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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 719
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 605
Photo of scifan
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It's a deep dark ruby color with a nice tan head.
As soon as I opened this a could already smell this bad boy. First thing that hits my nostrils is the sweet sweet aroma of delicious, juicy citrusy hoppy goodness. I could sniff this all night long. I'm getting much of any malt presence but who cares we all know its all about the hops with Stone.
Taste reveals a little more than just hops but not much, and I love it. This might be my new favorite beer from Stone. The first sip reveals what my nose already told. Lots and lots of citrusy, piney hops followed by just enough malt to provide just a little balance. There is quite a noticeable alcohol presence but this stuff is too good to knock it down too much for that.
Another amazing beer from Stone.

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

A - Deep, dark ruby, nearly black. Nice solid light brown head the color of light brown sugar with a bit of rockiness. Lace clings all over the glass at first. As the head settles down to a thin layer, the laciness dissipates a bit too.

S - A very nice blended hop aroma with caramel malts.

T - Oh yeah. Really nice hop bit up front, but nice smooth body of roasted malts, and burnt caramel. Background notes of cherry, dried fruit, resin, molasses, and a light smokey quality. Alcohol makes its presence known.

M - Medium-full, round and smooth overall with sharp prickliness popping through. Perfect carbonation. Finish goes a touch dry... nice.

D - Very drinkable for such a big full flavored beer... but I'd better pass with the ABV or I might go for a third. A sipper.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very happy to find this at the local liquor store for under 7 bucks.

Nice 2.5 finger tan head, color was orange brown, everyone else says redish, but mine definitely wasnt.

Smells of mild floral hops and alcohol, I was expecting hoppier honestly

Taste starts with piney hops, then an earthy flavor with a little bit of smokey, roasty malt sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter piney, reminds me of dry red wine finish. Overall taste is less complex than I expected but still great.

This is a fairly drinkable beer, I finished the whole bomber myself, aside from high alcohol content the dry slightly bitter finish is the only thing that would prevent me from drinking more. But one bottle does make my head feel very heavy.

Overall, a very good beer from Stone, not as hoppy or as complex as I had hoped but, nonetheless worthy of an aniversarry ale, strong ale title. If you see it, get it.

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

A fresh 2 liter growler fill compliments my buddy Cesar for my birthday present. We brought the growler back and cracked it open the next night to share with some guests...

Dark mahogony red/brown color even when held up to the light. Opaque. Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass with a lively tan head about 2 inches thick. Great retention and lacing during the drinking period.

Very piney hop notes with a burnt caramel afterthought floating around in the aroma.

Smooth caramel flavor with a grassy hop bite but not overpowering or palate wrecking as it transitions into a citrus flavor on the tounge. Interesting that this isn't a hop bomb as I was expecting from the aroma. Pretty good balance from the complex flavor.

Full bodied with decent carbonation. A light citrus flavor remains on the palate for a while after each drink.

Good drinkability but this brew might put you on your ass if you're not careful. I had about two glasses worth of the stuff in a short period of time and started feeling that familiar alcohol warmth creep up on me. Good beer!

Photo of Foxtrot
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat. I was informed from a friend that this beauty of a beer is finally released.

Poured from bomber into a tulip pint glass. Body is dark ruby red with a big two finger head, and legendary Stone lacing. Lacing was on par with Arrogant Bastard.

Aroma was very potent and very aggressive, which Stone seems to have a nack for. Fully of resinous hops and caramel malt, with a nice sweet touch. Smells delicious.

Taste was very much different than what I was expecting. Loads of hops are ever present throughout, punctuated by flavors of caramel, toffee, a bit of molasses, and very bready. Alcohol becomes noticeable after the sweeter notes give rise to toasty malts. Tasting this beer was a full on assault of the palate. Very strong, very tasty, and very challenging.

Mouthfeel was superb as can be expected. Nice thick body coats the mouth with its brutal grace.

