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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Trappissed
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

I haven't had a malt bomb this big since Hairy Eyeball. Rich, malty taste with hints of caramel and prune juice? A subdued sweetness with some bitter hops as well. One of the best Stone brews I've had out of the five or so that I've tried. I'm still mad that I missed out on the 12th Anniversary, but I think this made up for it.

Trappissed, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of frothyhead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a beautiful clear amber with ruby highlights into a snifter. Two finger off-white head leaves nice spidery lacing as it dissipates.

Nose is hoppy with pine and grapefruit, bitter orange peel, a hint of alcohol and a bit of an underlying vanilla and caramel malt sweetness to round it out. Hops are the focus here and it's quite a nice profile.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Some hop oils making it silky and smooth and just a slight tilt toward dry as it goes down and the alcohol and bitterness take hold.

Taste is hop forward, piney, with a well-noticeable vanilla malt backbone kicking in some sweetness and adding a nice balance. Make no mistake, this is a hop bomb by any measure, but it has the malt chops to keep it from getting out of hand. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well after the last sip. As the beer approaches room temperature, the sweetness really opens up and brings in a bit of lemon zest as well.

Drinkability is good, as the balance keeps everything in check and doesn't fatigue your taste buds too quick. Drinking a bomber of this over a couple hours is a solidly enjoyable task.

Overall this is a well done brew from Stone. I've gotten rather accustomed to their special releases to be something to look forward to, and this doesn't disappoint. With a wealth of hoppy beers out there, this one is going to be easy to overlook as "average", but I would disagree with this. This is about as solidly well done as a beer in this genre can be and I'm glad I bought another bottle.

frothyhead, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brown body with just the barest red highlights. Up top, three tannish fingers of head featuring great retention and fantastic lacing.

Aroma: A pungent blast of piney, resiny hops on top of a rich caramel malt base. Based on aroma alone, I'd mark this as a Double IPA every time.

Taste: Up front, a brawny and bitter hop character composed of herbal, pine, citrus, and resin components. Underneath, there's a substantial toasty caramel malt backbone keeping things pretty balanced. There is plenty of spicy alcohol throughout, but the bulk is masked well. It all ends up somewhere in the Imperial Red/Double IPA/American Strong Ale region. The aftertaste is resiny as all hell and lasts well into your next gulp.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Slower due to the big hop character and alcohol content, though not quite a sipper.

Verdict: Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is a big, brash beer that's brimming with character, which makes it a fitting memorial to 13 great years of Stone brews. Cheers to Greg and the rest of the team!

BeanBone, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

On draft. Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Has a foamy tan head that falls to almost nothing. Thin lace.

Smells of hops and malt sweetness.

Mellow mild malt and big hops. Nice hoppy brew, herbal and flavorful.

Medium bodied in mouth with a nice bite from the 10% alcohol.

Delicious and nice drinking.

dstc, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Pours a murky dark brown with a half inch of head. Surprising since its well over a year old.

S - Really cool! From the bottle neck first whiff upon cracking is pure piney hops but in the glass I can smell way more Malts, bready and yeasty but still with a very strong hop base covering the ABV

T - Wow I would love to have this fresh! Hops may be aged but still very strong. Tastes as most have stated now as a barley wine but as it warms more hops push through making this more drinkable. The ABV is warming at 9.5 which I love in an old ale and I also love the fact that its not a hot mess so aging hasn't ruined this beer.

M - Mostly heavy to medium. As it warms it gets more drinkable.

D - Well damn it's pretty much gone isn't it? And stone made sure to put a warning to drink it by now so most bottles must be gone. IDK it was just slightly below how much I love my Hibernation ale from GD. Loved it.

DrDemento456, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

extremely dark with a rust colored hue, thick frothy three finger beige head that leaves tons of lacing.

Caramel malts, sweet, hop bitterness typical of stone, slight yeasty smell.

Hop bitterness leads, citrus hops mixed, alcohol present throughout, malty, slight biscuity flavors detectable. Piney/ grassy hops also noticable.

Full body, medium carbonation, warming.

Absolutely awesome beer, would love to drink more of them.

breweryaprntc13, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ReDave
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a deep dark crimson red, brown, but with a light shining behind, it has the red glowing through it.

I have to say, the last two Anniversary Ales haven't made me giddy. The tenth was beyond perfection, and I even still have several in the fridge. [they are maybe beyond peak, but still way great]

back to the present...

the nose isn't quite there... some pine and something else, but not what i think it should be for something off the truck....

Nice frothy head, not quite the tiny bubbles, but nice slightly tan head. Sticky lace down the sides...

Interesting taste... bitter then malt, then sweet... not sure how they do it... um, this is my um... 4th bottle over 6 days, and I've gotta say this is pretty good, but not quite the 10th...

