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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 715
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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Dmann

California

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just came up on a couple bottles of this the other day and am I ever glad I did! Beer pours a dark amber/brownish color with a nice off white head that leaves a generous portion of lace behind. Smell is heavy on roasted malts, dark chocolate and an amaretto scents. Not much hops to speak of in the nose after 2+ years of aging. Flavor is incredible and has taken on kind of a twisted, barleywine like profile. Great roasted malt and dark chocolate up front with a tinge of the 9.5% abv sneaking in there as well, followed by a nice acidic bite on the back end. Couple that flavor with a nice, crisp mouthfeel and great carbonation level and you have yourself one great beer.

I had this beer many times when it first came out and I always thought the hop profile was nice but overpowered many of the underlying characteristics. Now after a bit of aging this beer is truly stellar, do not hesitate to get it if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:11:00 | More by Dmann
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hansendc

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy cow! I haven't had a beer grab my attention like this in a while. Stone has these things every year and they're generally pretty good -- certainly up to Stone's standards. But, they've outdone themselves on this one.

Pours a dark red. Perhaps a bit hazy. Very little residual yeast in my bottle.

The first thing that strikes you is how thick this feels in your mouth. It's like drinking a pint of jell-o. Probably its single most extraordinary attribute.

The head is impressively thick and stable. It stays put and does not diminish quickly.

If you are a hop lover, then this is your ticket. It doesn't have the outright bitterness of an IPA, but it has hops for real.

It is rare to find something this hoppy, strong, and thick in a single package. It's a rare gem. Go but one if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 04:28:27 | More by hansendc
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thought I'd missed my chance at Stone 13, until I found a few bottles at one of my beer places in NJ. Being a bit Stone fan, I was pretty excited to try this latest brew.

A: Deep ruby/ caramel color and perfect light, tan head that laces wonderfully.

S: Grapefruity aroma with rich malty undertones.

T: Citrusy grapefruit leads but is quickly supported by a wonderful malt backbone of toffee/ caramel. The superbly hoppy undertone and a nice light roasted/ chocolate flavor provide a prefectly balanced finish.

M: Full body with moderate carbonation.

D: Wow, I was expecting another great Stone brew, but this one really pushed the bar even higher. The composition and balance of the flavor were incredible and the color was majestic. I can safely say I'll never miss another Stone anniversary again and I'm going to grab the remaining Stone brews I haven't tried yet. A must try for all brew lovers, get some while it lasts!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:26:22 | More by jdg204
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kosmoraios

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I was marketing dude for Stone, the tag line for this one would be "More arrogant than the Bastard."

Stone never ceases to impress with their anniversary offerings. This one pours a deep, rich mahogany, semi-translucent to the light. The head is about 3/4 finger height on a mildly aggressive pour, off-white in colour and somewhat creamy in consistency.

Aroma is immediately enticing from the pour. Tons of nice northwest hops - pine and citrus - with copious amounts of roasted malt smells increasing as the ale warms. Caramel, toffee, oak, various degrees of toastiness forewarning of your toastiness to come.

Taste is amazing. Stone doesn't mess around. Biting hops with pine and citrus up front, a pleasant "fresh" herbal character. Major caramel and toffee on the back end. A definite aged wood character - something nice - oak is my guess. As the ale warms, dark fruit character begins to come out with ripe plum, fig, dark cherry. The sweetness of the malts become more pronounced. The hop flavor begins to take on a delightful peppery flavor. Wait a minute or so between sips and you'll have different complexities each time. Well done.

Mouthfeel is just perfect - substantial, refreshing, light on the tongue. Excellent aftertaste you can just play with. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 20:11:05 | More by kosmoraios
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fragilemacabre

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've liked everything I've had from the Stone brewery, but this is exceptional. This one is definitely "thicker"-tasting than some beers, definitely owning up to American Strong Ale comparisons to Barley-wines.

This STRONGLY reminds me of the Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic.

The head is very small and very brief-- about a quarter of an inch and it disappears within ten seconds. It leaves a beautiful rim around the glass and the lacing is delicate and sticks to the glass well. The color is very coffee-pre-milk, and extremely clear.

I was very surprised and confused-- but happily so-- when I smelled and tasted this beer and was immediately hit with intense chocolate notes. The smell is pure chocolate cake. It is reminiscent of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but the Stone beer seems smoother and less sweet. Definite bitter citrus and hoppy goodness, and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

It is incredibly easy on the palate and the gullet. It seems designed to help you forget that you're drinking a 9.5% beer. It also manages to easily quench thirstand is tasty and clean on the tongue.

