Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
84
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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of mdaschaf
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, vintage tied to anniversary date.

LOOK: Amazing head, lacing is spectacular, shade or two away form pitch black

SMELL: Toasty, fruitcake, alcohol, hop resin, papaya, broth, orange peel, spicy, biscuits, kumquats

TASTE: Creamy, silky, dank, bitter, alcohol, pungent, citrus rind, guava, cocoa powder, thick, fresh cut grass, earth, ripe dragonfruit, pulling finish

Some say it is a hot mess and others love it. My palate was tested and I survived. Did I cry? No. Did I have fun trying to figure out what the fuck I was sipping? Yes. To date ... the most fun / interesting brew I have had this year. Gratz BottleWorks on 13 years and a huge nod to Stone for brewing this with them.

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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 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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a lot of ingredients in one beer, 13 hops and 13 grains. Deep cola, brown a bit murky with ruby highlights. Big thicket of tan head, forms thick and resilient. Aroma has dark roasts, caramel, herbal, earthy, and pine hops flowing forth. Big dark roasted malt beer, with herbal/pine notes going on. Awesome well made big burly beer, roasted malts, hints of coffee, big hops all day, a very big beer, I figured it would have been one big clusterfuck with all of the ingredients tossed in, but each sip is tight cohesive well blended and just straight up flavorful and good. I can't believe how damn good this beer is, as it warms it becomes a bit more abrasive with hot alcohol. The hops really are unrelenting when you add in 13 varieties, hop burps galore, big mouthfeel slightly slick with hop oils...this is one big beer. Overall I'm a fan because it hits hard with flavor, hops wielding the power of big beer in a manageable fashion.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Shared by CurtisMcArthur at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Looks like room temperature black coffee with a few bubbles.

Smells like dusty gravel and wet cardboard.

Taste is typical Stone hop profile but greatly diminished and confused, some decent smoky malt character, this is okay but not great, probably a little better when fresh. Can more or less enjoy a small pour but wouldn't care for any more.

Mouth is a little undercarbed but not awful.

This tastes like someone put about 13 grains and 13 hops into a beer and then sat on it too long before opening it--oh wait.

5.6/10

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Bomber bottle, w/o bottling date info.

Pours a dark shade of brown, approaching black. Long lasting mocha head, leaves nice fine, high webs of lacing.

Nose that I get is mostly malty with a back note of lite spice.

Large, heady and flavorful brew. Obvious candidate for aging as its 11%! But the alcohol is non existant, at least on my palate. ( But not to my senses, after about 1/2 of a glass)

Malty, with dark chocolate, dark malts, and cafe au lait notes. Densely flavorful and full of nuance and complexity.

Quality sipper/night capper

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours an opaque dark brown. Attractive two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted and chocolate malt with faint hops. A wow beer; on first sip, I tried to tease out the flavor elements but could only say wow. With a bit more effort, discerned roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee. Seems to be leaning in the direction of a stout, but has an underlying sweet, dark and light fruit body that makes the strong ale description accurate. Very complex and well integrated. Finishes with hints of coffee and non-herbal hops. Alcohol makes its presence known, but is well hidden by rich flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy, nice mouth feel. I think this is going to age beautifully, but it is very rich and enjoyable right now. This is hard to describe, but excellent.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a Stone Old Guardian glass. Such an odd beer, I did enjoy it but I did not love it. Super weird. Beer is black and has a one finger tan head with some lacing, and some retention.

Aroma is sweet, a little smokey, a little hoppy, a little grassy. Odd aroma.

Beer tastes different every time I take a drink. First is like a hoppy porter, then the smoke creeps in, the earthiness and mild hop bitterness all play together OK but not great. I think it is just OK. Not great.

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Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Sweffin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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