Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured from a bomber into a mug.
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Huge three finger head retains very well, eventually fading away to lacing. Nice looking beer.
Obviously, the aroma is very hoppy, though not as hoppy as I had expected. Big grass, pine, and citrus peel, but a decent malt backbone is present.
There's actually a pretty good malt flavor up front, which is then immediately crushed by some serious hop bitterness. The variety of hop bitterness from the nose (grass, pine, citrus) is also present in the flavor, though it has been amplified considerably. Alcohol warms the drying, bitter finish. The aftertaste? Bitter. As the beer warms, the alcohol gives it a solvent-like flavor in the finish.
Body is on the fuller side of medium. Appropriately carbonated. Somehow a smooth drinker.
Another in-your-face hop bomp from Stone. I might pick up more to put a little age on them.
08-03-2009 00:17:35 | More by Gyle41386
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Bottle split between my friend and myself at Three Floyds brewpub.
A careful pour gives me a glass of dark ruby almost brown liquid with a finger of thick tan head.
The nose is full of dank citrus hops(surprise!), caramel, booze, grapefruit, pine, more booze.
The first sip gives me a ton of oily hops, sweet malt, and booze. Quite tasty!
Mouthfeel is full and creamy.
The booze is really catching up to me and very warming. Half a bottle is all I can drink at one sitting.
08-02-2009 22:03:14 | More by beertooth
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle purchased for about $6 in OH. The beer is dark reddish color with a brown foam that held infinite retention time. The smell is STRONG, you can tell that a lot of malt and especially a lot of hops went into this beer. The main aroma was pine needle and pine resin but the balance with rich sweet malts made this seem almost a cousin to Stone 10th based on smell alone. Abrasive taste, extremely hoppy, still fresh enough not to have morphed into a barleywine, this is aggressive and delicious. Complex and burning, the alcohol shows up in feeling rather than taste. Medium-to-heavy body + extreme flavor keep the drinkability down a bit, but still this is a little higher than "sipper" on the drinkability scale. Very nice and a beer to remember.
08-02-2009 21:16:21 | More by TurdFurgison
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Beer pours into my pint glass an unexpectedly dark shade of brown with some deep ruby-colored highlights. The liquid is more or less opaque, and the head that forms from the pour is light tan and full of tightly packed fizzy bubbles. Lace is sticky and slippery, hanging around a bit before sliding back into the head.
Smell: Aroma is a nice balance of toasty malts and sticky piney hops. The alcohol comes through sharply somewhat like rubbing alcohol.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...this beer definitely lives up to the hype for me. The initial flavors of toasty grain and slightly sweet malt are met and finished very strongly in the aftertaste with a huge skunky/piney hop presence. The aftertaste is also punctuated with very astringent alcohol. Feel is moderate with some decent effervescence and a sticky film left after the drink.
Drinkability: A little hot, but that doesn't keep it from going down nicely. I really like the big bold flavors that Stone promises. There aren't as many beers available to me in this style as I'd like, so cheers to that.
08-02-2009 01:35:04 | More by kels
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
I'm glad I read a post here about enjoying this fresh. I didn't even read the bottle and just put it in the cellar. I remedied that situation and chilled it last week.
So, it's pretty dark for a hop aroma like that!
It looks like a light brown ale or a dark amber. Or, perhaps, an American Strong Ale! The head rivals Duvel!
Smell is 2/3 Celbration or Bigfoot and 1/3 Hopslam. Translation: awesome!
More tropical hop flavors and slightly less bitterness would have been appreciated. I didn't even notice the malt until I was nearly done with my glass and it warmed up more than expected.
Nice mouthfeel but maybe just slightly too bitter and hot for a better drinkability score.
Don't think I'll get again as a fresh bigfoot is pretty close to this beer and much cheaper. Overall, a dang nice beer!
08-01-2009 17:39:37 | More by BenZ
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter
A - Exceptional! Dark, almost ruby like color when held up to the light. The head is light, tan, but with enough substance to hold it's own throughout and leave some thick lacing on the side.
S - Complex but not completely there yet. It smells young, but that's to be expected. Some piney notes and over ripe citrus dominate at first followed by a hint of dark fruit and a rich caramel and malt finish. I can feel the burn of the alcohol in my nostrils.
