Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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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.

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 328
Photo of bum732
1.99/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

S: Lot going on, fruity esters, some tropical notes, chocolate, liquorice, touch of pine, nutty, a lot alcohol as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, light tan, creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Roasty chocolate with an odd grassy hoppy backbone. Medium-high herbal and bitter citrus peel like bitterness leading to a mixture of fruits with a prominent roastiness. Anise, rosemary and bitter nuttiness also on the palate. Some cappucino.

M: Medium full, creamy body, slight alcohol detectable. Medium carbonation.

Really messy, couldn't finish it. I get the gimmick, but throwing everything but the kitchen sink in the mash is fucking stupid. Why professional breweries do this and then charge this amount is mind boggling.

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Photo of vic21234
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, time to give it a try.

A- Pours very cola-like, dark brown with slight light seen through around the top and bottom of the glass. About a half finger of head fades to a film along the top. Nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of dark fruits and maybe even some coffee to me. An odd smell for what I was expecting.

T- The initial sip brings some chocolate and coffee notes, followed by an overall malty presence before leading to some hop bitterness. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium to heavy, nicely carbonated, bitter yet malty, dry finish.

This was an interesting one. Good stuff but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with poor retention with some light getting through the deep brown/black body.

S: espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Not much on the hop side for the aroma.

T: flavor is fairly sweet with citrus, vanilla and toffee balanced well by the espresso and roasted malts. The bitterness is nicely applied. I just feel the alcohol is coming through more than I would like.

M: fairly thick body and moderate carbonation. coffee gives a semi dry finish.

Overall: nicely balanced, a touch too sweet and the booze comes out a little too much.

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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 facundoCNB
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 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 beerandcycling88
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes. Poured into a snifter from a bomber

A Pours a deep brown topped off with a thin off white head.

S A bit of smoke, some sweet chocolate and alcohol. Also some faint pine hops.

T Booze, smoke, chocolate, and an unpleasant metallic note which really hurt the taste for me.

M Pretty thick which works well with this one.

Overall this is a bit of an unimpressive boozy mess fresh. I think that with a bit of time it might turn out to be a nice complex sipper though.

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Photo of inandon
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - I poured two glasses the first had a nice off white head and the second glass had a full brown head. It is espresso in color.

Smell - to me I get a heavy toffee smell with a hint of maple.

Taste - the toffee taste is not there like the smell but I do get chocolate, espresso, with a heavy carbonation feel in my mouth that seems to foam up a bit.

Overall - I feel that this was a good beer. I feel that if you like the chocolate/espresso types of beers this would be a good one to get. I feel that they could have done a little less on the carbonation to give it a better mouth feel and drink ability. I would get this again if I can find it and I would want to try and age it like the bottle says.

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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 ehammond1
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2012)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Cloudy dark brown and dark mahogany with a small light brown head that lingers for some time, eventually leaving the glass oily and spotted with stick.

A big kitchen sink of aroma: definite hoppiness coming in waves of pine and earth, though this is decidedly a big, sweet, and roast malty aroma, with some big notes of alcohol heat as well. It has everything, sure, but too much isn't necessarily a good thing.

The flavor suffers from a similar fate: there's just too much going on here to be pleasantly complex. It's piney and bitter, sweet, roasty, full of caramel and bread, some char and ash, and big booze notes.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit prickly.

I didn't care for this one. A beer brewed on novelty: 13 different hops and 13 different malts celebrating 13 years of business. That's all well and good, until you drink the beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a nearly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that bears little retention before subsiding to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly patch of surface foam. Light but resilient lacing.

S- Sweet and roasty aroma with notes of cocoa and cream. Also a touch of toffee. Not as much of a booze scent as one would expect from an 11 percenter.

T- Ah, but you can sure taste the booze. A barrage of malt flavor and then a swift kick of alcohol is what I get with every sip. And sip is all I can do. Notes of dark chocolate, rum and a hint of smoke.

M- Bitey feel with a chewy texture and medium-low carbonation. Also a bit syrupy.

O- I think some aging would definitely do this beer better justice but I don't have the proper storage facilities at this time so I went ahead and reviewed it fresh. All in all, it's not a bad drink, just all over the place with the 13 different malts and 13 different hop varieties.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressed with this beer. After a long hot day outside the heartiness of all the malts was a welcome refreshment. Pours ver dark and for a second or two has a Guiness type of head rising to the top. Good retention and lacing. Smells of some chocolate a slight roast and generally a ton of malts. Taste is strong but not over-powering. Glad to have several bottles and will probably be even better during the cold months.

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Photo of bashiba
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with some clear mahogany highlights. Had a nice bit of tan head with mild retention.

The smell was strong with alcohol, had some hints of dark malts sneaking through.

Seems kind of a big mess, there some chocolate and anise mixing in with sweet alcohol and malts then a big shot of juniper and earthy bitter hops. Goes from very sweet to very bitter very quickly leaving a long lasting medicinal hop residue.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a lot of hop oils.

The flavors in this beer just don't seem to come together very well. Not terrible, and very flavorful, just wasn't it for me.

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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 womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color with a finger of tan head. The nose is sticky and sickly sweet. Some decent hop notes, mostly pine with a little bit of citrus, but just an overwhelming maltiness. A mild chocolate note, too. The flavor is quite sweet, especially as it warms. Very muddled in terms of the flavors, just way too many different malt/sugar notes going on. Lightly phenolic, as well. Not really much in the way of the hops on the palate. Not sure why brewers continue to think this kitchen sink beer idea is a good one.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a massive head that just lays down on top of the coffee colored liquid; all kinds of lace splashes are left behind

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, smoke, fruitcake, pine and God knows what else - its like the kitchen sink of beer aromas

Taste: Gobs of malt flavor, up front, with caramel, chocolate, coffee, fruitcake and smoke; not as hoppy as expected, in the middle, but there is a piney aspect that balances out the malt; the finish pulls it all together, with the sweeter elements ultimately prevailing

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the rating, I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did - just goes to show; love the kitcvhen sink element of this beer and it just works, to me

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark caramel and chocolate malts with some dark fruit, grapefruit, citrus, floral, and pine hops, and a bit of rye, brown sugar, and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with some prune and other dark fruits and some grapefruit and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, sp,e brown sugar and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some rye and floral hops. The finish is a mix of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel malts, with some rye, grpaefruit and pine hops, bitterness, brown sugar, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly resiny with a warming, sweet, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Super complex and rich without being muddled. Good hop and malt profile throughout.

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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 vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep auburn black cherry body. Fantastic dark khaki head with outrageous lace and great retention.

S - Caramel malt, chocolate, touch of rye, and booze.

T - Wow, the grain bill pays off with huge complexity. Creamy oats and vanilla, edging into spicy rye, sweet prune, and woody bitter hops. Milk chocolate, caramel, and toffee center. Rye and sharp dark roast through the finish.

M - Silky smooth, medium body with a dry finish.

O - An awesome brew. Stir it up to get some of the sediment before you pour it out - it does wonders to smooth out and integrate the profile. The booze is bigger in the nose than the profile, and in the end it works out beautifully.

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Photo of Daveychu
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All over the place and awesome because of it. All the stodgy old coots hate on it because they can't classify it and that's why they're boring. It's like when youre hungover and make an omelette with all the leftovers in the fridge and it's the best thing you've tasted in weeks.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is light roast, some coffee, earthy hops and a strange plastic note. The taste has a light sweetness with some roastyiness, some coffee, earthy hops, and the same strange plastic note. A bit of alcohol on the finish as well as some light bitterness and a bit of astringency. Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Strange beer. Disappointing.

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