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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009)
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CHickman

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours reddish amber orange with a very impressive 1.5 inch creamy fluffy tan head that stuck around for over a minute with great lacing that clings to the glass; smells very hoppy, malty, sweet, with orange peel, cinnamon, grapefruit and delicious spices. Very impressive nose and appearance, this beer started off looking and smelling great.

Nice hoppy, malty and toffee flavor combo that's slightly sweet with a dry finish; sweet malt, caramel, rum or raisins, dark fruits, a touch of flower and/or grains, floral and piney hops, and then spices which end this tasty brew. You can't taste the alcohol, but you can feel it after drinking this beer for a while. Medium bodied, this brew actually has a silky smooth mouthfeel that's a little chewy, and even though it has light to medium carbonation, it gives off a creamy flow and goes down pretty easy considering the high ABV.

It seems to be a hybrid between a barleywine and a strong ale or DIPA, but it works well as an aggressive powerful beer. It aggressive, but not overbearing and it brings enough flavor and complexities to make this enjoyable rather than just a strong ale. Overall an excellent beer that was quite complex and highly drinkable!

Drinking Notes: I had this beer on tap several times and from a bomber and it was always an exceptional beer. It was better on tap over the summer of 2009, and I am glad that I had it on several occasions until the bar ran out of it. It gets better as it warms, but it was great right after being poured and had exceptional qualities, such as a great aroma, appearance and taste. Any fan of the Stone line of beers will be able to appreciate this beer. I'm looking forward to the 14th Anniversary Ale!

03-20-2010 04:34:47 | More by CHickman
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xhuskr

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

Prev reviewed this on tap. Bottle was similar for me. Strong up front aroma of hops and first couple drinks same. Nice transition from hops to malt flavor and for Stone's hoppiest beer, the balance is quite nice. Although it says not to cellar the beer, I'll keep one or two for later on, just to compare. Maybe I like Stone 13 since I was born on a Friday the 13...spooky, eh?

07-12-2009 22:48:12 | More by xhuskr
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altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

From a 22oz bomber, poured a very dark reddish black with a small creme colored head that reduced to just a trace after a few minutes. My glass might be a bit to blame for this, unfortunately.

Slightly roasted aroma that gives way to more a biscuity aroma very quickly. The smell is very well balanced, with a subtle but deliciously grassy hop aroma to go along with that of the malts.

Much more of the biscuity malt in the mouth than in the nose. The roasted notes are still there, but in the finish rather than up front this time. The grassy aromatics give way to a more resiny hop flavor that lingers a bit. A very pleasant balance, with the heavier malt profile in the nose taking a backseat to the biting hop presence on the palate.

Heavy on the palate with lots of carbonation and almost to the point of being chewy. A very solid feel that I quite enjoy, with a noticeable bite from the alcohol, but nothing unpleasant.

The malt flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms a little bit, evening out extremely well. Definitely even more enjoyable at 50 degrees than 40.

Devilishly drinkable at 9.5% abv. If this was a regular offering and not an anniversary release, I believe I could easily make a session of it, though I would pay for it later. Overall it is simply an extremely well balanced brew and absolutely delicious. A winner from a brewery that will always hold a special place in my heart.

07-19-2009 16:49:47 | More by altctrlsdelete
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

Nice bronze color. Nice head that holds a very appealing fine foamed head. Supper lacing. Smell is all over the place. First sniff is strong belgian ale, then it morphs into strong barleywine. Big caramel malt sweet smell, with some alcohol in there too. Piney resinous hops. Big is the easiest way to describe this thing. Taste complexity matches the smell. Nice bitter finish that seams to contradict all the malt that is in there. Full mouth and very heavy. Definately a sipper to be respected. Stone never lets down with their aniversary ales and this one is no different. I always pick up a case and enjoy occasionally for a year. Each one of these will be a pleasure.

01-03-2010 02:18:16 | More by beermanbrian
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BonsaiBrewer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Clear, very dark amber. I'm surprised at how dark it is. Well carbonated with substantial head that diminishes fairly quickly to a thin covering, leaving a lace on the glass.