M - Medium carbonation, medium body with a dry finish and a pretty good bit of warmth from the alcohol
T - Pretty good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness but the alcohol is way too aggressive right now. Picking up some apple peel and bitter unripe citrus. I was expecting some more fruity esters after reading some reviews. It falls flat in the taste category but still good enough to finish by myself.
D - Not very drinkable right now. Should mellow out in a year or so. I'm going to lay some down for a while and review six months and one year from now.
08-01-2009 01:50:51 | More by jdflyer06
4.72/5 rDev +16.3%
Served from a 22oz into a tulip glass
Pours much darker than I expected with a thick beige head. Massive smell of citrisy/grassey hops with notes of alcohol. When tasting you again get that massive hop flavor but underneath you can still taste a hint of the smooth maltyness. The after taste lingers with the bitterness of the hops and dryness from the alcohol. Creamy mouth feel.If it wasnt for the smell I would never guess 8.5% alcohol. Chalk another one up for Stone.
08-01-2009 00:54:33 | More by JoePat
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Clad in the Stone-standard screenprint-label with the requisite gargoyle and stilted, though less-than-arrogant puffery, the 22-ounce bomber bottle is decrowned with a hearty hiss. Poured into my Stone shaker pint glass, 13th Anniversary Ale is sparkling clear and firecoal-hued cherry-amber in color with a thick creamy cap of fine beige foam atop. The head is soft and silky in texture and deflates very slowly, holding at a half-inch thick mass as it plasters a respectable web of broad, patchy lacing onto the sides of my glass.
The smell is fruity, rich and herbal with a deep, dark sugary malt backbone supporting a snootful of floral citrus. Augmenting the olfactory hopload is fresh note of green grass and a sprinkle of snipped evergreen.
The taste is bright and fruity with toasted caramel and a dry, purposeful, grassy hop bitterness. Alcohol is a significant player in the profile, contributing a drying bite as it evaporates from the drinker's palate. A note of juicy red apple and bitter undderripe stonefruit peels extends the notion of fruitiness a tad, and a touch of dry coffee with brown sugar-sprinkled caramel becomes more noticeable as the encounter progresses. Oily, grassy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
The drink is fullish-medium in body with just enough carbonation to lighten things up. Highly drinkable given the 9.5% ABV.
07-31-2009 22:45:55 | More by cvstrickland
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Aroma: Deep pinous hop resins up front, candied oranges, and rich citrusy hop notes all up front. A nice carmel base to back up all the hop notes. Alcohol warmth present on the nose.
Appearance: Deep copper pour with thick off-white head.
Flavor: Big piney hop notes up front. More citrus flavors and just enough background malt sweetness to keep this from ripping your teeth out. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high-carbonation. Slightly oily on the palate.
Overall impression: A decidedly hoppy American Amber. I'm a hop head but this is pushing the limit as far as I'm concerned. I could drink a pint but any more than that would be difficult. Worth savoring for sure. Nicely done.
07-31-2009 22:30:51 | More by mattcrill
2.42/5 rDev -40.4%
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a hint of red. The head is a nice frothy tan with good lacing.
Smell: Fresh pine needles
Taste: Like chewing on fresh pine needles.
I'm going to pour the rest of the beer out. I expected an anniversary ale from Stone to be intense, but it's intensely bad. It tastes like someone added pine needles to a blender of water and mixed.
07-31-2009 22:28:05 | More by donmonkey1
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
That's a nice looking beer. Man, is that a nice looking beer. Pours rich and thick, tiny tan bubbles in a good-sized head. That head lasts and lasts... Beautiful ruby/amber color - so deep and rich. Nice red color shines through, just a little.
Smells citrus floral and grassy. On the bitter side of citrus - grapefruit or something.
Oh. That's crazy. Interesting. Whoa. What? I guess it's like an IIPA in the mouth. Lots of different hop stuff going on but mostly subdued. Kinda strange. A tiny zap of bitterness at the end and she's done. Only, ha, fooled you! It keeps getting dryer and more bitter the longer it's been since you had any in your mouth. Thus, as with hot peppers, you're encouraged to drink more - to keep that dry, bitter aftertaste from coming on. Ha! Thankfully all of the crazy hops and bitterness and whatever have sweet maltiness to balance them out. Interestingly, my first taste was only of the malts... Like, well, it takes time for the hops to come on but they truly are like hot peppers - slowing sneaking up and then thwacking you on the head, er, tongue. And there are all kinds of hop things going on - it's not strong in citrus (that was the nose). It's not overpowering in pine but you sure get that. It's crazy. You should try it!
