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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 715
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 vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very dark amber color with almost no head. It smells of hops and alchool. It tasted very hoppy very bitter and very strong, a bit harsh but the strong flavors are well worth it. Very strong flavors leave a lasting taste in your mouth. Hard to drink fast deffently a sipping beer. Overall a fantastic beer, no more can be said.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:21:25 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Brown in color, if you hold it up to the light there are some slight reddish highlights to it. Has a light brown head with many different size bubbles that erupts like a volcano at first and takes several minutes to work its way back down, and provides excellent lacing. The smell is outstanding, a hope lovers dream. Pine and citrus hops jump out at you, with a slight warm feeling of alcohol blended in. The taste is also excellent. Once again stone has aggressive bold flavors and they do so with the hops here as several of their other brews in the past. Very hoppy but not as crazy as it is on tap and some time to fester in the bottle really helped, pine and citrus hops gives great flavor and blends well with the alcohol, a few earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is very good, obviously full bodied. Very hoppy finishes bitter and warm, could be a little cleaner, good drinkability as well. Gonna miss this one.

Bought this almost a year ago and let it age. Age did it very well, I know it's recommended to have enjoyed this one right away but I really think it mellowed out some of the flavors that were slightly too intense and mellowed them out quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:14:14 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of Buebie


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Freethyhops.

Poured from the bomber into a 16oz pint glass. A billowing 3'' head takes hold and almost spills over the edges. a tan head that is dense indeed. Settling after several minutes and leaving a quarter inch of frothy cap. Thin but clingy drapes of full coverage lace line the walls.
Color is a light brown with redish color, malt dominant appearance.

Aroma is failry sweet with a huge amount of malty sweet caramel, some mild vanilla, raisins...its almost caramel candy like...outstanding.
Hops seem a bit drowned in the booze soaked candied caramel aroma.

Taste is very sweet and almost extract like with a wopping malt presence. Through the middle alot of the sweetness is taken away by a charred caramel and now bittering hops of pine and mild citrus.
Its fairly bready though, caramel drenched rolls with a bit of boozyness, but not overly hot. Like a rum cake its fairly heavy and rich, desert sipper for sure!

Feel is slick and full bodied but balanced by carbonation.

Lingering bitters and burnt caramel with semi sweet malt.
This is a really heavy beer, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks Riley!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:10:27 | More by Buebie
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so excited to find this at Oak Tree in South Plainfield. Picked up this one and the 14th Anniversary Ale at the same time. The label says it must be enjoyed in 2009, but the ABV makes me confident that it's still in pretty decent shape.

It's dark brown with a red tinge and a finger-width of tan foam that settles down but doesn't entirely dissipate until after a few sips.

My nose is loving this. A beautiful balance between sweet, toasty malts and pungent American hops. No sour notes that might indicate bottle death. The malts smell of old, buttery leather and dark fruit, maybe figs. The hops bring a citrusy/piny undercurrent that plays with a slight vinous alcohol sense.

The alcohol really comes through on the first sip and carries through the wash. But up front it's tempered by the sweetness of the malts and rides along smoothly with the hops in the bitter aftertaste. The malts continue to deliver a dark fruit, but it seems more like raisins on the tongue. The pine and citrus of the hops manifests as really bitter orange. I'd love to know what hops they used, but if I had to guess I'd say Simcoe or Columbus. There's more to this as well. There's a spice on the palate that comes through it all, perhaps cloves.

This is a strong ale after all and it has a strong presence in the mouth with all three main aspects I've identified: alcohol heat, malt sweetness and hops bitterness. It drinks like a barley wine, brings all the complexity of a Belgian strong brown and takes a toll like a good Imperial stout. Be ready for it or it will take you aback and you'll rate it lower than it deserves. Drink too much of it and it will put you on your back and punish you for a low rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:26:29 | More by Naugros
Photo of Arenbeer


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

22oz into a Snifter

A- Pours a real dark reddish brown with a 2 finger yellowish tan head. Decent lacing

S- Strong piny hops with a caramel sweetness in the malts. Dark fruits and slight alcohol.