A bottle could constitute a night and you'll want to stock up for later nights-- not too late, though, considering the label says not to cellar. You probably won't be able to keep from drinking it long enough to consider that anyway!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 07:22:06 | More by fragilemacabre
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stawn

California

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/29/09 (release date)

Poured into an Imperial pint glass @ 50 degrees. Immediately emerges a translucent wicked black cherry color. The huge tan head is composite of big foamy bubbles.

Smells like angels otta smell! Hops, hops and hops. Citrus, sweet pine and a tiny hint of alcohol.

Holy hops! Exploding on your tongue like a crack of a whip. This is a hop BEAST. YUMM!

I can hear it yelling "this is gonna hurt you, more than its gonna hurt me". This puts a new definition on "you're not worthy"!

There is a solid spine of malt here, but it bows down at the feet of hops. Alcohol warmth sneaks in near the after taste, warning me again that this monster will not be tamed! REALLY smoothes out as it warms, but the hop bitterness never lets up.
Well done Stone, well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 22:32:47 | More by stawn
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22oz bottle found at my local liquor store. Aged 2 years. Bottle says drink fresh, enjoy by 2009. Oops.

A - A cloudy, amber/brown color. 0 clarity. 1 finger of head, and sticky lace all over the place

S - A boozy smell of caramel, sweet aromas. Very, very boozy. Probably because the hops have faded, not leaving the alcohol much to hide behind

T - Sweet caramel, malty, boozy. The hops have faded, but it is fantastic. Definitely a sipper beer

M - Thick, full bodied, wow.

O - An amazing strong ale. I never had it fresh, but I can imagine what it was like, and I honestly think aging helped this beer. This is some sweet nectar from the gods...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:05:33 | More by BeerDawgs
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therealnod

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Already had several of these, just like every year. 22oz bomber into an Old Guardian chalice.

A: Dark, clear red. Very nice.

S: Lots of pine backed by dark cherry. Some light citrus with a hint of caramel. Complex nose.

T: Wow, where to begin? Begins with the very bitter pine...sometimes...other sips start with the sweet cherry taste. Depends on whether or not you let the last taste finish. Kinda reminds me of Old Guardian blended with Double Bastard. As always, every range of bitterness and maltiness rears it's lovely head at some point. In short, this tastes exactly like a Stone beer, which is a great thing. Balanced, smooth, and delicious. I can't get enough of this, really.

M: Thick and creamy...just right for this brew.

D: Didn't notice the alcohol, but I'd bet you wouldn't survive many of these, though you'd want to. Knocked me around pretty good.

Notes: I'm certainly impressed, and I'll be sad when this is no longer available. IMO this is better than everything they have brewed outside of Old Guardian and Double Bastard. Decidedly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 16:21:38 | More by therealnod
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- deep dark incredibly beautiful blood red when held up to the evening sun with just a shred of a tangerine highlight. on the outside it looks plum purple. thick like oil when it pours from the bottle. tan head is extremely leathery on the top surface, which is centrally pock marked. spotty lace and foam retention are ridiculously good for such high ABV, the thing almost refuses to shrink smaller than 1/2inch until i start swirling.

S- boy does this smell good. i could probably go on for days about what i smell. firstly it's pine and grapefruit, which jumped out as soon as i cracked the bottle. mandarin orange, tangerine, passionfruit, mango, pineapple, cedar, sandalwood, leather, coffee, cocoa, caramel, alcohol that smells like hops, oregano, rosemary, brandy saturated grains, raisin, prune, fig, date, sherry. all the aromas that i love are within. like an arrogant bastard on meth.

T- plenty bitter, not overboard, with with an insane amount of hop flavor. when i read the promo on stone's website, i was delighted to see the bill of chinook, centennial, and simcoe. hop flavor leans on the pine-tar-herbal-woodsy side of things with a spicy zesty peppered grapefruit bitterness. from start to finish it feels like i'm swallowing pure hop oil. some toasted and caramel flavors bounce around in the back along with cocoa and coffee flavors. dried orchard fruits, menthol, leather, maduro cigar, black cherry, and notes of peat smoke. finishes unquestionably hoppy with some caramel sweetness beginning to creep back in, showing that this demon can balance and play nice with others. strong ale, imperial red, whatever, this is a freakin masterpiece.