However, if they want to keep this with the 10th and along of course with ruination and the rest, well I'm all for it. lol...

I am curious how this will be in a couple of weeks...
OK, I'm all for this being a keeper, I'm going back for another case!

[edit stupid chrome no spell check and i cant count!]

ReDave, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Purchased at total wine. Liked the label of drink immediately. Brilliant!

A - Poured a dark red or mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipated very slow, left decent lacing and the clarity was good as well.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, and cinnamon.

T - Grapefruit, cinnamon, bittering hops, some light citrus, complex malts. Reminds me of hop 15, but darker and not as bitter.

M - Very full-bodied, and hop dominated. Very little trace of alcohol in this 9.5 beer. As the beer warms up, the hops become more dominating and the complexity drops off.

D - Very good overall, will seek another bottle shortly. Very easy to consume mass quantities.

MisterClean, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of bminor7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

22oz from Savemore Beverage in Clifton Park, NY.
Had it on 10/22/2009.

A - 1 finger head, with good retention and lacing. almost no light coming through, what does yields a deep garnet.

S - like arrogant bastard but with a stronger malt bill, almost like a barleywine but not quite there. wonderful deep sweet hop aromas.

T - very similar to the smell. caramel, balsamic, piney. very sweet. stone hops all the way.

M - perfect blend of carbonation and thickness.

D - good, but accompany it with food.

bminor7, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

08/04/09- Purchased at K&L Wine and Spirits in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, summer 2009 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper amber colored pour with some ruby tint. Thick and dense full one inch plus head with good staying power. Lacing is nice with some light pathwork and lines.

Smell- Typical Stone...tons of hops...grapefruit pith and pine as well..can't really notice the malt, maybe a touch of caramel, but that's Stone. It's all good though.

Taste- Much like Double Bastard and AB. A brutal attack of woodsy hops which is balanced out (somewhat) by a nice caramel malty flavor. Quite bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Harsh bitter mouthfeel..kinda burns. Needs some cooling time. Tons of bitter flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hop heads beware! This may be about the most hops in one beer I have had. Almost brutal, but then again...oh so nice at the same time.

GClarkage, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks goes out to AndrewK and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear amber/brown color, very nice carbonation, with an awesome thick creamy one-finger plus light tan head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing and small islands about. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, with some malts, sweet, slightly bitter, nice little touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV alittle up front, but of no concern to me. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, thanks guy's.

Wasatch, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Pittsburgh
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Was waiting to do this, I was happy to find this at a local store, lasted about 3 days in the fridge amongst other beers....then I broke down.

Classic Stone beer here, pours dark and malty, has a good smell to it, fruity, sort of like and IPA or pale ale, but when you taste it, its totally different, more malty than hoppy, sticky, syrupy, strong taste, not something you want to drink fast, but something you want to enjoy, goes down easy, catches you at then end, with a bit of hop bitterness, but very subtle. Overall a sticky, malty beer that works, there is definitely something fruity in there.

Tastes like a derivation of Arrogant Bastard, reminds me of it, but its different, and a welcome change. I'd drink anything that tastes like this so I have to recommend it, and say it's a solid beer, definitely lives up to the expectations of Stone for me, well worht trying.

Pittsburgh, May 04, 2010
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a mahogany color with a tan head.

S: Smells strong like almonds and some hazelnut with some light hoppiness and, strange enough, garlic. It sounds disgusting, I know, but it’s not. The aroma is really inviting, if a garlic scent can do that without being in an Italian dish.

T/M: You can immediately taste chocolate in the back of your throat, light traces of hops and nuttiness throughout. Biscuity malts and marshmallow round out the finish. It’s very rich and very good.

I know this wasn’t their intention, but this beer must have gotten better with age. Either that, or I may have peed my pants in ecstasy if I tried it in 2009. Old beer won’t make you sick will it? I hope I don’t get collera or lupus or something. Eh, I don’t care, it’s worth it.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

A- Pours a nice dark red color with a large creamy biege colored head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty good balance between the malts and hops here. Starts out with a nice dose of toasted caramel malts, which are followed up by some nice piney and citrus hops.

T- This brew tastes great. A good mixture of hops and caramal malts. I wouldn't say very balanced but still great and over the top.

M- Maybe on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was good.

D- A very good beer. Easy...make that way too easy to drink.

nrbw23, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

OK, what the hell? I've had this before and was simply unable to review it....but this bottle I now have, this bottle is a F'ing GUSHER! I stand here in shock as my bottle of Stone 13 bubbles over like Mount Vesuvius all over my kitchen. Oh well, I guess my kitchen could smell like worse things than a boatload of hops! Is this unfiltered and bottle conditioned? I do see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle...

