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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3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
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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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Refrigerated over 3 years. Reviewed live July 12, 2015.

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3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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