Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale
328 Ratings
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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours an opaque dark brown. Attractive two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted and chocolate malt with faint hops. A wow beer; on first sip, I tried to tease out the flavor elements but could only say wow. With a bit more effort, discerned roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee. Seems to be leaning in the direction of a stout, but has an underlying sweet, dark and light fruit body that makes the strong ale description accurate. Very complex and well integrated. Finishes with hints of coffee and non-herbal hops. Alcohol makes its presence known, but is well hidden by rich flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy, nice mouth feel. I think this is going to age beautifully, but it is very rich and enjoyable right now. This is hard to describe, but excellent.

 853 characters

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.

 464 characters

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep dark pour with ruby highlights, leading to a nice big head of tan foam.
Aroma-Interestin boquet of hops and chocolate
Taste-Big roasty and hoppy flavors collide in big waves of flavor and a little hottness. This is a high gravity brew to be sure. Very complex and chock-full of character. Smooths out upon warming a bit. Creamy and pretty well-balanced for the insane amount of hops and grains.
A great match for grilled marinated steaks or just sip slowly and enjoy. Excellent.

 536 characters

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

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A roasted malt aroma with a hint of smoke and some pine hop character.

T - Thick, dark malt up front, with espresso and dark chocolate. Some pine and grapefruit hop character in the middle and a finish of burnt sugar, deep, dark chocolate, and smoky pine hops.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Very nice this beer has a really excellent dark malt character and enough hops to make it something other than a stout.

 619 characters

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.

 1,246 characters

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 25oz snifter, pours opaque and near black with a tall, foamy tan head that holds great retention and leaves lacing on the side of the glass. Malty and earthy nose has notes of anise, chocolate, peat, soil, woodsy, boozy as it warms. Tastes are complex with dark chocolate, pine, wood, earthy, smoky, roasted malt, vanilla, burnt caramel, and booze. Mouth-feel is chewy and viscous, full-bodied, creamy, velvety smooth with ample carbonation. Finishes bitter with roast and pine. Overall, I thought this was excellently put together. Great complexity, great balance, awesome!

 600 characters

Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BeerSingh
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Kirby
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ZacharyJ
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Grant35
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale pours dark brown, almost black, with a massive, thick, creamy tan head. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it might be, but it's loaded. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and an earthy nuttiness. Some medicinal alcohol is also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is full of rich chocolate and roasted malt. Mixed in are notes of dark fruit (plum), nuts, coffee, orange citrus, and pine. It finishes with some grassy bitterness and alcohol. Once gone the chocolate, dark fruit and grassy bitterness lingers on the palate.

For an 11% beer this is quite drinkable. Loaded with flavors which are more typically found in an Imperial Stout than a Strong Ale.

 847 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle served chilled into a Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very full, beige, three finger head with really good retention. Very thick and creamy. Dark brown to black in color.

Aroma: Big and sweet milk chocolate notes cut with some earthy hops upfront. Definitely some caramel and a touch of rye in there as well. I definitely get a lot of sweet milk chocolate similar to an oatmeal stout.

Taste: The complexity of the chocolate malt comes out first and foremost. This is not really hop forward at all, but the hops provide a realy nice earthy, piney feel. There is not the clashing of flavors I sometimes get in Black IPAs. A touch of caramel and rye notes round this out. Very tasty and unique.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy and smooth overall. I definitely get the full bodied for the addition of the oats. Very pleasant.

Overall, a really nice beer. I definitely enjoyed this far more than new Stone beers I have enjoyed recently. The chocolate malt really paired well with the malt to create some complexity and a nice hint of sweetness. A pleasant surprise.

 1,116 characters

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BeRanger
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 783 characters

Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of guezarka
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of justinlaz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of misterrobot
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.