This is nice sipping beer. It would go down better with fellow's who also enjoy good craft beer. Cheers!

Photo of porterwoobie
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.

Photo of LSx
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thryn
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark reddish-brown. Lets a fair bit of light through. light tan two-finger head.

tons of piney hops and some biscuit in the nose. Also a bit of raisin.

this is a pretty hoppy beer, but it's balanced too. hits hard up front, with piney and grapefruity hops that get very bitter, but that bitterness is then tempered by the roasty and sweet notes coming through. some caramel and biscuit.

sticky finish.

light to medium body and some sharp carbonation.

worth a try for hopheads, but not my favorite Stone.

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

Was waiting to do this, I was happy to find this at a local store, lasted about 3 days in the fridge amongst other beers....then I broke down.

Classic Stone beer here, pours dark and malty, has a good smell to it, fruity, sort of like and IPA or pale ale, but when you taste it, its totally different, more malty than hoppy, sticky, syrupy, strong taste, not something you want to drink fast, but something you want to enjoy, goes down easy, catches you at then end, with a bit of hop bitterness, but very subtle. Overall a sticky, malty beer that works, there is definitely something fruity in there.

Tastes like a derivation of Arrogant Bastard, reminds me of it, but its different, and a welcome change. I'd drink anything that tastes like this so I have to recommend it, and say it's a solid beer, definitely lives up to the expectations of Stone for me, well worht trying.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium red/brown from the bottle into the glass. Red/brown with orange highlights and a foamy, crema-colored head. The head dissipated rather quickly for me. Smell is very herbal and piney hops with a hint of dark brown sugar. Taste matches smell with the brown sugar slightly more prominent. Mouthfeel is heavier and more creamy than I anticipated. Reminds me a bit of a Scotch ale, though with more hops. Or maybe a sweeter brown ale (but with more hops). Or maybe a hoppier than normal Grand Cru. Somehow it is making me think AleSmith, but with a Stone hops treatment.

Photo of Chambic
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: rich, deep mahogany; head dissipates quickly

S: oaky

T: boozy, lingering finish; heavy malt and maybe some cigar flavors

M: pretty smooth for something that seems heavy, with more carbonation later

Good-bye, Stone 13. Had to share my last bottle of this case. I have no more, and the bottle says to drink it fresh, so this is probably my last dance with this beer.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Stone tells us it is literally "the hoppiest beer [they've] ever brewed." That's right, kids, hoppier than Ruination. Hoppier than anything you can possibly imagine. But blood red for an amazing malt balance. If i had to pick one beer to be pumped into my system intravenously, this might be it.

The aroma is like someone has surgically implanted hop resin in your nostrils. The flavor has a mountainous brain-busting wave of bitterness and alcohol burn popping with every drop of glorious flavor you can squeeze out of American hops, including (but not limited to) grapefruit, pine and tangerine. The malt is thick and sticky, providing enough balance to make the beer drinkable, but it doesn't even attempt to compete with the hops. The hops try to cover and overwhelm your taste buds, but the alcohol cleans them right off, and you're immediately ready for another sip.

Obviously, a perfect session beer.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huzzah! Finally got to try this after trolling around huge for it the past few days here in San Diego. It's one of my most anticipated beers I've ever had, so needless to say I was super-excited to crack the bomber. Had the bomber in a pint glass served just below room temp.

Appearance: Beautiful. It pours out with pretty nice just off-white head the evens itself out pretty quickly, but the head is very, very worth having some of. Its color seems like a deep copper brown but when held up to the light, you see the rich cherry tones.

Smell: From the instant I cracked the bottle, it was all over the place. Immediate hops of different breeds, you can just tell in the way the aroma shifts from floral and citrus to pine and sweet. The malt, however, still holds its own, but this beer is all about the hops. Hops, hops, and more hops, and the smell is what I'd hoped for in more. It's a 5, and deservingly so.