MF- oily and acidic, medicinal, with the numbing feeling of opium on my tongue. viscous with lively medium-low carbonation and that astringent feeling of alpha acids glued to my cheeks. when i burp it's a total rush of pine and grapefruit citrocity. and no, that is not a real word. well, it wasn't. until now.

D- head brewer mitch steele should be walking around with a boner all day. one for being a top dog at stone, and two for creating this garnet hued lady lucifer of a bitch to celebrate what some would deem to be the most unlucky of anniversaries. this stuff isn't super drinkable, i'll be honest. it's a hoppy monster. and even though i love it, if i had a case i still wouldn't have more than one. mostly cuz it would put me on my ass, but fundamentally because it's that damn delicious. and rich. and double dry hopped. i need a glass of milk.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:02:03 | More by hustlesworth
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the growler from tap at the Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC.

Pours a dark, chocolate ruby color with a stout, taut white head. Generous lacing and great head retention.

As soon as the beer hits the glass, aromas of pine waft toward me and envelope me and tease me. Smell is overwhlemingly piney and gin-like. A solid caramel and slightly fruity maltiness also appears to keep this one in check.

More piney bitterness and pine flavors. The bitterness is almost perfectly balanced with the sweet caramel and fruitiness of the malt bill. So very well balanced.

This was a great beer, perhaps the best of its style; by style I mean hoppy reds. I was a bit timid and leary because I tend to shy away from "hoppy reds" because the hops seem to be lost in the malt, but this one has plenty of hop flavor, bitterness and aroma. The alcohol is so well hidden it seems like 5% abv. A real treat. Thankfully, my father bought this growler and shared with me or I would be missing one great treat. Hop lover, rejoice in the hoppiness of this red!

Serving type: growler

06-30-2009 23:59:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
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electricfields

Idaho

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Almost opaque almost black red body with a red-tinted head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Damn pretty.

S: Mostly pine and grapefruit hops.

T: The grapefruit comes out a lot more than I thought it would in the actual taste, with a bit of a fruity sweetness balancing it out. But what really lingers is the grapefruit, which is really most of what this beer tastes like, in the best possible way.

M: What I noticed most about this beer is how smooth it goes down. The carbonation is just right. It's a little lighter-bodied than some Stone beers I've tried. It doesn't make your mouth all sticky. But I dig it.

D: Probably the most drinkable beer Stone has ever made. Really, really easy to drink. And damn tasty, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 04:01:10 | More by electricfields
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WaXHeLL

California

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Pours dark opaque red with a white, slightly foamy head. Head dissipates to a thin cream. Non existant lacing, but overall very nice looking.

Smell:
The smell of hops jumps out as you open the bottle. Citrus hops are almost overpowering. Very strong nose of hops, citrusy fruits, pineapple, and piney. Very bold, in your face nose.

Taste:
Woah -- the first drink left me speechless. The hops and the sweet citrus flavors come out on the front, which then moves to a very malty, very toffee and caramel like flavor -- completely different from the hop taste. Finishes pretty bitter but oddly crisp. Almost like three beers put into one bottle. Complex, but yet very well balanced.

Mouthfeel:
Definitely heavy bodied. Thicker and chewier than I expected -- almost like an imperial stout in texture. Somehow finishes creamy in texture. Executed very well. The low carbonation suits this very well.

Drinkability:
The ABV is apparent in the warming feeling, but it's not apparent in the taste. The high bitterness hampers its drinkability, but I don't think it was meant as a sessions beer. Very good, very tasty, and very unique.

If it didn't say "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." I would be tempted to cellar this beer. The flavors are complex, but very very tasty and very well done. I still might cellar this beer based on how much I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:32:09 | More by WaXHeLL
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dudecandle

New York

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC:

A: Nice, dark body with a small off-white head with great lacing, good retention.

S/T: This beer has everything going on. It's got a great porter-like malt base, nuts, spices, and fruit, and then a great, long-lasting herbal-fresh hop finish which keeps going and going.

M: The hop finish is amazing. Flat out.

