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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
outstanding

717 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 717
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 sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of DmanGTR
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown with dark amber hues. Off white head that retained well as a thin cap and beautiful lacing. 4.5

S - rich amber malts, touch of carob, intensely hoppy but more balanced than the Arrogant Bastard. Little hints of grapefruit show through. 4.0

T - heavily malty, reminiscent of DFH 90 Minute with a touch of smokiness and robustness. 4.0

M - medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Wish it was on cask. Now this is a beer that should have switched carbonation style with the Arrogant Bastard on cask. 3.5

D - However, I dig this beer. One more please. 4.0

DmanGTR, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark maroon, trimmed in copper, and foamed with a height of sticky and durable beige froth.
Caramelized pineapple, port, wintergreen, white grapefruit, and burnt toffee nose.
It traverses the mouth, first laying a layer of caramelly and bready malt sod. This gathers up towards a more toasted (and almost burnt) graininess. Fruit begins to ooze out with dark grapes and prunes, as well as grilled peaches, pineapples, and melons, as the hops enter the picture. Squirts of citrus and minty wintergreens. The close features a burst of alcohol-forward port wine.
Full bodied and given a bit of airiness with it pesistant CO2 that belies its elevated ABV.
Very barleywine-esque. This is a big ale in the order of SN's Bigfoot with a fruitier hop profile.

cokes, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear ruby-amber body topped by a finger of moderately creamy tan head. Decent retention and solid lace. Attractive.

S: Huge wave of piney, resinous hops; moderate spice, and just a bit of malt sweetness. Straightforward and excellent.

T: Follows the nose quite closely, with a constant, delicious, complex assault of rich, juicy hops. THe malt is only present in the slightest bit of background balance. Dry spicy, slightly boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium, slightly sticky body; maybe a bit under-carbonated.

D: Pretty standard for its strength. Hops help keep any potential cloying at bay.

Notes: I ordered this without remembering what style it even was (not that "American Strong" means all that much, though - it tasted far more like a DIPA), as I trusted Stone to deliver again. They did. This awesome, hugely hoppy red ale puts even AB to shame, as far as I'm concerned.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't buy nearly as much Stone beer as I used to but I'm always game to pick up a lone bottle of any one-offs or anniversary beers when they show up. Given that this was billed as the hoppiest beer they have produced I was a little excited to see how it lived up to that claim. It is an unsurprisingly red-amber color, very good head and it sure smells damned hoppy. The flavor is abrasive, brash hops which I can see why some people are put off by the way Stone hops their beers but I dig it. There was also a solid maltiness and the mouthfeel was thick. This was a good beer but nothing beats the 10th in my opinion that stuff was one of my favorite IPA's ever.

ArrogantB, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my piraat snifter with a frothy two-finger beige head, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color, nice retention and light lace

s: first is an onslaught of green pine backed by fresh tropical fruits - monstrous West Coast C-hops, notes of grapefruit and fresh pine bough being most dominant with some mango and passionfruit, malts try to make a stand but ultimately skulk in the background providing smooth nutty aromas and dark toffee dusted with cocoa, mild ethanol peeks out only after warming considerably

m: smooth carbonation around medium level, medium-full body

t: almost all hops on the tongue - big tropical flavors turning towards pine bitterness almost immediately, the malts are felt more than tasted - lending some dark sugars and flavors of nut-roll or dark breads, a wonderfully oppressive bitterness lingers in the long finish, too unbalanced for a higher score but a great experience for the hop fiend within

d: an easy sipper but one that demands respect, a nice beer overall but I would like to see some more malt coming through the wall of hops

bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA

blackie, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish mahagony brown, minimal head but decent lacing.

S: Complex blend of hops, malt with some booze notes on the end.

T: grapefruity hops, carmel malts, slight smokey and spicyness to it. definite booze on th back end.

M: Full bodied, syrupy, coating but minimal aftertaste.