I gather myself and pour the gushing bottle into my Stone imperial pint. This is a foamy beer, no doubt. Deep, deep amber body, and great head retention and lacing.

Similar to Sublimely Self-Righteous, this aroma could make a hophead out of anyone. Once again, I get that green, sticky cannabis aroma.

Again, similar to Sublimely, this has a huge, dirty, weedy hop taste. Similar to a SN Bigfoot, it also has some notes of earthy, bitter chocolate, owing no doubt to the big-ass malts in here. It tastes like a chocolate-covered hop cone. Alcohol not really anywhere to be found.

Feel-wise, it's really sticky and full.

One bomber is enough. It's not particularly subtle or refined, but let's face it, this is exactly the kind of beer Stone knocks out of the park. It is, to me, an amalgam of Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Sublimely, and Ruination. It's a hophead's beer, but there's something for malt lovers too with all that bitter chocolate backbone. As I said, this is right in Stone's wheelhouse, like a big, fat hanging curveball to Ryan Howard.

Patrick999, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Caramel brown color with ruby edges. Poured a 3 finger coarse tan headwith good retention; dissipating to a rocky 1 finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big piney and floral hops. Also citrus and grass. Plenty of malt in the foiundation.

T: Caramel malts up front. Grapefruit and orange rind follow quickly. Sharply bitter finishes balances the beer nicely and spices bite the palate. This is a full flavor beer.

M: Medium-to-full body. Medium carbonation. Dances all over the palate with lots of big flavors coming in waves.

D: Fairly drinkable for this big of a beer. ABV is a bit daunting.

Haybeerman, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Well, here we are, just myself and a super fresh bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. I was going to wait to open it but then I read on the bottle "Do Not Cellar, Enjoy in 2009". That pretty much justified my opening this right now.

Pours a very deep, dark, mysterious rubyish brown color with an off-white, slightly tan head that is super thick and fluffy.

Instantly the aroma fills the general vicinity around this extremely pungent and potent brew. Lots of ridiculously piney and grapefruity smells abound. There is also a delicious smelling essence of pineapple and mango as well. Wow, absolutely amazing smelling stuff.

One sip and I am elated. This is very, very, very, hoppy. Its got a ton of piney and citrus going and its instantly tongue numbing, sort of like Ruination IPA. It just beats the living crap out of your tongue with a catastrophic bombardment of fresh Pacfic Northwest lupuluous love.

Once the hop attach subsides the warming sense of the alcohol makes things all good and the sweet, caramel maltiness really works to balance things out.

indiapaleale, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of MasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Bought a ton of these back when it hit shelves. Drank half then, took notes, drank some more now to compare.

Appearance- Thick, hazy brown/red. Looked almost like blood at first, until the carbonation settled. A nice, thick, fluffy head with a bone-ivory color capped off the pour. Nothing about the appearance changed over the three years.

Smell- (Fresh)Enough hops to punch you in the face. Aroma is ripe with cut grass, citrus hop, grain-alcohol(you can smell the booze on this one), and lighter notes of charcoal, peat, and tobacco. (3 years later) Much of the grassy hop is gone, leaving warm and spicy hop aromas, sour grapes, biscuit, and warm leather. The charcoal is still there, but muted.

Taste- (Fresh) A metric ton of hops, maybe too much at once- Not bad or bitter-for-its-own-sake, just a LOT of different hop flavor. Caramel and raisins mask a lot of the strong alcohol, and the same smoky notes of charcoal and leather round out the finish. Aftertaste is a lingering combination of burnt biscuits and sour fruits. (3 years later) The hop punch is gone, leaving earthy, musty hop flavor without most of the bitterness. Cut wood, mushrooms, sour cherries,and lemon zest, with a streak of caramel sweetness straight down the middle of the tongue. Aftertaste is that of muted hops with pangs of zest and leather.

Mouth feel- Definitely carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. Thick, with enough residual sugars to keep the beer present long after the final sip. The higher alcohol warms the throat. Nice. Nothing about the mouth feel changed over the 3 years.

Overall- Wow. What a killer beer. I still have about a case left. At first, this beer was a little much- so much going on, and the wall of hops was almost too much to take in. This beer held up incredibly well to aging. 3 years later and it is an almost entirely different, yet equally wonderful beer. I save these for special occasions and get together- goes nicely with Cohiba Red Dots, late nights, and dimly lit poker games.