With a touch more carbonation, really not much, this would be spot on.
And while I've lavished all of this praise on it... I probably won't go out and buy any more. I prefer my beer more subdued and more balanced. Hey - compared to a Pliny this is Westy 12 but it's still way too hop forward and bitter especially a minute or two after you've swalled it for my taste.
07-31-2009 20:29:32 | More by charlesw
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured this beer from a bomber into a 17.5 oz snifter.
The pour was nice. This beer is much darker than I expected. The head is slight and looks like espresso foam. The color is dark and turns red when held up to the lights.
The smell is malty with hops in the background. It almost smells like dried fruit and molasses.
The taste is big malt upfront and has a hoppy finish. Molasses comes out again. Once the beer warms up there is a strong alcohol bite.
Te mouthfeel is solid. It is thick but not syrupy.
Although this is not a syrupy brew, I dont see myself sessioning this beer. I would buy it again if I had the chance though.
07-31-2009 04:46:30 | More by mattwjones
3.2/5 rDev -21.2%
22oz bomber from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7.
A: Deep red/brown, mostly brown with a cream colored head, about half an inch or so, fairly murky, pretty fair retention with sticky clumps of lacing.
S: Pungent grapefruit, tons of pine and resinous hop lingering in there. Smells extremely hoppy, not much else, can't say this is going to be pulled toward balance. A little bit of a caramel malt profile emerges is it warms. This smells great.
T: Damn, the nose gives the flavor away, hops and booze, with an after thought of malt, has an almost black tea like flavor, almost astringently bitter, from both the booze, tea like properties, and hops. The nose was great, but the taste is well, a lot to say the least. Almost no malt can be detected in this. Leaves a sort of hoppy isopropyl rubbing alcohol flavor in the mouth. Yikes. This is not pleasant to drink at all.
M: For 9.5% this beer is extremely thin and highly carbonated, this just doesn't feel right. Astringently dry, not pleasant.
D: I love hoppy beers, so long as there is a little something else in there with it, this is hop tea with a touch of malt, and a shot of vodka in it. I understand this is from Stone, and is an anniversary beer, but holy hell a little bit of sweetness would be nice. This is honestly the first beer from Stone that I've struggled to find something in the taste that I didn't like. This will decimate your tongue as well. If you're looking for a hop fix, this is more than enough, but yeah, I wouldn't recommend this. I don't even think age will help this beer. Definitely didn't live up to the hype.
07-31-2009 03:38:31 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
Served in a pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thick tan head. The head thins down but laces very nicely.
This is easily one of the best smelling beers i've ever encountered. The aroma is dark and sweet with a hint of cherries or other dark fruits. At the same time it's very hoppy with a bit of citrus.
The taste doesn't betray the aroma, it's all there, the dark fruity sweetness, and even more hops. The bitterness is strong and ends with some coffee flavors. The alcohol is well hidden.
The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that the bitterness really stays with you and won't go away, it is quite dry and leaves you wanting more. I won't have any problems finishing the bomber.
I'm going to have to get another bottle of this. Unfortunately the bottle says not to cellar it and to drink it during 2009. I wonder why.
07-31-2009 00:37:40 | More by mjaskula
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
A - Much darker than expected, dark brown to black in appearance. Nice foamy head on top.
S - Very impressive. Strong floral scent to it.
T - Bitter, but with a little sweetness and enough body to make the bitter taste enjoyable.
M - I really like the body to this, it is pretty thick and helps to balance it out.
D - One bottle of this is a nice treat for sure, it is a great anniversary offering.
07-31-2009 00:33:24 | More by adamb02155
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Cracked open a bomber last night. Poured into a pint glass.
A - Very dark auburn with massive reddish head.
S - Hops, lots-o-hops. Caramel and pine, with a hint of burnt cherries.
T - Hops hit you right away then the caramel and burnt wood flavors are masked. The alcohol kind of dominates the taste though.
M - well balanced carbonation
D - The alcohol is a bit overpowering and any hop head would be satisfied with this brew. I feel it could be a bit over hyped but an overall a good brew.
07-30-2009 16:21:29 | More by raninator84
4.63/5 rDev +14%
On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Again, another July treat!
