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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
91
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714 Ratings
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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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deereless

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown with a slight reddish hue, an inch and a half head off a medium pour, as the head drops it leaves a few sticky patches and a rocky top - 3.50, S: Malt seems to be the first smell to step forward followed by some piney hops, thick and caramelly - 3.75, T: A hearty beer all-around, starts with a tongue thrashing from the hops - grapefruit pith, pungent and almost puckering, there's also a solid malt backing creating a syrupy sweetness, reminds me of a rum-soaked raisin pudding, alcohol is noticeable and a little distracting - 3.75, M: Medium bodied and creamy - 4.00, D: I enjoy all the hops, this reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, enjoyable and drinkable - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:45:46 | More by deereless
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Mattco

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-31-2013 20:53:48 | More by Mattco
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far333

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed red ochre with a two finger thick head of rocky foam that lingers long.

Aroma of bright citrusy hops.

Flavor initially of big hops, lots of orange peel and grapefruit, morphing to pine. Malt slowly emerges, inserts some notes of caramel and dark bread, and then gets pushed back down again by assertive hops and aggressive bitterness. Distinct ABV warmth.

Mouthfeel is even, but has moderate carbonation, lots of tingles and warmth from hops and alcohol. Average drinkability. Tasty beer, but perhaps a bit out of balance for the style? Thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:53:05 | More by far333
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice, thick tan head. Great retention and good lacing. This one is darker than I expected and the foam retention is phenomenal.

Smell is tropical, floral and grassy hop goodness. Solid, but light-ish malt nose consisting of earthy and toffee sweetness. Sourdough bread and some fruits, something like a urinal mint - in a good way.

Piney and resinous hop flavor with some earthy and floral character. It's bitter, dont get me wrong, but not as much so as I was expecting from Stone as the flavoring hops shine well here. The slightly toasty, toffee malts are there, and remind me of burnt homemade biscuit bottoms. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and slick. Not a bad brew, but I liked the 12th better. I think I will pick up another and see what happens to it a year down the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 11:16:17 | More by twiggamortis420
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a dark, rusty, copper-brown color. Small cap of off-white head left just a bare minimum of lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of dark, roasty malt, dark fruit, metals, caramel, toffee, and nuts.

T: See above, with hints of citrus, cherry, and more toasty/roasty malt.

M: Bitter, dry, and twangy. Rough, astringent finish.

D: Drinkability was better than I expected, but we felt a little let down by this beer. I guess maybe we weren't in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 20:14:15 | More by GbVDave
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Red body with a thick, yellowish frothy head.

N: Hop nose with a DME-like big malt finish.

F: Chinook-like hop blast flavor with strong malt. Is this a barleywine? Seems like it to me. Good alcohol burn, not unexpected at 9.5%, massive malt presence.

M: Toothstripping with a slight astringent quality.

D: Good drinkability. A sipper, but in a good way. Very Double Bastard like to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 06:23:44 | More by ghostwalker
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this D's in Monroeville, PA.

Poured in a goblet, a dark molasses color with cola highlights, a finger of head that rests at a thin gauze with bubble islands. No lacing.

Smell hit me with bright, pine hops all the way. The taste was similar: hoppy, bitter, some woody flavor. A bitterness like edible fruit skins (apple, grape) hit around the middle, followed a tiny bit of chocolate-y malt.

Mouthfeel is strong but smooth, coats the mouth & leaves things bitter. Spit-thickening, I assume from the residual sugars.

This was definitely a big brew, with lots of flavor but a little too much for this wussy. The big flavor & encroaching booze makes it a sipper. Good, but I think I'll stick with the one. Gotta say, the 12th Anniversary was more up my alley.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 18:42:35 | More by OneDropSoup
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-13-2013 18:28:18 | More by JTomczak
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-01-2012 21:33:01 | More by DaveHack
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-13-2013 22:29:08 | More by mikeincharleston
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-29-2012 02:22:36 | More by ms11781
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-17-2012 16:58:52 | More by ScottyC54
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-30-2012 03:16:59 | More by polishkaz
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-14-2013 00:22:27 | More by BeerHunter76
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Irrationalist

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-16-2014 17:51:17 | More by Irrationalist
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-09-2013 16:30:15 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone you weird bastards what the hell is this thing?

The appearance is cool. It has a really really dark amber color and if I am not totally losing my mind I think that it has very faint hues of purple in it. It came with a small half finger head and left quickly. The lacing on this one it thick though, just molesting my glass with gooey mess.

The smell is awesome. You can smell the Stone hops that they use, terrific.

The taste is weirdly good. I do not believe that this is a strong ale, but an Imperial Red Ale, wait is that the definition of a strong ale? The strong ale definition is so loose that a lot of brews coming out these days are strong ales. Either way, malt and hops, but more light malt than anything. Did you hear what they did to this thing?!?
"This is the first time we've ever released the Imperial/Double Red style.
2 We used more pounds of hops per barrel than any beer we've ever made.
3 We used Chinook hops in the brewhouse for bittering and flavor, then dry-hopped this beer with a 50/50 blend of Simcoe and Centennial.
4 As an added bonus, we then dry-hopped it again, just prior to filtering and packaging. That's right, our popular double dry-hopped process, for the first time ever in one of our bottled beers! "

Unfortunately it is not as good as it might sound. I think they might of overloaded this thing with two many ingredients. It kind of tastes a little blundered and confused. There is deffinetly a malt and hop presence, but I feel like they are fighting each other too much.

