Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale
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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.

User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NEO68710
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at Perennial.

A - Pours dark brown, tan-colored head, thin collar.

S - Really boozy, char, sweet malts, roast, hops. This beer is confused as to what it's trying to be...sorta Imperial Black IPA + Stout + Who Knows.

T - Lots of booze, harsh, toasted malts, hoppy bitterness, syrupy sweet, toffee. The 11% is very evident and pretty in-your-face, which is not good. Lots of sweetness and lots of hops, which actually makes this beer harsh.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, harsh charred finish.

O - I was hoping for better results from his beer, but perhaps the alcohol will die down a bit with some age and allow this one to develop a bit over time. Slightly above average right now...hoping for better later.

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Photo of kspongeworthy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of teddyarrowhead
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of silentjay
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of leftstagebrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased the local store?! Didn't realize this was being distributed! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, near-complete cap, and spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - The aroma is pretty much what you'd expect from the listed collection of hops - tons of pine, herbs, grassy, dandelion, earthiness, and touch of dank. There's a mild amount of dusted cocoa that lends some sweetness, but this smells quite bitter and astringent.

T - The taste has better balance, with more chocolate, toasted grains, and nebulous sugars mingling with the herbal and piney hop flavors and bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden, which is a positive.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with pleasant, soft carbonation. Reasonably well-hidden alcohol, with mild lingering stickiness.

D - A strange beer. I'm puzzled by the emphasis on highly bitter and herbal hops, and the end result is a fairly middling aroma. Certainly gets better as it warms up, and may end up being more enjoyable on Bottleworks' 14th Anniversary. Still, a disappointment after an impressive four-year run.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pretty much black with a thin light brown head. Thins to a light cap over the beer but the retention is good.

S: Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, rye, cola nut and some bread. Much darker than I expected.

T: Waaay more malt than hops. Chocolate and caramel with a good amount of rye and a touch of sticky citrus hop resin. The sweetness coupled with the syrupy mouthfeel was a bit wearing. Not bad but I don't think I'd go for this again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown pour with a half inch of creme colored head, nice retention and patchy lacing.
initial smell is of sulfur.. kind of off putting. hints of roasted caramel, sweet malt.
the taste has a weird earthy/oxidized taste up front but is then masked by a booze heavy earthy bitterness. spicyness/dark roasted grains, the hops barely pull through all the bitter roasty flavors but are somewhat present as spicy/bittering hops. that sulfur is back with a finish..
medium-full body, very heavy, very creamy. mildly carbonated, this strong ale masks the high alcohol content fairly well with its bitterness.
I feel like this would be way more enjoyable fresh. feels like it oxidized in the bottle maybe, just had a weird off putting sulfur-like overall taste and it ruined it for me.

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Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. No bottle date. Thanks to iHEARTbeer247 for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep chocolate body with an ample thick and dense mocha head. Murky looking beer. Great retention.

Smell - Smells like... brown beer. Chocolate malts and other malts. Nearly impossible to distinguish other flavors. Pine and somewhat herbal hops in the background.

Taste - A little more concentrated on the chocolate malts. Not to a stout proportion, but definitely pushes it toward the stout end of the spectrum. Nothing terribly interesting, again, but good tasting. Some of the smoked malts come through a bit in the end, but not much. Bitter finish, as expected from Stone.

Mouthfeel - Viscous. Really nice texture. The mess of flavors linger nicely and it's well carbonated. Heavy, but not boozy.

Overall - Well, it's Stone, so it's certainly not bad. But it's uninteresting. Quite dull. I shared this bottle with a friend who described it as going to a Mongolian barbeque and adding a little bit of every ingredient before cooking it. It still tastes like Chinese food, but not good Chinese food.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a deep murky brown with no head (well whats there is bright white). The smell is loaded with toffee and caramel, with a dominating herbal/medicinal hop presence. Theres an odd mix of Barleywine sweetness and ESB medicinal bitterness that Im not fond of.

The flavors arent all that great, and dont really mesh to well together, until its way above room temperature. then it turns into an English Barleywine with toffee dominating almost too much.

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Photo of DavidST
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown freshness. This pours a pitch black color with a good size mocha head which leaves a lacing. The smell is a little disappointing, no great dominate smell, a little roasted malts, some bread malts, some caramel and some hops, a weird mesh of smells. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is okay but also a little off, some roasted malts, some hops, no real dominate flavor and I'm not sure where they're going with this one.

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Photo of brystmar
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by blatantdream.

Nice appearance, good head & lace. Smokey / roasty aroma, boozy, dark. Taste follows suit, finishing boozy and slightly smokey in the back of my throat. Kinda jumbled, doesn't seem to know its direction. Not good, also not bad. Glad to tick it though.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 64.3% out of 100 with 328 ratings
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