Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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"
07-22-2009 01:21:51 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
22oz bottle pours dark blood red with full tan frothy head and lace. very nice Deep pine aroma. Taste is very good. nice mix of both Malt and hops and sweetness. pine resin stickiness really comes out as I found myself licking my lips after each mouthful. pleasant bitter aftertaste
07-22-2009 00:11:45 | More by seanroto
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
A- Clear, dark-red and brown with a tan head that has nice retention.
S- Citrus and tobacco from the hops but also some doughy notes from the malts and yeast.
T- Citrus, grapefruit mixed with some hop oil notes fade into the malty backbone with has some nice caramel malts and fruit flavors. The hops come back in on the end with some pine notes creating a bitter and dry finish.
M- Medium to full feel due to the strong malt body. With a good carbonation level.
D- The hops and high abv make this one a sipper for sure, but a very fine one. Despite the high hop level the beer is kept fairly balance by a full malt body. This one really is a treat.
07-21-2009 23:59:39 | More by TommyW
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottle. Pours a dark amber not unlike Double Bastard, with a frothy tan head. Nose is pine, malt and ether. This is an excellent hop bomb, and yes, drink fresh. Flavor has notes of pine, malteds, grapefruit and a slightly smoky note. After a diversion into that chocolate stout mess, its good to know that they are going back to the basics - not one you age, but one that tastes really good right NOW!
07-21-2009 22:03:22 | More by Taverner420
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks to Dave (d0b) for ordering one of these bad boys for me. Served in my Pisgah pint glass. The first hoppy Stone Anniversary beer that I've gotten to try fresh.
A - Two fingers of creamy-looking tan foam that dissipates pretty slowly - not a ton of lace is left behind, just a few isolated patches. Dark hazy amber red-brown body. This is far beyond amber ales like Nugget Nectar and somehow exudes strength and intensity.
S - Hops galore in this one - big grapefruit citrus smell with a touch of pine and earth in there. Well-balanced with light caramel and burnt sugar malts. A touch of the 9.5% ABV peeks out, but it's not harsh. The smell is huge, but I wish there was a bit more depth to it.
T - The taste is more malt heavy, with a copious amount of bread and grain, a touch of cocoa, some spicy esters, and some sweet citrus flavors at the back end. The taste ends very bitter and lingers for quite a while - this is definitely a palate-bruiser.
M - Big thick body that supports the ABV well. Moderate carbonation with a bit of zing to it. Chewy, but smooth, with tons of oil and resin left behind after swallowing. There's a bit of warmth that starts to show in my throat after a few sips. It's pretty much exactly what I want from this style.
D - This is an intense brew, and I'm beginning to regret opening the bomber on my own. I'll persevere of course, but I think this is a beer for sharing. The bitterness is intense and the ABV higher, so this certainly isn't for sessions, but it's a lovely treat all the same.
07-21-2009 16:44:54 | More by MasterSki
3.35/5 rDev -17.5%
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. A touch of iced tea too. Flavor is super hoppy--more citrus and grassy hops with a bitter finish. A solid malt base too. Heavyish palate with the 9.5%. It started wearing on me by the middle of the glass...In the end, boring and heavy.
07-21-2009 15:22:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from 22oz bottle
A- Pours a dark brown/red color. 2 finger light tannish head that dies down after a little while. Nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Doesn't get much better than this.
S- Big pine hops come marching through the nose. Some citrus hops detected along with some sweeter caramel malt in the back of the nose. Hops is where it's at in the nose though.
T- Right off the bat with this is big hoppy piney resin goodness. The citrus hops take a backseat to this beer along with a underlying sweeter roasted malts. Hops are where it's at with this ending with a bitter piney hop bite to it.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Big hop resin over everything in your mouth. Good carbonation makes this beer crush your palate in a clean and quick way. This beer is just hops and more hops. Good stuff for sure!
D- I would like to drink this all the time if it wasn't 8 a bomber where I live. Plus it's getting hard to find sadly. Boo to that.
07-21-2009 09:50:11 | More by alleykatking
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
A- Pours a deep ruby red color with a thick beige colored head that leaves tons of sticking lacing all the way down.
S- Whoa. You can tell that TONS of hops AND malt have been shoveled into this baby. Strong scents of pine, ruby red grapefruit, orange peel, and caramel.
T- This is one hoppy brew. Strong crash of hoppy bitterness initially with mostly a pine flavor. Some caramel malt flavors throughout with a roasted feel. A snappy bitter finish. Hops are a bit one dimensional with only pine flavors coming through and not really as much citrus as was found in the nose. Alcohol is easily detectable.
M- Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Chewy and slick at the same time.