T- Barley and roasted grainy caramel malts are most apparent on first sip. After it goes down you get a nice bitterness from the hops as well as some darker fruits and licorice. Also a slight sting from the alcohol as it warms.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter dryness in the finish.


Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:07:26 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Ormond Wine Co. in Ormond Beach, Florida. Pours a dark reddish brown with amber hues, a thick and frothy tan head, and big globs of lacing. Smell and taste are roasted barley, milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, taffy, toast, and a bold, citrus hop bitterness to end. The 90 IBUs come through on the palate, but they're balanced by the malts and some alcoholic warmth in the finish. Still drinking fine despite the "do not cellar" and "drink in 2009" labels on the bottle. More nectar from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 20:10:14 | More by cratez
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New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Head was a tan color that clung to the sides very well. Color was a dark reddish brown color. Aroma had a small amount of alcohol along with grainy sweet smell. A bit of hops but was very pleasant. Taste was hoppy and grainy not at all as sweet as it smelled. Felt a little thin in the mouth, nicely carbonated. Ok to drink, but not an must drink beer.

It was marked drink in 2009, but got lost in the shuffle.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:05:01 | More by mountdew1
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle say to consume fresh (in 2009). My apologies, Stone. I'll try not to forget about bottles of your beer in my beer stash ever again. Lets see how you taste with a year of age on you anyway:

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby with a tight, dense, tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film leaving rings of lace around the glass.
S: Smells of caramel malt and dark fruits. Notes of licorice, and alcohol. Hops are very dulled (as expected with age), but notes of pine are still present.
T: Spicy hops, caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, toasted wheat bread, figs, herbal hops and raisons. Slight notes of coffee and tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Alcohol is very mellow and only warms the throat slightly after each swallow. Carbonation is soft and comfortable, body is medium, and mouthfeel is rich and spicy.
D: While the hops may not be as evident as they once were, this is still a damn fine beer. Goes down smooth and creamy. Another fine example from Stone, and I'm looking forward to this year's offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:57:09 | More by scottfrie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:59:35 | More by Sammy
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this with a fellow beer geek. Beautiful caramel in color, thick tan rocky head.

Smell was an interesting blend of hops, roasted malts and caramel.

Taste did not let me down. A great balance of nuts, caramel and malts, but with a nice kick of hops to bring on the bitterness.

Very luxurious in the mouth. Sweet, yet biting on the tongue. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

What a great beer. Would love to get my hands on some more of this!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:06:50 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of Suds


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

This brew is a clear, dark red in color with a nice, thick tan head. Wonderful hop aroma, backed by sweet and full roasty smells. Lots of caramel and some moderate fruit smells. Bits of citrus aroma mingle in as well. Moderate alcohol, earthy. Sugary and sweet aroma, with lots of pine-like hop flavors. Warming...lots of warming in the sensation. Woody, herbal, and very satisfying. This is one fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 21:04:10 | More by Suds
Photo of ghostwalker


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Red body with a thick, yellowish frothy head.

N: Hop nose with a DME-like big malt finish.

F: Chinook-like hop blast flavor with strong malt. Is this a barleywine? Seems like it to me. Good alcohol burn, not unexpected at 9.5%, massive malt presence.

M: Toothstripping with a slight astringent quality.

D: Good drinkability. A sipper, but in a good way. Very Double Bastard like to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 06:23:44 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of Krevee


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank 5/20/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured into an 8oz glass at Stone Brew Co on-tap

A - Came to me with a nice tan head. The appearance was dark, but good looking, though I am not sure what color it was because I was sitting on the back patio at Stone, but from what I could see it was good.

S - Fruit notes in the smell, along with roasted malt and yeast. There is also some hop smell at the end.

T - The malts are definitely much stronger in the taste then the hops. The malts have a roasted, caramel, and bread taste. And at the end the beer has undertones of hop that add sort of a fruity and light citrus notes. Nice balance that leans towards the malt side.

