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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

321 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
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:
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 ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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).

Photo of kspongeworthy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of KingRascal
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NEO68710
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

22oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with murky shoulders and an inch-plus head of dense tan foam. A partial skim coat remains on the surface along with some dotted lacework.

Aromatics are roasty, chocolaty, and boozy. Shades of Kahlua, nougat, espresso, dark rum and pine sap follow through.

Full bodied, a bit syrupy and a certainly chewy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, booze-laced dark fruits, and charred malt start the palate. Resinous, bitter, and piney hops step forward but are muted by the strong alcohol presence and roasty, malty character.

Finishes with some lingering heat, chewy malt and some faint grapefruit.

Big beer. Tough call weather to enjoy what hops there are now or cellar for a year or two to allow the heat to subside and flavors to integrate. A bit rough around the edges now but I love a big beer!

Photo of Docer
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)

- Wonderful dark rootbeer brown with a couple fingers of viscous light mocha colored head that slowly has settled to a messy bubbly lace-making froth and thick island over the brew. Like a frothy shake. Certainly a pretty beer.

Smell: (3.5)

- Lots of esters and creamy dark smoky and earthy grains. A husky dark brew. Smells of light salts, peat, raisins, fig, alcohol, and a mess of herbal and grassy hops.

Taste: (3.5)

- Huge bitterness pine, grass, and earthy hops. Lots of them. The grain is a big tossup of smoke, chocolate, caramel, peated malts, and sweat husky bready grain overall. Quite the interesting mix. Some strong alcohol is present, and unfortunately an off band-aid-like flavor which is usually due to chlorine in the water. Perhaps that isn't it, but the medicinal off flavor is there.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is a rather heavy bodied and chewy brew. Quite drying and cloying, and sweet without really being sticky and syrupy. Stone has always been very good with their sweetness levels being rather low in feel. Well carbonated.

Overall: (3.5)

- Overall this beer could be a lot better if it didn't have the off flavors. I feel it could be refined a little more. It's use of bittering hops is huge which is nice, and overall it could be a huge balanced well aging beer. Just not quite there for me.

Photo of JohnBender
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of FutureJack
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o bottling date info.

Pours a dark shade of brown, approaching black. Long lasting mocha head, leaves nice fine, high webs of lacing.

Nose that I get is mostly malty with a back note of lite spice.

Large, heady and flavorful brew. Obvious candidate for aging as its 11%! But the alcohol is non existant, at least on my palate. ( But not to my senses, after about 1/2 of a glass)

Malty, with dark chocolate, dark malts, and cafe au lait notes. Densely flavorful and full of nuance and complexity.

Quality sipper/night capper

Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of Irrationalist
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DavidST
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown freshness. This pours a pitch black color with a good size mocha head which leaves a lacing. The smell is a little disappointing, no great dominate smell, a little roasted malts, some bread malts, some caramel and some hops, a weird mesh of smells. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is okay but also a little off, some roasted malts, some hops, no real dominate flavor and I'm not sure where they're going with this one.

Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a rich opaque dark brown with tints of red, very dark. Forms about an inch of mocha colored head with fair retention and decent lacing.

S - Very sweet and malty, dark chocolate richness, mocha, caramel, molasses type aromas complimented with dark fruits. Some earthy/spiced hops come through, but mostly rich sugars/malts.

T - Pretty strong tasting, malts and hops intertwine throughout the sip, bold spiciness comes through more at the finish. A nice dark fruit presence shows up before and after a mild alcohol burn comes in at the finish lingers a bit. Pretty robust and malts dominate for the most part. Definitely a little yeasty at the finish as well.

M - Pretty full bodied, appropriate carbonation. A sipper for me.

O - All in all pretty decent, a little hard to appreciate all the flavors with so much going on and a bit of alcohol/yeaster burn twang 1-2 punch that subtracts from the other flavors. the finish is less than desirable.

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of lnashsig
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of neenerzig
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter, this beer is pours a very dark brown color that refuses to let in any light at all. Tan head is about an inch thick when first poured, settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass wish swirls of foam here and there dancing on the surface. Pretty good lacing too. Just wish the head had stuck around a bit longer initially. Starts out with a nice earthy hop aroma with hints of pine, citrus that gives way to sweet caramel malt, some chocolate, mocha, licorice, hints of maple syrup and perhaps a slight touch of brown sugar. Also a bit of dark fruit in there, plum, apple, raisin, etc. The taste pretty much follows suit, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, mocha, licorice, hints of maple and brown sugar and dark fruit upfront, followed by some earthy, citrus, pine hops. A very complex beer flavor wise. So much good stuff going on at once here! Certainly more sweeter and a lot less hoppier than a lot of, if not all, other beers I have had of this style. Has a sort of sticky, oily, smooth, creamy, slightly crisp, chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth and doesn't want to leave. I am very impressed with this one. Dangerously drinkable for the 11% ABV.

Eric

Photo of oline73
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.