D- Alcohol is a somewhat brash and the flavor is bit one sided with an abundance of bitterness but not quite as developed of a flavor as I was hoping for. Still a nice brew, just expecting a bit more.
07-21-2009 03:56:36 | More by projectflam86
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
07-21-2009 02:54:28 | More by Tromba
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
Stone 13 sits in the glass with a dark but clear crimson body and a dense, long-lasting rust-colored head. The nose is hoppy but balanced, the tobacco and grapefruit of the hops playing nicely off of the caramel and old leather malt backbone. The taste is initially rich and malty, but the grapefruit and pine hop attack takes over mid-palate, leading into an intensely bitter and resiny finish. This is a pretty easy-drinking beer despite the high ABV and moderate sweetness, and the mouthfeel never gets excessively heavy. Basically, it's exactly as advertised; an imperial red ale, not just an overhopped barleywine or dark DIPA. Good stuff, a huge improvement over the lackluster 12th anniversary stout. This one is going to fade fast though, so drink it fresh.
07-21-2009 01:33:18 | More by largadeer
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Very clear deep red colour. An inch high cap of fine beige bubbles fell very slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind quite a lot of lacing on the glass. Good head retention after the initial settling. Intense hop aroma, pine resin and grapefruit, with rich caramel malt in the background. Bitterness started strong and continued to grow through the finish, lingering for a long time on the palate along with the flavour of hop resin. Sturdy malt backbone, but it was no match for the hops. Medium to full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation. Some dryness from the hop resin. Alcohol flavour (a bit spicy, peppery) and warmth were present, but not overpowering. I liked this one. The big hoppy punch was balanced just enough by the malt and alcohol was well controlled.
07-21-2009 00:51:52 | More by DrJay
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
22oz bomber to a freshly washed pint glass
Poured a dark amber w/ a slight chill haze. Two inch thick off-white head, substantial lacing with some "legs".
Smells of fresh ground citrus rinds and pine needles. I can also detect some cinnamon and spice, slightly. The citrus hops are dominant on the nose.
Taste is a very fresh citrus melded with cinnamon, raison and dates. A good lingering acidity and heat from the alcohol. A slight burbon quality. Very complex and morphs a bit towards a Strong American Amber as it warms w/qualities of caramel and varieties of malt.
This is a mouthful. Very complex and righteous!
This is a careful drinker. Enjoy it and move on o something of less impact. Perhaps a Stone IPA?
07-20-2009 20:32:30 | More by GordonQuid
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
22 oz. bottle into a pint glass
P: Dark amber with a very thick and creamy crown that stands 2 fingers tall. Showed decent retention and formed a thick collar on top.
A: All the usual suspects you would expect to find in an Imperial Red. Caramel malts, pungeant citrus hops, oily piney hops, toffee, and a little booze. Hops make this one a little one-dimensional. Reminds me of a weaker version of Tongue Buckler.
T: Intensely bitter right out of the chute with big blasts of resinous pine, and bright citrusy hops that smell like grapefruit and orange rinds. It has a nice, sturdy toasted caramel malt bill that supports and tries valiantly to provide at least a little balance. I was expected a bigger, chewier malt presence than this to be honest. As is, it just tastes a lot like a really bitter DIPA from Stone; I know, not that ground-breaking, huh? A little boozy on the palate with that same vodka-type quality that I find in fresh Old Guardian. It warms you up, that's for damn sure!
M: Medium-full bodied but still achieves a nice, thick, creaminess about it. Just not as much as I would have preferred given the huge hop bill, as a bigger malt presence would have added that chewy, lush smoothness to it that really would have tickled my fancy.
Notes: All in all, this is a pretty decent brew from one of my favorite breweries, even though it's really one-dimensional. Nothing spectacular about it, as it doesn't quite reach the greatness you would expect to find in a Stone Anniversary brew. The ethanol rears its ugly head a bit too much for me and the malt bill seems way overloaded by the hops. Maybe 6 months of age will do this one some good.
07-20-2009 07:27:56 | More by sweetbrew82
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Dark brown with a light brown head that was about 3 fingers high in the glass - wow.
S - Pine, citrus, malt, dark fruit, possibly even some licorice.
T - Very interesting - Dark fruit definatey present - perhaps figs? Has a nice hop profile with a bitterness that is quite mild. The finish brings through the alcohol which has a nice warmth to it.
M - Nice balanced carbonation
D - I would have to ding this one a bit on he drinkability. I like the taste but the ABV is a bit high and Im not sure that I could have too many of these in a row.
As always, an impressive beer from Stone. Definately worth trying for $6.99 a bomber.
