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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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606 Reviews
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Reviews: 606
Hads: 721
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 606 | Hads: 721
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is deep, deep amber. Slightly hazy with a rather small, but still beautiful off-white creamy head that after a long time dissipates leaving nice lacings.

S: The American floral hops almost knocks me out: pine and pineapple, citric notes as well. Sweet malt, lightly roasted, in the back - with a sence of dark dried fruits.

T: American hops, like in the taste, but in the taste also lots of bitter hops. Lots of maltyness as well, a bit smoked. Dark dried fruits. Not as sweet as the smell implied.

M: A great after-taste, long and in almost perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate with only really small bubbles.

D: A really nice beer, but in my taste it's a little to much hops and to little malt. But a really nice beer...

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark crimson with a bright clarity and a foamy 3 finger medium beige colored head. Retention was good with a splashy lacing that covered a good portion of the glass. The visible effervesce was extremely light. Overall another dark and brooding beer from stone.

S: sweet with wet pine and grapefruit, albeit much lighter then most of their other beers. A light bready caramel malting, semi-sweet in nature is well balancing and represented here as well.

T: The flavor starts out with a strong bitterness of grapefruit attacking the taste buds upon the first sip. The bitterness continues to grow even more pungent in nature with a dry flowery hopping as we hit the middle of the palate. Dry grassy notes with a strong resinous malting and pine hopping parches the tongue with an assertive dry hoppiness. The fade is lingering, long and very dry. The malting is toasted and dry, medium in body while the alcohol also cotributes to the dry warming finish. Overall a heavily hopped strong ale the leaves the tongue brutally assaulted and parched by a hefty dose of "C" hops that was nicely malted as well.

M: decent, nothing spectacular or much to note here. Medium in body, with a wonderfully dry hopped fade. The carbonation was light all around.

D: Good drinkability as well enjoyment. Hop heads will rejoice by the dry pungent hoppy nature while noobs may stumble their way through this one. Bitter dry with a lingering dry bitter hop fade that stays with you long after the swallow.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1" dark tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls ever so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness, citrus and pine hops character, and ample alcohol. Taste is syrupy sweet upfront for a second, and then it's hops bitterness through and through, to a fault, with some alcohol burn at the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the afterburn, and drinkability is eh. Guess they weren't thanking me with this one.

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Photo of beertunes
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-brown, light tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Huge, overpowering piny aroma with underlying citrus (tangerine, nectarine, apricot). The hopping certainly boarders on a DIPA.

T: Plenty of resiny pine, tangerine, nectarine, assertive bitterness, brown sugar and toffee. Some alcohol warmth, but the flavour covers it well.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable for a brew of this size.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. 

S- The aroma is fantastic! There is a lot of sweet malt, caramel and a good dose of hops. There is a wonderful balance between the malt and hops in the aroma. Not surprisingly, this one is packing a lot of hops! 

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously balanced. The taste starts out pretty smooth with a solid malt backbone. The hops quickly make their presence felt and create a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another very tasty brew from Stone. Happy 13th Anniversary Stone! 

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way for the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear ruby red, some amber in the corners, thick off white head forms, settles down to a thick layer leaving a lot of chunky lace on the glass. Smell is neat, caramel, a bit musty, grapefruit, some herbal hoppiness, floral, orange peel, lots of citrus, pretty nice. Taste is nice too, butterscotch, citrus, some orange peel and marmalade, grapefruit, tangerine, biscuity malt, alcohol, nice fruity finish, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, enjoyed a lot more than the 12th Anniversary. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of red ales, some of the hoppier ones have been decent, this being one of them.

Appearance, looks a lot like ABA, but with the touch of red. In fact, while I'm mentioning ABA, this beer essentially tastes like a blend of ABA and Old Guardian. Aroma, robust, like the ABA. Taste, very sweet, like the Old Guardian, and like OG, it is alcoholic, hops are somewhat of an afterthought (for Stone).

Mouthfeel, loses more hop presence the deeper you get into the bottle. Not very drinkable, kind of challenging to plod through it.

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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!

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for about $6 in OH. The beer is dark reddish color with a brown foam that held infinite retention time. The smell is STRONG, you can tell that a lot of malt and especially a lot of hops went into this beer. The main aroma was pine needle and pine resin but the balance with rich sweet malts made this seem almost a cousin to Stone 10th based on smell alone. Abrasive taste, extremely hoppy, still fresh enough not to have morphed into a barleywine, this is aggressive and delicious. Complex and burning, the alcohol shows up in feeling rather than taste. Medium-to-heavy body + extreme flavor keep the drinkability down a bit, but still this is a little higher than "sipper" on the drinkability scale. Very nice and a beer to remember.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a deep reddish-copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky pine and raw herbal and citrus aromas with a decent amount of biscuity malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light biscuity malts flavors are joined almost immediately by intense pine and floral hop flavors that intensify midway through the sip and carry through to a very bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without a problem and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a very solid imperial red with a great hop profile. Worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops and citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit and bit of malt. Well-balanced and not overpowering, as you get with some American Strong Ales sometimes.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable, well made beer from Stone.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, about as fresh as I can hope for it to be.

A: Pouring a clear deep ruby red with brilliant clarity and a gorgeous, finger-thick darkish-beige head, this is a pretty attractive beer.

