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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%

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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New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2009 02:05:41 | More by capra12
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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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New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at la Cave du Vin, poured into a tulip glass

a: deep amber color, 1/2" off white head with good retention, lacing rings the glass on the way down

s: clean piney aroma, hint of carmalized malt

t: caramel malt quickly overtaken by sharp bitterness and piney hop flavor. slight alchohol as it warms. Very nice.

m&d: medium to full bodied with light carbonation. slightly slick mouth feel, finishs slightly dry. Very drinkable beer for such a monster. Awesome!!!


Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 20:02:52 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of botham


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub in Escondito. pours a chocolate brown color with rich garnet highlights and two fingers of thick & dense light tan head that has excellent retention.

aroma is very malty and bready with a caramelly note and some other non-descript malt notes. very complete in profile. a light spice comes through as the brew warms a bit.

taste is more of the same with a chewy maltiness and very rich character. almost a barleywine in sheer richness.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture and smooth aura that makes it very drinkable.

drinkability is good. for 9% APV, one would never know it. very well proportioned and rich on the palate. this one creeps up on the drinker with its alcohol, but goes down so smooth one can't help but love it. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 01:20:26 | More by botham
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North Carolina

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

from tap into a 10oz glass.

A: deep red color, slightly off-white head that laces the glass all the way down.

S: some good piney aromas with a hint of caramel.

T: the malt backbone appears initally, giving you some caramel sweetness and molasses character. then the piney, resinous, hop goodness kicks in and delivers and lingers as the alcohol warmth reaches for the stomach.

MF: full bodied, medium carbonation. alcohol warmth is present.

Drinkability: a little more arrogant than it's sibling, Arrogant Bastard. really good beer, really strong, definitely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 20:38:42 | More by porterwoobie
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 00:34:25 | More by Florida9
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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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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Pours dark brown, ruby highlights.the aroma on this thing is outstanding. Huge hop aroma of pine and citrus jump out of the glass. I didn't know what to expect but with stone, I guess I should have known. They nailed the dry hopping on this one. Flavor is good, but the buttering is a bit over done IMO. It would have been nice to taste some of the dark malts, ore anything but bitterness. It really detracts from the drinkability too.

In all, it's well worth a quaff, especially if you're a skull crushing hop head, but. Can't see myself having more than one glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 16:17:17 | More by TheEremite
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with reddish tint when held to the light. Head is a minimal half-finger of tan foam that vanishes quickly into a donut. No lacing.

S: Tons and tons of citrus hops. I smell a lot of grapefruit, some pineapple, and pine. I can barely smell any malt, but there is some toffee and a roasted grain aroma.

T: The taste is so over the top on this one. Lots of tropical citrus, with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, and possibly tangerine. A really nice variety, but it starts to get grassy pretty quickly. Malts are very well-hidden, as they should be in a red. But after searching I detect hints of caramel, toffee, and grain. Finish is dry and piney, with a hugely resiny grassy aftertaste (not a fan of that).

M: Medium to full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very oily aftertaste, but it's not too boozy.

D: I liked it more out of the bottle. It was very hard to finish this glass.

I fought largadeer for half of an after-dinner peppermint and tossed it into the glass and swirled it around.

The smell and taste took on characteristics of peppermint that worked very well with the brew. The slight mint sting complemented the dryness and helped cover up the grassy flavors. Congrats to me on a job well done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 19:51:04 | More by Arbitrator
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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Again, another July treat!

A: This beer is pretty dark. For a Strong Ale it has a nice dark ruby color that presents a beautiful frothy white head. Not to mention a fine lacing in the glass.

S: I smell something that resembles hoppy funk. It's basically like the smell of Arrogant Bastard on steroids. A bitter smell that let's you know, this beer means business.

T: Bitter and hoppy! To the max! Again, like an AB on steroids, but a taste that grew on me. The more I drank, the more I wanted. A fruity and earthy taste came through towards the end. Again, I want more.

M: Medium carbonation. Not much different than most Stone beers.

D: This baby is bitter! It doesn't take away that much from the drinkability but I could tell it was higher ABV.

Overall this beer is outstanding. No doubt it's worthy of being apart of Stone's "Anniversary" collection. I drank a bomber of this before an Incubus concert a few days before this review and let me tell you, I was hammered. Of course I was drinking a bevy of other beers before, but you get the hint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 20:29:15 | More by BigAl723
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap at the Craft Ale House into their 9 ounce tall glass.

A: A dark reddish brown color with a two finger off white slightly red head. Thick lacing on the glass.

S: Deep rich caramel malts with huge pine hops.