D: Everything is right with this imperial porter-like beer. It has a bunch of things going on, and all in great proportionate balances. Happy Anniversary, Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2009 18:28:35 | More by dudecandle
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Rhynes2

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really hate it when my reviews seem to be so generic but when i scored this beer I loved everything. Centennial hops were very nice and noticeable. Still had some malty character to it while being one of the most badass hop centered beers I have had. I found the whole beer very well rounded. Poured a creamy colored foam head that didn't stick for very long but did lace the glass slightly. Also has a very nice rich red color. I'm pretty sure this brew is what heaven smells like. My roommate even noticed the smell from the other side of the room. Very powerful hoppy scent. It is kinda close to Arrogant Bastard is taste but other than that A spectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:03:12 | More by Rhynes2
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LukeD23

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours darker than expected, but has a wonderful deep mahagony color with a subltle tan head.

The aroma is earthy citrus hops, tangerine and grapefuit flow nicely with piney resins. Hops hops hops,mmm hops.

At first taste the hops nail you. A harsh bite that is immediately smoothed by the buttery smooth malt bill. The most impressive thing about this ale to me is even though they are useing 4.5 pounds of hops per barrel, the beer is quaffable, the malt flavor somehow balances this beer out. Extremely well done

Mouthfeel is reminesiant of a typical pale ale, medium body with a semi dry finish

The drinkablility of this beer is suprising. 9.5% abv and 90+ IBUs made me think this would be a splitter beer. But I am almost through 3/4 the 22oz bottle and am ready to keep on enjoying. Like I said this beer is suprisingly balanced but the hops are the star. This is a great way to start the 14th year of the brewery. mm m mmmm

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 01:49:40 | More by LukeD23
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mikedashg

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A generous dark dark red amber, almost brown, pour into my pint glass from a 22oz bomber. A very generous carbonated tan head that sticks around for a bit and bubbles away. Extremely stick lacing that just hangs on the edge of the glass and doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.

S-Wow, smell those hops. Citrus, pine, spice. Pretty in your face as far as aroma goes.

T- Quite a shocker right up front. Lots of hops of course right away. They hit you immediately. followed by citrus, pine, brown sugar, toffee and spice. But what's this? A clean malty finnish. The hops hang on your tounge for a while, but not as much as you would think for the initial bite.

M- Very crisp. Moderate carbonation. Actually pretty refershing. My only downside to this one at all would be the body. A little on the thin side for how big this one is. Can't win em all. It's still good, just not great :D.

D- About the darkest red I've seen. Smells and tastes great. The In your face hops right up front followed by the clean finish just makes you want more. For as hoppy as this brew is, it sure has a great malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 03:49:55 | More by mikedashg
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mostfadedone

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-13-2012 00:22:34 | More by mostfadedone
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madpentzer

California

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in my neiborhood liqior store in a 22 oz. bottle. It poured a deep mahogany with a thick, foamy head that lasted till the glass was finished. Big hop aroma with fruity sweet undertones. Hops are first noticed on the tasted buds followed by a nice malting backing. I loved this beer and even though it was medium bodied I had no problem finishing this beer. Definitely a good brew for anyone who loves hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:52:55 | More by madpentzer
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david18

New York

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i wasn't sure if this was a new beer. Sounds like it is. I was very surprised to see this was consider a red/amber ale. It's nothing like any of the beers in that category. It's much like a couple of the previous dark dipa anniv. ales release by stone.

A little hot but the malt is oustanding.

Tried this again in a bottle and I think this is their best Old Ale yet. Not as strong as the double but more than the regular Arrogant, this beer has excellent color, flavor, aroma and drinkability.

I changed my rating from the original review above.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 20:39:07 | More by david18
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff finally arrived in my area today! Poured from the bomber into my snifter. Pours a dark red/brown color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. Slightly tan head was about 1/2 inch thick when poured settles to a very nice surface coating with a nice thick ring surrounding the inside of the glass. Decent lacing. Aromas of piney hops and some citrus, along with a nice malty presence as well. The dry hopped taste immediately hit my palate upon the first sip, with the aforementioned pine and citrusy grapefruit flavor also coming through nicely. The taste is rounded out with a nice roasted caramel malt sweetness. The hop bitterness does tend to dominate though, even as the beer warms up a bit. The hop bitterness certainly lingers as an aftertaste. Wow! Stone continues to blow me away! This beer has a sort of thick, chewy, and oily mouthfeel that coats the palate. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Becomes easier do drink as it warms a bit. I was very impressed!