D: Would have assumed it was a hopped up barleywine based in the flavor profile. Good full, complex flavor without overpowering.

rfgetz, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

34th review on BA
Bottle to Stone pint glass

I'm reviewing this with an open mind. Bottle says to drink in 2009 and don't age it. It's almost 2011 and I just got a bottle of this from a little liquor store who I doubt knew to sell these fresh.

App-This beer poured a dense, thick, rich chocolate brown color. It had a nice tan creamy one finger head.

Smell- It was a complex mess to say of smells on this. You get dried fruit, you get the alcohol, you get some caramel and maybe some other roast in there.

Taste- This is where I think a fresh bottle would come in handy. I don't know how to compare it to a fresh bottle but its like drinking a baby RIS. I saw that because you get so many flavors but the big flavors stand out with the coffee and chocolate of the RIS coming to mind.

Mouth- It's a complex beer and demands to be sipped and enjoyed while flavors go to work on the palate.

Drink- One and done for me. It was like sipping on a fine wine to be enjoyed and remembered.

FosterJM, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delighted to find this lurking on the shelves of a Hudson, WI liquor store not long ago. From what I hear it didn't hang around long, but I'm always up for trying another Stone brew.

Poured into two pint glasses for my wife & I. Deep, polished copper, like a quality piece of breastplate. Smell is a knockout - insane hops, wind-shear of malts, & a high-kick of alcohol. Be afraid, mouth.

Stone XIII is one wicked brew. The malts in this creature are so intense that they almost drown out the consortium of hops that are plainly clamoring for attention...but not quite. Pine cones are hard on the finish, & accompanied by a bit of pine bark, too, a woody dryness that plays oddly with the hard malts. Good wood, big hops, slammin' malts...yeah. This is good. The lower-the-boom alcohol notes that come in to mop up after the party are packin' some heat, too. This is one & done for me, but I'll enjoy the heck out of this one.

Excellent beer. Not only that, but one that defies easy categorization, nor can I bring to mind one I've had like it. Points all around. Nice!

maximum12, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Poured a deep garnet, almost brown, with a thick off-white foam that rose to fill the glass. Very good clarity and retention. The head fell after quite some time and left loads of sticky lace.

A bed of caramel malt allows all of the hops to dance into the air. Loads of pine needles, fresh cut grass, grapefruit and orange peel from the massive west coast hopping.

A sweet touch of sticky caramel and toffee up front and then an onslaught of hops. A quick, decisive blow of bitterness. Pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel primarily which then lead to a grassy, almost minty herbal bitter finish. A touch of heat in the finish, but that is to be expected.

Bordering on full bodied, this is a sticky, chewy hop bomb but is surprisingly smooth.

With only the faintest amount of booze detected, this is scary drinkable.

ColForbinBC, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolate milk hazy redbrown, like riverwater. Opaque. Can't tell what the shit going on up in this.

Smells like lots of fruit, booze, alcohol and malt. No winey nodes, very little hops. Just a like a combination of a fruit smoothie, minced meat pie, and grandpa's fiery orange juice (only just the fire, no OJ).

I know it says right on the bottle that you shouldn't age this, but this is way more pleasantly complicated than the beer I drank on tap in September. It's like a wonderfully melted fruitbasket, the alcohol has gained prominence as the chocolatey malts have been dulled and all that's left is like the bastard progeny of a Dubbel and and an American strong

mynie, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red color, head was super creamy and frothy. The aroma is unique and beyond complex. Caramel up from, slight mint, spicy hop remnants, leather, chocolate, and earth. There's a big caramel, almost chocolaty note up front on the taste, some earthy, spicy bitterness still lingering from the hops, sweet malts, and a leathery finish. Full bodied on the feel, creamy.

"Do not cellar".

I never noticed that on my bottle until I decided to crack it...3+ years later.

I haven't had it fresh, which would have been nice, though I was just getting into beer at that time and Stone entered Louisiana the year after. But, this was a nice Strong Ale. Though the said "Don't cellar", I think they knew this would hold it'd own to father time.

EgadBananas, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark amber hue that is actually as much brown as it is red. NIce tall tan head, bubbly and vicious. Good retention with nice lace.

