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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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605 Reviews
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Reviews: 605
Hads: 719
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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: 605 | Hads: 719
Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter from a 22 ounce bomber. Comes a very dark mahogany that approaches complete darkness. The head is about two fingers thick that upon thining out leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma: Notes of ripe banana,brown bread with caramlized sugar underlying the hops. Their are little notes of roasted hops along with subtle notes of carob to round it out.

Taste: Out of the gate it starts out crisp on the pallate then smooths out. A nice sweetness from the roasted malts with the hops going along for the ride. It has brown bread notes along with a black licorice at the very tail end a nice finish.

Notes: Another great offering from Stone. I am glad I picked this one up. Cheers. (706 characters)

Photo of david131
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very deep, viscous blood red with a thick and creamy mocha head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S- Grapefruit, pine, caramel, some flowers, and a whiff of alcohol.

T- Just like the aroma but with a surprisingly smooth aspect. Not nearly as much bite as expected. Very nice.

M- Smooth and creamy with a lingering hoppiness at the end.

D- For the ABV, this is quite a smooth drinker. I would probably say I enjoy this more than Arrogant Bastard. (461 characters)

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. (777 characters)

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

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, with a super creamy tan head. Smell is extremely aromatic. Ripe fruit with a massive blast of pungent molassas. Taste is rich malt up front, with a big liquorice middle. Finishes sweet with a zesty herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is syrupy smooth, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is good. An excellent strong ale, though I prefer Arrogant Bastard. (384 characters)

Photo of billyshears
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Cloudy dark brown, amber on corners. Slightly yellowish off-white head; sticky lacing.

smell: Aspirin with a hint of grapefruit; ethanol smell.

mouthfeel: Good, smooth mouthfeel; perhaps a bit thick.

taste: People say this is complex, but I feel like this kind of is in a bad way. It tastes a bit muddled to me. There's a sharp sting of piney hops, but I'm not content with it. I feel like nothing really takes charge in the flavor and it ends up feeling not as pronounced as it should be. Maybe the malts are a bit too dark or just not as strong as they should be.

I just feel like there is something missing here. I love Stone and they're one of my favorite breweries, but I do feel like they occasionally slip on their special brews. This is one of them (Self-Righteous Ale is not). (803 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 220z bottle.

A - Poured a medium brown forming a 1 1/2 inch off-white head. Light lace on the glass.

S - The hops are very pronounced, being more floral in character than citrusy, with a light sweet aroma from the malt.

T - Very wel balanced. Sweet malts and citrusy hops eqaully represented in the taste. Noticeable alcohol presence but without being overpowering. No harsh hop finish.

M - Heavy bodied with a medium amount of carbonation throughout. Very smooth.

D - Full complex and well balanced flavor. The higher alcohol content keeps this from being a sessionable ale however this is an awesome beer worth kicking the night off with. (678 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bomber of this with beerman207 on 11/23/09. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown and looks like coffee; starts with a full one finger head that is off-white and fades to a thin and uneven skim; washes of lacing cling to the sides; body is nearly opaque so I can't quite determine what the carbonation looks like yet; slightly oily residue is also left along with the lacing.

Smell: For some reason I want to say it smells a little vegetative at first, but then it becomes much more malty with mild hints of caramel and chocolate; a slightly alcoholic vapor to it as well; smell is quite potent.

Taste: Outstanding, of course, it is from Stone. A wonderful blend of earthy hops and toasty/caramel malts; flavors are big and bold -- not overly complicated, but outstanding; aftertaste is more of the hoppy grassy presence than anything else.

Mouthfeel: Body is solid - gums are tingly and there is a definite coating from the hop resin and the wonderful malt presence.

Drinkability: A little lower than I'd like to say because of the ABV being a little high, but it's an amzing drink based upon the flavors, smells and feel. Yet another winner from Stone. (1,207 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
2.41/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Split a 22oz bottle two ways, in brandy snifters. Reviewed 7-20-2009

Ar: Intense citrus hop, pineapple, resin, strong rough alcohol, pine, grapefruit, rough dark malt, grassy

Ap: Deep red with light brown, thin tan head, good retention, thin lace

F: toasty malt, solventy alcohol, pine, resin, strong citrus peel, unpleasant hop roughness, vegetative, tropical fruit, hop dominates taste throughout, nice malt in background, rough alcohol at the end, grassy

M: medium/high carbonation, alcohol warmth/burn, strong bitterness and resin, medium body

O: strong alcohol, way out of balance, overall very rough and unpleasant, they tried to do too much of everything, similar to yulesmith but way worse, i expect much more from stone, hops and malt clash (754 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Has a foamy tan head that falls to almost nothing. Thin lace.

Smells of hops and malt sweetness.

Mellow mild malt and big hops. Nice hoppy brew, herbal and flavorful.

Medium bodied in mouth with a nice bite from the 10% alcohol.

