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Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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328 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
328
pDev:
13.94%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
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Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a rich opaque dark brown with tints of red, very dark. Forms about an inch of mocha colored head with fair retention and decent lacing.

S - Very sweet and malty, dark chocolate richness, mocha, caramel, molasses type aromas complimented with dark fruits. Some earthy/spiced hops come through, but mostly rich sugars/malts.

T - Pretty strong tasting, malts and hops intertwine throughout the sip, bold spiciness comes through more at the finish. A nice dark fruit presence shows up before and after a mild alcohol burn comes in at the finish lingers a bit. Pretty robust and malts dominate for the most part. Definitely a little yeasty at the finish as well.

M - Pretty full bodied, appropriate carbonation. A sipper for me.

O - All in all pretty decent, a little hard to appreciate all the flavors with so much going on and a bit of alcohol/yeaster burn twang 1-2 punch that subtracts from the other flavors. the finish is less than desirable.

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Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of lnashsig
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#BOTG 56!

A collaboration between Seattle legendary beer store "Bottleworks" and Stone. Cool! This just showed up in Houston recently, so I'm guessing its pretty fresh. Poured from bottle into my CBS snifter (managed to jam the entire bomber in there!). Pours a pretty much pitch black color. It doesn't seem too thick, and has some really nice creamy head that sticks to the sides of the glass and hangs out on top of the beer. Nice, esp given the ABV of this beer. Smell- oohh nice. coffee wafts into my nostrils, as does some citrus hoppy aroma, along with like a chocolate biscuit. Taste- geez. Super aggressive and muddled hoppiness. Almost a salty coffee finish. There is so much going on with this beer, and its kind of all over the place. I guess I expected that, given the crazy amount of different and competing malt and hop profiles used. I keep getting an almost plastic/metallic flavor somewhere mid palate. It's not terribly detracting, and may just be an effect of the mash up of the components. This does have a nice creaminess to it that I really enjoy. Overall, this is a little bit of a mess, but its decent.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of neenerzig
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.

Eric

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Photo of oline73
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a finger of tan head that gores away completely. The color of this beer reminds me of Dr. Pepper.

Smell: Quite sweet and malty. I'm getting some roast and dark fruit as well. This beer also has a fruity black cherry like quality to it along with some alcohol. Caramel and some mild smoke as well.

Taste: Fairly muddled to be honest. Not as sweet as the smell indicated. Some roast from the malt. The bitterness and fruit notes combine with the alcohol and it reminds me of bitter cough syrup.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and a bit syrupy. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer had way too much going on. I appreciate the effort, but it didn't work for me. Oh well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Hops1
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 billab914
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a lot going on in it, I seem to get the malts and hops pretty equally though actually. It's got some roasted, chocolate and caramel malt flavors as well as a citrusy, slight American black Ale like flavor to it. It comes together pretty well actually and all the flavors feel pretty well balanced.

The taste also has a bunch of different hoppy and malty flavors to it. Chocolate and roasted malts seem to come out a little more at first, while the hoppy citrus really starts to come out towards the finish. There is a good amount of sweeter, malty flavors but at the same time the bitter, roasted malts and citrus rind flavors balance it pretty well. The more it warmed though the more I noticed a strong alcohol presence lingering in the finish. Pretty decent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. Everything comes together pretty well and it feels relatively balanced. It feels like it has a bit of everything in it, almost to the point of being overwhelming and unfocused though.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger light beige head. Small waves of lacing cling to the glass.

S- some peat, chocolate, toffee, and pine.

T- molasses, ash, chocolate, slight sourness, and very bitter astringent pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness and with huge bitter, chemical aftertaste.

O- this beer is just a mess. There's really nothing I can pick out from this beer that I like. Whatever they were going for was missed wide right! Worst Stone beer ever.

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Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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 DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You have to be a special beer store in order to be able to convince Stone to brew a beer for....your 13th? 13th Anniversary?! That's an unusual year to celebrate, but at least there's a theme going on; 13 different grains and 13 different hops. 22 ounces coming my way. On to the beer:

If you like your beer to look dark, you are sure to like the appearance. The beer is, well, dark, polished obsidian, topped with a short head with solid retention. A creamy lace remains on top. The nose offers a soft hoppy fruitiness, malts that don't really lead to a straightforward note, and a few whisper of rubber (infection). I now apporach the beer with caution....

That infection thing is not found in the taste. The overall flavor is strong, not much of a surprise given the beer's 11% ABV. Passionfruit flavor is rampant throughout the beer. The sweetness from the malts yields some toasted sugar, fudge, and roast. The alcohol is hidden nicely, showing some appearances by warming the throat. What started up as a hop explosion has turned itself into a friendly duet of malt and hops.

What had the sign of infection turns out to be a beer that's fun to drink. If you like a bittersweet experience, now is the time to drink it.

On a side note, maybe Stone can brew Bottleworks' 17th Anniversary with a 17 theme. Monolith Ale anyone? http://www.stonebrew.com/cool/articles/pr/monolith/index.html

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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.

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Photo of mrtripod
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a solid dark brown head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Roastiness up front, medium roast with maltiness yet kind of a woody.

T: Roasted malt, some spice with slight bitter finish. 13 different grains? But there is some depth.

M: Medium carbonation and malty. Hops do not show themselves.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut colored with a tan head. The aroma offers pine, hops, caramel, booze, malt, maple. The flavor is a balance of piney hops and rich, sweet, caramels and malt, with a nod toward the malty side. Double digit abv is masked pretty well for the most part. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A bit syrupy, coating the palate. Lingering flavors of caramel. Overall, this was pretty tasty. I would have it again.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of marine1975
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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