A: This beer is pretty dark. For a Strong Ale it has a nice dark ruby color that presents a beautiful frothy white head. Not to mention a fine lacing in the glass.
S: I smell something that resembles hoppy funk. It's basically like the smell of Arrogant Bastard on steroids. A bitter smell that let's you know, this beer means business.
T: Bitter and hoppy! To the max! Again, like an AB on steroids, but a taste that grew on me. The more I drank, the more I wanted. A fruity and earthy taste came through towards the end. Again, I want more.
M: Medium carbonation. Not much different than most Stone beers.
D: This baby is bitter! It doesn't take away that much from the drinkability but I could tell it was higher ABV.
Overall this beer is outstanding. No doubt it's worthy of being apart of Stone's "Anniversary" collection. I drank a bomber of this before an Incubus concert a few days before this review and let me tell you, I was hammered. Of course I was drinking a bevy of other beers before, but you get the hint.
07-29-2009 20:29:15 | More by BigAl723
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a tap at the Craft Ale House into their 9 ounce tall glass.
A: A dark reddish brown color with a two finger off white slightly red head. Thick lacing on the glass.
S: Deep rich caramel malts with huge pine hops.
T: Massive hops bite first with huge (I mean huge) amounts of pine. Some spicy earthy characters as well and a hint of lighter fruit citrus hops. The deep caramel sweetness is lasting to keep the hops in the forefront, and the finish is uber bitter. Wow, big time beer.
M: Full, coating, prickly, alcoholy and good carbonation. Bitter end that lasts.
D: For me, even as a hophead, this was a tongue masher with the hops. The really deep bitterness and sweetness together made this beer a bruiser to drink.
Overall a very good beer, but boy it is a hops smack in the face. I love hoppy beers, but the mix of the really deep malts and brutal hops make this beer suffer a bit in drinkability. A bomber of this would tire me out. Still, a very good beer that I was glad to try.
07-29-2009 14:20:28 | More by Kadonny
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Just had this on tap at La Bella Pizza on 7-29-09, thanks Danny for the pour.
The beer was a dark caramel color with a creamy two inch head on top. Excellent retention and some lacing on the glass after every sip. A very good looking beer.
Juxtaposition had a pink grapefruit assault on the nose with some sweet lemon, orange, toast, lots of caramel, toffee, with more citrus rind and zest. Hints of cherry developed later on with some berries and fruity yeast esters. A bit of dark chocolate and some swee dark fruits, raisins and dates in the back.
At first sip I got a rush of toasted malts, burnt toast, and with an earthy and bitter citrus bitterness. Hints of raisins, prunes, chocolate, toast, and bits of coffee in the finish. Long lasting bitterness with an earthy and pine resin flavor. A bit dry too.
Very smooth carbonation, creamy, a tad thick and syrupy at first but the low carbonation picks it up in the finish. Wouldn't mind drinking a whole pint of this.
07-29-2009 08:31:24 | More by seaoflament
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Dark, ruby red/garnet with a touch of haze. Massive 4+ finger head colored somewhere between gray and beige. Excellent retention; 13th Anniversary still has a decent sized cap even after sipping on this beer for 30 minutes or more. Thick, great lacing as well.
S - Big ass piney hops. Pine pine pine. There's also small notes of earth and spice, with a secondary aroma of sweet fruit; apriocts and apples sprinkled with grapefruit zest. Quite reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard or Sublimely Self Riteous but still excellent smelling.
T - Lots of pine from the nose with some tea and bitter herbs thrown in as well. Fruity sweetness swells near the beginning though exact flavors are difficult to pinpoint; for some reason I'm picking up a slight grapey taste. By mid palate the sweetness is mostly swept away and replaced with salty grapefruit juice while the bitter herbs and pine flavors crescendo. Strong medicinal notes peak mid to late palate ushering in the full onslaught of bitterness. Earth and citrus carry the bittersweet (but mostly bitter) flavors into the finish, with a long lasting citric bitterness. Although I'm finding this beer extremely bitter, the reasonably large ABV is hidden very well.
M - Medium bodied leaning towards full. Carbonation is over all low but concentrated on the front in with a bit of prickliness.
D - Although this is a great beer, part of me is thinking "another big hoppy Stone thing." It isn't really terribly unique, but it is good. In the end the intensity and the fairly high bitterness makes this a little difficult to finish the whole 22 oz in any reasonable time, but smaller servings of this would be great.
