Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 50 | 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:
Beer added by: NWer on 03-27-2012

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
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Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Viscous pour this really looks like motor oil when you first pour it.

Clear dark brown colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt and medicinal hops there is a distinct carrot aroma to it. Chocolate and toasted bread. Scents of mint and menthol.

Starts out sweet and thick with a chocolate and mint taste. Chocolate is really strong in this mildly bittersweet the malt really keeps the bitterness in check. Warming in the chest from the alcohol but there is the cooling effect of the mint. This probably needs aging to bring out more flavors, as it is it is this is a monster of a beer.

Mouthfeel is milkshake.

Overall a big beer that needs to age a bit. (692 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/27/2012

A: Dark brown with an inch of beige foam. Solid retention with scattered lacing.

S: Piney and earthy with a smooth roasted malt profile. Caramel blends with chocolate and a light nuttiness.

T: Upper moderate piney bitterness with lighter notes of grapefruit and orange. Lots of earth and chocolate with a firm roasted malt presence. The finish is a bit astringent with an increased level of bitterness and evident booze.

M: Upper medium in body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and sticky.

Overall: A solid beer. Not particularly memorable. Comes across as an everything but the kitchen sink beer and somewhat unfocused. Props to Stone on pricing this at $6. That's very fair. (718 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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 (1,663 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin cocoa tan head that is supported by a slow microbubble carbonation that slides up the sides of the glass.

S- The plastic aroma and dubble yeast esters lead to a stout earthiness and a finish of some woody dank hops that are dark aswell. There is a roasted black malt bite and a hop bitterness in the finish.

T- The sweet crystal malt and circus peanut esters blend with an alcohol taste the mixes with the dark hops in the finish. There is a roasted black malt bite and a hop bitterness that lingers after each sip. Some chocolate malt and dried fruit esters come through as it opens aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a creamy texture and an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This beer is complex but a bit chaotic with flavors all over the place. Some plastic and other odd flavors are in their but most ore nice layers of malt and hops and esters. (932 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours an opaque dark brown. Attractive two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted and chocolate malt with faint hops. A wow beer; on first sip, I tried to tease out the flavor elements but could only say wow. With a bit more effort, discerned roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee. Seems to be leaning in the direction of a stout, but has an underlying sweet, dark and light fruit body that makes the strong ale description accurate. Very complex and well integrated. Finishes with hints of coffee and non-herbal hops. Alcohol makes its presence known, but is well hidden by rich flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy, nice mouth feel. I think this is going to age beautifully, but it is very rich and enjoyable right now. This is hard to describe, but excellent. (853 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep auburn black cherry body. Fantastic dark khaki head with outrageous lace and great retention.

S - Caramel malt, chocolate, touch of rye, and booze.

T - Wow, the grain bill pays off with huge complexity. Creamy oats and vanilla, edging into spicy rye, sweet prune, and woody bitter hops. Milk chocolate, caramel, and toffee center. Rye and sharp dark roast through the finish.

M - Silky smooth, medium body with a dry finish.

O - An awesome brew. Stir it up to get some of the sediment before you pour it out - it does wonders to smooth out and integrate the profile. The booze is bigger in the nose than the profile, and in the end it works out beautifully. (680 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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 (584 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.27.13
Once on tap, this is my second bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown with a large two inch fine dark tan head with great retention.

S - Classic Stone maltiness, bready, wheat, rye, toffee.

T- Smooth burnt carmel with a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Silky smooth, then bitter finish. Good carmel aftertaste, Good carbonation, with a medium body.

O - A year has helped this one in my opinion. (414 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd like to think of 13 as my lucky number. Case in point, this beer has 13 hops and 13 malts.

Dark brown with a red hue and a frothy head. This should be interesting.

A smorgasboard of hops that project a flowery-citrusy juggernaut. They're not so apparent though. Malt has hints of rye, wheat and chocolate among others.

Whoa mama! An amazing cocktail of citrus and pine hop resin followed by chocolately, creamy malt underneath. The anti-stout because it's not as dark. Sweet, peppery and spicy all at once. Again, a melting pot of flavor!

Lingering alcohol heat followed by raisin, cocoa and citrus in the mouthfeel. Very diverse.

Be careful with this one as it's a definite palate wrecker! If you like to sample 13 different malts and hops in one beer, this is for you. (783 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  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. (554 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Definitely an interesting aroma here: Coffee, hops, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a fairly large amount), coffee, citrus, and a bit of caramel. A different kind of flavor to say the least. While not a home run, it's generally successful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly one of the odder beers I've tried recently. Probably wouldn't go back to this beer, but it was definitely worth a shot. (616 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - bottleworks 13

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - dark body - ebony with garnet hues, 1/4" foamy tan head with minimal lace

smell: heavy roast, char, sweet dark fruits, booze

taste: layers of complexity - takes some detective work by the palate to find it all: smoke and charred malt are prevalent, disagree with other reviews and feel the alcohol is quite hot especially in the finish, heavy roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, big cherry presence, a moderate bitterness, hops present but not a major factor. I dunno - really a bit charred and overpowering for me right now.

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, bitter, smoky, charred

overall: complex and layered, but pretty rough in the early stages (724 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale is a dark brown with a small tan head that leaves very scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet malt, caramel, mish-mash, touch of smoke, char, and fairly pungent over-ripe grapefruit hops.