S - Nice strong american hop aroma. Getting stronger as beer warms. Pungent and skunky (in a good way ; )

T - Wow - this one is bitter! Clean and well balanced to start and then lingering bitterness tingles across the tongue, taking its sweet time in departing. Swish it around to make sure all taste buds are assualted properly! A bit of an alcohol burn comes in towards the end as well.

M - Medium body. High carbonation enhances the bitter bite. Finishes somewhat dry.

D - If you like hops you're going to love it. Stone states that it is their hoppiest beer yet - and that is saying something.

O - This is clearly focused on the hops. Lots of bittering hops and generous amounts of aroma and flavoring hops too. I was expecting more caramel notes with the dark amber color. There is some there. More would make it a bit better balanced, but then again why would you want to do that!? The complexity is a bit lacking by being so hop focused. My guess is that it will age quite well. I'll be going back to get a couple of bottles to cellar for a while. It will be interesting to see how this one matures.

07-27-2009 00:59:48 | More by BonsaiBrewer
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours an opaque, mahogany color with rising tan head. Head dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells mostly of piny and citrus hops. A little malty sweetness, but the hops are at the forefront.

Tastes of a caramel malt flavor upfront with a big hop kick in the end. The hops have a big pine/woody profile, with a more subtle citrus flavor buried in there. There is also a good amount of alcohol in the profile. As it warms, I can taste some more dark fruit type flavors.

The mouthfeel is a perfect full, creamy body with a good amount of carbonation.

This is very drinkable, and I have to be careful to not drink it too fast.

08-13-2009 02:35:27 | More by ocelot2500
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Tdizzle

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

A- Poured into my Dogfish head snifter, this beer pours a clear dark red color with a thick tan head that settles to a silky, bubbly cap. A few patches of lacing linger on the glass.

S- A rush of resiny pine and tropical fruit hits the nose first. A sticky-sweet smell of candied fruits is supported by notes of toasted grain, toffee, and tobacco. The alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer hits room temperature.

T- Wave after wave of intense hop bitterness bludgeons the palate. The sweet malt backing provides a deliciously toasty balance. The finish is fairly dry and leaves flavors of fruity hard candy atop the lasting bitterness. A warming sensation begins to develop as I sip. As with most big beers, the flavor of this one really shines at room temperature.

M- Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation bubbles. Viscous and slightly syrupy without being too heavy on the palate.

D- I was easily able to finish my 22oz bottle despite the massive bitterness and a hefty 9.5% ABV. An excellent beer.

07-02-2009 05:58:49 | More by Tdizzle
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Brown in color, if you hold it up to the light there are some slight reddish highlights to it. Has a light brown head with many different size bubbles that erupts like a volcano at first and takes several minutes to work its way back down, and provides excellent lacing. The smell is outstanding, a hope lovers dream. Pine and citrus hops jump out at you, with a slight warm feeling of alcohol blended in. The taste is also excellent. Once again stone has aggressive bold flavors and they do so with the hops here as several of their other brews in the past. Very hoppy but not as crazy as it is on tap and some time to fester in the bottle really helped, pine and citrus hops gives great flavor and blends well with the alcohol, a few earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is very good, obviously full bodied. Very hoppy finishes bitter and warm, could be a little cleaner, good drinkability as well. Gonna miss this one.

Bought this almost a year ago and let it age. Age did it very well, I know it's recommended to have enjoyed this one right away but I really think it mellowed out some of the flavors that were slightly too intense and mellowed them out quite nicely.

08-11-2010 02:14:14 | More by AndyAvalanche
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scifan

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It's a deep dark ruby color with a nice tan head.
As soon as I opened this a could already smell this bad boy. First thing that hits my nostrils is the sweet sweet aroma of delicious, juicy citrusy hoppy goodness. I could sniff this all night long. I'm getting much of any malt presence but who cares we all know its all about the hops with Stone.
Taste reveals a little more than just hops but not much, and I love it. This might be my new favorite beer from Stone. The first sip reveals what my nose already told. Lots and lots of citrusy, piney hops followed by just enough malt to provide just a little balance. There is quite a noticeable alcohol presence but this stuff is too good to knock it down too much for that.
Another amazing beer from Stone.