S: Lots of malt up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hints of roast and a big blast of hops. There is lots of gooey pine hops with an equal assault of grassy green hops.

T: Very much like the aroma. Malt sweetness up front. Caramel and molasses mostly. The roast is there to provide depth, before the hop assault takes place. All hops are represented. I picked up a bit of sweet pine up front. It really played well off the sweet malt. Things bitter up in the middle with citrus pushing forward. The finish is big, bold, grassy green, and bitter.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Rich, sweet, with long bitter finish.

D: Pretty good. It's a nice big beer that lends itself to kicking back and sipping the night away.

tpd975, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -26.1%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful ruby dark brown color with a thick off white head that slowly settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a citrus hop, mainly grapefruit, as well as some tropical fruits. A nice sturdy bready malt is also picked up in the aroma. The flavor is of roasted malt, similar to an american stout, coupled with the hoppiness of a DIPA. Strong earthy hops, piney and resiny, definitely harsh. The ABV comes into play. The feel is moderate somewhat chewy, quite a bitter finish from the hops. Plenty of alcohol belly burn. Overall a pretty strong ale, nice stout and DIPA flavors. However, the flavors are raw and harsh. Definitely needs some mellowing, especially the ABV.

Gmann, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Rather dark amber maple syrup body with a dense inch and a half of light sandy head. Great lacing. Delectable nose of pine sap, herbal resinousness, pineapple, and minty hops. Substantial fruit, cookie, and rum backing.

Herbal, numbing hop bitterness right up front. Aggressive and tasty. Undercurrent of fruity, rummy malt mounts a defensive against the hop dominance. Sticky, and slightly sweet, the malt still can't balance the hop bitterness. Piny and resinous all the way through, with flashes of mint and citrus in the finish. Dry and numbing to the end. Reminds me of SN Bigfoot, but with more hops! Medium-full body with a creamy feel. One of Stone's better Anniversary beers.

alexgash, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like orange and cherry and resin, with pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like juicy oranges and cherry and grapefruit, with some pineapple and caramel and roasted barley. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice balance of hops and malt, with great general taste and great body. It had very big flavors, but it hid the alcohol well and ended up being pretty easy to drink. The roasty notes became more apparent as it warmed, which gave the beer that much more depth. Very enjoyable! Despite the bottle's warnings, I'm curious how this might age.

Pencible, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

hopdog, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved the look of this beer. Have to say it certainly reminded me of a more piney Arrogant Bastard. There was something about the malt profile that reminded me of that beer. BTW, it's one of my favorites.

The beer is just perfect looking. Creamy/full light tan head that is able to rise well above the top of the glass. Excellent retention and clumps of lace... Deep maroon, amber/light brown color. Dark, dark color.

Aroma was awesome as well. Pine, fresh floral aroma. Huge hop smack. Sharp citrus at the end...

As mentioned earlier the malt profile really reminded me of Arrogant Bastard. There is a sweet, fruity caramel background. Lots of depth and the hop profile is wonderful. Resin like Pine some sharp citrus.

Just shy of creamy mouth feel. Thick and bold. The hop profile accentuates this.

Wonderfully drinkable for a hop head.

Another excellent effort by Stone. Happy Anniversary.

Reagan1984, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as not having much direction. Up front some roasted caramel flavors, followed by rather harsh and nondescript hopping that finished with a broad, bland bitterness. Not bad, but discordant and unbalanced. Better luck with next year's edition.

Brent, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber served in a pint glass. Nice looking beer: dark brown, thick tan head, abundant lacing. Hoppy aroma, with a little caramel. Strong hops taste, lingering. A little caramel and some dark fruit. A full-bodied beer, very enjoyable. I will drink this again.

lordofthewiens, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Deep brown color with a creamy tan head that stayed as a cap and left streaks of lacing.
The smell is strong piney hops with a hint of dark fruit sweetness in the background.
The taste is borderline on being too hop heavy but there's just enough malt to make me want more.
Medium/Full bodied with a smooth feel on the finish.
Enjoyable brew.

Happy 13th Anniversary Stone, Many More!

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 20, 2009
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.