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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:22:23 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-24-2013 15:35:55 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some citrus zest flavors and an alcohol kick. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:36:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-19-2012 17:53:06 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:44:51 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a massive head that just lays down on top of the coffee colored liquid; all kinds of lace splashes are left behind

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, smoke, fruitcake, pine and God knows what else - its like the kitchen sink of beer aromas

Taste: Gobs of malt flavor, up front, with caramel, chocolate, coffee, fruitcake and smoke; not as hoppy as expected, in the middle, but there is a piney aspect that balances out the malt; the finish pulls it all together, with the sweeter elements ultimately prevailing

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the rating, I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did - just goes to show; love the kitcvhen sink element of this beer and it just works, to me

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 22:56:03 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-30-2012 13:35:24 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color with a finger of tan head. The nose is sticky and sickly sweet. Some decent hop notes, mostly pine with a little bit of citrus, but just an overwhelming maltiness. A mild chocolate note, too. The flavor is quite sweet, especially as it warms. Very muddled in terms of the flavors, just way too many different malt/sugar notes going on. Lightly phenolic, as well. Not really much in the way of the hops on the palate. Not sure why brewers continue to think this kitchen sink beer idea is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:56:47 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-15-2014 20:08:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

06-19-2012 23:39:49 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-12-2012 01:15:48 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:11:12 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-02-2013 04:54:45 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark brown with a tinge of amber,a creamy one finger light colored head atop that left a few browken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Raisin and sweet cakey aromas with mild earthy hops,it smells like a big sweet alcohol bomb.I am glad to see that it's not a sweet alcohol bomb so much on the palate,there is a sweet dark fruit and cake-like flavors along with some chocolate and mild roast,a earthy almost woody finish to the beer makes it pretty well balanced.A full creamy feel to the beer makes it enjoyable with rich flavors and sticky aftermath,it's a good beer if a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:31:53 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-24-2012 05:35:07 | More by GRG1313
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This limited brew poured out a dark, dark brown color with a bubbly, tan head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with notes of pine and some tropical fruits.

T - The 13 malts really come dominate the flavor. Roasty with chocolate, toffee and molasses. It is almost like a big American stout. The is a touch of pine and citrus.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a great beer. I'm glad I was able to get to try some.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 01:18:46 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A roasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke and some pine hop character.

T - Thick, dark malt up front, with espresso and dark chocolate. Some pine and grapefruit hop character in the middle and a finish of burnt sugar, deep, dark chocolate, and smoky pine hops.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Very nice this beer has a really excellent dark malt character and enough hops to make it something other than a stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:12:36 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

10-16-2012 22:05:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, vintage tied to anniversary date.

LOOK: Amazing head, lacing is spectacular, shade or two away form pitch black

SMELL: Toasty, fruitcake, alcohol, hop resin, papaya, broth, orange peel, spicy, biscuits, kumquats

TASTE: Creamy, silky, dank, bitter, alcohol, pungent, citrus rind, guava, cocoa powder, thick, fresh cut grass, earth, ripe dragonfruit, pulling finish

Some say it is a hot mess and others love it. My palate was tested and I survived. Did I cry? No. Did I have fun trying to figure out what the fuck I was sipping? Yes. To date ... the most fun / interesting brew I have had this year. Gratz BottleWorks on 13 years and a huge nod to Stone for brewing this with them.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:51:15 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased the local store?! Didn't realize this was being distributed! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, near-complete cap, and spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - The aroma is pretty much what you'd expect from the listed collection of hops - tons of pine, herbs, grassy, dandelion, earthiness, and touch of dank. There's a mild amount of dusted cocoa that lends some sweetness, but this smells quite bitter and astringent.

T - The taste has better balance, with more chocolate, toasted grains, and nebulous sugars mingling with the herbal and piney hop flavors and bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden, which is a positive.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with pleasant, soft carbonation. Reasonably well-hidden alcohol, with mild lingering stickiness.

D - A strange beer. I'm puzzled by the emphasis on highly bitter and herbal hops, and the end result is a fairly middling aroma. Certainly gets better as it warms up, and may end up being more enjoyable on Bottleworks' 14th Anniversary. Still, a disappointment after an impressive four-year run.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 18:22:12 | More by MasterSki
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:11:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a Stone Old Guardian glass. Such an odd beer, I did enjoy it but I did not love it. Super weird. Beer is black and has a one finger tan head with some lacing, and some retention.

Aroma is sweet, a little smokey, a little hoppy, a little grassy. Odd aroma.

Beer tastes different every time I take a drink. First is like a hoppy porter, then the smoke creeps in, the earthiness and mild hop bitterness all play together OK but not great. I think it is just OK. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 15:22:16 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 22:30:07 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

really awesome idea with the 13 grans and 13 hops, some pretty unconventional stuff on the list there. pours a a very thick dark brown into a snifter with a 1 inch tan head. the nose is interesting, i can smell lots of chocolate, rye, west coast hops, and a woody syrup very similar to the birch syrup used in sierra nevada's life and limb. in fact, the beer smells quite similar to the taste of life and limb. the taste here is surprisingly hoppy up front, followed by a mellow chocolatey earthy sweetness and a warm alcoholic finish. the beer gets downright overpowering when it warms up a bit. the 11% really comes out. feel good, full bodied on this one, which i suppose is expected with all the grains here. medium carbonation, and a booze burn. this one might have been served by a little brighter carbonation. also a beer potentially very nice to age awhile and let it settle down a bit. in any event, the idea is awesome, and the beer is pretty darn different, so check it out. for less than 8 dollars a bomber the bang for the buck is great on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 17:44:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

2.43/5  rDev -35%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:26:04 | More by oline73
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