses, ash, chocolate, slight sourness, and very bitter astringent pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness and with huge bitter, chemical aftertaste.

O- this beer is just a mess. There's really nothing I can pick out from this beer that I like. Whatever they were going for was missed wide right! Worst Stone beer ever.

kawilliams81, May 31, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is a dirty brown, not opaque, but dirty in color. There is a finger of head and light lacing.

The aroma is unique, it has some elements i normally note with Black IPAs, like the combination of Roast and Big Cascade/Chinook hops along with some peat and raisin.

The flavors are a lot to work through, there is a lot of overlapping and things going on. I really notice Chocolate and Rye like spices, the Rye spice notes seem to really pop out, but some of that might be the healthy amount of noble hops in here, and the Piney Cascade are prevalent also. All of that space between the hoppy spice shin dig is the malt fest that turns this into an interesting dark holiday fruitcake of a beer, so much going on and a lot of it doesn't add much positive, sort of a mess.

Well, it was an affordable bottle, but falls into the same fate as Bells 10,000 of using simpy too much.

ChadQuest, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of djaeon
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

djaeon, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of apocalypsezombie
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ChrisMon02
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

ChrisMon02, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. The ultimate "whatever the hell else we have left" beer...

A- pours black with a robust, three finger tan head. Lighter and fluffier than your typical stout head...

S- the hop aroma from this is interesting...light pine, and light citrus. There's also a little bit of a bready quality from the ton of malts in this one. Hmmm...not sure how I feel

T- this is....extremely weird. The bitterness is very low, and I'm getting an odd piney/citrus flavor...it's not that pleasant

M- thin body. Whatever

O- this is a mess. A complete and utter mess. It can't be classified as anything. Ugh.

bigfnjoe, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes. Poured into a snifter from a bomber

A Pours a deep brown topped off with a thin off white head.

S A bit of smoke, some sweet chocolate and alcohol. Also some faint pine hops.

T Booze, smoke, chocolate, and an unpleasant metallic note which really hurt the taste for me.

M Pretty thick which works well with this one.

Overall this is a bit of an unimpressive boozy mess fresh. I think that with a bit of time it might turn out to be a nice complex sipper though.

beerandcycling88, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of beagle75
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some transmission of brown light at the edges, with one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spicy, like pink peppercorns, resulting from the aggressive hops that also provide noteworthy herbaceous and pine qualities. Malt is inseparable from volatile aromas, but provides a layer of chocolate pudding. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy crystal malt that is affected by brief dark citrus before being overwhelmed by strong monotonous pine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where black pepper and herbaceous spice really take over, persisting to the moderately bitter end. Other flavors include late roasted malt and mild spirituousness throughout.

M: Thick viscosity, creamy and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Not only is this strong ale a beast of a beer, but it is also a schizophrenic mess. Hardly a malt-bomb, it drinks like some brewer's dare to make a black IPA that exceeds Stone 15th anniversary ale in terms of sheer size. While smell is true to this notion, it falls apart midway through the flavor profile. Definitely not a gateway beer.

beagle75, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -19.6%

rwilde, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3/5  rDev -19.6%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.