08-03-2009 02:08:56 | More by scifan
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Tromba

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into a glass goblet (Dogfish "signature glass"). A: Darker than expected - a deep red/brown. Good clarity. S: Hops! Almost as good as raw hops. Very floral. T: Cirus and pine notes up front with a "ruining" bitterness at the end. Think Ruination Ale x 2. M: the strongest aspect of this beer for me. Despite the high ABV, it is not too thick. The head is dense and creamy - almost as if it came from a cask. D: I found this was better without food. Other flavors seemed to make the beer's bitterness overwhelming. To it's credit, the 22 oz. was easy to get through, despite the high ABV and bitterness. Great Beer.

07-21-2009 02:54:28 | More by Tromba
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nectar14

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

From a 22 oz bottle purchased at brewery. The bottle clearly states "Do no cellar; enjoy in 2009"

A- Dark amber-brown, with a thick tan head, traces of lacing.
S- Signature Stone on the nose- blend of simcoe and centennial (as the website states). Big hops, but a pleasant maltiness backing it up.
T- Great. Yes, there are big hops here, but in my brief experience with Stone beers, this is the most balanced of them. It's like an amped up Levitation, if you ask me.
M- Kinda thick and viscous, but the carbonation and bitter hops temper the malty stickiness almost perfectly.
D- The 9+ percent alcohol brings this down a bit, but this goes down easy.

Really darn good.

07-03-2009 22:34:04 | More by nectar14
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Florida9

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

A: Served in a pilsner glass with about 1 finger of thick, tan, creamy head that stuck around for the whole beer. Tons of lacing, practically sheeting along the side of the glass. Clear, dark brown in color.

S: Huge floral hop noes mixed with pungency of alcohol.

T: Caramel malt and alcohol followed by grapefruit bitterness. Long complex finish.

M: Creamy and voluptuous. Medium-heavy in weight with medium carbonation.

D: This is a big beer not for the faint of heart. High malts, high hops, and high alcohol, however, all are balanced nicely.

08-10-2009 00:34:25 | More by Florida9
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greenpumas

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

June 2009
13th Anniversary.
13 is a lucky number.
Let's hope for great things.

A: Woah. Beautiful color, mocha colored head with a lot of wild bubbles. Dark, nearly bottle-colored body. Looks like an Arrogant Bastard; go figure!

S: Overwhelming smell of graham crackers when first pouring. Notes of hops and an earthy-grass scent. Some of the phenols start to show through once the brew starts warming up.

T: Nice taste. Some dry hops on the palate. I can taste the content. As the beer warms I can really start to taste the luck in the beer, also some molasses and spice. Gotta have that spice.

MF/D: I pick up on the alcohol content when drinking this beer; I was hoping with something like Stone's Anniversary Ale that they would mask the high content very nicely. Just not the case. I still love drinking them.

11-19-2009 23:45:28 | More by greenpumas
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johannasclimacus

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

22 oz. bomber into a short stein. This beer pours a really pretty deep red/brown. The smell was that of a really good amber or imperial amber to me - lots of pine and hoppy smells but not overwhelming.

The taste is strong, with the same kind of profile. The malt holds up well and nothing is really overpowering to the taste buds. Still very complex, but the beer was so tasty that it became harder to be patient with the beer. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable at first, but once the beer starts coating your palate, it disappears for good. Extremely drinkable; I could easily go through a few of these quickly, but I'd be feeling it.

Another good ASA from Stone.

