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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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Travisnin

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

09-13-2012 05:14:05 | More by Travisnin
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bassist286

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-12-2012 01:29:53 | More by bassist286
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, brown-black. Massive head formation. Big, pillowy, the color of coffee with too much milk. Retention is solid and leaves some hefty notches of lacing. Impossible to see through. Pours a little thick.

Smell: Toasted and roasted malts. Some caramel, Burnt, cooked sugars. Deep fruits. Cherry, plum, and fig are predominant. Big bready/biscuity component as well. It's all over the place. Hops are earthy, citrusy, and floral at the same time. Citrus begins to dominate as the beer warms. Biting alcohol on the back. Layer of spicy herbal hops as well. It's a kitchen sink approach.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. Epic levels of burnt sugar. Big bready malts fuse with some caramel malts. Earthy and dank in good measure. Nice level of pine resin creeps over some orange rind and oily grapefruit flesh. Alcohol bite as well. Cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is big, but doesn't manage to pull through the insane body of this beer. Nice balance between the two. Drinks like cream.

Overall: A hot mess, but the cute kind.

This is a kitchen sink beer, and an unabashed one at that. Flavors are everywhere and then some, and it's almost too much. Almost being the operative word. It's a lot, share it, but definitely drink it. It's Stone, you should expect this.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 17:26:36 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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MattSassi


3/5  rDev -19.8%

09-07-2012 13:35:54 | More by MattSassi
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ESPNman

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

I had a bottle back when it was originally released, and kept this one in the cellar for a while. The first bottle was running a little hot, and it has mellowed nicely in the last few months.

A - it pours almost pitch black. Decent amount of fluffy off-white head. Moderate lacing, but you can see that this beer has some serious wine-like legs. This beer just looks like used motor oil.

S - Not as intense of an aroma as I was expecting. Some sweet overripe fruit, but not as much as the first bottle. More leather and smoke this time around, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Not bad, just not mouthwatering.

T - This beer is a little schitzophrenic. It has a tremendous grain bill coupled with a ton of different hops. It all comes off a little muddled, but surprisingly delicious. It's somewhat like an American strong ale mixed with a big barley wine. Lots of overripe fruit and caramel, with the smoke and bitterness present in the nose. Every sip seems a little different than the one before it.

M - big, thick, brash, and well-carbonated. It has the mouth-coating characteristic of an imperial stout, but is carbonated like an imperial IPA. I've never had a beer quite like this one before, and the mouthfeel fits with the beer.

O - I'm curious to see how this beer ages. This wasn't a hone run of a beer, but it's certainly a solid double. Worth a try if you can find it, but it's not destined to be an all-time favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 06:00:05 | More by ESPNman
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/14/12

Dark brown in the glass; very dark, indeed, but it is several shades away from black. The head is a perfectly formed, three finger cap of light tan foam - very smooth with a layer of bubbles on top. The head falls slowly. Lace remains as a thick ring with additonal drippy lace higher up the glass.

The malts take hold right away (even while still in the glass). Notes of oatmeal, chocolate, graham crackers, rye bread, biscuit, spent barley and grains, cocoa dust, caramel and hints of butter toffee. The hops are softer than the malts, but offer interwoven pepperings of pine tar, citrus zest and delicate floral tones. Burnt overtones stay mostly concealed until the beer warms.

The taste is a seamless transition from the aroma; just as complex and with a boldness not fully reached in terms of smell. The hops figure into the equation more than in the aroma. A pairing of pine and a crackling citric amalgamation sit comfortably along side a grainy malt profile that calls to mind oatmeal chocolate clusters in cereal. Layers of grain, too. The chocolate become more lush as the beer warms. Hints of rye spice. Roasted, nearly burnt dark sugars.

The feel is a gritty, dominant, full bodied thing. Carbonation is average and puffy; there's enough to carry the beer without overshaddowing the multitude of flavors. Alcohol has a slight warming sensation, but it isn't hot at all.

Wow, I forgot about this beer shortly after it was released; before I had the chance to try it. Incredibly drinkable with an appropriate amount of layers and complexities. I'm glad I stumbled across a bottle. This is choice. Batch 10,000 it ain't.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 04:19:06 | More by Ryan011235
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bum732

Lesotho

1.95/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

S: Lot going on, fruity esters, some tropical notes, chocolate, liquorice, touch of pine, nutty, a lot alcohol as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, light tan, creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Roasty chocolate with an odd grassy hoppy backbone. Medium-high herbal and bitter citrus peel like bitterness leading to a mixture of fruits with a prominent roastiness. Anise, rosemary and bitter nuttiness also on the palate. Some cappucino.

M: Medium full, creamy body, slight alcohol detectable. Medium carbonation.

Really messy, couldn't finish it. I get the gimmick, but throwing everything but the kitchen sink in the mash is fucking stupid. Why professional breweries do this and then charge this amount is mind boggling.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:23:23 | More by bum732
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vic21234

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:10:45 | More by vic21234
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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

09-03-2012 04:16:45 | More by gtermi
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wookievath

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-01-2012 13:04:09 | More by wookievath
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Tom-Peters

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-30-2012 19:48:34 | More by Tom-Peters
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 21:55:43 | More by barnzy78
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JLapadura

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

08-27-2012 23:43:36 | More by JLapadura
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HopsintheSack

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

08-25-2012 17:13:10 | More by HopsintheSack
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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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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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kaseydad

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:54:34 | More by kaseydad
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-22-2012 20:43:36 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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FullObs

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-20-2012 17:18:44 | More by FullObs
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rhino54

California

4/5  rDev +7%

08-20-2012 01:04:13 | More by rhino54
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown pour with a half inch of creme colored head, nice retention and patchy lacing.
initial smell is of sulfur.. kind of off putting. hints of roasted caramel, sweet malt.
the taste has a weird earthy/oxidized taste up front but is then masked by a booze heavy earthy bitterness. spicyness/dark roasted grains, the hops barely pull through all the bitter roasty flavors but are somewhat present as spicy/bittering hops. that sulfur is back with a finish..
medium-full body, very heavy, very creamy. mildly carbonated, this strong ale masks the high alcohol content fairly well with its bitterness.
I feel like this would be way more enjoyable fresh. feels like it oxidized in the bottle maybe, just had a weird off putting sulfur-like overall taste and it ruined it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 06:35:46 | More by facundoCNB
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jag21

Washington

4/5  rDev +7%

08-15-2012 20:20:45 | More by jag21
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Onenote81

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 11:02:26 | More by Onenote81
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daledeee

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black with tan head that is pretty robust.

Nose is roast malt maybe caramel.

Intriguing taste. First sip was really, really bitter. Second sip was sweeter. Tastes like a stout yet really hoppy. Many flavors here. It seems to mellow as it sits. Very heavy bodied, very strong flavors. Hoppy, roasted malts, bitterness, charred oak, sweetness, Alcohol is quite warming. Carbonation is average.

Overall, I am enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 22:38:08 | More by daledeee
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-14-2012 19:32:00 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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