T: Massive hops bite first with huge (I mean huge) amounts of pine. Some spicy earthy characters as well and a hint of lighter fruit citrus hops. The deep caramel sweetness is lasting to keep the hops in the forefront, and the finish is uber bitter. Wow, big time beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly, alcoholy and good carbonation. Bitter end that lasts.

D: For me, even as a hophead, this was a tongue masher with the hops. The really deep bitterness and sweetness together made this beer a bruiser to drink.

Overall a very good beer, but boy it is a hops smack in the face. I love hoppy beers, but the mix of the really deep malts and brutal hops make this beer suffer a bit in drinkability. A bomber of this would tire me out. Still, a very good beer that I was glad to try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 14:20:28 | More by Kadonny
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just had this on tap at La Bella Pizza on 7-29-09, thanks Danny for the pour.

The beer was a dark caramel color with a creamy two inch head on top. Excellent retention and some lacing on the glass after every sip. A very good looking beer.

Juxtaposition had a pink grapefruit assault on the nose with some sweet lemon, orange, toast, lots of caramel, toffee, with more citrus rind and zest. Hints of cherry developed later on with some berries and fruity yeast esters. A bit of dark chocolate and some swee dark fruits, raisins and dates in the back.

At first sip I got a rush of toasted malts, burnt toast, and with an earthy and bitter citrus bitterness. Hints of raisins, prunes, chocolate, toast, and bits of coffee in the finish. Long lasting bitterness with an earthy and pine resin flavor. A bit dry too.

Very smooth carbonation, creamy, a tad thick and syrupy at first but the low carbonation picks it up in the finish. Wouldn't mind drinking a whole pint of this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 08:31:24 | More by seaoflament
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz goblet filled from the tap at Cole's.

Pours a deep mahogany, with a creamy tan head that shows good retention and laces well, before descending to a thin film. A very hop-forward nose, with strong elements of citrus, pine and grass wrestling the malts to the ground and putting them in a headlock. Drinks a little like an imperial 'black' IPA. For such a hop-forward nose, its actually the malts which turn up first, giving a creamy blast of chocolate and brown sugar. When the hops arrive they're driving a hummer. Orange and grapefruit peel, chewy pine and light floral notes deal some big bitterness that lingers for an eternity. The full mouthfeel helps to bulk up the flavours further, and its wonderfully slick on the tongue.

This brew is a humdinger - a hoppy beast, but with just about enough malt interest going on to avoid being one dimensional. Damn right I'd buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 18:14:36 | More by bobsy
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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

07-26-2009 21:04:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives with a root beer brown color and a one finger head that laces with proficiency

Smell: Grapefruity aroma, with rich malty undertones

Taste: Citrusy grapefruit dominates and builds, but there is a complex undertone of spice cake malt; after the swallow, the two flavor elements balance nicely, though the finish is a bit sticky (a Stone trademark)

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of Stone's better efforts; really enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 00:22:25 | More by brentk56
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light ruby brown with a creamy light tan head that lasts for awhile.
S: Almost like a double or triple IPA, though with more floral hops. Creamy and smooth.
T: A lot of floral and citrus hops up front, followed by a big malt backbone. Quite a lot of flavor packed in every sip.
M: Like the smell; pretty silky and creamy.
D: Little noticeable alcohol per se though strong flavors. For something stronger than a good, say, Oberon or an IPA, a fantastic summer beer. Another solid from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 08:14:42 | More by lhaqq
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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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North Carolina

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

Sampled on tap at Boho in Los Angeles.

A - A deep, dark brown with a reddish tint and little light coming through. Topped with a moderate beige head with very good lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy hop aroma with lots of grapefruit.

T - Big, big hop flavors with a mild bitterness that lingers nicely. The malt supports it all very effectively. This beer is very hoppy but still comes across as balanced.

M - Rich, thick and creamy with a nice low carbonation that lets the flavors run wild.

D - This is a strong, rich beer but it's very smooth and easy to drink. Happy Anniversary Stone!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2009 13:29:46 | More by GJ40
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep crimson mahogany with a tight caramel head that retains excellently. Some rings of lace on the glass.

S: Hugely and brashly hoppy. Tons of citrus, herbal, and piney hops. There's also a good deal of complexity here: fruitiness, alcohol, caramel, and burnt brown sugar. Intense, complex, and excellent.

T&M: Boatloads of piney, herbal, and citric hops dominate up front. Later, some fruitiness (apples), caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate are all noticeable. Finish is very, very long. A monster of a beer. Can get a bit boozy at times. Big body with a big-bubbled, yet strong carbonation. Definitely would be interested in trying this one out of the bottle, as sometimes that can subdue the alcohol flavor a bit.