Eric

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 03:16:30 | More by neenerzig
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AlexCuse

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an incredibly deep red. The head has an oily/soapy gleam from all the hop resins. Right after pouring the flavor is raucous, almost overwhelming. Like a war between tastes in your mouth. As it settles it gets calmer though, that is when it gets dangerous.

As with a lot of Stone's brews, it doesn't taste nearly as strong as it is. If my supply wasn't so limited I could really get in trouble with this one. The second glass I poured (from 22 oz bomber) was gone almost as fast as it was poured.

Never really tasted anything like this, but I will be tasting it again. My challenge now is just to have the discipline not to drink it all so I can share with friends :)

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 02:15:55 | More by AlexCuse
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz into a tulip glass

Pours much darker than I expected with a thick beige head. Massive smell of citrisy/grassey hops with notes of alcohol. When tasting you again get that massive hop flavor but underneath you can still taste a hint of the smooth maltyness. The after taste lingers with the bitterness of the hops and dryness from the alcohol. Creamy mouth feel.If it wasnt for the smell I would never guess 8.5% alcohol. Chalk another one up for Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:54:33 | More by JoePat
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diechipmunk

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd a deep, rich, beautiful mahogany with 3 fingers of head in a tulip glass.

The arome was a really complex blend of hops, strong pine, earthy/mulchy and a little snap of grapefruit.

The taste was an eyeopener, I love hops and drink lot of IPA's, but I was not prepared for the deep, complex hop profile. As strog as the hops were, the malt backbone was ablt to balance it nicely without ever stealing the show from the hops.

I couldn't help but think of this as a mirror image of the English barly wines I love so much. With the BW, there is just enough hop bitterness to support the malt. In this case, the hops were the star, with the malt foundation contributing just enough sweetness to make Stone 13th Anniversary spectacularly drinkable.

I will by more to cellar on the way home today (along with any other Stone I can find).

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 12:57:31 | More by diechipmunk
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haemphyst

California

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this as a one time purchase, loving nearly all of the Stone offerings, with few exceptions. (I love the stories on the bottles, too... :P They are usually what prompts me to try something new from them...)

I was first intrigued by the "Do Not Cellar - Enjoy In 2009" phrase prominently plastered on the side of the bottle. The "fine wines" of beer, Stones like to rest usually, but who am *I* to argue? So, I followed the instructions to the letter! My first review, of hopefully many, and I hope I don't bore!

A - Dark... Beautiful, dark-reddish body. Roughly the color of a good strong cup of french-roast coffee. Very nice, dense, but short head, that disappears quickly, leaving a nice, thin lace on the glass, accompanied by a beige foam film, lasting the entire glass.

S - Hops! I love a big strong hoppy beer, and this beer did NOT disappoint. Alcohol notes are stronger than expected, but not overblown. Chocolatey undertones to the nose. By now, I was ready to taste this thing!

T - For the BudLight "afficionado", a semi-blinding flash of grapefruit peel and bitter hops, reminiscent of The Ruination IPA, but a bit more subdued. Oh, the hops! Very good bitter/floral flavor, marks this as a very high on the "Stone Favorites" list. Fantastic malt, piney, oakey, and small hints of coffee and chocolate, with even a small orage juice thing going on in there. Did I mention the hops? Alcohol notes strengthen on finish, but never seem "too much", and subue quickly.

M - A clean, but odd and difficult to describe "syrupy" or "thick" feeling. Not unpleasant in the least, it actually helps the finsh last, which in this case is really nice. Almost an asparagus taste in there, as well... Perfectly carbonated in my opinion, not a real carbonation burn at all. Clean and too short a finish, sadly. This one you won't mind enjoying slowly.

D - Alcohol notes are perfectly balanced by the hops, (both the stars of this show, and after all, why are we drinking beer?) and as mentioned, a VERY nice offering from Stone. The relative potent 9.5%ABV will warm you quickly, and it's quite a nice feeling. You will know it's on the way - no sneaking up on you with this one... :)

A highly recommended offering if you can find any. I went back to buy two more cases! Get this one while you can, folks! If a "big beer" is what you're after, they really don't come much bigger than this one! The Stone guys love to release really nice "limiteds", and this one won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:49:06 | More by haemphyst
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a lot of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops that is quickly followed by a nice compliment of caramel & citrus sweetness and some roasted malts, creating a very nice balance. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of the imperial red IPA style, this is a great high-octane beer to drink for an entire evening.

Serving type: on-tap

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