I would buy this again and drink it for sure. I recommend for anyone that likes Red Ales, Stone IPA, and hop bombs. It is for sure a unique brew.
J

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 06:12:04 | More by Jmoore50
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cola color with amber hues. Head is unimpressive.

S: The best part about this beer. It is like sticking your nose into a bag of American hop cones.

T: Darker roast caramel malts do their best to compete with the hop bitterness. The complexity rivals that of black coffee.

M: Medium bodied with somewhat of a lingering finish.

D: I doubt I'd want to follow it with another bomber, but it was a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 13:12:01 | More by gameface23
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crossovert

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Big 10 pub in Madison. Nice dark brown beer with a small head.

Smells like hops. A little bit of sweetness too.

Taste like hops, hops, and more hops malt is slightly there but not much.

Decent mouthfeel though its pretty strong and not the most drinkable brew.

Another solid hoppy beer from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 03:51:56 | More by crossovert
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lflow

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer is dark brown, with a slightly amber hue. Light brown head, that doesn't last.

Smell is mostly dominated by the hops. Smells mostly spicy with a bit of citrus. Smelling something similar to pine.

Taste is BITTER! All bitterness on the front (and resinatting throughout). Warming spices on the middle, like cloves maybe. The back is a thickly sweet and syrupy malt. Strong malt flavor.

I actually think this would be a good Christmas Ale.

Smooth but also, very bitter on the mouthe. This is by design, of course.

This beer is good to drink because it tastes so good, but I wouldn't drink several, although I know it's not meant for that, because of the strong bitterness, and also because there is so much going on.

Overall, a good beer, I would enjoy it more in winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 16:24:52 | More by lflow
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froman694

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i found this beer to be a typical stone beer. the color was more of an amber color, something simular to hopback by troeg. the taste was quite hoppy with a clean finish. the several different hops used created a wonderful layered aroma. personally i was disappointed by this beer, being a stone limited release project i wanted more than what i got. that being said this a wonderful expression of what good hops can do in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:04:34 | More by froman694
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ahoverton

California

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark red or amber in color. It has a nice tan head and good lacing.
S: This is the best part of this beer. It has typical Stone hoppy aromas that smell Like citrus pine and grapefruit. Very typical smell of California DIPA's.
T: This is where it falls apart for me. It tastes like they used too many bittering and dry hops and not enough late addition. Very bitter and grassy flavor at the end. Very strong body so it needs the hops to stand out, but I much prefer SSR or Ruination.
M: It has good carbonation but leaves a sticky hop oil residue that is umpleasant compared to some of their other beers.
D: I don't think I would ever want to drink more than one. This is the 2nd time I have had this and I won't ever buy it again even though it is almost gone. SSR and Ruination are much tastier and easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 08:38:26 | More by ahoverton
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass an odd brown with a off white head. Great lacing and retention. Smell isn't that strong. What's there that my feeble nose can scent is a hop presence.

On to the taste: The problem living in Texas apparently. This is supposed to be the biggest hop bomb Stone has ever made. Well after being lost in the bowls of God only knows how many unconditioned warehouses and trucks for the past two months, the Hops have left the Building. That is, to be a Hop Bomb. The amount of hops in this bottle barely constitute leaving the realm of an APA. It's definatly lost it's bite to be called "Strong".

I really hope Stone will straighten out Texas' "MACRO BREW MONOPOLY RUN" distribution network to get their products to us faster. This is such a major disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 23:40:31 | More by whoneeds8
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OStrungT

California

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a strong floral hop aroma. It also has a sweet caramel backbone. Some pine mixes in.

This beer has a very aggressive flavor. Piney hops with some citris flavors. A very sweet malty flavor is also present. I can taste the alcohol a bit.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a sweet alcoholic aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer. Alcohol content is high, and the flavor is aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good, but I doubt I could drink too many. It is just too aggressive. Too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:24:33 | More by OStrungT
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense dark body glows a deep red at the base with a think light beige head that sticks to the glass. There is a sea of carbonation gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- This beer has a slight green herbal hops freshness followed by a circus peanut hint and some nougat cream notes. As the beer starts to open up the smell of new sneakers grows in the aroma.
T- This beer has an inky black malt bitterness that turns more dark chocolaty as the beer warms. There is a green herbal hops flavor that has some pine qualities and a green pungentness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz note and a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms and blends nicely with the roasted malt flavors.
D- This beer has a nice hop and roasted malt qualities but no other malt supporting in making it a bit thin. The hops are mostly pungent notes not much other hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 22:47:25 | More by rhoadsrage
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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