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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

313 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
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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SalMineo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-09-2012 17:39:20 | More by SalMineo
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome fluffy tan head leaves nice smooth lacing. Brew is black just like a porter.

Complex. Caramel, toffee, coffee, citrus, chocolate, roasty smokeyness all stand out. High heat detectible.

Smooth, light carbonation. Roasty smoke is a bit too much for me. Chocolate is nice and well balanced bitter. No sugary sweetness that goes much appreciated for style. Oatty presence is strong and nutty in flavor. very unique flavors.

A bit unbalanced, but very good for an experimental strong ale. Unique and worthy of a try especially at $8/22oz.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:13:12 | More by chugalug06
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Yoopermk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-02-2012 23:15:28 | More by Yoopermk
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-28-2012 23:38:12 | More by Bilco
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DMacQ

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-22-2012 20:01:30 | More by DMacQ
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-20-2012 19:07:23 | More by dumptruck81
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-19-2012 17:53:06 | More by djrn2
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-16-2012 22:05:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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AdamHart22

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass without a trendy brewers logo on it.

A - head is as thick as the beer, about 2 inches. Beer is nearly black but has a soft brown around the edges when held to the light. The head is a brilliant toffee color. Lacing is quite heavy and inviting.

S - I get coffee, caramel, the barley, and sourdough bread. Smells good but not amazing.

T - really fantastic. Some might think this a stout but its really an ale. The malt is superb but is tempered a bit by the peaty barley. All this heaviness is cut by the carbonation.

M - Really inviting. Thick but not syrupy. Makes you want to keep sipping. The alcohol is well hidden until after you swallow, when you get a nice warmth from the 11%.

As mentioned below, this could use a year of age but its great right off the bottling line. My wife picked this up for me and I will pick it up again. $8.99 for a 22 oz.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:52:43 | More by AdamHart22
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bigclydeoliver

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-11-2012 01:44:17 | More by bigclydeoliver
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justinlaz

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

10-10-2012 17:45:56 | More by justinlaz
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, split it with my cousin and poured my half in my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Stone's Bottleworks 13th Anniversary beer pours jet black. Three fingers or so of mocha foam rise up and sit atop the beer. Head retention is very good, and lacing coats most of the glass, with only a few holes left without. Just a great looking beer all around. The nose has a roasty chocolate base, with a definitely noticeable grapefruit aroma set against it. There's also a subtle smoky touch and a mild bready aroma that complete the picture. Dark grains and hops highlight the flavor profile as well. A not overly astringent chocolate taste and a not quite catty grapefruit note re what immediately jump out of the glass. Bitterness is noticeable, but stops short of biting. The smokiness from the aroma appears to be lost, but that soft bready bit comes through again. The body, while sturdy, isn't as full or chewy as a big stout would be, and there's a bit more carbonation to it as well. This anniversary beer is pretty interesting, it falls somewhere between an imperial stout and a black IPA to me, and Stone was able to stop just short of overdoing any one aspect of the beer. If I find some more next time I'm in NYC I'd probably pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:24:06 | More by axeman9182
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-06-2012 00:24:17 | More by eawolff99
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djre4orm

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-04-2012 16:35:09 | More by djre4orm
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crowsoup

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-03-2012 19:33:01 | More by crowsoup
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Dark, dark muddy brown with an earthy quality to the color. 1 finger of darker cream head, but very little retention and only sparse lace.

Complex nose, but all with light flavor. Raisin, chocolate, fresh bread all combine with a deep hop profile. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, esters all are there, but again not that strong.

I get the strong ale categorization, but this a stout like flavor to it as well. No attempt to hide the abv here, though. Stronger flavors than are in the nose. Raisin and anise hit me first. Chocolate malt, rich brown bread, and strong alcohol burn. Gets a little messy, but I like it.

Thick mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.

Overall, a pretty decent sipper but probably could have benefited from a bit more time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:15:25 | More by beer2day
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great imperial stout, very black with a Bubbly head and very lacey. Chocolate, coffee, hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. Great dangerous drinkability.Intense mouthfeel.
Radek's bottle, another great Stone hoppy production.Why this is my favourite style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:22:23 | More by Sammy
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:28:23 | More by sweemzander
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rwilde

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-23-2012 16:59:02 | More by rwilde
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Bung

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:54:47 | More by Bung
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some citrus zest flavors and an alcohol kick. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:36:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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beagle75

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some transmission of brown light at the edges, with one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spicy, like pink peppercorns, resulting from the aggressive hops that also provide noteworthy herbaceous and pine qualities. Malt is inseparable from volatile aromas, but provides a layer of chocolate pudding. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy crystal malt that is affected by brief dark citrus before being overwhelmed by strong monotonous pine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where black pepper and herbaceous spice really take over, persisting to the moderately bitter end. Other flavors include late roasted malt and mild spirituousness throughout.

M: Thick viscosity, creamy and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Not only is this strong ale a beast of a beer, but it is also a schizophrenic mess. Hardly a malt-bomb, it drinks like some brewer's dare to make a black IPA that exceeds Stone 15th anniversary ale in terms of sheer size. While smell is true to this notion, it falls apart midway through the flavor profile. Definitely not a gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 21:39:33 | More by beagle75
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-14-2012 12:42:40 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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seand

California

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

A: Pours a dark but relatively clear reddish brown, with a fair amount of tan head. A thick film retains over most of the surface, leaving reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with an almost plastic-y resin note.

T: Burnt sweetness, well balanced through the mid palate, with the hops coming out towards the finish. The booze isn't entirely hidden, showing up especially in the aftertaste with a slight burn.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very nice. I may try to find another bottle to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:09:33 | More by seand
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Travisnin

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

09-13-2012 05:14:05 | More by Travisnin
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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