Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale
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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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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a thick looking murky dark brown... You can see tight little carbonation bubbles trudimg slowly through the murk up the side of the glass.... Two finger frothy mocha head.... That last and leavs a ton of sticky lacing.... Slowly dads into a 1/4 finger head.

S: bam!!! In your face.... Like a mocha frappe.... Light smoke and chocolate up front over some toasty caramel, the nose is very complex, I get a creamyness in there as well, this beer smells phenomenal delicious, mouthwatering infact.

T: so deliciously like the nose, chocolate witha not f roasty smoke, giving it a mocha flavor, the hops are deffinatly more prevelant in the body of the beer then there were in the nose, adding a nice solid bitterness and hoppyneass to the already complex profile, the alcohol is there but appropriately so for such a monster of a brew, becoming more and more apparent as the beer warms.

M: heavy bodied, thick, creamy and delicious, low carbonation but this is a hefty brew, deffinatly a sipper.

O: this beer is awesome! I love big beers and this brew is a monster, in both complexity and heft.... Meant for sipping and savoring for sure.... Wish i coulda got my hands on more of this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 localhost
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were average given the brewery, which I find to be rather overrated. Cost was somewhere in the neighborhood of $7.00 USD plus tax and tip.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention (~3 minutes or more) considering the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, roast, coffee, and chocolate. Well-rounded. Fairly subtle. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, roast, coffee, hints of vanilla, cream, and a dark malt foundation. The balance is okay, but far from ideal. The flavours ring rather distinct because they don't mesh well together. They compete for attention, to the flavour's detriment. Built okay. Complex but misguided. Not as subtle as the aroma suggests. Some layering is present, but still the notes can be found in isolation. Too bitter. Too much coffee, negatively impacting the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat thick, but awkward. Adequately carbonated. Doesn't complement the flavour profile in any appreciable sense.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have it again. It's above average, yes, but it's quite overpriced. A disappointment in the style. It does hide its ABV well, to its credit. Another mundane brew from Stone.


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Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of light tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly.

Smell. Sweet caramel, big piney and earthy hops, some booze, roasty malts and a little cardboard.

Taste. Sweet raisins and caramel, pretty big piney and floral hops, a little chocolate and booze.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Quite warm.

Overall. Some nice flavours going on but the hops seem a little strong and the alcohol is a little bit harsh. Would like to try again with a couple years on it.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.27.13
Once on tap, this is my second bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown with a large two inch fine dark tan head with great retention.

S - Classic Stone maltiness, bready, wheat, rye, toffee.

T- Smooth burnt carmel with a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Silky smooth, then bitter finish. Good carmel aftertaste, Good carbonation, with a medium body.

O - A year has helped this one in my opinion.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, missed this on the first release, but found some bottles now,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a small light tan, leaves solid lace.

S: Definitely some peatiness which is always fun, has the Scotch ale thing going. Some notes of fig, lots of malt.

T: The label lists all the malts, I really get a lot of peated malt and chocolate malt from this. Clear smoky flavour with molasses and dark bread, some grapefruit and pineapple on the back end.

M: Full-bodied, lush and creamy with a very mild tartness which I really liked.

O: A very nice big beer which is good now, but I think could be amazing in 2-3 years. A fun beer to delve into.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quaffed down from draft pours at a Stone event at Steingarten LA. This beer certainly is a beast but the malt profile does stand up to the hops, not sure I would say "balanced" but we're talking about a Stone beer here. Pours dark like a stout (or was the lighting dark?). The taste is reminiscent of some of the flavors you get from a dark IPA- roasted malts with a surprising herbal mintiness, but everything is amped up here and we get extra sweetness from the chocolate and crystal malts. Reminded me a little of girl scout cookies (think thin mints). As the beer warmed the hop flavors began to take over and seemed to compete for dominance, an experience far less enjoyable.
To enjoy this beer try to get as fresh a pour (or bottle) as you can, and take smaller pours so it doesn't get too warm. I do not recommend aging, the wonderful hoppy mintiness will subside and the beer will lose an integral part of its character.

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Photo of bluesplit63
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of johnnyboy76
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Bammo22
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a reddish cola brown w/ a thick khaki head that leaves a thin film of lace.

Aroma is dark roasted fruity malt, molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate, oily nuts, and a blend of aromatic and bitter hops. Interesting. Lots going on here.

Taste continues the complexity. Some very dark roasted chocolate malt blends with fruitier caramel and pale malts. Like a blend between a stout and a barleywine. Alcohol heat in there too. Hops are just a jumbled mix, none dominant. Strongly bitter while also sweet, roasty, and boozy. Rich and complex but a little scattered.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, chewy. Smoky bitter finish.

Overall a unique, challenging beer to describe. So much going on here, thanks to the 13 hops/13 malts combination. This is just a beast. While I like it fresh, I think with time it might settle down and gel a little. Could be amazing in 2 or 3 years. Looking forward to revisiting this again over time with my five remaining bottles.

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Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Viscous pour this really looks like motor oil when you first pour it.

Clear dark brown colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt and medicinal hops there is a distinct carrot aroma to it. Chocolate and toasted bread. Scents of mint and menthol.

Starts out sweet and thick with a chocolate and mint taste. Chocolate is really strong in this mildly bittersweet the malt really keeps the bitterness in check. Warming in the chest from the alcohol but there is the cooling effect of the mint. This probably needs aging to bring out more flavors, as it is it is this is a monster of a beer.

Mouthfeel is milkshake.

Overall a big beer that needs to age a bit.

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Photo of C2H5
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mrelizabeth
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pretty much black with a thin light brown head. Thins to a light cap over the beer but the retention is good.

S: Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, rye, cola nut and some bread. Much darker than I expected.

T: Waaay more malt than hops. Chocolate and caramel with a good amount of rye and a touch of sticky citrus hop resin. The sweetness coupled with the syrupy mouthfeel was a bit wearing. Not bad but I don't think I'd go for this again.

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Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 64.3% out of 100 with 328 ratings
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