Taste: Man, does not disappoint. If you like hops, this beer is prime. It's odd as it's not an IPA, but every bit as hoppy as one, and yet, it retains its nutty composure in the malt as a balance. But layer after layer of awesomeness here, and it certainly ranks up there among my tastiest beers I've ever had. I'd wanna drink it again before I say 5, but this is certainly pushing it.

Mouthfeel: Like a heavy red ale, which hey, it is. Creamy with a hoppy bite to it, with nice carbonation and good coating.

Drinkability: Easiest 9.5% I've ever had, and I mean that legit. I've had 7s that drank slower than this. The red ale style masks very well, and the hops cover for the alcohol pretty quickly.

All in all, I couldn't recommend this beer more to a hop lover. Thank you Stone for another really interesting and awesome creation, and I can't wait to drink this again tonight!

Photo of ikantspel
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a pint glass

brewed in june, 2009. DO NOT CELLAR, ENJOY IN 2009 written on bottle

pours a gilded bronze with a rising 2 finger head.

you can smell this when it pours and it smells ridiculous
floral and earthy notes with some hops

hops, sweet taste that turns kinda bitter followed by a toasty malt and chocolate.

kinda thick and flavor thats left goes fast

this beer would have been great in 09. its seen better days, but still not shabby

Photo of JamesZ
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Very strong and flavorful beer but well balanced. The only flaw is that it is so rich and full, it sticks to your palate and may require a glass of water to fully appreciate the flavors.

Appearance: Deep orange-amber; cloudy with tan, creamy head

Smell: Hops, licorice, malt

Taste: Robust; hop kick up front with grapefruit and a bread-like finish

Mouthfeel: Potent with a bitter kick and a long finish; thick

Drinkability: Very flavorful, versatile, and strong

Photo of Fnord
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown with a medium tan head.

Smell - Alcohol, oak, pine, molasses, caramel.

Taste - Much like the smell. Sweet malty beginning, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Notes - Hoppy, but balanced by a malty sweetness. Reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, which shouldn't be surprising. Probably closer to Double Bastard, actually, but not as harsh.

Photo of Reswald
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, purchased in Anchorage on 9/4/2009. Poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark ruby color, with a nice off-white head. Great hop aroma from the snifter. Excellent hop flavor on the palate, but plenty of malt backbone, with a nice, smooth finish.

I guess I would call this year's brew a Double Red IPA; it's definitely a hop bomb, with over 90 IBUs of bitterness from Chinooks, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. The Chinooks handle the bittering during brewing, with the Simcoe & Centennial hops being used for dry hopping during fermentation. Plus, Stone actually does a second dry hopping just prior to bottling! This is one hoppy beer, my friends! Even with all that hopping, the beer remains remarkably drinkable.

This beer reminds me somewhat of Midnight Sun's Mars, also an "Imperial Red IPA", which was released early in 2008. It was around 85 IBUs and 8.7% ABV. It was also hopped with Simcoes, along with Columbus & Amarillo hops.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a foamy thick head, lacing all the way down. Smells of graprefruit, grass, hops and hops. Tastes citrus up front, with fairly high bitterness, followed by a little oaky follow-through. Very balanced, for a hop head. Delicious and begging to drink more. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation coats the mouth and throat. Drinkability; well, I've not yet finished a bomber but I love it. Probably can't drink tons of these, but would sure like to try, but I only have one :(

Photo of bminor7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Savemore Beverage in Clifton Park, NY.
Had it on 10/22/2009.

A - 1 finger head, with good retention and lacing. almost no light coming through, what does yields a deep garnet.

S - like arrogant bastard but with a stronger malt bill, almost like a barleywine but not quite there. wonderful deep sweet hop aromas.

T - very similar to the smell. caramel, balsamic, piney. very sweet. stone hops all the way.

M - perfect blend of carbonation and thickness.

D - good, but accompany it with food.