M - The mouthfeel is medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy with an oil that lingers in the mouth.

D - I had an oz glass with dinner that went nicely it was hard to pace myself and not drink faster. It was an east beer to consume even at the ABV it is, but I don't think I would want to drink to many glasses of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 04:18:12 | More by Krevee
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 yemenmocha


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color from the pour with little to no haze, tan head, and overall very handsome beer. Nose has mixed berry & citrus aromas with some light pine. On the palate there's a wallop of both malty and hop flavors that intermingle well, with some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and uber herbal flavors. Finish is long and herbal sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:37:43 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of AgentZero


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany color, ruby on the edges and ruby highlights. Pretty nice two finger head that retained well and left some decent lacing.

S - Quite fruity, with a lot of carmel malts. Plums, berries, raisins, and a lot of dark stuff is nicely muted and only adds to a solid malt backbone.

T - Quite strong, with a very malty presense and backbone leading in to some dark fruit and a nice somewhat hoppy undertone. It really punches you in the mouth, but not horribly overpowering.

M - Medium bodied, carbonated enough to give it a little kick.

D - Very distinct tasting beers sometimes tend to be low on drinkablility. Got through the bomber okay, but think that did me in.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 04:51:33 | More by AgentZero
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes: Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A foamy and creamy head that ivory and has retention. The color of the beer is a reddish orange with copper highlights. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear. There is some carbonation bubbles in the body of the beer. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A ripe grapefruit, floral esters, pine, and some orange grabs your nose attention. The malt notes are caramel, toast, yeast, and bread. There are notes of a subtle sweetness, phenols, ans solvent.

Taste: A fresh hop flavor leaps all over the palate. The hops flavors are mainly grapefruit, orange, lemon, grass, floral esters, and pine. The malt is toasty, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and bready.

The mouth feel is carbonated, warm, and sticky.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer taste similar to The Double Bastard. I feel that there is more hop freshness in this beer. Another solid brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 17:52:35 | More by colts9016
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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle sampled last year shortly after release in OH. Review from notes.

The first whiff is all hops, perhaps more on the nose than any I've had the pleasure to sniff. Taste is ultra smooth, though. It is RED, as a taste! Weird to say that, but it's true. Bold, but great. Super hoppy, but with enough great malt to balance it. Aftertaste creeps up on you like a skunk..

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 17:01:33 | More by sixerofelixir
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bomber to pint glass. Ruddy brown, almost cola looking once settled, with fairly translucent ruby fringes. Moderate head doesn't last long but leaves lacing behind.

S - grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, booze, yeast, and more

T - some darker fruits (raisin) join the party, which is nice, but makes the balance tilt sweet. Keeps the ABV at bay but I'm not sure the tradeoff is worth it; doesn't fully mesh with the more piney/yeasty smells.

M - medium body & carbonation

D - certainly interesting from start to finish, and not too hard to drink for a 9.5%, just not sure it works together well enough to merit another.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 20:49:08 | More by Richardberg
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber, poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a 2-finger cap of thick beige head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Huge fruity aromas- grapefruit, pineapple- but there's also some doughy/yeastiness that doesn't quite gel with the citrus for me for some reason. This distraction carries over into the flavors as well. There's bold caramel and roasted malts, plentiful bitterness and juicy citrus, plus some baked apples and a bit of cherry. Combined with a substantial booziness, this combination of flavors reminds me of Arrogant Bastard on steroids. Considering how much I love AB, this isn't a bad thing at all, but that sweet/tangy dough/yeasty quality really throws a monkeywrench into my enjoyment. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a coating quality. If only there wasn't the doughy flavor clinging to my palate along with everything else, I'd be scoring this one a lot higher.

Overall impression: Couldn't really get into this. Not a bad beer by any means, but doesn't meet my expectations for a brewery I usually enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 20:02:10 | More by PDXHops
Photo of mynie


4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolate milk hazy redbrown, like riverwater. Opaque. Can't tell what the shit going on up in this.

