Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

very good
328 Ratings
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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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is a dirty brown, not opaque, but dirty in color. There is a finger of head and light lacing.

The aroma is unique, it has some elements i normally note with Black IPAs, like the combination of Roast and Big Cascade/Chinook hops along with some peat and raisin.

The flavors are a lot to work through, there is a lot of overlapping and things going on. I really notice Chocolate and Rye like spices, the Rye spice notes seem to really pop out, but some of that might be the healthy amount of noble hops in here, and the Piney Cascade are prevalent also. All of that space between the hoppy spice shin dig is the malt fest that turns this into an interesting dark holiday fruitcake of a beer, so much going on and a lot of it doesn't add much positive, sort of a mess.

Well, it was an affordable bottle, but falls into the same fate as Bells 10,000 of using simpy too much.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This limited brew poured out a dark, dark brown color with a bubbly, tan head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with notes of pine and some tropical fruits.

T - The 13 malts really come dominate the flavor. Roasty with chocolate, toffee and molasses. It is almost like a big American stout. The is a touch of pine and citrus.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a great beer. I'm glad I was able to get to try some.

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Photo of Jerry
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown, nearly black in the glass; head like a milk stout - full and fat, then settles into creamy remains

S: malt bomb with espresso

T: lots of roasty bitter malts and hops, espresso and some sweetness on the backend

M: creamy, bitter, medium-full body

O: Falls somewhere between the American strong ales I've had (Double Bastard, Funky Jewbelation, Life and Limb), and the American black ales I've had (Dubhe, Self-Righteous Ale, Wookey Jack, and Pitch Black IPA) - it was like an Imperial black IPA, but with a little more sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mjr2377
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale is a dark brown with a small tan head that leaves very scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet malt, caramel, mish-mash, touch of smoke, char, and fairly pungent over-ripe grapefruit hops.

Taste is better than I expected with the kitchen sink ingredient list. There's some sweetness to the malt, rich caramel as the main component, with a little chocolate, hint of smoke. Nice punch of hops. Not in CDA territory or anything, but it's a notable flavor component, some fruity, sweet and sour citrus, with a bit of fresh pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good for a big, somewhat thick beer. I actually thought the alcohol was reasonably well masked behind the cacophony of flavors. Paired well a big Nicaraguan cigar (La Perla Habana Rojo perfecto).

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Photo of kspongeworthy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NEO68710
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

22oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with murky shoulders and an inch-plus head of dense tan foam. A partial skim coat remains on the surface along with some dotted lacework.

Aromatics are roasty, chocolaty, and boozy. Shades of Kahlua, nougat, espresso, dark rum and pine sap follow through.

Full bodied, a bit syrupy and a certainly chewy mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, booze-laced dark fruits, and charred malt start the palate. Resinous, bitter, and piney hops step forward but are muted by the strong alcohol presence and roasty, malty character.

Finishes with some lingering heat, chewy malt and some faint grapefruit.

Big beer. Tough call weather to enjoy what hops there are now or cellar for a year or two to allow the heat to subside and flavors to integrate. A bit rough around the edges now but I love a big beer!

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Photo of Docer
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)

- Wonderful dark rootbeer brown with a couple fingers of viscous light mocha colored head that slowly has settled to a messy bubbly lace-making froth and thick island over the brew. Like a frothy shake. Certainly a pretty beer.

Smell: (3.5)

- Lots of esters and creamy dark smoky and earthy grains. A husky dark brew. Smells of light salts, peat, raisins, fig, alcohol, and a mess of herbal and grassy hops.

Taste: (3.5)

- Huge bitterness pine, grass, and earthy hops. Lots of them. The grain is a big tossup of smoke, chocolate, caramel, peated malts, and sweat husky bready grain overall. Quite the interesting mix. Some strong alcohol is present, and unfortunately an off band-aid-like flavor which is usually due to chlorine in the water. Perhaps that isn't it, but the medicinal off flavor is there.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is a rather heavy bodied and chewy brew. Quite drying and cloying, and sweet without really being sticky and syrupy. Stone has always been very good with their sweetness levels being rather low in feel. Well carbonated.

Overall: (3.5)

- Overall this beer could be a lot better if it didn't have the off flavors. I feel it could be refined a little more. It's use of bittering hops is huge which is nice, and overall it could be a huge balanced well aging beer. Just not quite there for me.

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Photo of JohnBender
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of FutureJack
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 TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1339th Review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint

Purchased at Total Wine, Brea for $6.99

App- Nice solid brown appearance with a good density behind it. A bit of ruby and crimson edges. A very solid two finger head with a good dense cap. Great cling and stick. Best part of the beer.

Smell- There is so much going on that even warm everything is just condensed into one note. A huge malt bill really adds up. Big and thick. A bit of smoke on the finish like a rauchbier.

Taste- This is a big beer. Huge malt bill takes over and all the hops just get buried IMO. A little one dimensional. Had a ton of malts but also was fairly creamy. A little bit of the smoke was on the backend of the flavor.

Mouth- A full medium body with a full medium carbonation. Large amounts of malts with some roast and some smoke. A little creamy and some spicy notes.

Drink- A beer that kinda let me down. It was a mish mash and hard to pick out individual flavors. One dimensional with just a very large malt bill. It was tasty but needed more layers.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a tight creamy tan head that slowly disipates into a light cap.

The aroma is quite malty. A big toasted brown bread base that has notes of toffee, brown sugar, raisins, lightly charred wood and a hint of coffee. Some alcohol vapors. The hops didn't really come through for me.

The malt is dominate in the flavor as well. Again big brown bread base, toasted, with a burnt caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There is some raisin and cherry juice fruitiness. Some roasty, peppery and charred wood notes. The hops are earthy and bitter which provide a needed offset against the sweet malt. The beer still leans on the sweet side. There is a noticable belly burn and alcohol flavor which is a tad unpleasant.

The feel is moderate with active carbontion, has a semi-soft feel to it. Sweet on the palate and slightly sticky. Almost gets cloying but the roasted malt and hops barely keeps it in check. Big alcohol presence.

A big flavorful brew which balances the line of becoming too sweet. The alcohol is too noticable

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DavidST
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown freshness. This pours a pitch black color with a good size mocha head which leaves a lacing. The smell is a little disappointing, no great dominate smell, a little roasted malts, some bread malts, some caramel and some hops, a weird mesh of smells. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is okay but also a little off, some roasted malts, some hops, no real dominate flavor and I'm not sure where they're going with this one.

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