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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.73/5
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328 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
328
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jegross2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Stone Bottleworks 13

Deep brown with red hues interspersed and a thin tan frothy head with good retention and lacing. Full of chocolate, citrus, raisin and vanilla aromas. Hop bittering chocolate up front opens up to citrus, pine and alcohol and finishing sweetly with an herbal and pepper bittering alcohol linger. Silky, syrupy smooth with a bite.

I had a morbid curiosity about a beer with this much of a grain and hop bill. I didn’t think it would have any real flavor at all and just be a muddy mess. I was wrong but I can’t help but think it could have been achieved with less and that they must have used some very small percentages of some of the ingredients. That being said it does have hints of everything and is a good beer that may benefit from aging. The mouthfeel is great as it probably gets qualities from everything and is very full-bodied. It certainly is a very sweet beer probably from a huge amount of unfermentable sugars; they evidently were trying to hit 13% abv as well and couldn’t make it because of the sugars.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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2.23/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of jag21
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured near-black with a finger of dark khaki head. Roasty cocoa and caramel aroma mingling with pine and a touch of boozy heat.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel that finishes very smooth. Big pine up front followed by chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla. There's some boozy warmth and then a burst of grapefruit and more astringent pine on the very bitter finish.

Quite a mish-mash of flavors but all of them are darn tasty.

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Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, toast, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, brown bread, floral, pine, molasses, light chocolate, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Reminds me of double bastard in a way. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, toast, molasses, roasted malt, light chocolate, floral, pine, brown bread, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, roasted malt, molasses, light chocolate, light smoke, and roasted/floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale! All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. They may have used 13 hops and 13 grains; but they definitely found a good balance to make it work. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of beerandcycling88
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes. Poured into a snifter from a bomber

A Pours a deep brown topped off with a thin off white head.

S A bit of smoke, some sweet chocolate and alcohol. Also some faint pine hops.

T Booze, smoke, chocolate, and an unpleasant metallic note which really hurt the taste for me.

M Pretty thick which works well with this one.

Overall this is a bit of an unimpressive boozy mess fresh. I think that with a bit of time it might turn out to be a nice complex sipper though.

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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 328 ratings