Smells like lots of fruit, booze, alcohol and malt. No winey nodes, very little hops. Just a like a combination of a fruit smoothie, minced meat pie, and grandpa's fiery orange juice (only just the fire, no OJ).

I know it says right on the bottle that you shouldn't age this, but this is way more pleasantly complicated than the beer I drank on tap in September. It's like a wonderfully melted fruitbasket, the alcohol has gained prominence as the chocolatey malts have been dulled and all that's left is like the bastard progeny of a Dubbel and and an American strong

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:30:22 | More by mynie
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is limited due to they release a new version each year. It poured a murky deep red color. It smelled pretty hoppy at first, then a strong deep caramel malty flavor took that over. The taste is a bit fruity, malty, some smokiness to it and finishes bitter and tart. It's pretty smooth tasting, even though you can smell the alcohol. I am curious to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:00:57 | More by femALEist
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tullip

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a slightly off colored head (approximately 1 finger). Head dissipates quickly and leaves plenty of lacing, overall very indicative of the style.

Smell: Dry plums and a very deep bouquet of fruity goodness, although a bit mellow compared to some of stones other strong ales.

Taste: This is definitely where this beer makes its mark, it has a nice big malty backbone with a ton of dried fruits coming to the front, excellently balanced with not too much alcohol present at all.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and heavy, just the way I like my strong ales.

Drinkability: While the alcohol content and huge flavor keep me from giving this brew high marks in the drinkability category (meaning that this beer is so flavorful it's actually tough to keep pounding down), I will give it above average marks.

Notes: Excellent beer, probably good for cellaring which I will put to the test. Overall a 22oz bomber is perfect for the flavor and strength of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 00:18:37 | More by BigIrishman
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish amber orange with a very impressive 1.5 inch creamy fluffy tan head that stuck around for over a minute with great lacing that clings to the glass; smells very hoppy, malty, sweet, with orange peel, cinnamon, grapefruit and delicious spices. Very impressive nose and appearance, this beer started off looking and smelling great.

Nice hoppy, malty and toffee flavor combo that's slightly sweet with a dry finish; sweet malt, caramel, rum or raisins, dark fruits, a touch of flower and/or grains, floral and piney hops, and then spices which end this tasty brew. You can't taste the alcohol, but you can feel it after drinking this beer for a while. Medium bodied, this brew actually has a silky smooth mouthfeel that's a little chewy, and even though it has light to medium carbonation, it gives off a creamy flow and goes down pretty easy considering the high ABV.

It seems to be a hybrid between a barleywine and a strong ale or DIPA, but it works well as an aggressive powerful beer. It aggressive, but not overbearing and it brings enough flavor and complexities to make this enjoyable rather than just a strong ale. Overall an excellent beer that was quite complex and highly drinkable!

Drinking Notes: I had this beer on tap several times and from a bomber and it was always an exceptional beer. It was better on tap over the summer of 2009, and I am glad that I had it on several occasions until the bar ran out of it. It gets better as it warms, but it was great right after being poured and had exceptional qualities, such as a great aroma, appearance and taste. Any fan of the Stone line of beers will be able to appreciate this beer. I'm looking forward to the 14th Anniversary Ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 04:34:47 | More by CHickman
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3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I call it a Red IPA and definitely qualifies for Extreme.

Odor of alcohol and -- does anyone remember how Merthiolate smelled? Or is it moth balls? Definitely not an "aroma." Oddly harsh and sharply acidic. Woody and resiny hop flavors. Malt appears and disappears, and why do I think of Milk Duds?

Very educational, and the intense red-copper-amber color is worth seeing. But I'll be looking for something bland to mix the rest of the 22 oz with. Usual Stone printed-on-bottle label says it was bottled in 2009 and "Do not cellar - enjoy in 2009." You have been warned.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:11:12 | More by mactrail
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.