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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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 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

seanbhudson, Jul 06, 2009
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.

youngblood, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
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!

ABOWMan, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of wknight167
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.

wknight167, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Very nice deep dark red, almost like cherry wood, very beautiful with no sediment. A 2 finger frothy head that stays.

Smell - Tons of hops in the nose, nice dark malts can be smelled on the end. A bit of alcohol at the end. Very pungent citrus and piney hops. Smells like a hop bomb all the way. Very Floral.

Taste - Up front I am getting the hops and alcohol, then a bit of sweet caramel malts, chased by some citrusy, resiny bitterness. This is a very complex beer and I will try and say what else I taste. The end is really nice, grapefruit, orange, other goodness. In the malts I taste earthy, grassy, and woody elements, but also darker fruits, the sweetness from the fruits comes through.

Mouthfeel - This beer feels great in the mouth, good bite on the tongue, good smooth feel and carbonated just right.

Drinkability - I could drink the bomber, and maybe do another, its good for a beer its size, but I wouldn't be doing anymore than 2. Gets more drinkable as it warms.

Another great beer from Stone. And I guess my 50th review.

cvaypai, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of ScottyC54
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of beernut
4/5  rDev -1.5%

beernut, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into DT tulips.

A- very dark brown, with a light khaki head.

S- very fruity, grapefruit and cherries lead the nose, backed by berry aromas and a hint of malt.

T- sweet fruitiness leading directly into sharp, bitter hops, which is backed by a bitter-and-sweet malt. Swallow is creamy and thick with malt, but not very sweet, finish is long and hoppy and dry.

M- thick and creamy. Not too much carbonation, but not too little.

D- ignoring the ABV and the price, very high. Taking those both into consideration, I will buy another bottle or two, anyway.

WalrusJockey, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22ox bottle in a snifter glass

Appearance: dark amber with a firm head head

Nose: strong hops, chemical, very slight dark fruit

Taste: aggressive hops, slight malty sweetness, flowery but not in the traditional IPA way, almost like a Belgium double as it warms up, the complexity deepens as the temp went up

I normally like Stone's product but this one struck me as way too aggressive and difficult to drink. It was very hard to get past the intense bitterness of the hops. I think I'll stick with their Arrogant Bastard and Double Arrogant Bastard Ales.

ClavisAurea, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of gibby
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a case of bombers with ericwo, purchased at the beer yard in wayne, pa for $75 after tax..well worth it.

Pours a very deep red with a thick toffee colored head.You can smell the hops but the cherry smell dominates by far. Taste is very smooth with great carbonation. You get the bitterness of the hops, lot of cherry and toffee. No hint of the 9.5% abv. Very interesting and enjoyable beer by stone. I am really glad I bought 6 bombers right off the bat. Definitely recommended.

gibby, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Ruby tinted - thick head

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops.

Taste: Hops, Hops and more hops - best part is after you swallow - you get a roasted caramel, chocolate, to sooth the palate. Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, roasted banana.

Mouthfeel: the best part - tingly and hoppy - bitter, great soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Mild - to Great drinkability. Very enjoyable. Great night-cap or sipper to savor and reflect on your favorite stone brews these past 13 years. Another one in the books for me. a great brew. Oh - MUST let this one WARM UP - all the flavor is hidden when fresh out the fridge.

LauraAlberts, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Pinto21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep red copper. Very nice and interesting color. fluffy light tan head.

Big hops in the smell. Some yeasty to it as well. Nothing too overpowering

Big IPA like hops up front, folds into a malty caramel with some roasty to it. Good bitterness to it but a good hops taste as well.

A very good, drinkable strong ale. Barely notice the 9.5% Great hop taste

Pinto21, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear deep red, with a light auburn 1 finger head. falls to a ring of small tight bubbles lacing the glass well on the way down.

S- Warm Sandy aroma. Its a tie between caramel malts and big grapefruit hop nose. Finishes with a pine forest of complexity.

T- This a big deep beer. Lots of Citrus and grapefruit meld with roasted sweet malts. Notes of toffee and caramel poke through. The moderate hops leave the palette feeling dry.

M- Full Bodied beer. lots of carbonation. A slight warming from the alcohol.

O- This is an awesome beer. I will be drinking as much as possible before it disappears.

DwnTwnBwn, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled in June 2009.

A - Dark copper body with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

S - Lots of spicy, sweet, caramelized malt character on the nose. Basically a robust version of the sweet smell of malted barley that we all know from when we've visited a brewery or homebrewed. Bold hop character lends nice background notes of orange, pine, and tropical fruit.