07-20-2009 02:40:15 | More by beerman207
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Bomber poured into Sam Adams glass.
Pours a dark brown with just a bit of red. There's a very modest but tight and lasting foam with little lacing. Nose is hops, hops, hops! This is definitely an exciting smell for me and it hits before I've even raised the glass. Aaron Tyrell of Stone was actually just at a tasting I attended and he said that it was about the hoppiest beer they've ever made. Taste is the big heavy-hitting Stone bitterness with some lingering pretty chewy malts. There's a touch of roasty toffee hiding behind the big bitterness. Also masked behind the huge hop flavor is the alcohol, in fact it's difficult to detect really any at all. I must say that the color throws me a bit with this one, but it is really quite delicious. I'm not getting a lot of strong ale, just a lot of double IPA--which is OK for me, but maybe not for some others (although I suspect you know what you're getting into with this brewery). That said, I'll definitely be sad when this one is retired.
07-20-2009 02:25:48 | More by cdpike
4.18/5 rDev +3%
The bomber pours a slightly hazed dark garnet body with creamy tan head that stands two fingers tall. Good retention and some island chain lacing.
Aroma is bold, with pungent cedar, grassy hops, a whiff of grapefruit, and some boiling toffee.
Mouthfeel has a creamy medium texture with a resinous hop bite and satiny carbonation.
Taste opens with a pine hops bitterness that lasts to the finish. Toffee and toasted caramel malt backbone struggles to match the hop bitterness and ultimately caves in. Hops develop a myriad character midway through that has earthy, leafy, and citrusy elements. Finish is long and bitter, with a resinous aftertaste.
This one has hints of Old Guardian, Double Bastard, and Arrogant Bastard woven throughout, but manages to hold on to a distinct Stone identity. Very well done.
07-19-2009 21:16:18 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-19-2009 19:24:09 | More by MunchkinDrinker
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Deep chestnut, mahogany with a few fingers tan creamy head that leave streaky tan patches down the side of the glass.
S - Pine and grapefruit hops with a good amount of bitterness, some alcohol is present, sweet caramel and toffee malts. Some herbal hops notes show up as it warms.
T - A mixture of sweet caramel and bitter piney hops. Rich sweetness but not cloying with bitter, resiny hops. The toffee, caramel flavor has almost a burnt quality to it. Grapefruit and herbal hops start to show up as it warms.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a touch of slickness and a nice amount of carbonation. The aggressive bittering leaves a dry lingering finish.
D - A nice bold beer for Stone's 13th but it would be hard to drink more than 1 in a sitting. Congrats on 13 years.
07-19-2009 19:04:54 | More by brewcrew76
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a nice darkish-amber color with a fluffy head into my pint glass.
Aroma is full of floral and citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malt underneath. Hops dominate the nose.
Taste is a blast of citrusy hops with a good hint of biscuit malt. This baby is all about the hops. Alcohol is well hidden and there's even some biscuit malt.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hop bitterness, which seems to dominate the mouthfeel as well. Very drinkable for the ABV.
I'm going to buy another bottle of this soon. It's easy to drink and the alcohol does not dominate like it would in other examples of this style. Marvelous.
07-19-2009 18:43:38 | More by Brad007
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
07-19-2009 18:30:33 | More by beertunes
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
07-19-2009 16:49:47 | More by altctrlsdelete
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Bought at Whole Foods, Pasadena, Ca-Arroyo Parkway.
The smell off the bottle is hoppy with a slight apricot smell. Poured a dark red color into a pint glass. Hardly any head and bubbles. The taste is hoppy with a nice back end. Can feel the abv in this pour. Nice. I would drink this again.
07-19-2009 06:55:31 | More by Westsidebuddha
4.72/5 rDev +16.3%
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 :)
07-19-2009 02:15:55 | More by AlexCuse
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
22oz Bomber poured in a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head that doesn't last very long. Smell is awesome, slightly sweet and hoppy. Reminds me of a dark hopslam.
This thing is really tasty. Notes of honey, a good boquet of hops some good malts. It really doesn't feel like a dark heavy beer, looks can be decieving!
An awesome brew one of the best Stones I've had!
07-19-2009 00:37:02 | More by kingcrowing
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a dark ruby brown color with a large off white head.
Scent of strong oily hops, light grain, and alcohol. The hops are nice and strong, but the alcohol is pretty strong as well; a good scent regardless.
Taste of hops, sugars, charred malts, fruit, and alcohol. The flavor itself isn't too bad, but the hop level in the taste is very disappointing. This one fell pretty far below my expectations.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.
07-19-2009 00:34:51 | More by paco1029384756
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.