Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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:
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 generallee
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle is labeled with a nice description of the beer and it's born on date of June 2009.

Appearance: The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns.

Smell: In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.

Notes: This is one the best beers I have tried from Stone. Outstanding and intense.

Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown color. There was a small tan head that doesn't linger long, but does leave some lacing. The aroma is quite good. Pine and citrus hops are up front, but you can tell they are being masked somewhat by the malt. Some caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of breadiness. The taste is bitter, with the pine and citrus hops up front, but malts trying to mask them. I get some bitter chocolate, toffee, spice and some others that can't quite get to the top. Very nice. I missed drinking it in 2009, since it got shuffled to the back of the fridge.

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

As if I really need to introduce the Stone Brewery by now. Only yesterday I posted an extremely positive review of their collaboration beer with Victory and Dogfish Head, the Saison du BUFF, I also reviewed another collaboration beer with Stone, Maui Brewing and revered homebrewer Ken Schmidt, the Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter, and one of the first beers I wrote about was their infamous Arrogant Bastard. I think I'll have to revisit that one soon.

With Stone's 14th Anniversary Beer just about to hit shelves, if it hasn't already, I decided to crack open my last bottle of the 13th Anniversary Ale; their Imperial/Double Red Ale. It has been hiding in the back of my fridge since mid 2009, and is certainly ready to be enjoyed. In fact, I should have probably opened this one fresh. But therein lies the heartache of finishing a one-off beer. I had had it a few times before, but now I was really to really sit down and focus on it.

As a bit of a background, Stone releases a new Anniversary beer every year; and surprise surprise, they are usually very hop forward. Sometimes one of these specialty beers becomes so popular that they add it to the regular line up. As is the case with one of my favorite beers that they brew, the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, the 11th Anniversary.

The 13 Anniversary comes in a 650ml classic Stone bottle with red on-glass printing and a proud gargoyle raising a pint in celebration. So the 11th was a Black IPA, 12th was a Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (I wish I could still find one of those!), and now an Imperial/Double Red Ale. Sounds good to me! I do love red ales, and think that they are largely overlooked by the brewing community. This Imperial version hit me much like a Red IPA; I guess that is in pure Stone fashion.

I opened the 13th up at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into snifter. It poured very aggressively building a deep garnet red beer with huge amounts of life and carbonation. When the pour was over, and the rumbling had settled I was left with a deep and dark slightly hazy, but overall transparent beer. It shone strongly with amber reds, dark golds and blackness streaking all throughout it. A thick and frothy tan brown head lifted a good inch and a half above the beer showing great carbonation, resilience, and contrast to the beer itself.

The nose, like so many of Stone's beers, was upfront with big punches of west coast hops. Stone brewed this with a spicy and piney variety called Chinook, and also dry hopped it with Simcoe and Centennial. Fresh and bitter scents of earth, pine and citrus erupt out of the beer bringing sweet and tart grapefruit with it. Malts show big round and juicy flavors of caramel and soft toffee with a gentle hind of roast, and pale malt freshness. The 13th is 9.5%abv, and does smell madly rich.

In for a plunge and you will experience exactly that. A big rush of bitter quenching hops comes to the front beginning on the tip of your tongue and crashing all they way down the back of your throat. The hops show smooth complexity focusing on citrus peel and pine, but also bring touches of sweet fruit, earth and round, deep bitterness. Soon though, malts make they way under the hop resin and glide along your tongue and into your cheeks. Soft caramel with a brown sugar sweetness, dark cherries, apricots and blood orange show soft malts the way in.

This somewhat creamy malt sensation is nice, and needed to be there to add balance, but in comes more hops to bitter and crisp out this beer. It has got to be in the 90 IBU range, and shows much power and gusto. The hops do wave in with a significant crackle that leaves you very quenched; it left me very satisfied. The mouthfeel is authentic and full bodied showing some spice from the hops. It shows a smooth and carbonated structure with crisp edges, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

It is a big beer, and for the average beer drinker it will probably knock them overboard. But it really wans't designed for them - this is the Anniversary Ale, this was designed for the people who made Stone what it is now. It was designed for the hop heads, the brewers, the fanatics, and the fans. And I'm glad they did it! This beer was totally enjoyable and showed me great rich hop flavors and soft malt chewiness that I do love. I can't wait to try the 14th!

Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

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.

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!

Photo of Naugros
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.

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.

SkÅL!

Photo of cratez
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.

Photo of mountdew1
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.

Photo of scottfrie
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of colts9016
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.

Photo of sixerofelixir
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..

Photo of Richardberg
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.

Photo of PDXHops
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.

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

Photo of femALEist
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.

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.