MasterChef, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of babaracas
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a dark red-brown, garnet to the light, with dense 2 finger khaki head, really nice retention and a sheet of lace. Smell: big pine, leafy, grapefruit, sweet biscuity malt, roasty, a bit of yeast and a dose of caramel. Taste: very hop forward, raw, leafy, pine, grapefruit, herbal. Beneath the hop attack there's kind of a caramel-bitter chocolate-spice cake thing going on, again with a roasted character to it. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected at first, but it grew on me. When Stone brews stray into the 10% range they tend to get hot and boozy (I'm looking at you old guardian), but this is phenomenally easy to drink. DIPA meets altbier? Must pick up more...

babaracas, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

A no brainer to snatch off of the shelf, this yearly treat from the heavy hitting brewers of Stone. $7.49 @ Deciccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours mahogony amber, initially a large dark mocha head rises, then oh so slowly squirms down to a thick film, leaving worthy thick sheeting and then strands of lace. Grapefruit peel and dark malt in the nose. Bold and flavorful (suprise) with big meaty notes of more citrus, rum, plenty of dark malts, and then the hops kick in! Pine resin, citric and quite drying. Roll it all together, add in a well hidden 9.5%, and it adds up to yet another homerun. Go get some. I would guess this would age pretty well, despite the label's command to "Enjoy in 2009"

Billolick, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ewright
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

A: This one pours out a murky brown with a cm of rich head. There is ok retention and a decent amount of, not so much lacing, but coarse ribbons of head sticking to the glass. There is also a nice ring of foam to support further lacing.

S: A fruity wallop to the nose awaits with grapefruit, tangerine faint notes of tropical fruit. I get the feeling some malt is trying to peek through, but FAT CHANCE with the forward hop presence.

T: Everything the aroma promised, and then some. The first sensation is a moderately strong bitterness with plenty of grapefruit rind. The malt background makes a strong statement with notes of dark bread. Good caramelization from the lengthy brew. The aftertaste sheds light on some piney notes as well. However, this isn't a balanced beer. I feel like the malt and hops are engaged in a strategic battle for my tongue!

M: The malts provide a rich background, but the hops dry out the palette enough to keep this one from being cloying. Moderately high carbonation helps keep the hops from coating the tongue too quickly.

D: Definitely not something to power through, but an outstanding brew.

ewright, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of jpalarchio
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

The color on this beer is like none other that I've seen. It's a deep red that is fairly translucent in small quantities but becomes quite opaque in the wider part of the glass.

Smell and taste both seem to have a very pine-like quality to them. As can be expected from Stone, lots of hops in this one.

Taste is great, I could drink this all day. Alcohol is well hidden at 9.5%.

Good beer, prety unique.

jpalarchio, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a very dark orange with a thick off white long lasting head. Big nose of grapefruit that goes to lemons.

Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel of grapefruit and burnt toast with a long grapefruit to pine resin finish.

There is also a big underlying characteristic of malt that is literally layered under the hops. Complex and wonderfully integrated huge malt and huge hops. Should prove wonderful with lots of foods.

GRG1313, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The ale is dark, a deep wooden brown that could easily pass for a crimson red color. A full two fingers of head have laced around the glass.

S: Dark caramel malts set the stage for lots of hops. Both citrus and pine are in strong supply with a resiny pine finish standing out.

T: Damn, this is one bitter beer. The hops are so thick and concentrated, sharp and developed, that it is hard to believe that the ale isn't twice this strength. Hops are grapefruity and full of peppery spice. Pine and alcoholic heat follow, all of the flavors are full and rich. A deliciously hoppy ale. The dark caramel malts are reminiscent of the beautiful Stone XI and add a great deal of balance.

M: Blindingly hoppy, this ale is one lively sucker. The dark malts provide a richness that pairs nicely with the bold flavors.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a formidable ale without considering the incredible hop profile. My palate may never be the same but I'd glad for it.

akorsak, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle says enjoy in 2009.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark and cloudy brown amber color that produced a ridiculously huge fluffy tan head that is clinging to every side of the glass and is staying around for awhile too; great retention.

(S)- Tons of hop and barley amidst a lemon and lime biscuit. A light brown sugar/caramel sweetness on the finish.

(T)- Ample hop/barley up front blended with a light raisin bread with a lime/grapefruit/pineapple fruit concentration. Very respectable malt backbone that has a delicate sweetness to it. Its starting to remind me of their Arrogant Bastard combined with a barleywine, combined with a brown ale!

(M)- This is a great example of a perfectly balanced beer! There is obviously an immense hop addition that provides a big bitter and pine bite, but is smoothed out by the caramelized malts and barley-wine like profile it has. Superb balance and great carbonation level. Its actually incredibly smooth due to how meticulously balanced this is!

(D)- A great beer that demands your attention and respect while consuming it. An ample 9.5%abv is hidden well within this monster. I havent had any of Stone's Anniversary beers before this one, but I think that I need to seek them out in the future years. Its says not to cellar and enjoy before 2009 is over with, but I think I might put at least one away to see what happens in a year perhaps.

sweemzander, Sep 27, 2009
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.