Taste is better than I expected with the kitchen sink ingredient list. There's some sweetness to the malt, rich caramel as the main component, with a little chocolate, hint of smoke. Nice punch of hops. Not in CDA territory or anything, but it's a notable flavor component, some fruity, sweet and sour citrus, with a bit of fresh pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good for a big, somewhat thick beer. I actually thought the alcohol was reasonably well masked behind the cacophony of flavors. Paired well a big Nicaraguan cigar (La Perla Habana Rojo perfecto). (882 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 25oz snifter, pours opaque and near black with a tall, foamy tan head that holds great retention and leaves lacing on the side of the glass. Malty and earthy nose has notes of anise, chocolate, peat, soil, woodsy, boozy as it warms. Tastes are complex with dark chocolate, pine, wood, earthy, smoky, roasted malt, vanilla, burnt caramel, and booze. Mouth-feel is chewy and viscous, full-bodied, creamy, velvety smooth with ample carbonation. Finishes bitter with roast and pine. Overall, I thought this was excellently put together. Great complexity, great balance, awesome! (600 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  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. (686 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Chris!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some brown froth & lace.

(S)- Lots of baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and molasses. Dense and rich. Very subtle smokiness to it.

(T)- A rich and dense combo of raisin, cocoa, bark(oak?), and that same subtle smoky peat on the finish I noticed in the smell too.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance, though quite rich and thick.

(O)- Very big and rich, but balanced well and dynamic/complex enough to keep you interested. That subtle smoky peat in the background is really interesting in combination with the rest of the beer's profile. (627 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
1.72/5  rDev -54.3%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a nearly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that bears little retention before subsiding to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Light but resilient lacing.

S- Sweet and roasty aroma with notes of cocoa and cream. Also a touch of toffee. Not as much of a booze scent as one would expect from an 11 percenter.

T- Ah, but you can sure taste the booze. A barrage of malt flavor and then a swift kick of alcohol is what I get with every sip. And sip is all I can do. Notes of dark chocolate, rum and a hint of smoke.

M- Bitey feel with a chewy texture and medium-low carbonation. Also a bit syrupy.

O- I think some aging would definitely do this beer better justice but I don't have the proper storage facilities at this time so I went ahead and reviewed it fresh. All in all, it's not a bad drink, just all over the place with the 13 different malts and 13 different hop varieties. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Pretty solid black, some light around the edges. Very light tan head, retained well enough.

Aroma, a lot of pine and citrus still. Some anise and cocoa. Definetely potent smelling.

Taste, There is a lot here almost gets in its own way. Similar to the Schmalz offerings, sort of. Much more stone fruit and citrus here. Equally as much roast and grainy malt. finish is quite dry, cocoa is very prevelent.

It is warm, the ample carbonation doesn't help the slight harshness either. Probably best a sharing sipper.
Guessing this will be like Double Bastard in that it is best after about 2-3 years. (603 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a tight creamy tan head that slowly disipates into a light cap.

The aroma is quite malty. A big toasted brown bread base that has notes of toffee, brown sugar, raisins, lightly charred wood and a hint of coffee. Some alcohol vapors. The hops didn't really come through for me.

The malt is dominate in the flavor as well. Again big brown bread base, toasted, with a burnt caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There is some raisin and cherry juice fruitiness. Some roasty, peppery and charred wood notes. The hops are earthy and bitter which provide a needed offset against the sweet malt. The beer still leans on the sweet side. There is a noticable belly burn and alcohol flavor which is a tad unpleasant.

The feel is moderate with active carbontion, has a semi-soft feel to it. Sweet on the palate and slightly sticky. Almost gets cloying but the roasted malt and hops barely keeps it in check. Big alcohol presence.

A big flavorful brew which balances the line of becoming too sweet. The alcohol is too noticable (1,051 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1339th Review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint
22oz

Purchased at Total Wine, Brea for $6.99

App- Nice solid brown appearance with a good density behind it. A bit of ruby and crimson edges. A very solid two finger head with a good dense cap. Great cling and stick. Best part of the beer.

Smell- There is so much going on that even warm everything is just condensed into one note. A huge malt bill really adds up. Big and thick. A bit of smoke on the finish like a rauchbier.

Taste- This is a big beer. Huge malt bill takes over and all the hops just get buried IMO. A little one dimensional. Had a ton of malts but also was fairly creamy. A little bit of the smoke was on the backend of the flavor.

Mouth- A full medium body with a full medium carbonation. Large amounts of malts with some roast and some smoke. A little creamy and some spicy notes.

Drink- A beer that kinda let me down. It was a mish mash and hard to pick out individual flavors. One dimensional with just a very large malt bill. It was tasty but needed more layers. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of light tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly.

Smell. Sweet caramel, big piney and earthy hops, some booze, roasty malts and a little cardboard.

Taste. Sweet raisins and caramel, pretty big piney and floral hops, a little chocolate and booze.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Quite warm.

Overall. Some nice flavours going on but the hops seem a little strong and the alcohol is a little bit harsh. Would like to try again with a couple years on it. (534 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a deep raisin brown with a huge, dense, and oily dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick and rocky film leaving streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Complex nose of malts and hops. Definitley hard to nail down any one element. Smells like a combination of styles, but I would say it reminds me the most of a black IPA.
T: Boozy. Definitely boozy. It works well with the potent mix of flavors though. I get a malt profile that tastes like a mix of a brown ale and a smoked porter, with a leafy, grassy and piney hop profile that doesn’t overpower the grains. The finish is slightly sweet, but the aftertaste is lightly smoky and definitely bitter. I get hints of caramel, toasted marshmallows, cocoa powder and rye. Potent, grainy, spicy, boozy and hoppy all around.
M: Thick body, thick, chewy and greasy mouthfeel, with smooth and slick carbonation. Booze is warm and a bit distracting though.
O: A bit of a clusterfuck. This beer is potent and boozy. I think I like it, but it takes some getting used to. There is definitely a lot going on. Worth a try. Cheers. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (2,073 characters)

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.