T - Stone has a knack for making very well-balanced big beers. I get a ton of malt, a ton of hops, but they work very well together in concert. I get caramel and roasted nuts from the malt, and sweet citrus and pine from the hops. The high-ish alcohol content is very well-hidden behind the malt and hops.

M - Nice job of maintaining an interesting finish without the stickiness that often accompanies big beers. Spot-on carbonation. Very impressive mouthfeel for the style.

D - This is a great big beer, either for quaffing/sipping or for recreational drinking. I'd drink this with a big hunk of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and a soft baguette, or with a grilled cheese. Cheese, bread, and big beer is where it's at. Get your hands on this brew before it's gone.

vrazionale, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of ChillMike
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color that allows only a bit of light through. A perfect 2 fingered "burnt" white colored head that leaves some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells like a sweeter AB with more hoppiness. That was the first thing that came to mind, zesty hops and nice clean crisp hop scent. Very nice.

T: (I've been waiting for this one!) Lots of bitter hops here, again sort of a different take on an arrogant bastard, more hop, a little sweeter but the alcohol shines through a bit more than usual for a stone brew. It is a big in your face type of brew but not as interesting as I would have hoped. (I still miss 10th with all my beer soaked liver)

MF:Medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Meh.

D: Sort of down on this one with how high the abv is on top of the fact that the alcohol is ever noticeable, this is a nice to try beer but definitely not your every day or even every week type of beer.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit disappointed, not that it is a bad beer far from it but I was just really hoping for something crazy from the Stone guys this time around. I think 10th really set my expectations way too high.

ChillMike, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Pleepleus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to SA Pint reddish brown when held up to the light with a cream inch of foamy head. Good retention that gives way to heavy lacing, looks fantastic. Has a big hoppy nose up front with grassy grapefruit and a malty backbone. Big Stone flavor. I love this brewery. Heavy citrus hop and big malty flavors. Has a sticky mouth and the 9.5% is well hidden. Very easy drinking despite the APV. Who says 13 is unlucky?

Pleepleus, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Celt44
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice head. Minimal lacing lasts throughout...

Aroma - Hops strong and up front. Chocolately malts. Sugary

Taste - Pine and hops with an interesting and unique blend of chocolate brownies mixed in. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol burn and a citrus bite.

Mouthfeel - Silky and creamy ...then the bite sets in.

Drinkability - Very good Strong Ale. One of the more unique ones that I have tasted. Definitely one to pick up if you're a hop head like myself...

Celt44, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of ericdupont
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ericdupont, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep amber red, almost brown hued tone, with tan bubbly head receding to a mild ring with inviting lace...

s: as expected, a hops bomb explodes in your nose, accompanied by delightfully sour tangerine/grapefruit citrus notes...

t: the sweetness of the citrus does battle with the bountiful hops harvest, resulting in a taste overwhelmingly reminiscent to that of Arrogant Bastard.

m: cool, rich, smooth, with a proper carbonation balance to fight the explosion of hops...this ale is wonderfully refreshing on the palate...

d: i expected and half feared/hoped for an entirely exaggerated and obscenely hopped brew when I picked up a couple bottles of this at Total Wine...and while this is an excellent brew and entirely drinkable on its own merits, i find it a bit too similar to Arrogant Bastard to really say that I find it necessary to buy up every available case of this stuff before it disappears into retirement.

that being said, spend the extra couple bucks per bottle while its around so that you can say you were apart of the 13th anniversary hehe...welcome to adolescence Stone!


sirdrinkwell, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of vurt
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased at Red Carpet in Glendale, and enjoyed in a Stone nonic pint glass.

Beautiful, deep red-orange brew capped with a thick head of tawny foam. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass. Great head retention-- I'm halfway through this glass and the head is still a finger tall.

Oranges and pine. It's like a bowl of navel oranges and tangelos in a small, warm room with the window open to a northern New Mexico forest. Some notes of caramel, burnt sugar, and sweet rolls come out eventually, after the beer has had plenty of time to warm up. I think the smell is the best aspect of this beer.

Oranges, pine, and burnt sugar. That's pretty much the size of it. The sugar component has some nuances: a slight buttery toffee character, and some of that bready sweetroll component that's there in the nose. Quite estery in the middle, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard or maybe an "imperialized" Levitation. Sweetness lingers into the swallow and leads into a hot gust of alcohol. Not much in the way of complexity or balance.

