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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 116
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 Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

Onenote81, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

Wowcoolman, May 19, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

kaseydad, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

YouSkeete, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

bluejacket74, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

superspak, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Sammy, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Bfarr, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of AdamHart22
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

AdamHart22, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

chugalug06, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

JohnLynch, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

BeerSingh, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Kirby, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ZacharyJ, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Grant35, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

drewone, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

BeRanger, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

HopsintheSack, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jrohrbacher, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

guezarka, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

PeterIngemi, May 24, 2012
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.