Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
328 Ratings
Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale
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

Added by NWer on 03-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.87%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
For Trade:
2
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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Definitely an interesting aroma here: Coffee, hops, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a fairly large amount), coffee, citrus, and a bit of caramel. A different kind of flavor to say the least. While not a home run, it's generally successful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly one of the odder beers I've tried recently. Probably wouldn't go back to this beer, but it was definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of cwreay90
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really dark brown if not black color with a pretty thick foamy brown head. Head has really good retention and left behind some really nice lacing.

S- Smell is a good mixture of hops and malts. A good amount of tropical hops, chocolate and coffee. Quite a bit going on and very rich.

T- Hops are pretty strong here for sure. Quite a bit of tropical hops leading the way. Charcoal, coffee and chocolate are also right in the mix. A ton going on here almost too much, really complex.

M- Medium in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- A ton of stuff going on for sure. Very interesting. It took a few sips to adjust to the taste bud over load going on here. Very different in a good way.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black with tan head that is pretty robust.

Nose is roast malt maybe caramel.

Intriguing taste. First sip was really, really bitter. Second sip was sweeter. Tastes like a stout yet really hoppy. Many flavors here. It seems to mellow as it sits. Very heavy bodied, very strong flavors. Hoppy, roasted malts, bitterness, charred oak, sweetness, Alcohol is quite warming. Carbonation is average.

Overall, I am enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color with an aggressive tan head about 2" tall (in a tulip.)

Smells of molasses, caramel, licorice, and earthy hops.

The flavor has notes of blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, caramel, pine, and earth.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a slight burn.

I very much enjoyed this one. It reminded me of one of those Jewbelation 13, 14, etc beers with all the malt and hop varieties in it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks really interesting, an interesting beer from Bottleworks and thanks to Stone for doing the legwork that allowed it's distribution to me. A long hot day running around with my son all day, and then got really cold and rainy to finish seemed like a perfect day for this beer.

it pours a creamy darker colored 1+ finger head that fades fairly slowly with plenty of nice lacing, over a super dark murky brown-black colored beer with no real light coming through.

Nose has a lot of the typical stone hops at first, plenty of spicy earthy hops, chewy hops and a bit of pine as well, with hints of citrus, smells like a typical stone American Black Ale (Black IPA), all that merges well with the dark malts, a bit of roast with some creamy coffee, a bit of dark chocolate and mocha, a light caramel and molasses, and even a hint of booze trickling out.

Taste brings malts at first this time, quite creamy, with a milk chocolate and mocha java , light roast with hints of coffee, caramel and toasted oats, light oatmeal, with some light sweetness and some warming toasty booze. The complex layers of creamy and dark malts give way to hops galore, plenty of spicy hops fairly dominant, with some earthiness, a bit of citrus and orange zest but not much, and even a bit of pine. The hops add a pretty decent bitterness that is accentuated by the roasty malts, but not overly bitter or astringent. As it moves towards the finish, a nice creamy coffee takes over, with some oats and bit of creamy cocoa before becoming completely hops, with a long somewhat bitter spicy and chewy hop flavor lingering for a while. It's fairly dry on the finish without much sticky feel.

Mouth is fuller bodied and fairly creamy, somewhat rich, with decent carb, and some warming booze.

Overall a pretty nice beer, a cross between creamy porter and cascadian dark ale (or black IPA whatever its called), with typical Stone like hops and malts for their black IPAs, with nice malt characteristics, decent hops that get slightly nagging as they build but not overpowering, and a nice overall drinkable beer especially for 11% abv.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 8/14/12

Dark brown in the glass; very dark, indeed, but it is several shades away from black. The head is a perfectly formed, three finger cap of light tan foam - very smooth with a layer of bubbles on top. The head falls slowly. Lace remains as a thick ring with additonal drippy lace higher up the glass.

The malts take hold right away (even while still in the glass). Notes of oatmeal, chocolate, graham crackers, rye bread, biscuit, spent barley and grains, cocoa dust, caramel and hints of butter toffee. The hops are softer than the malts, but offer interwoven pepperings of pine tar, citrus zest and delicate floral tones. Burnt overtones stay mostly concealed until the beer warms.

The taste is a seamless transition from the aroma; just as complex and with a boldness not fully reached in terms of smell. The hops figure into the equation more than in the aroma. A pairing of pine and a crackling citric amalgamation sit comfortably along side a grainy malt profile that calls to mind oatmeal chocolate clusters in cereal. Layers of grain, too. The chocolate become more lush as the beer warms. Hints of rye spice. Roasted, nearly burnt dark sugars.