07-25-2009 16:15:21 | More by johannasclimacus
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magictrokini

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Oh, oh, yeah. This may rival the legendary Arrogant Bastard. Pours a dark, but clear, mahogany with a dense, two-finger off-white head. Thick lacing. Rich, hoppy aroma. Cedar, grapefruit, and orange dominate the caramel malt. Slightly heavier, but carbonated mouthfeel coats and lingers. Big, bold taste. Bitter hops up front and throughout. Lots of resin and grapefruit, some kiwi/strawberry, and citrus zest. Well-balanced with a carmael malt that keeps things in check without that annoying candy-coating. A pleasant oak-earth texture compliments the hops. Its amazing the amount of hops that have been crammed into this beer, but it is almost too easy to drink. Dare I say, this is one of my favorite Stone beers.

08-27-2009 21:33:17 | More by magictrokini
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hughesm4

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Very excited for an anniversary Stone, big fan of most of the brews

A. A very nice deep brown red color. Good head with a brownish tint that didn't stick to the glass

S. Terrific. I think I got a hop buzz off smelling this beer.

T. It tastes like pine needles, and I love it.

M. Great. Small amount of carbonation, but it lraves a wonderful tingle in the back of the throat

D. Not the smoothest but very close. If you are in the mood for hops I would recommend very few over it.

07-17-2009 02:29:26 | More by hughesm4
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Reswald

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

22 oz. bomber, purchased in Anchorage on 9/4/2009. Poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark ruby color, with a nice off-white head. Great hop aroma from the snifter. Excellent hop flavor on the palate, but plenty of malt backbone, with a nice, smooth finish.

I guess I would call this year's brew a Double Red IPA; it's definitely a hop bomb, with over 90 IBUs of bitterness from Chinooks, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. The Chinooks handle the bittering during brewing, with the Simcoe & Centennial hops being used for dry hopping during fermentation. Plus, Stone actually does a second dry hopping just prior to bottling! This is one hoppy beer, my friends! Even with all that hopping, the beer remains remarkably drinkable.

This beer reminds me somewhat of Midnight Sun's Mars, also an "Imperial Red IPA", which was released early in 2008. It was around 85 IBUs and 8.7% ABV. It was also hopped with Simcoes, along with Columbus & Amarillo hops.

09-10-2009 20:25:25 | More by Reswald
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a nice reddish dark copper with some good lacing. The nose has a beautiful piney hoppiness and a bit of amber sweet malt. The taste is much the same--there is a nice malt backbone, but the dominant component is piney hops, with a bit of floral and citrus going as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this one quite a bit better than the 12th Anniversary, and was happy to get to try this year's release.

01-20-2010 20:52:54 | More by Thorpe429
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a really nice hop aroma as well as a solid malt nose that boasts of crystal, roasted, and bisquit malts. It appears to be quite balanced. The taste is great as well. It's extremely bitter with loads of hop character up front as well as residual bitterness in the finish. The malts are present and provide a solid base, but the hops are the dominate taste. It's got excellent bisquity notes along with a subtle roasted character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey Imperial red. I'm loving the hop character as well as the malt contribution.

07-29-2009 01:08:59 | More by WesWes
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Big thanks to Ben for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours a dark copper, nearly brown into my Surly Tulip. Has a one finger beige head with excellent retention. Excellent lacing as well, coating the glass in sheets.

The aroma is grapefruits and citrus hops, with a large malt backbone.

The taste is right on with the nose, big hops with grapefruits and floral hops standing out. For being Stone's "hoppiest beer ever" this is incredibly well balanced with a large caramel malt backbone. I'm very impressed.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a large bitter bite in the aftertaste. The very well balanced bitterness and malts lead to a very high drinkability score from me.

This is a great beer. It's a shame it's a one-off. I liked this more than Ruination, which is saying something. I'm very impressed and very thankful that Ben shared this with me!

08-09-2009 22:05:18 | More by Mistofminn
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cavedave

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a thick, cloudy, light brown; translucent, with an alive look, as if it is still fermenting in the glass. A one finger dark beige head subsides to a cap and lace arms hug the snifter.