Photo of teamizm
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 22 oz bomber

A - Dark amber pour, with an initial 2 finger head and subsides into a very thin lace.

S - Piney resin and floral hops. A near IPA smell. The booziness smell comes out strong as it warms up.

T - Bigfoot-esque notes - borderline barleywine profile here. You get hit with the initial hops (fairly strong too) and then comes down w/ a fairly alcohol flavor (almost rum-like)

M - Lightly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel

D - This is where I probably deviate from the other reviewers. I really like SN Bigfoot, but this beer just comes off too boozy for me. The hard alcohol (I'm thinking rum) notes are just way too strong for me. It hits your mouth right away, almost as if there was a pour of rum sitting on top of the beer. What struck me was the lack of balance

Photo of blivingston1985
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression when pouring this brew into my glass was that it looked beautiful. Nice, light creamy mocha head that had decent lasting power. Then I smelled it. Not good. Not bad. Interesting, for sure. Kind of hard for me to place. Sort of a decaying vegetable smell to it when the head is thick and fresh. Not wholly unpleasant, just different. Certainly fades quite a bit as the head shrinks down. Settles into a pretty common dark strong ale scent. Hops and alcohol.

Rather malty when it first hits the tongue and is finished with the typical Stone Ale bitterness that so many of use love about their brews. I am very middle of the road on this one. It is worth a try, interesting to describe, but not much of a drinker. I am glad I only bought the one bottle. Nice try fellas. Can't wait for the 14th Anniversary.

Photo of Psilo707
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new Stone! YAY! And it was released on the day I decided to start drinking again after taking a month off. I poured this into my Chimay Stein, and watched as a medium-length head dissipated fairly quickly but left nice splotchy lacing on the sides. Not as full of head as something like Double Arrogant, but almost there.

Definitely smells like a 9.5% ABV beer. A slightly sweeter aroma eminates off the top of the mug and swirls around in the nose before turning into a malty afterglow. A dark luminescence hangs over the top like a mysterious shadow of invisible flavor waiting to be inhaled.

I take a sip. And I'm BITTEN. WOW, what an impact. This is some heavy stuff. It tastes like traditional Stone Ale going down, but halfway through turns to something exquisite. There is a complex, intricate layer of tastes happening all at once as your mouth attempts to cope with the realization of what you're ingesting. It's all in a good way, but it takes one by surprise. A *very* slight flower and coriander taste remain before being fully washed away by sheer, raw power. This beer is not for the light drinker.

Mouthfeel is creamier than creamy and heavier than heavy. Idling in the mouth, it demands your full attention. It's presence not able to be ignored.

Drinkability is a bit lower due to how serious this brew is in every way. But it still tastes great, smells great, and I could down a few and get the job done.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this years Stone release. It's one of my favorites from them, although I feel like I say that every time.

Photo of wchesak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip to the 0.3 L line

A - inch of thick tan head, like a stout would produce, definitely a dark brown with ruby undertones

S - besides the initial lemon, grapefruit citrus smell, i pick up bittersweet chocolate

T - lemon and grapefruit are more pronounced then in smell, last a while until the aftertaste which is very complex - some aged dark rum, prunes, chocolate, caramel

M - heavy bodied but not syrupy or thick, good carbonation to allow the flavors to pop

D - the bomber is the perfect size, would have been content with sharing but alas I was greedy with this bottle, says to drink now on the bottle but I doubt cellaring would hurt this beer except to tone down the hop profile

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark ruby with a thick, tan head. Generous lacing and nice head retention.

S - Fragrant hops are the first thing to hit my nose. A very earthy aroma. Hints of barley are strong as well.

T - Nothing subtle here. Floral, piney, and earthy flavors mingle together over an underlying toasty barley flavor. Ends with an alcoholic finish.

M - Full bodied and very creamy.

D - If you enjoy aggressive strong ales, this is a must try. Very drinkable considering it has a 9.5 alcohol content.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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