Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary AleBottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
64.3%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
328
Liked:
211
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
13.94%
Alströms:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 118
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of chileman13
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ya know I could go through the whole rating scheme, however f it I don't feel like it. I think its a good gimmack beer. Would I drink it again?, yes. Would I but it again?, yes. Would I travel 50 miles just to buy it? probably not. Overall good beer...

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Photo of teddyarrowhead
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to drabmuh for the chance to try this one. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a moderately-dark caramel brown color with a decent off-white/tan head. Nose carries some sweet malts and a cornucopia of hop character. This is just a mess. Flavor doesn’t go in any direction. What’s the point in having such a gimmicky ingredient list? No one cares and it doesn’t smell or taste very good. Nothing is defined and the best words to describe this beer are "hops" and "malt." Maybe alcohol too. Not recommended.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer emerges a ruddy brown color that resembles brackish water, and is topped with a creamy, frothy, smooth, ecru colored head of about two fingers in size. The retention is wonderful and there is loads of lacing that leave a wonderful, ceramic frosting on the sides if the glass.

The aroma is mostly filled with maltiness and dark fruits. Pineapple, brandy, tobacco, plums, figs, caramel, oak, a little bit of everything. Though it seems complex, the aromas do not stand out, but meld well together. Hints of hops, but nothing over the top.

Flavor profile is quite nice. Really roasted, followed by more tobacco, oak, charred wood, dark raisins, and even a touch of cranberry.

Not surprisingly, this one is full bodied. The alcohol sticks out and is obtrusive as the beer warms past cellar temperature. Not a fan of the boozy alcohol, but otherwise, a nice winter sipper. Not exactly great on an 80F December day in Florida, but a nice beer anyway.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As you might expect, this is rich and powerful, though not as bitter as the typical Stone brews. Dark brown in the tulip glass with a beige foam. Odd lack of lacing down the glass, but maybe this stuff is a solvent.

Dark bitter chocolate is the main flavor, and plenty of it. Deep roasted coffee and Raisinettes candy. Lots of sweetness, and a hint of date sugar or cactus candy. Huge mouthfeel of liqueur-like dimensions including the hot alchohol presence. Candy-like aftertaste with a long, lingering bitterness. I still taste chocolate-covered caramels at the very end.

Whatever you call it, this is a dessert in a glass. Maybe it's better on vanilla ice cream. Seriously.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of prototypic
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary pours a darker mahogany color. It’s almost opaque. Backlighting shows some burgundy highlights throughout. Not bad at all. It’s topped with a tan head that rises to almost a finger in height. It recedes pretty quickly. I suspect the abv was just too high for it to survive. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is interesting. It smells pretty good. It’s definitely quite diverse. It starts out with a rather strong dark fruit scent. Smells like plums and prunes. It’s definitely malty. Sweet caramel and chocolate are definitely noted. Hops are definitely in the mix. Primarily, the smell earthy and grassy. There might be some light citric notes, but it’s tough to tell. There’s a lot going on in there. On the tail, it smells very herbal. I’m getting some tobacco and tea. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Not bad.

The flavor’s pretty average. It’s okay, but there’s honestly too much going on. The malt base is and features caramel and cocoa flavors predominantly. It does have a strong dark fruit presence. Plum and prune are easily noted. It reminds me of fruit cake. Not my favorite thing. There are some hop flavors, but they’re very subdued by the malts. They’re a little piney and grassy. It’s not all that bitter. It does have some herbal flavors of tobacco and tea that emerge late. Alcohol is definitely there and comes through a bit too strong. It’s boozy. Finishes malty, herbal, and a bit warm.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels relatively smooth. Definitely a sipper though. It’s big, strong, and tough to drink. I can almost guarantee I won’t be able to finish the bomber.

Bottleworks 13th Anniversary is just okay. I honestly expected more from Stone. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either. The flavor is convoluted and not very satisfying. It’s also strong and boozy. It’s not very enjoyable or easy to drink. It might be worth a try, but I wouldn’t suggest picking up multiple bombers.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome fluffy tan head leaves nice smooth lacing. Brew is black just like a porter.

Complex. Caramel, toffee, coffee, citrus, chocolate, roasty smokeyness all stand out. High heat detectible.

Smooth, light carbonation. Roasty smoke is a bit too much for me. Chocolate is nice and well balanced bitter. No sugary sweetness that goes much appreciated for style. Oatty presence is strong and nutty in flavor. very unique flavors.

A bit unbalanced, but very good for an experimental strong ale. Unique and worthy of a try especially at $8/22oz.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AdamHart22
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass without a trendy brewers logo on it.

A - head is as thick as the beer, about 2 inches. Beer is nearly black but has a soft brown around the edges when held to the light. The head is a brilliant toffee color. Lacing is quite heavy and inviting.

S - I get coffee, caramel, the barley, and sourdough bread. Smells good but not amazing.

T - really fantastic. Some might think this a stout but its really an ale. The malt is superb but is tempered a bit by the peaty barley. All this heaviness is cut by the carbonation.

M - Really inviting. Thick but not syrupy. Makes you want to keep sipping. The alcohol is well hidden until after you swallow, when you get a nice warmth from the 11%.

As mentioned below, this could use a year of age but its great right off the bottling line. My wife picked this up for me and I will pick it up again. $8.99 for a 22 oz.

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