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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of westweasel
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of Drew966
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is a damn fine beer. It pours a reddish brown with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. Piney and resin like hops dominate, but there are also citrus like hops too. The flavor is strongly hoppy, but surprisingly there is a strong malt backbone here too, biscuit, toffee, caramel and even a hint of chocolate malt appear. Highly recommended.

Photo of capra12
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/14/09 with Wheatman106,

Appearance: Deep Brown

Smell: Deep floral and bitter hops.

Taste: Opens with floral hops and fluctuates withe different hop profile throughout the swig and finishes with a subtle sweetness, leaving a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another but just another.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scifan
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tromba
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Recondopf
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of nectar14
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of greenpumas
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of johannasclimacus
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone- 13th Anniversary

A- Dark red, clear with a thick frothy head. Thick solid ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Pungent oily pine hops with hints of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and licorice.
T- Big powerful pine hops with a creamy caramel malt and a slighty bitter licorice with a sweetened brown sugar/ molasses body.
M- Very sweet and oily. Hops are present front and center, very sweet and resiny thick. Good sweet caramel/ molasses malt finishes off this beer with a nice sweet tanginess.

Overall- Tasted like a good Amber/DIPA. Big and flavorful with the alcohol well hidden. Quite smooth for the high alc. Very drinkable, well done!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/red color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is all hops, mostly pine and citrus ones (grapefruit, tropical fruit) that I notice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some spicy hops and a bit of malt in there too. There's also a long lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste. It's easy to tell this brew is all about the hops! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, oily, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and pretty easy to drink, considering the ABV and the bitter hops. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I liked it a lot. Get this brew while you can!

Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of xhuskr
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BonsaiBrewer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy redish brown with plenty of sediment - a big 2+ finger head that leaves notches all down the glass

smells like a pine forest

taste - pine pine pine - AB with grapefruit and lots of pine

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation

drinkability is great - i love the taste and love the smell - one of the best stone brews i have had

Photo of JTahoe
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, dark ruby, nearly black. Nice solid light brown head the color of light brown sugar with a bit of rockiness. Lace clings all over the glass at first. As the head settles down to a thin layer, the laciness dissipates a bit too.

S - A very nice blended hop aroma with caramel malts.

T - Oh yeah. Really nice hop bit up front, but nice smooth body of roasted malts, and burnt caramel. Background notes of cherry, dried fruit, resin, molasses, and a light smokey quality. Alcohol makes its presence known.

M - Medium-full, round and smooth overall with sharp prickliness popping through. Perfect carbonation. Finish goes a touch dry... nice.

D - Very drinkable for such a big full flavored beer... but I'd better pass with the ABV or I might go for a third. A sipper.

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.