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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 49 | 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)
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Photekut

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-19-2013 01:39:53 | More by Photekut
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-26-2012 07:42:27 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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jegross2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-04-2013 17:47:01 | More by jegross2
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TheRougeBastard

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-02-2012 04:44:21 | More by TheRougeBastard
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-22-2012 00:47:06 | More by IrishColonial
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MattSassi


3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-07-2012 13:35:54 | More by MattSassi
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stairwell2811bre

Iowa

3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-22-2012 05:10:12 | More by stairwell2811bre
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ezperkins2

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-19-2013 04:58:09 | More by ezperkins2
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redfox405

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-09-2012 02:40:35 | More by redfox405
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BigJiMo

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-17-2012 01:04:58 | More by BigJiMo
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Chopman50

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-07-2012 00:41:10 | More by Chopman50
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Rau71

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-11-2013 03:31:55 | More by Rau71
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bashiba

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with some clear mahogany highlights. Had a nice bit of tan head with mild retention.

The smell was strong with alcohol, had some hints of dark malts sneaking through.

Seems kind of a big mess, there some chocolate and anise mixing in with sweet alcohol and malts then a big shot of juniper and earthy bitter hops. Goes from very sweet to very bitter very quickly leaving a long lasting medicinal hop residue.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a lot of hop oils.

The flavors in this beer just don't seem to come together very well. Not terrible, and very flavorful, just wasn't it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:46:01 | More by bashiba
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured like a infected or young gusher. Jet black with brown foam flowing like lava from the top and down the sides, literally half the bottle is flowing out. Into the glass it pours sordve thin for a beer this big, big brown cap whch dissipates fastleaving a small brown foam cap and minimal lacing

S: First whiff is dark chocolate, charred wood, burnts marshmellows, funk and light dark fruits with some booze

T: Immediate infected funk presence going on. The phenols in this beer really wreck it; band aids, rubber and medicine. Bitter dark chocolate, burnt marshmellows, caramelized sugar, charred wood. The finish is bitter cocoa, hops, charred and thin. This beer may be a bit to young. It was very gassy and left me belching. There is a very odd burning sensation, like unnatural solvent like burn

M: Big bodied, but it becomes thinner toward the back end of the beer. NOT nearly as hefty and complex as it should be. The gassy, young feel matched with a light funk is just to much to take

O: Either a seriously troubled beer or an infected 22oz hand grenade in the future.
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A: Poured a deep, deep brown with a chocolate colored head. The beer gushed once again as I opened the bottle but stopped after a minute or so.

S: Dark bitter chocolates, wood, booze sting, some dark fruits

T: Upfront was an immediate bitter chocolate presence with some sugary sweetness, heat, roastiness. The back end of this beer is rather harsh. Lingering bitterness, sharp persistent booze and bitterness

M: Bigger bodied, harsh on the palate after about three seconds.

O: This beer needs some time to round out and hopefully lose that harshness on the backend

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 13:44:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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prototypic

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary pours a darker mahogany color. It’s almost opaque. Backlighting shows some burgundy highlights throughout. Not bad at all. It’s topped with a tan head that rises to almost a finger in height. It recedes pretty quickly. I suspect the abv was just too high for it to survive. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is interesting. It smells pretty good. It’s definitely quite diverse. It starts out with a rather strong dark fruit scent. Smells like plums and prunes. It’s definitely malty. Sweet caramel and chocolate are definitely noted. Hops are definitely in the mix. Primarily, the smell earthy and grassy. There might be some light citric notes, but it’s tough to tell. There’s a lot going on in there. On the tail, it smells very herbal. I’m getting some tobacco and tea. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Not bad.

The flavor’s pretty average. It’s okay, but there’s honestly too much going on. The malt base is and features caramel and cocoa flavors predominantly. It does have a strong dark fruit presence. Plum and prune are easily noted. It reminds me of fruit cake. Not my favorite thing. There are some hop flavors, but they’re very subdued by the malts. They’re a little piney and grassy. It’s not all that bitter. It does have some herbal flavors of tobacco and tea that emerge late. Alcohol is definitely there and comes through a bit too strong. It’s boozy. Finishes malty, herbal, and a bit warm.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels relatively smooth. Definitely a sipper though. It’s big, strong, and tough to drink. I can almost guarantee I won’t be able to finish the bomber.

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary is just okay. I honestly expected more from Stone. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either. The flavor is convoluted and not very satisfying. It’s also strong and boozy. It’s not very enjoyable or easy to drink. It might be worth a try, but I wouldn’t suggest picking up multiple bombers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:17:13 | More by prototypic
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average given the brewery, which I find to be rather overrated. Cost was somewhere in the neighborhood of $7.00 USD plus tax and tip.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention (~3 minutes or more) considering the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, roast, coffee, and chocolate. Well-rounded. Fairly subtle. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, roast, coffee, hints of vanilla, cream, and a dark malt foundation. The balance is okay, but far from ideal. The flavours ring rather distinct because they don't mesh well together. They compete for attention, to the flavour's detriment. Built okay. Complex but misguided. Not as subtle as the aroma suggests. Some layering is present, but still the notes can be found in isolation. Too bitter. Too much coffee, negatively impacting the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat thick, but awkward. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't complement the flavour profile in any appreciable sense.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have it again. It's above average, yes, but it's quite overpriced. A disappointment in the style. It does hide its ABV well, to its credit. Another mundane brew from Stone.

C+

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 22:42:25 | More by kojevergas
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

04-06-2014 16:29:21 | More by EgadBananas
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1424IpA

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-12-2013 01:49:22 | More by 1424IpA
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-10-2013 01:46:01 | More by DarthKostrizer
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FullObs

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-20-2012 17:18:44 | More by FullObs
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brystmar

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by blatantdream.

Nice appearance, good head & lace. Smokey / roasty aroma, boozy, dark. Taste follows suit, finishing boozy and slightly smokey in the back of my throat. Kinda jumbled, doesn't seem to know its direction. Not good, also not bad. Glad to tick it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:45:30 | More by brystmar
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TheBronze

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-29-2012 05:05:14 | More by TheBronze
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-21-2013 17:30:33 | More by cbnz
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rtaps

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-01-2012 23:52:28 | More by rtaps
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bigclydeoliver

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-11-2012 01:44:17 | More by bigclydeoliver
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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