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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
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717 Ratings
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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 mothman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Ommegang 10th Anniversary Chalice

Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of beige tan head. Good retention with some really nice lace. Color is dark copper amber, pretty much brown.

Aroma: Good floral hop aroma, some caramel malts, and a mix of citrus, mainly grapefruit.

Taste: Big caramel malt flavor with a nice floral hop taste. This beast is hoppy, but somewhat balanced by the malts. Some nice grapefruit citrus here.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice bitter touch, but it is fairly balanced for the amount of IBUs this beer has. Medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry, grapefruit hopped aftertaste.

Overall, this is a fairly great hopped up red. I am really impressed on how fast this is drinking. I don't know if I could finish the bomber, so I am glad to share this with a buddy!

mothman, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about time I got this beer. Enjoy in 2009 it says, hinting that it;s hoppy. On to the beer:

Very dark red, almost on the verge of being brown or a reddish violet. Great holding head, nice thin rings of lacing. This is a very hoppy and fruity tasting beer. First you get the burst of hop resin on the palate before you get the major fruity esters. The bitterenss grows on you as you drink more of it. Alcohol is hidden well, and it goes down easy for its size. Ideal for hop maniacs. Personally, I prefer all three Bastards over this.

DoubleJ, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense dark body glows a deep red at the base with a think light beige head that sticks to the glass. There is a sea of carbonation gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- This beer has a slight green herbal hops freshness followed by a circus peanut hint and some nougat cream notes. As the beer starts to open up the smell of new sneakers grows in the aroma.
T- This beer has an inky black malt bitterness that turns more dark chocolaty as the beer warms. There is a green herbal hops flavor that has some pine qualities and a green pungentness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz note and a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms and blends nicely with the roasted malt flavors.
D- This beer has a nice hop and roasted malt qualities but no other malt supporting in making it a bit thin. The hops are mostly pungent notes not much other hop flavors.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at TND.

I thought this was a IPA/DIPA so I was surprised to see a dark beer with a deep brown with some red spots in terms of color. A rich dark tan head had great legs and left some gunk on the glass. Seeing that this ais a strong ale now, the color makes more sense. The smell was mostly citrus hop scent with some floral aroma hops as well. A nice sweet scent coming from the malt bill. Also getting some alcohol/nail polish scents. The taste is huge, but im not sure i enjoy it all that much. The hops are pleasant and highly citrusy with a caramel sweetness intertwined. This kind of reminds me of a much more drinkable Founders Devil Dancer, So i'm guessing the IBU's are up there. The feel is bitter and finishes a bit rough. The hops don't kill the palete but they do attack it. A medium feel with great carb within. With all that said I had a hell of a time finishing my pour because of the alcohol flavor hindering things a bit. These types of beers are just not my thing.

BARFLYB, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass I get a very heavily chill hazed reddish brown beer with a small yellowish head. This beer seems very subject to the chill hazing effect.

Smells strongly of both malt and hops. Strong rye scent with its characteristic faint sour scent. Earthy hop aroma, Northwestern type hopes are here, but mostly obscured by a mix of other types. Pretty much earthy with a little eucalyptus tree Funk.

Starts out thick and fairly hoppy and dry in the mouth. Strong hoppy ale with a most thick and smooth mouthfeel, something like Arrogant Bastard made in to a milkshake. Strong beer but this never gets harsh at all, like tamed Arrogant Bastard in flavor with approximately the same taste.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really excels, this compares with the best Oatmeal Stouts for smoothness in a glass.

Super easy to drink. Could be a bit more flavorful but that would probably change the smoothness of this elixir.

Zorro, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a red hop bomb. Pours a dark cherry/ruby color with a very nice looking head. Not as chunky as it started out to be. Thinned a bit, but good lacing.
Hops in the aroma and taste. More pine and resin than citrus. The story on the back label says little about this beer, but gives thanks to all of their customers. OK, great. What am I drinking? Oh, well. Doesnt matter. It's hops. Totally misses the mark of the noted style above.

Still, this is one dimensional. No balance at all, and just stinging hops and alcohol. Little flavor to me. It was a good buy as I like the attempt. Malt didn't have a chance.

Mebuzzard, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to AndrewK and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear amber/brown color, very nice carbonation, with an awesome thick creamy one-finger plus light tan head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing and small islands about. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, with some malts, sweet, slightly bitter, nice little touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV alittle up front, but of no concern to me. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, thanks guy's.