Smell is a major aroma of dark caramel, deep bitter, effervescent pine, citrus, earth, and an herbosity that nearly strips the skin from inside my nose.

This ale explodes in the mouth with detonations of every wonderful hop flavor imaginable, carried into the sip with minimalist notes of sweet and caramel. It starts bitter and keeps building through citrus, pine, spice, finally finishing incredibly dry with the lingering flavors of bitterest citrus and boldest herbosity. To say the finish is dry is to understate in the way of saying Everest is tall, and the Milky Way Galaxy is big.

Mouthfeel is the medium side of full bodied, medium carbonation, and perfect resinousness to hold the finish.

Drinkability- My disclaimer. I like ales which are high ABV and contain massive amounts of delicious hop flavor. For me the drinkability of this is as good as any of this style I have tried. For you who are not Hoptimists... maybe not so much.

09-14-2009 19:37:06 | More by cavedave
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at Fathead's. This is our first sighting of the beer. We, paying insufficient attention tot eh board, expected to get the 12th Anny. Until we tasted it. No Oaxacan chocolate in this baby.

A-Pours a rich dark amber with a sticky white head and some lacing.

S-Excellent hop bombing. Rich, grapefruit hops and lots of 'em.

T-Delicious. Full of flavor from front to back. Lots of good dark malts in the front, backing up a strong showing of pine and grapefruit hops from the middle through the finish. I will also quote from my friend Mauerhan's review as follows: "alcohol is not a factor. it is hidden like a fucking ninja in the trees. beautiful." Well said.

M-Rather heavy bodied for the style and, not surprisingly, quite oily.

D-Right up my alley style-wise, though it seems to me more like a DIPA with some darker malt character than a red or amber. But that is a minor quibble. Drink up!

HV

07-02-2009 14:56:28 | More by sholland119
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a deep deep (but clear) amber. Big poofy head from aggressive pour. Decent if not amazing retention, but not a whole lot of lacing. Smells like amazing dry-hop glory. Rich, piny hops, a bit of grapefruit and soapiness, and some malt just itching to be released. And as the beer warms, the malt does just that, rising to meet its full potential. This is the perfect mingling of rich, full hop flavor with a great malt backing. The malt doesn't fight with the hops, the piny hops take the forefront and the malts balance it out on the back palate. No bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Nice and slick, I think it is Stone's house yeast strain that gives their beers that slick, yet hinting at creaminess, mouthfeel. For the ABV and bitterness, sublimely drinkable. This is just a great offering from Stone, and I will be sure to try more before it is gone!

07-23-2009 03:59:49 | More by damienblack
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Any beer with Triskaidekaphobia on the label is alright by me.
This beer is certainly alright by me.
Given the description I was expecting something more along the lines of an IPA but I am finding a chocolaty bastard in here. The "Do Not Cellar" bit on the bottle concerned me some; I do think this would be fit for aging.
As it stands: quality bitter chocolate flavors without this turning into a porter or a stout. Caramel flavors are in there and the hop character is very enjoyable. There is a pleasing citrus character in the finish; grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind but lemon or lime fits, too.
A sit, sip and enjoy sort of critter... though it is much lighter on the palate than one might find a 9.5% beer to be.
Recommended!
Happy teenage-dom, Stone!

08-05-2009 07:08:59 | More by ommegangpbr
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westweasel

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a Sam Adams special glass.

The aroma combined strong sweet caramel, pine, and citrus. More alcohol aroma is evident as the beer warms.

The beer is a very dark brown - not opaque - with a thin beige head.

This flavors in this beer are carmel and toffee initially, mixed with a raisin-like dark fruit. This is quickly engulfed by strong bitter pine and grapefruit flavors. The beer has a medium but very bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. The liquid is somewhat resiny on the tounge.

This beer is very drinkable, especially on tap. I had it at a Great Taste of the Midwest eve party where Stone, 3Floyds, and Dogfish Head beers were 3 bucks a glass. It was hard to hold back (there were other parties to still get too).

10-12-2009 03:33:23 | More by westweasel
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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