Sticky, syrupy, and hot. Body is medium to full, with an almost creamy consistency and a moderate level of small-bubbled carbonation. Decent overall feel, but the alcohol warmth is distracting.

Well, it's certainly bombastic enough for a Stone anniversary brew, but ultimately this is not a very interesting beer to me. The extreme bitterness and extreme sweetness battle each other without really achieving a balance. Two voices shouting at the top of their lungs does not automatically lead to harmony. While I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't have it again.

vurt, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of mikedashg
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A generous dark dark red amber, almost brown, pour into my pint glass from a 22oz bomber. A very generous carbonated tan head that sticks around for a bit and bubbles away. Extremely stick lacing that just hangs on the edge of the glass and doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.

S-Wow, smell those hops. Citrus, pine, spice. Pretty in your face as far as aroma goes.

T- Quite a shocker right up front. Lots of hops of course right away. They hit you immediately. followed by citrus, pine, brown sugar, toffee and spice. But what's this? A clean malty finnish. The hops hang on your tounge for a while, but not as much as you would think for the initial bite.

M- Very crisp. Moderate carbonation. Actually pretty refershing. My only downside to this one at all would be the body. A little on the thin side for how big this one is. Can't win em all. It's still good, just not great :D.

D- About the darkest red I've seen. Smells and tastes great. The In your face hops right up front followed by the clean finish just makes you want more. For as hoppy as this brew is, it sure has a great malt backbone.

mikedashg, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 7/1/09
Stone Brewing Co.
13th Anniversary 2009
American Strong Ale
9.5% Abv.
22oz. Bottle into Allagash glass

Appearance= Vigorous pour yielded a fat 3 finger head. Damn my vigorous pours... Like all stone beers, excellent head retention.

Smell= Peppery, kinda smells like a cigar. Good smells when it warms up a bit. Fresh hop aromas to say the least!

Taste= Hops. Wow, hops. Some nice malt as well. It's good. A true palate bomb.

Mouthfeel= Bursting mouthfeel. Everything is very fresh. Good sticky fresh hop mouthfeel. Not thick, almost perfect mouth.

Drinkability= Drinkability is a little lower than most hoppy beers I drink. It maybe the peppery aspect of it. Don't get me wrong, I love hops but I dunno about this one. It's a good beer though. I'd say more like a American Strong DIPA if such a category existed. Hot beer, best describes it.

Grabbin2nd, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a SA glass. A brown color with red hues, murky not the best color presentation. Good head bout three fingers, long lasting head some lace.

Citrus hops, chocolate, and something fruity. Can also get a tinge of alcohol.

Big citrus hops on the front with some chocolate and some kinda fruityness, maybe some kind of juice of extract can't put my finger on it.

Wow nice after taste....Initaly it almost feels like your taking another drink! Wonderfull. Nice a long lasting on the palate. Its a really good beer but could not see drinkin another one...Its just to big a beer to have more.

Blitzstyle, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a malt bomb this big since Hairy Eyeball. Rich, malty taste with hints of caramel and prune juice? A subdued sweetness with some bitter hops as well. One of the best Stone brews I've had out of the five or so that I've tried. I'm still mad that I missed out on the 12th Anniversary, but I think this made up for it.

Trappissed, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

disclaimer: drank this while homebrewing, and ive noticed that smells and tastes that are in the air while homebrewing can effect your palate...

A: poured into my duvel tulip. Dark brown in the glass, but BRILLIANT ruby in the light. eggshell head, several fingers thick. excellent head retention. color steals the show.

S: chocolate jumps out at me. roasted barleys. almost some espresso. hops dont show thru in the nose as much as you might think. malts rule the nose. some alcohol at the end.

T: tastes are very much inline with the nose. chocolate and coffee acidity dominate before the hop bitterness kicks in; and boy does it kick in. hop acidity cleans away almost all of the bitter and sticky malt flavors. exceptional balance considering the "size" of the beer. hops linger only slightly longer than you want them to. raisins and BOOZE join the hops in the aftertaste as this beer warms.

M: wonderful mouthfeel as this beer changes so much on your palate. carbonation is great, creamy on the tongue.

D: This beer loses on drinkability but it was probably intended that way. Theres way too much going on on the palate to keep this beer going down smooth. Beers this complex shouldnt be drinkable, however...

Overall, one of my favorite stone brews, exceptionally well done.

imagineiii, Jul 17, 2009
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.