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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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320 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 320
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

BoRaeCho, May 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

jag21, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#BOTG 56!

A collaboration between Seattle legendary beer store "Bottleworks" and Stone. Cool! This just showed up in Houston recently, so I'm guessing its pretty fresh. Poured from bottle into my CBS snifter (managed to jam the entire bomber in there!). Pours a pretty much pitch black color. It doesn't seem too thick, and has some really nice creamy head that sticks to the sides of the glass and hangs out on top of the beer. Nice, esp given the ABV of this beer. Smell- oohh nice. coffee wafts into my nostrils, as does some citrus hoppy aroma, along with like a chocolate biscuit. Taste- geez. Super aggressive and muddled hoppiness. Almost a salty coffee finish. There is so much going on with this beer, and its kind of all over the place. I guess I expected that, given the crazy amount of different and competing malt and hop profiles used. I keep getting an almost plastic/metallic flavor somewhere mid palate. It's not terribly detracting, and may just be an effect of the mash up of the components. This does have a nice creaminess to it that I really enjoy. Overall, this is a little bit of a mess, but its decent.

lnashsig, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

rhino54, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

jrpapajcik, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

hickmancase, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is light roast, some coffee, earthy hops and a strange plastic note. The taste has a light sweetness with some roastyiness, some coffee, earthy hops, and the same strange plastic note. A bit of alcohol on the finish as well as some light bitterness and a bit of astringency. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Strange beer. Disappointing.

jethrodium, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of t420o
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Bottleworks 13th Anniversary

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger light mocha colored head resting on a deep brown colored body. Good lacing a decent retention 4 

S- chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, light coffee scent, bitter and earthy hop scent, a little alcohol, faintly smokey.  3.5 

T- earthy, slightly smokey, mocha, light coffee, woody, ripe dark fruits, and slightly hoppy slight alchohol but well hidden given the abv. I was hoping for a but more hop taste given the 13 hops varities used but if I would have known that I would just think it is a very good, very malt forward beer with good hop flavor in the background. A very enjoyable sipper. 4 

M- medium carbonation and body. Good mouthfeel, typical of Stone. 4

O- woody, smokey, earthy, warming. Wish it was released in the winter because it's a great winter beer instead of a warm memorial day weekend. Still very good though. 4


t420o, Jul 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

apocalypsezombie, Jul 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

bigclydeoliver, Oct 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

kds2437, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

wattershed, Apr 29, 2012
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.

YouSkeete, Jul 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

rtaps, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

justinlaz, Oct 10, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, time to give it a try.

A- Pours very cola-like, dark brown with slight light seen through around the top and bottom of the glass. About a half finger of head fades to a film along the top. Nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of dark fruits and maybe even some coffee to me. An odd smell for what I was expecting.

T- The initial sip brings some chocolate and coffee notes, followed by an overall malty presence before leading to some hop bitterness. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium to heavy, nicely carbonated, bitter yet malty, dry finish.

This was an interesting one. Good stuff but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

vic21234, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

BeerSingh, Nov 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

TheRougeBastard, Jul 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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

JohnLynch, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

thegrimone, Dec 09, 2013
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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?

phiberoptik, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Kirby, Apr 20, 2012
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.