Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

321 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
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)
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Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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?

Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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!!!

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of AdamHart22
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerSingh
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Kirby
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ZacharyJ
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Grant35
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeRanger
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.