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
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Photo of bigclydeoliver
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of justinlaz
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark muddy brown with an earthy quality to the color. 1 finger of darker cream head, but very little retention and only sparse lace.

Complex nose, but all with light flavor. Raisin, chocolate, fresh bread all combine with a deep hop profile. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, esters all are there, but again not that strong.

I get the strong ale categorization, but this a stout like flavor to it as well. No attempt to hide the abv here, though. Stronger flavors than are in the nose. Raisin and anise hit me first. Chocolate malt, rich brown bread, and strong alcohol burn. Gets a little messy, but I like it.

Thick mouthfeel. Thick and chewy.

Overall, a pretty decent sipper but probably could have benefited from a bit more time in the bottle.

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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 sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Chris!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some brown froth & lace.

(S)- Lots of baked bread, raisin, cocoa, and molasses. Dense and rich. Very subtle smokiness to it.

(T)- A rich and dense combo of raisin, cocoa, bark(oak?), and that same subtle smoky peat on the finish I noticed in the smell too.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance, though quite rich and thick.

(O)- Very big and rich, but balanced well and dynamic/complex enough to keep you interested. That subtle smoky peat in the background is really interesting in combination with the rest of the beer's profile.

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Pretty solid black, some light around the edges. Very light tan head, retained well enough.

Aroma, a lot of pine and citrus still. Some anise and cocoa. Definetely potent smelling.

Taste, There is a lot here almost gets in its own way. Similar to the Schmalz offerings, sort of. Much more stone fruit and citrus here. Equally as much roast and grainy malt. finish is quite dry, cocoa is very prevelent.

It is warm, the ample carbonation doesn't help the slight harshness either. Probably best a sharing sipper.
Guessing this will be like Double Bastard in that it is best after about 2-3 years.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, smoke, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with some citrus zest flavors and an alcohol kick. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of beagle75
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color showing some transmission of brown light at the edges, with one finger of mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spicy, like pink peppercorns, resulting from the aggressive hops that also provide noteworthy herbaceous and pine qualities. Malt is inseparable from volatile aromas, but provides a layer of chocolate pudding. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy crystal malt that is affected by brief dark citrus before being overwhelmed by strong monotonous pine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where black pepper and herbaceous spice really take over, persisting to the moderately bitter end. Other flavors include late roasted malt and mild spirituousness throughout.

M: Thick viscosity, creamy and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Not only is this strong ale a beast of a beer, but it is also a schizophrenic mess. Hardly a malt-bomb, it drinks like some brewer's dare to make a black IPA that exceeds Stone 15th anniversary ale in terms of sheer size. While smell is true to this notion, it falls apart midway through the flavor profile. Definitely not a gateway beer.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

A: Pours a dark but relatively clear reddish brown, with a fair amount of tan head. A thick film retains over most of the surface, leaving reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Hoppy and sweet, with an almost plastic-y resin note.

T: Burnt sweetness, well balanced through the mid palate, with the hops coming out towards the finish. The booze isn't entirely hidden, showing up especially in the aftertaste with a slight burn.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very nice. I may try to find another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, brown-black. Massive head formation. Big, pillowy, the color of coffee with too much milk. Retention is solid and leaves some hefty notches of lacing. Impossible to see through. Pours a little thick.

Smell: Toasted and roasted malts. Some caramel, Burnt, cooked sugars. Deep fruits. Cherry, plum, and fig are predominant. Big bready/biscuity component as well. It's all over the place. Hops are earthy, citrusy, and floral at the same time. Citrus begins to dominate as the beer warms. Biting alcohol on the back. Layer of spicy herbal hops as well. It's a kitchen sink approach.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar. Epic levels of burnt sugar. Big bready malts fuse with some caramel malts. Earthy and dank in good measure. Nice level of pine resin creeps over some orange rind and oily grapefruit flesh. Alcohol bite as well. Cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is big, but doesn't manage to pull through the insane body of this beer. Nice balance between the two. Drinks like cream.

Overall: A hot mess, but the cute kind.

This is a kitchen sink beer, and an unabashed one at that. Flavors are everywhere and then some, and it's almost too much. Almost being the operative word. It's a lot, share it, but definitely drink it. It's Stone, you should expect this.

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Photo of MattSassi
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of ESPNman
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

I had a bottle back when it was originally released, and kept this one in the cellar for a while. The first bottle was running a little hot, and it has mellowed nicely in the last few months.

A - it pours almost pitch black. Decent amount of fluffy off-white head. Moderate lacing, but you can see that this beer has some serious wine-like legs. This beer just looks like used motor oil.

S - Not as intense of an aroma as I was expecting. Some sweet overripe fruit, but not as much as the first bottle. More leather and smoke this time around, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Not bad, just not mouthwatering.

T - This beer is a little schitzophrenic. It has a tremendous grain bill coupled with a ton of different hops. It all comes off a little muddled, but surprisingly delicious. It's somewhat like an American strong ale mixed with a big barley wine. Lots of overripe fruit and caramel, with the smoke and bitterness present in the nose. Every sip seems a little different than the one before it.

M - big, thick, brash, and well-carbonated. It has the mouth-coating characteristic of an imperial stout, but is carbonated like an imperial IPA. I've never had a beer quite like this one before, and the mouthfeel fits with the beer.

O - I'm curious to see how this beer ages. This wasn't a hone run of a beer, but it's certainly a solid double. Worth a try if you can find it, but it's not destined to be an all-time favorite.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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