Delicious and nice drinking. (317 characters)

Photo of qchic
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark shade of amber and when held to the light, it appears quite red. The ecru colored head stands three fingers tall. Smells delightfully of earthy, piney hops and grapefruit. I'm having trouble getting any malt, but the hoppy bouquet is enjoyable enough. The flavor is similar with the hops taking center stage, bringing satisfying bitterness. The malt makes an appearance, but seems to be there mostly for structure and balance. I do get some punch-like fruitiness with notes of caramel, but it remains dry. Goes down smoothly for 9.5% with a creamy mouthfeel. I'd continue drinking beyond the 22 oz. if I could. Perhaps it's for the best to stop there:) (665 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a dark, rusty, copper-brown color. Small cap of off-white head left just a bare minimum of lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of dark, roasty malt, dark fruit, metals, caramel, toffee, and nuts.

T: See above, with hints of citrus, cherry, and more toasty/roasty malt.

M: Bitter, dry, and twangy. Rough, astringent finish.

D: Drinkability was better than I expected, but we felt a little let down by this beer. I guess maybe we weren't in the mood for the style. (564 characters)

Photo of greenpumas
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

June 2009
13th Anniversary.
13 is a lucky number.
Let's hope for great things.

A: Woah. Beautiful color, mocha colored head with a lot of wild bubbles. Dark, nearly bottle-colored body. Looks like an Arrogant Bastard; go figure!

S: Overwhelming smell of graham crackers when first pouring. Notes of hops and an earthy-grass scent. Some of the phenols start to show through once the brew starts warming up.

T: Nice taste. Some dry hops on the palate. I can taste the content. As the beer warms I can really start to taste the luck in the beer, also some molasses and spice. Gotta have that spice.

MF/D: I pick up on the alcohol content when drinking this beer; I was hoping with something like Stone's Anniversary Ale that they would mask the high content very nicely. Just not the case. I still love drinking them. (820 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a 22 oz bottle today and poured into a pint glass. I've had this before many times on tap, but never reviewed

A - A dark caramel-red in color, with about a fingerwidth of head on the glass that dissipates after about 2 minutes. it leaves some lacing on the glass, and the head has a nice ring on top.

S - delightful. I get a sweetness of toffee, or caramel balanced by some hops on the back end.

T - Not as good as I remember it, sadly. On tap, it was so hoppy, and so fresh. It might have been the best imperial red I've had. On the bottle, it says enjoy as quickly as possible. Perhaps I didn't enjoy it quickly enough.
There is pine and woodiness galore from all of the hops in there, but it's not overkill. There's enough malt mixed in to make sure the hops don't kill your tastebuds. But it's not tasting as fresh anymore.

M - Medium bodied with some nice carbonation. A good balance.

D - Sort of lacking this late since it was released. I hope they make more of it as I absolutely love it on tap and filling my growler with it. (1,052 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delighted to find this lurking on the shelves of a Hudson, WI liquor store not long ago. From what I hear it didn't hang around long, but I'm always up for trying another Stone brew.

Poured into two pint glasses for my wife & I. Deep, polished copper, like a quality piece of breastplate. Smell is a knockout - insane hops, wind-shear of malts, & a high-kick of alcohol. Be afraid, mouth.

Stone XIII is one wicked brew. The malts in this creature are so intense that they almost drown out the consortium of hops that are plainly clamoring for attention...but not quite. Pine cones are hard on the finish, & accompanied by a bit of pine bark, too, a woody dryness that plays oddly with the hard malts. Good wood, big hops, slammin' malts...yeah. This is good. The lower-the-boom alcohol notes that come in to mop up after the party are packin' some heat, too. This is one & done for me, but I'll enjoy the heck out of this one.

Excellent beer. Not only that, but one that defies easy categorization, nor can I bring to mind one I've had like it. Points all around. Nice! (1,075 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful maroon color with one finger of tan head on top that dissolves down toa fine fiml with solid lacing. Very good looking beer.

Complex nose that sort of sneaks up on you. Sweet malt and all kinds of dried fruit. Raisins and cherries. Brown sugar. A touch of alcohol spice. Surprisingly light on the hops. Also very nice.

Those hops do show up in the flavor though. Strong piney, drying hops all over the place. Fairly subdued toffee malt presence. Spiciness from the booze and hops, although the alcohol makes absolutely no presence besides a subtle warming. Very light cookies. Tasty, if not the most complex - this is a hop bomb, despite what the aromas advertise.

Body is medium with good carbonation. Fine for what it is.

Overall, a really nice beer, especially if you're in the mood to have your taste buds destroyed by hops. Which I usually am.

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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. (569 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours a dark brown/red hazed colour. Smells very sweet, and you just know its full of hops. The taste is very hoppy and quite damn sweet, but in a good way. So damn smooth and delicious. The 9.5% is so well hidden. I should have grabbed a second bomber since it will be past its prime when I find it again. Very good fucking beer overall. So glad I grabbed this in the last beer haul.

Had this again after the end of 2009 and I suppose its bit past its prime. Definately not the same of what I remember from the last bomber I had. Ok beer still, just, not the same. (578 characters)

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.04/5  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. (611 characters)

Photo of haemphyst
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this as a one time purchase, loving nearly all of the Stone offerings, with few exceptions. (I love the stories on the bottles, too... :P They are usually what prompts me to try something new from them...)