07-29-2009 08:12:51 | More by PatrickJR
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
Very happy to find this at the local liquor store for under 7 bucks.
Nice 2.5 finger tan head, color was orange brown, everyone else says redish, but mine definitely wasnt.
Smells of mild floral hops and alcohol, I was expecting hoppier honestly
Taste starts with piney hops, then an earthy flavor with a little bit of smokey, roasty malt sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter piney, reminds me of dry red wine finish. Overall taste is less complex than I expected but still great.
This is a fairly drinkable beer, I finished the whole bomber myself, aside from high alcohol content the dry slightly bitter finish is the only thing that would prevent me from drinking more. But one bottle does make my head feel very heavy.
Overall, a very good beer from Stone, not as hoppy or as complex as I had hoped but, nonetheless worthy of an aniversarry ale, strong ale title. If you see it, get it.
07-29-2009 02:43:59 | More by Imsothirsty
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a really nice hop aroma as well as a solid malt nose that boasts of crystal, roasted, and bisquit malts. It appears to be quite balanced. The taste is great as well. It's extremely bitter with loads of hop character up front as well as residual bitterness in the finish. The malts are present and provide a solid base, but the hops are the dominate taste. It's got excellent bisquity notes along with a subtle roasted character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey Imperial red. I'm loving the hop character as well as the malt contribution.
07-29-2009 01:08:59 | More by WesWes
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
A- Pours a nice dark red color with a large creamy biege colored head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing.
S- Pretty good balance between the malts and hops here. Starts out with a nice dose of toasted caramel malts, which are followed up by some nice piney and citrus hops.
T- This brew tastes great. A good mixture of hops and caramal malts. I wouldn't say very balanced but still great and over the top.
M- Maybe on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was good.
D- A very good beer. Easy...make that way too easy to drink.
07-29-2009 01:02:10 | More by nrbw23
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass
Pours an amber with a deep reddish ruby tint. Nice looking off-white head on top that provides some interesting trails of sticky lace.
Super intense aroma as I expected. You're getting to true essence of hop whiffs - pine cone and citrus notes blend together.
I like the depth of the crystal malt and brown sugar flavors with an extremely dynamic hop profile on the finish. The hop finish is sour and has a bitter punch, yet has a resin and syrupy quality too. Grapefruit flavors come right to mind with its citrus sharpness and fruity goodness. Perhaps some dark fruit such as cherries as well. The absolute finish is sharp with a warming alcohol bite. Wish this was not so obvious and covered up a bit better.
At the end of the day you have a kick ass beer with heat that delivers complexity. My only advice is to make sure you are mentally prepared before ripping through this beer. You might as well let your tastebuds know that they will be demolished too.
07-28-2009 22:17:23 | More by Hibernator
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Picked up a bomber from Nikki's Liquors. Very attractive bottle design with a witty little blurb on the back looking back on 13 years of Stone. I must admit, I've only had a couple Stone brews before. Still, here's to many more.
A- The color of a nice cola. Off-white, healthy head. This beer has a very nice pour, head settles as it should.
S- I can smell the hops a few feet away. Sugary, caramel sweetness goes toe-to-toe with the floral and citrus hops. Great depth of aromas.
T- Sweet...piny hops... holy crap. Incredible Cali hop profile, this beer screams 'CALIFORNIA!'. This beer made my mouth do a double-take. What the f is this? Hopped to the extreme. Piny, citrus hops. Incredible malt backbone, giving this a DIPA/Barleywine/Imp. Red hybrid flavor... I guess that's what an American Strong Ale is. F'in delicious, I will be grabbing more of this ASAP. This has the hop bite of the best Cali DIPAs matched with the mouthfeel of a Cali barleywine. Fantastic.
M- Bitter, piny hops, incredible malt character. This beer has an extreme mouthfeel. Not for the light-hearted. Still, goes down smoother than you would think. It smacks the shit out of you and calls you a whore, but at least it buys you a nice dinner first.
D- Moderate to low. Sippin' brew. Took me an hour to finish the bomber. This is a *strong* American Strong Ale. Holy crap. Stone went all out on this brew. This beer proves that there's still a lot to come from Stone in the future. All hail the 13!!!
07-28-2009 21:46:07 | More by ShogoKawada
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.