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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

321 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 321
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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Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

bmoney, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Hops1
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Hops1, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color with an aggressive tan head about 2" tall (in a tulip.)

Smells of molasses, caramel, licorice, and earthy hops.

The flavor has notes of blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, caramel, pine, and earth.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a slight burn.

I very much enjoyed this one. It reminded me of one of those Jewbelation 13, 14, etc beers with all the malt and hop varieties in it.

Vonerichs, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a lot going on in it, I seem to get the malts and hops pretty equally though actually. It's got some roasted, chocolate and caramel malt flavors as well as a citrusy, slight American black Ale like flavor to it. It comes together pretty well actually and all the flavors feel pretty well balanced.

The taste also has a bunch of different hoppy and malty flavors to it. Chocolate and roasted malts seem to come out a little more at first, while the hoppy citrus really starts to come out towards the finish. There is a good amount of sweeter, malty flavors but at the same time the bitter, roasted malts and citrus rind flavors balance it pretty well. The more it warmed though the more I noticed a strong alcohol presence lingering in the finish. Pretty decent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. Everything comes together pretty well and it feels relatively balanced. It feels like it has a bit of everything in it, almost to the point of being overwhelming and unfocused though.

billab914, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +7%

2dogbrew, May 31, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger light beige head. Small waves of lacing cling to the glass.

S- some peat, chocolate, toffee, and pine.

T- molasses, ash, chocolate, slight sourness, and very bitter astringent pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness and with huge bitter, chemical aftertaste.

O- this beer is just a mess. There's really nothing I can pick out from this beer that I like. Whatever they were going for was missed wide right! Worst Stone beer ever.

kawilliams81, May 31, 2012
Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

M1A2, May 31, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

PEIhop, May 30, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

avalon07, May 30, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You have to be a special beer store in order to be able to convince Stone to brew a beer for....your 13th? 13th Anniversary?! That's an unusual year to celebrate, but at least there's a theme going on; 13 different grains and 13 different hops. 22 ounces coming my way. On to the beer:

If you like your beer to look dark, you are sure to like the appearance. The beer is, well, dark, polished obsidian, topped with a short head with solid retention. A creamy lace remains on top. The nose offers a soft hoppy fruitiness, malts that don't really lead to a straightforward note, and a few whisper of rubber (infection). I now apporach the beer with caution....

That infection thing is not found in the taste. The overall flavor is strong, not much of a surprise given the beer's 11% ABV. Passionfruit flavor is rampant throughout the beer. The sweetness from the malts yields some toasted sugar, fudge, and roast. The alcohol is hidden nicely, showing some appearances by warming the throat. What started up as a hop explosion has turned itself into a friendly duet of malt and hops.

What had the sign of infection turns out to be a beer that's fun to drink. If you like a bittersweet experience, now is the time to drink it.

On a side note, maybe Stone can brew Bottleworks' 17th Anniversary with a 17 theme. Monolith Ale anyone? http://www.stonebrew.com/cool/articles/pr/monolith/index.html

DoubleJ, May 30, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Brad007, May 30, 2012
Photo of mrtripod
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a solid dark brown head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Roastiness up front, medium roast with maltiness yet kind of a woody.

T: Roasted malt, some spice with slight bitter finish. 13 different grains? But there is some depth.

M: Medium carbonation and malty. Hops do not show themselves.

mrtripod, May 29, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Gonzoillini, May 28, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut colored with a tan head. The aroma offers pine, hops, caramel, booze, malt, maple. The flavor is a balance of piney hops and rich, sweet, caramels and malt, with a nod toward the malty side. Double digit abv is masked pretty well for the most part. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A bit syrupy, coating the palate. Lingering flavors of caramel. Overall, this was pretty tasty. I would have it again.

Huhzubendah, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

TasteTester, May 27, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +7%

Tyrawlings, May 27, 2012
Photo of marine1975
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

marine1975, May 26, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

JohnLynch, May 26, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +7%

Hanzo, May 25, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a thick looking murky dark brown... You can see tight little carbonation bubbles trudimg slowly through the murk up the side of the glass.... Two finger frothy mocha head.... That last and leavs a ton of sticky lacing.... Slowly dads into a 1/4 finger head.

S: bam!!! In your face.... Like a mocha frappe.... Light smoke and chocolate up front over some toasty caramel, the nose is very complex, I get a creamyness in there as well, this beer smells phenomenal delicious, mouthwatering infact.

T: so deliciously like the nose, chocolate witha not f roasty smoke, giving it a mocha flavor, the hops are deffinatly more prevelant in the body of the beer then there were in the nose, adding a nice solid bitterness and hoppyneass to the already complex profile, the alcohol is there but appropriately so for such a monster of a brew, becoming more and more apparent as the beer warms.

M: heavy bodied, thick, creamy and delicious, low carbonation but this is a hefty brew, deffinatly a sipper.

O: this beer is awesome! I love big beers and this brew is a monster, in both complexity and heft.... Meant for sipping and savoring for sure.... Wish i coulda got my hands on more of this one.

PeterIngemi, May 24, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, May 23, 2012
Photo of localhost
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

localhost, May 21, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average given the brewery, which I find to be rather overrated. Cost was somewhere in the neighborhood of $7.00 USD plus tax and tip.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention (~3 minutes or more) considering the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, roast, coffee, and chocolate. Well-rounded. Fairly subtle. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, roast, coffee, hints of vanilla, cream, and a dark malt foundation. The balance is okay, but far from ideal. The flavours ring rather distinct because they don't mesh well together. They compete for attention, to the flavour's detriment. Built okay. Complex but misguided. Not as subtle as the aroma suggests. Some layering is present, but still the notes can be found in isolation. Too bitter. Too much coffee, negatively impacting the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat thick, but awkward. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't complement the flavour profile in any appreciable sense.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have it again. It's above average, yes, but it's quite overpriced. A disappointment in the style. It does hide its ABV well, to its credit. Another mundane brew from Stone.

C+

kojevergas, May 20, 2012
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +7%

TXhomebrewer, May 20, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Rutager, May 20, 2012
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.