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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | 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 porterwoobie

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 20:38:42 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of LSx


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-25-2013 04:31:18 | More by LSx
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 06:04:45 | More by thryn
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:16:58 | More by Pittsburgh
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:03:00 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of Chambic


3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 21:26:01 | More by Chambic
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 20:43:02 | More by Bonhoeffer
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 15:11:35 | More by nomomentwasted
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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:33:58 | More by ikantspel
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-08-2013 16:08:05 | More by JamesZ
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 15:55:37 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of Fnord


3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 17:14:51 | More by Fnord
Photo of bminor7

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 19:01:51 | More by bminor7
Photo of BeTheBall


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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 :(

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 20:53:13 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of teamizm


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 04:26:03 | More by teamizm
Photo of Psilo707


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 05:35:48 | More by Psilo707
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 03:22:16 | More by blivingston1985
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 20:25:25 | More by Reswald
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 01:50:08 | More by wchesak
Photo of slayer3604


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep crimson with a white/beige head, sticky lacing and a swath of bubbles emitting from the depths of the glass.

S-Absolute hop. A stinging sensation on your nose, because of the sheer hoppiness of this beverage. Moist pine bark, the mist coming off of an orange as you peel the skin off, caramel, toffee and a rush of booze.

T- up front malt that levels into a universe of pulsating hop orgies with tawney port, cracked pepper corn, pine, mint, and victory in the background.

M- Lathery, suddy, the glass says it all, the head is stuck to this mother like no tomorrow.

D- This is the fifth time i've had this beer and the first time i've reviewed it....best selling stone beer by far that we've ever carried as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 08:15:36 | More by slayer3604
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 04:41:00 | More by BostonBrewins
Photo of seanbhudson


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large light brown head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Big aroma of dark fruit, toffee, citrusy hops and hint of pepper.
An assault on the tastebuds. Citrusy hops, sweet malts, dark fruit (cherries), and a bit of an alcohol finish. Grapefruit like bitterness lingers on the tongue for a long while.
Full bodied slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. My mouth actually tingles for awhile.
Wow, this is a serious beer but has a nice balance of bitter and sweet. It felt like a rollercoaster ride. I could not drink a lot of this because the bitterness also the alcohol went straight to my brain. I have never been so buzzed off one 22 ounce bottle of beer.
NOTES: BBCSD-0906-Patrick

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 22:01:41 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of youngblood


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby with earthier tones near its heart.Solid white head hangs out on top. Fades fairly quickly but leaves a solid ring around the top of the beer. Tons of lacing left on the glass. Awful Perdy.

Smells yummy. Huge pine with some sweeter grapefruit notes. Underneath is a touch of alcohol. Lots of nice caramel hitting up the back with some toasted nuts.

This is nearly a highly hopped barley wine. There's lots of dark fruit going on. Some fig and date and raisins. You've got the other side coming through now, some grapefruit, lemon, orange, and small pine. Heavy on the bitter side.

Sticky and chewy. Nicely carbonated. Finding it pretty smooth here.

The drinkability is good from a "the alcohol is not overwhelming" perspective, but the high bitterness puckers the lips a bit and devastates any other flavors you hope to experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 13:39:33 | More by youngblood
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma speaks to hops and quite stongly at that. Citrus peel, malt and caramel follow.

The appearance is a surprise for a Stone Anniversary Ale. It's reddish brown and quite hazy with a full two fingers of light tan colored head. The head is relatively long lived, but the lacing is weak although still apparent.

The flavor is amazing. Sweet malt, bitter hops, (nicly balanced)caramelized sugars, alcohol, spice and a bitter hop aftertaste. What's not to like.

The mouthfeel is quite rich and tongue coating, likely from the cloudy malt and yeast in my glass. It's a great beer to chew on. It's neither a hop lovers or a malt lovers dream ... it's both! Full sweet malt and bitter hops in a dark rich colored brew. Who wouldn't like this Thirteenth Anniversary Edition. Nice job Stone Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 00:40:09 | More by ABOWMan
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a crimson brown with a one finger off white head.

Nose- Piney, caramel, slight citrus.

Palate- Pine hops hit first, followed by citrus. The malt makes a slight appearance in the form of caramel (cystal malt with a hint of roast?) before the bitter comes back.

Mouthfeel- Thick, full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 03:28:31 | More by wknight167
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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