I was first intrigued by the "Do Not Cellar - Enjoy In 2009" phrase prominently plastered on the side of the bottle. The "fine wines" of beer, Stones like to rest usually, but who am *I* to argue? So, I followed the instructions to the letter! My first review, of hopefully many, and I hope I don't bore!

A - Dark... Beautiful, dark-reddish body. Roughly the color of a good strong cup of french-roast coffee. Very nice, dense, but short head, that disappears quickly, leaving a nice, thin lace on the glass, accompanied by a beige foam film, lasting the entire glass.

S - Hops! I love a big strong hoppy beer, and this beer did NOT disappoint. Alcohol notes are stronger than expected, but not overblown. Chocolatey undertones to the nose. By now, I was ready to taste this thing!

T - For the BudLight "afficionado", a semi-blinding flash of grapefruit peel and bitter hops, reminiscent of The Ruination IPA, but a bit more subdued. Oh, the hops! Very good bitter/floral flavor, marks this as a very high on the "Stone Favorites" list. Fantastic malt, piney, oakey, and small hints of coffee and chocolate, with even a small orage juice thing going on in there. Did I mention the hops? Alcohol notes strengthen on finish, but never seem "too much", and subue quickly.

M - A clean, but odd and difficult to describe "syrupy" or "thick" feeling. Not unpleasant in the least, it actually helps the finsh last, which in this case is really nice. Almost an asparagus taste in there, as well... Perfectly carbonated in my opinion, not a real carbonation burn at all. Clean and too short a finish, sadly. This one you won't mind enjoying slowly.

D - Alcohol notes are perfectly balanced by the hops, (both the stars of this show, and after all, why are we drinking beer?) and as mentioned, a VERY nice offering from Stone. The relative potent 9.5%ABV will warm you quickly, and it's quite a nice feeling. You will know it's on the way - no sneaking up on you with this one... :)

A highly recommended offering if you can find any. I went back to buy two more cases! Get this one while you can, folks! If a "big beer" is what you're after, they really don't come much bigger than this one! The Stone guys love to release really nice "limiteds", and this one won't disappoint. (2,487 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle dated June 2009):

Pours a clearish reddish brown color body, small light tan colored head, somewhat lasting. Malty bitter aroma, hoppy grapefruity. Very bitter, dusty. Malty grapefruity taste, dusty. Good aftertaste, balances the hoppiness up front. (277 characters)

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

A- Dark ruby/burgundy in color. Large tan foamy head with nice lacing.

S- Abundance of dry hops followed by booze. Similar to that of an imperial red.

T- Dry malt nose.. dash of powdered chocolate. Followed by a complex rush of piney dry hops. Slight burn from the ABV at the end.

M- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Palate is left somewhat sticky.

D- Great Stone style hoppy strong ale with similarities to an imperial red. I enjoyed this very much. Nice balance of hops and booze with an underlying malt. (521 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review - here we go. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A: Pours dark amber with a 1 finger caramel head which disappears rather quickly. It left a spotty lace which was mostly at the top of the glass

S: Hops dominate at first. After that I sense some raisin and dark cherry. There's also a subtle hint of toffee and maybe even chocolate

T: Overall has fairly good balance. I get malt at first, followed by pine and a little bit of grapefruit. Definitely a hint of oak as well

M: A little dry but full, maybe even a little chewy

D: Enjoyed this beer but it certainly packs a punch. Gave me a nice warm feeling after just 12 oz. Certainly a beer I would recommend. (687 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Evan1023 for this beer that I desperately wanted to try.

Over the top hoppy beers are not my favorite. I can enjoy them a lot and appreciate them for what they are but I find them a bit one dimensional and most of the time am left with a 'is that it?' feeling. I still needed to try this beer since I heard it uses the most hops that Stone has ever used per barrel.

Not 5 seconds after I pour the beer into a glass does my wife from across the kitchen (who HATES hops) said she could smell the beer from there and not to bring the glass any closer. that should tell you a little bit about the aroma. It is very stong and I'm digging it a lot. Very fresh hop smell to it.

The taste is overwhelmingly hoppy and sharp. Since it tastes almost how I expected it to I am not shocked and am rather pleased. As hoppy as it is, it is pretty drinkable and I finished the bomber without any trouble or fatigue. This beer quenched any hop craving I'll have for a while and I enjoyed it immensely. (998 characters)

Photo of MountainBeagle
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Imperial Red is a mean one! Full of hops, malt and alcohol. It falls a little short for a Stone Anniversary and disappointed a bit for being the "hoppiest beer Stone ever produced."

The hops are there but the bitterness isn't at the levels I thought it would be. I was thinking it would be around 130 or more but it came in at 90, below ruination.

I had the glory of tasting this one at the 13th anniversary celebration. I also had it from bottle 3 days after it came out so I had it as fresh as it gets (for most of us.)

Color is good, taste is good. Brew is just not the cream of the crop like an Anniversary should be. The malt seems to cancel out the hop bitterness that is dear to so many of us hopheads.

It's a good brew don't pass this one up, its rare to have an Imperial Red. Overall though I'd take a 2009 Double Bastard over it and I love my hops. (867 characters)

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.