The feel is a gritty, dominant, full bodied thing. Carbonation is average and puffy; there's enough to carry the beer without overshaddowing the multitude of flavors. Alcohol has a slight warming sensation, but it isn't hot at all.

Wow, I forgot about this beer shortly after it was released; before I had the chance to try it. Incredibly drinkable with an appropriate amount of layers and complexities. I'm glad I stumbled across a bottle. This is choice. Batch 10,000 it ain't.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger golden-latte colored head that lingers at the one-finger level
S: A fairly straight-forward caramel-malt base with a noticeable hops influence and tropical fruits joining for the ride
T: Roasted malt, some coffee, come toffee, some hops/spice. Tasty, well-rounded and balanced
M: Creamy, smooth-drinking, balanced as not a hint of the 11%abv shows. Creamy and easy to sip
O: Stone wins again; I've not had a Bottleworks but kudos to whatever they added to the mix & I will have to visit the next time I'm in CA

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for Sarge27 for this beer recently! 22oz bottle split with my wife. Poured into a snifter. Pours a darker-than-expected almost black. There's a paper-thin sheet of lace on top. A nice looking beer. The nose is rich with notes of molasses candy, licorice, syrup, brandy. A full mouth captures the decadence of this special beer. The alcohol imparts a boozy quality that makes this beer perfect for an evening sipper. Rich dark fruit quality lays down a semi-sweet base, while the abundance of hops add a nice bittering quality. The hop character isn't as potent as I expected though. Slight tobacco and woodsy flavors on the finish. This beer was a treat to sip.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quaffed down from draft pours at a Stone event at Steingarten LA. This beer certainly is a beast but the malt profile does stand up to the hops, not sure I would say "balanced" but we're talking about a Stone beer here. Pours dark like a stout (or was the lighting dark?). The taste is reminiscent of some of the flavors you get from a dark IPA- roasted malts with a surprising herbal mintiness, but everything is amped up here and we get extra sweetness from the chocolate and crystal malts. Reminded me a little of girl scout cookies (think thin mints). As the beer warmed the hop flavors began to take over and seemed to compete for dominance, an experience far less enjoyable.
To enjoy this beer try to get as fresh a pour (or bottle) as you can, and take smaller pours so it doesn't get too warm. I do not recommend aging, the wonderful hoppy mintiness will subside and the beer will lose an integral part of its character.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown ale with a nice beige foamy head. Light lacing.

The aroma has a lot going on. Chocolate, dark fruits, malt, leather and green apple.

The taste is roasty with a nice chocolate finish. The hops are there but subdued nicely with the creaminess. More chocolate in the aftertaste and maybe even some coffee bean. Light alcohol warmth in the tummy.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel. They nailed it.

Overall this is the second bottle I have had of this. I sat on this for over a month as I did not like the earlier bottle I consumed fresh. I think it could definitely use more time to work it's complexity even more, but this bottle was pretty darn good. All the grains and hops made me question the drinkability but this is rounding out nicely. Wish I had more to age and see what this beast brings.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chalky dark brown appearance with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma is full of roasted malts and molasses; sweet, nutty and creamy nose. Rich malt and sour brown sugar kick on the first sip. Predominantly malty and medium-sized body with hints of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Nutty, sour, sweet mouthfeel. Not absurdly impressive but a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 2 years. A very good American Strong Ale. Poured into a pint glass, a dark brown color with some ruby highlights coming through at the sides and bottom of the glass. Nice big light brown head with good retention and thick bands of brown lacing on the glass.

Smell and aroma are nicely balanced between sweet caramel and bready malts and moderate piney hoppiness. The flavor is rich with some coffee and chocolate malt. Overall slightly sweet but not annoyingly so.

Mouthfeel is rich and malty with some balancing bitterness.

I don't know how this beer was fresh, but with two years on it, it is a fine slow sipper!!!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, pine and citrusy hops, coffee, and some dark fruit. I like the taste too, it tastes like pine and citrusy hops, roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and some anise. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew overall, and it's definitely worth trying. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a dark brown color with a nice, creamy beige head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is a wonderful mix of fruit, roast and cocoa powder. Fair amount of hops that seem to be lightly tropical and piney.

Tastes really nice too, the hop flavour is awesome and the malts even better! A smooth, roasty chocolate aspect with the perfect amount of sweetness. I actually wish the beer leaned more in either the hoppy or malty direction, as the hop flavors are a bit clashing...maybe a few months in the cellar would bring forth the malt. Still a very good beer and I am thoroughly impressed. Id like to find a couple more of these for future consumption.

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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Briken
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeerSingh
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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