Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

Added by NWer on 03-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pulled this bottle from a dusty corner of the cellar...

Look: Darkest brown, but not black: ebony, with glints of ruby around the edges when held up to light. Khaki head. Fine bubbles interspersed with larger ones.

Smell: Figs, dates, just a hint of coffee...and booze.

Taste: hoppy (surprising for its age), oak, sherry (my imagination?), alcohol, arrogance, mellow citrus (no bite); a full, round flavor that evolves; sweeter at the beginning and drying toward the end--an aftertaste that seems to go straight from the tongue to prompting the hand to reach for the glass for another sip, without passing through the brain.

Feel: light but sufficient carbonation--fine bubbles.

Overall: Looking at other BAs' reviews, I may have done the right thing to wait. This was a complex and completely satisfying bastard of an American Strong Ale.

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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep auburn black cherry body. Fantastic dark khaki head with outrageous lace and great retention.

S - Caramel malt, chocolate, touch of rye, and booze.

T - Wow, the grain bill pays off with huge complexity. Creamy oats and vanilla, edging into spicy rye, sweet prune, and woody bitter hops. Milk chocolate, caramel, and toffee center. Rye and sharp dark roast through the finish.

M - Silky smooth, medium body with a dry finish.

O - An awesome brew. Stir it up to get some of the sediment before you pour it out - it does wonders to smooth out and integrate the profile. The booze is bigger in the nose than the profile, and in the end it works out beautifully.

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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.


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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed by Stone in honor of Bottleworks Beer Store 13th anniversary.
Served on tap into a tulip glass at Bottleworks.
Appearance is very dark, black, no light, minimal head & effervescence typical of a high ABV beer.
At 11%, I didn't really taste the alcohol all that much but I really felt the punch - after my second glass.
Hop forward. Then the complexity sets in. Wild flavors all over the place confusing the senses. Smooth, sweet, hops.
Should age nicely.
Will update my review when I figure it out.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressed with this beer. After a long hot day outside the heartiness of all the malts was a welcome refreshment. Pours ver dark and for a second or two has a Guiness type of head rising to the top. Good retention and lacing. Smells of some chocolate a slight roast and generally a ton of malts. Taste is strong but not over-powering. Glad to have several bottles and will probably be even better during the cold months.

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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a massive head that just lays down on top of the coffee colored liquid; all kinds of lace splashes are left behind

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, smoke, fruitcake, pine and God knows what else - its like the kitchen sink of beer aromas

Taste: Gobs of malt flavor, up front, with caramel, chocolate, coffee, fruitcake and smoke; not as hoppy as expected, in the middle, but there is a piney aspect that balances out the malt; the finish pulls it all together, with the sweeter elements ultimately prevailing

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the rating, I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did - just goes to show; love the kitcvhen sink element of this beer and it just works, to me

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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Am I really only the 3rd person reviewing this?

This beer is amazing. I just wished that it had a bit less of "hoppiness" but the hops add an extra layer of complexity.

A: Dark (Dark) brown, almost black with light brown head... about half a finger. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, hops,

T: Finishes bitter (hops kick in at the end and it lingers, starts off with chocolate malts... very very complex... hard to describe... so much going on. As mentioned, I just wished hops played a bit less of a role. I can taste the alcohol, but damn this thing has 11%!! I would not have guessed.

M: sosososo smoooth~ creamy. Low carbonation.

O: This beer is awesome. Stone did an amazing job. I bought a few extra bottles to see how it ages - will re-review in a year or so.

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4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark caramel and chocolate malts with some dark fruit, grapefruit, citrus, floral, and pine hops, and a bit of rye, brown sugar, and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with some prune and other dark fruits and some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, sp,e brown sugar and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some rye and floral hops. The finish is a mix of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel malts, with some rye, grpaefruit and pine hops, bitterness, brown sugar, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly resiny with a warming, sweet, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super complex and rich without being muddled. Good hop and malt profile throughout.

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4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, missed this on the first release, but found some bottles now,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a small light tan, leaves solid lace.

S: Definitely some peatiness which is always fun, has the Scotch ale thing going. Some notes of fig, lots of malt.

T: The label lists all the malts, I really get a lot of peated malt and chocolate malt from this. Clear smoky flavour with molasses and dark bread, some grapefruit and pineapple on the back end.

M: Full-bodied, lush and creamy with a very mild tartness which I really liked.

O: A very nice big beer which is good now, but I think could be amazing in 2-3 years. A fun beer to delve into.

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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head, slow to leave. Some cling lace.

S - Cocoa, warm cookies, burnt coffee/malt, sugar and alcohol.

T - Beautiful blend of all the smell attributes, focusing on the sweet and malty cocoa. Chocolate milk there too.

M - Creamy, coating, good carb, good balance.

D - Huge abv, but truly enjoyable.

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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All over the place and awesome because of it. All the stodgy old coots hate on it because they can't classify it and that's why they're boring. It's like when youre hungover and make an omelette with all the leftovers in the fridge and it's the best thing you've tasted in weeks.

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