D: Definitely one to savor and enjoy. Not quaffable in the least, this is a big beer that demands your attention. It's a little bit boozy on tap, but still a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 15:48:43 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Fells Point Baltimore.

A - Dark dark clear reddish amber with a tan to off white foamy head and plenty plenty of lacing. I love it when beers look like this.

S - Rich grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet, but not much here.

T/M - Taste is more piney than the smell, but with the same grapefruit character. Very rich and bitter, but fresh tasting. Very clean and juicy mouthfeel.

D - Not very, but enjoyed it thoroughly. Very delicious, but a bit much to drink alot of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 19:24:09 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 10oz snifter. Poured a deep rich brown with a slight reddish tint when held to the light. Less than an inch of medium tan head dissipated at a moderate pace, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma featured a solidly malty base with a nice mix of spice and hop notes. The flavor was surprisingly shy on the front but featured some slightly roasty flavors to match up with the hop spice and featured a couple of flavors I couldn't identify.

The body was full without being heavy and was nicely smooth while still having a noticeable bite. This beer hides it's 9% alcohol well, making it a dangerously drinkable beer. Overall a wonderful beer that is worth some effort to find and worth drinking whenever you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 18:30:33 | More by beertunes
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1.55/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Had this on tap tonight at the Falling Rock Stone event.

Dark copper color with white head. Smell and taste are hops hops and more hops. Wow, I can't remember the last time I had such a hoppy beer. It was probably the last time I had a Stone beer. Just demolishes the drinkability and flavor profile. After about four sips I had to order something different. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 05:20:01 | More by waltonc
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA last night. Served in a pint, 12oz pour.

A - Deep bronze w/ 3/4 inch tan cap. Mildly hazy and fiery crimson when held to the light. The bead is fin and sublte lace is deposited.

S - An instensely pungent citrus hop aroma, just soaked in juice odor w/ a huge grapefruit nose. Pine adds something more earthy to the nose, the ripe orange scents are obvious even several inches away from the ale

M - Crisp, tight, resinous and juicy feel w/ bitter texture in check w/ the mild sweet malt assistance. The piney bitter and warmth is felt in the lasting sharp finish

T - Really sweet + fruity taste of grapefruit w/ hints of pine cone and an almost salty bitterness like sucking the essence from a hop leaf after the malt subsides. The taste is salty w/ acidity hitting the sides of the tongue at the back w/ spicy hop flavor. A nice amber malt creaminess in the taste is usurped by the sharp, stinging( again salty) brine at the end which calls you back to taste again. The mix of sweet and then heat is very flavorful and has a nice contrast

D - The taste is overwhelming at times, not tame in any way. It takes 'Imperial Red' to a whole 'nother level. Almost to hoppy for its own good, could use a little age IMO before it will be truly incredible drinkability wise. The bitterness is almost like salt off a pretzel at times. I can't wait to taste this in the bottle maybe a month from now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 16:06:21 | More by Slatetank
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's the other night.

The beer pours a darkish brown color, looking very much like a standard porter. The beer has pretty decent head retention, with lots of sticky lacing all around. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a hop bomb. There is a hint of malt and coffee, but the over-riding aroma is bitter citrus and hop perfume. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and this beer is impressively hoppy. It's very reminiscent of a DIPA, and I was told this is the hoppiest beer Stone has ever made. Whatever, this beer is hugely bitter and citrusy, with just a hint of coffee and chocolate. One thing I found interesting about this beer, is that the initial flavor I get is just a breath of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong and drowns out everything else. As it turns out, this beer has a pretty dry finish, despite the fact that you can tell the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the combination of massive hop bitterness and high alcohol make it difficult to have more then one serving.

This is a very impressive effort from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 15:31:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an Imperial Red IPA clocking in at 9.5%. They have used more hops per barrel than any previous beer made. They hop it during the boil, then dry hop it once it cools, and then they dry hopped it one more time just before filtering, for good measure I suppose.

The hops come through, but the beer surely has a sweet, malty side as well. When poured it has a deep red, mahogany color with a rich, creamy tan head. The crystal and amber malt flavors shine through in the mid palette. The hops have a bitterness up front, and then carry on through the palette and stay for a long finish.

I would say that this beer is much more malt driven than most of the West Coast IPA's out there. There is a real quality to the expression of malt character in this beer. I am never sure what flavors, other than barley, to equate the "red" malt to, but this beer has a lot of it with tons of layers. The alcohol shows a bit too much, which is characteristic of Stone's beers, but is not offensive. Maybe a bit out of balance, but it is easy to tell that there was a great effort put into this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 20:17:18 | More by LibraryTom
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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