Wasatch, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

ppoitras, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1.5%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrBier, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earl Grey tea with a red clay crust. This beer's darker tones are really antagonistic to the afternoon sun; they refuse to shine even despite their gorgeously rich shade. Luckily, it's not hopelessly incompatible - against the fluorescence of artificial light a sensuous scarlet colour is revealed. Its brown eggshell-tinted head appears feathery like a down-filled pillow; if I wasn't so tempted to drink it I'd be cuddling my head right on top of it.

Just like its appearance is unreceptive to light, its aroma seems equally disobliging to the sense of smell - but in a very admirable way. From under scorched malts the stenchy, stingingly bitter, repugnantly pungent, reekingly pithy scent of hops is so potent, so fragrantly strong that it could probably wake - if not the dead - at least someone who fainted. There's no doubt in my mind that this could be just as effective as smelling salts.

Stone 13th uses more pounds of hops per barrel than any other beer the brewery's made. As hard as that may be to believe given their other releases (Ruination, Double Bastard and prior Anniversary Ales) it only took a few sips to convince me. The Chinook and dry-hop blend of Simcoe and Centennial give the beer a chewy, pithy grapefruit character and excessively piny, resinous and citrusy fruity flavouring.

The Amber and Crystal (and touch of chocolate) malts give an honorary but futile effort to balance out the hoppiness. Traces of caramel, toffee, crisp wafers and honeycomb are noted, but barely. The malts taste scorched and despite their best efforts to remain sweet, in the end fall to the pithy, resinous, choking bitterness of pungent American hops.

Even with the not-so-subtle hint of its 9.5% alcohol, Stone 13th lends itself better to big gulps and constant swigs rather than tiny sips and slow, lengthy savoring. This is a strong beer masquerading simply as a flavorful beer. The fact that this was meant to be quaffed, and easily is, is proven by the whopping mouthfuls and breakneck speed at which it is being consumed. I drink this any faster and I might just break the sound barrier!

Stone Brewing seems to nail beer styles with the precision of a calculator. Right down to the most minor detail this is exactly what a big, ballsy American Imperial Red Ale should be - it's piny, resinous and loaded with hoppy flavour. I really like the fact that Stone refuses to put all their eggs in one basket with regards to style. And although they do each one well, I think it's hard to deny they do this kind of beer - big, obnoxiously hoppy - the best.

biegaman, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +23.2%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bobbique, Patchogue, New York.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balmy sweet malt, dark fruits and a spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a spicy herbal hop with a full caramel and roasted malt. Herbal hops dominated the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall a very good and robust hoppy strong ale. Great choice for my 1500th review.

plaid75, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one still on the shelf in a recent trip to Buffalo. Had it fresh out in California when it came out but wasn't able to give it a review so I picked it up.

Poured from a 22oz into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some citrus from the hops but also a sweet caramel and chocolate malt presence. The hops have definitely faded some comparing to my experience when fresh, but still a very good complex aroma.

Taste is a lot like the nose, the hops give it a citrus and pine flavor and the sweet malt gives a good caramel and chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, especially for the high abv.

Overall this was very good both fresh and now, enjoyed a lot both times I had it.

billab914, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Viggo, Sep 09, 2009
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 picked up at the COOP on Friday.. I think for about $7.. but I don't remember exactly... poured into my shaped SA glass... I could easily smell this one at arms length even with the ceiling fan moving the air around.

Fairly aggressive pour brought up a thick custard like 2" tan head... the brew is an obvious hop hazed deeep amber brew.. very red and fairly hazy.

Wow.. the aroma is as advertised... thick nose hair coating hoppiness with a fair amount of caramel malts.. toasted biscuits come to mind.. and pithy grapefruit zest... already seems like too much of a good thing... a bunch of maltiness for sure.. but the hops blow things out of the water.

Flavor has the blast of almost tannic hoppy bitterness at the front.. gives way for a moment to a thick bodied caramel/toasty maltiness and that gets drenched in an oily hoppiness... citrus zest... white pith bitterness.. pine sap.. and chewing on evergreen needless with a punch of tangerine zest.

The body is thick... and carbonation pushes everything to the front.. hoppy burps that seem more flammable than any where near pleasant... finish just lingers for days.. sticky and oily.. wow.. I want to know how they did this one... impressive.

Unapologetic.. and no where near balanced.. but I am digging this one, but it is too brash... there is just toooo many things going on... the only reason I want another sip.. let alone another bottle is just to reaffirm the punishing beating my palate is taking..

JohnGalt1, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

liamt07, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of DrJay
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

DrJay, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Derek, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of beertunes
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.

beertunes, Jul 19, 2009
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.