S: Ah, good old Stone. Dry hopped to hell, this is a treat. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose with a pleasing bitterness, balanced by a rather prominent malt presence as well. Mild herbal/mint character comes through as it warms up. Good stuff.

T: Opening up with a combination of sweeter dark caramel and bitter pine hop flavors, this is very tasty. Flavor profile isn't the most complex, and the balance in the hop character leans towards bittering hops. Coupled with the bitterness, the caramel character tastes almost burnt in a delicious way. Finishes dry with a grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium light in body with a biting hop character, this is great on the palate. The carbonation is rather soft, and the finish, aggressively bitter.

D: I'm enjoying working my way through this beer. Well done, Stone!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - steves on university

June 2009 bottling - took long enough to get here

appearance: served in a modest chalice, dark amber-mahogany body, a nice creamy cap - overall a real nice looking beer

smell: hoppy as hell aroma - lush sappy pine, sugary tropical punch, raisin, alcohol, lots of spice, bitter grapefruit, rich and malty

taste: the stone anniversary beers are all pretty dependable - this one is a real winner. Stone packs an awful lot of hops in this one - grapefruit peel, loads of sticky pine, bright tropical fruit. There is a rigid chewy malt counter that keeps this somewhat in check. Sticky, bitter, piercing - another awesome stone beer.

Mouthfeel: high bitterness...very high actually, sticky, prickly hops. An absolute tongue-killer.

Drinkability: harsh but enjoyable

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz sampling. Poured a deep ruby reddish-brown with some fine particles suspended within. A dense, beige sticky head topped the ale and left good lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas were a huge hop profile with citrus and floral scents filling the nose with some hints of malts in the background - smells like a Stone. Tastes were all hops it seemed - bitter and spicy with some citrus - mainly grapefruit rind. Malts were present, but seemed to take a back-seat to the hop presence. Finished spicy and with a sort of pungency from the hop character. Well balanced, while being full-bodied. Excellent unique brew from Stone, as expected.

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Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 13th is a dark chestnut brown with an off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is chocolate and resinous hops, strong Centennial cat pea and sweet citrus.

Taste is big and rich maltiness and massive hops, wow. Stone really packs the punch, and their 13th is a prime example of why they do ASAs better then anyone. Still, I was hoping for a paler double red IPA type beer, this one has enough dark malt to be in hoppy porter territory. Make that extra hoppy, because this one has serious bite, herbal and dank, accentuated by the sweetness of the malt and overt alcohol. The aftertaste is strong, prickly and lingering. And hoppy!

Mouthfeel is chewy, sticky and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like 'em big and brash. One of Stone's better Anny beers in recent memory, like they say on the bottle, drink 'em fresh!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 9.5% ABV, June 2009 "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009".

Thanks go out to the wonderful Sweemzander for this bottle. Lucky numero 13.

A - If the color weren't a lightly hazed, muddy brown amber, this would be perfection in a glass. A moderate pour puts out a four-finger tan and cream colored head. The retention is astounding! The lace left over is equally as impressive. Simply beautiful.

S - Hops are pungent in this one. Deep, damp wood, pine needle and resin, and spicy herbs. Very aromatic. There is a toasty malt nose hiding behind the hops that has a hint of honey and caramel sweetness. Tons of hops over-run everything else though.

T - The hint of malts on the nose comes out a bit more in the flavor with a honey-like sweetness and toasted qualities. The hops are even more unforgiving in the flavor. It's a lupulin kick to the teeth packed with woodsy flavors of damp wood, intensely resiny hops and pine, and a spicy herbal finish. The percent of alcohol is also noticeable in the flavor too. Spicy and warm and only a slight bit fusel-like.

M - Dry as the damn Sahara, this thing is drier than dry wine. It's resiny which gives it an incredibly light gritty feel on the tongue (which is not as bad as it sounds). The finish is more bitter than an old, unfriendly hag. The alcohol warms the end a bit too. Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

D - Holy she-it, if this is this powerful now at six months old, how is it fresh? I could actually see aging a bottle for a little longer to see if the malts develop any more. Either way, it's another great brew from Stone, a brewery I'm convinced can do no wrong. That being said, the 22 oz bottle to myself will be a bit of a task. One glass is enough.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a deep mahogany with a one and a half inch, dense, creamy off-white head; good retention and interesting swaths of lacing. Nose reveals grapefruit and pineapple with some floral hops kicking around in the back. A medicinal hops character hits you in the face upfront and the bitterness lingers around the finish, with some malt and booze in the middle - the fruity esters that come out in the nose or somewhat masked by the over the top hops presence. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and just shy of prickly across the tongue. There's also a bit of an oily quality in the mouth, as well as a little alcohol heat. Interesting brew, but the complexity suggested by the nose is quashed by all the hops. I know American Strong is somewhat of a catchall style; however, this one somewhat lends its character to a DIPA. Not bad, but I was hoping for more of an interesting flavor profile to this.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is richly hoppy with just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark clear amber with a decent off-white head. Flavor is fiercely hoppy like a strong IPA, quite bitter but bitter in the right way - I did make a face a couple times! There is just a hint of malt and a touch of lemon. Texture is rough and fizzy - this is a ferocious beer!

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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