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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%

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 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
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 17:52:35 | More by colts9016
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..

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 17:01:33 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of Richardberg

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
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:00:57 | More by femALEist
Photo of BigIrishman

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
Photo of CHickman

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
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of briman


3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish copper color, with a thick haze, and a huge rocky tan head that holds for quite some time. Once the head settles, plentiful lace lines the glass all the way to the bottom.

Big malt aroma, maybe a little sugary, with moderate-to-strong citrus and resinous hop notes.

Big malty punch in the flavor as well, with some toffee, mixing with a strong grapefruit rind hop element. Finishes with a medium-strong hop bitterness, that is somewhat offset by a pretty noticeable alcohol burn. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Reasonably thick on the palate, with a clearly evident alcohol warming coming out.

The main detractor for me is the strong alcohol bite in the finish. It fights for attention with the hops going down, and takes away from the experience a bit. It's still a very good beer, but the battle for attention the the finish keeps it from being excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:58:28 | More by briman
Photo of racer2k


1.8/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22oz. bomber poured this into a 16oz tulip glass

A - Beer pours a dark brownish hazelnut color with a finger of off white head which retains some nice lacing around the glass. Very little carbonation is visible

S - Aroma of heavy sweet malt, bitter chocolate, muted hops and strong alcohol are all in play in this beer.

T - Overpowering malt flavor combined with what I will call an "off flavor" of bitterness to the beer. There is a strong alcohol presence with a slight hint of hops in the finish. This was a difficult beer to drink and I could not finish the bomber.

M - Light to medium carbonation with a hot flash of alcohol on board. The balance of the profile is strong malt and alcohol.

D - There were elements of the finish that were tasteful but I could not get through the overwhelming "off flavor" in the beer. It is possible that this could have been a bad bottle but I am not certain. I really enjoy the Stone offerings but this was an exception to the rule.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 22:08:14 | More by racer2k
Photo of jsh420


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy redish brown with plenty of sediment - a big 2+ finger head that leaves notches all down the glass

smells like a pine forest

taste - pine pine pine - AB with grapefruit and lots of pine

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation

drinkability is great - i love the taste and love the smell - one of the best stone brews i have had

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 03:57:01 | More by jsh420
Photo of Brent


3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as not having much direction. Up front some roasted caramel flavors, followed by rather harsh and nondescript hopping that finished with a broad, bland bitterness. Not bad, but discordant and unbalanced. Better luck with next year's edition.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 14:34:26 | More by Brent
Photo of Hershdawg


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

Bottle into Glass

A: Pours dark red/brown. Small head, leaves some lacing.

S: Toffee, and pine. Hops

T: Malty followed by hop bitterness. Some oakish taste in there. Tastes like a barleywine but its been sitting in a bottle for almost a year. I wish I knew what this was like new.

M: A little creamy, oily finish.

D: Dangerously drinkable for something with this high ABV

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 03:40:35 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Pours a murky amber with a tan head that leaves very little cascading.

S-Caramel dominates the nose with some toffee notes and a touch of brown sugar. It smells very sweet and mostly malty.

T-Caramel, toffee, and some coffee especially in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence. Its very bold with a nice balance between the hops and malt.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-I think the drinkability suffers due to its strong flavor and relatively high alcohol content.

Overall, I have now officially realized that I am not a big fan of American Strong Ales. Other than Arrogant Bastard I have yet to find a version that I enjoy. For lovers of the style I would imagine this would be a very enjoyable ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:55:38 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown with dark amber hues. Off white head that retained well as a thin cap and beautiful lacing. 4.5

S - rich amber malts, touch of carob, intensely hoppy but more balanced than the Arrogant Bastard. Little hints of grapefruit show through. 4.0

T - heavily malty, reminiscent of DFH 90 Minute with a touch of smokiness and robustness. 4.0

M - medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Wish it was on cask. Now this is a beer that should have switched carbonation style with the Arrogant Bastard on cask. 3.5

D - However, I dig this beer. One more please. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 04:54:24 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark hazelnut brown with about two fingers of brownish white head with good retention. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel and sweet malts. Also a tiny hint of hops and booze. Was expecting more hops to jump out in the smell.

t - Tastes stronlgy of sweet malts again. Also tastes of caramel and toffee, as well as a little bit of booze.

m - Medium body with a little carbonation and a littler creamty. Also a little bit hot from the alcohol.

d - Overall I thought it had a nice sweet malt taste to it, but was a little too hot. I was expecting more hops than malts, but the malts still smelled and tasted good. An above average strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 02:26:39 | More by mdfb79
Photo of charlzm


3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed Feb 19th, 2010.

Beer pours a hazy mahogany. Though few, tiny bubbles rise steadily for quite a while through the glass, repleneshing a pale tan head that's really more of a foamy skin. Good lacing.

Aroma is yeasty with resiny, sappy hop notes still apparent after many months in the bottle. Slight spicy note (cinnamon? ginger?) as well.

Flavor is different from fresh draft I consumed seven months ago! Bready malt up front, though relatively fleeting, is a mildly sweet launching point. Strong resiny hops form the middle, borrowing a page from the Arrogant Bastard playbook. The finish is slightly woody and significantly bitter. Some warming.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little bit oily. The evaporative finish I noted on draft is not present here, though the end of each quaff is RELATIVELY clean and dry. Except for the lingering bitterness, of course.

Not as special as some of Stone's other anniversary ales and not especially drinkable due to the overwhelming, barleywine-like hop midtaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 22:09:57 | More by charlzm
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I respected this brew, I appreciated it, but I'm not sure how much I liked it.

A - Po' up is a very dark translucent mahogany, with good head that sticks around for a bit, but not much lacing.

S - The aroma is a large malt presence; it smells a bit like rye and grapefruity hops, as well.

T - The dark, rich, roasted malt flavor is strong. There is a strong grapefruit hop, a big black licorice flavor and again
a suggestion of rye. Long whiskey burn on the finish. Everything about this beer is noticeably strong.

M - The feel is quite akin to bourbon and soda, except dry.

D - It is quite a strong and flavorful brew, but a bit heavy-handed in some ways that I do not put great value on.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:02:57 | More by ktrillionaire
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.