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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

22 picked up at the COOP on Friday.. I think for about $7.. but I don't remember exactly... poured into my shaped SA glass... I could easily smell this one at arms length even with the ceiling fan moving the air around.

Fairly aggressive pour brought up a thick custard like 2" tan head... the brew is an obvious hop hazed deeep amber brew.. very red and fairly hazy.

Wow.. the aroma is as advertised... thick nose hair coating hoppiness with a fair amount of caramel malts.. toasted biscuits come to mind.. and pithy grapefruit zest... already seems like too much of a good thing... a bunch of maltiness for sure.. but the hops blow things out of the water.

Flavor has the blast of almost tannic hoppy bitterness at the front.. gives way for a moment to a thick bodied caramel/toasty maltiness and that gets drenched in an oily hoppiness... citrus zest... white pith bitterness.. pine sap.. and chewing on evergreen needless with a punch of tangerine zest.

The body is thick... and carbonation pushes everything to the front.. hoppy burps that seem more flammable than any where near pleasant... finish just lingers for days.. sticky and oily.. wow.. I want to know how they did this one... impressive.

Unapologetic.. and no where near balanced.. but I am digging this one, but it is too brash... there is just toooo many things going on... the only reason I want another sip.. let alone another bottle is just to reaffirm the punishing beating my palate is taking..

07-28-2009 07:59:33 | More by JohnGalt1
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Nice thick tan head topping a brown that matches the bottle almost note for note. A little more highlighting around the edges. Lots of ruby-redness looks terrific.

The aromas are solidly hoppy, with enough pine and spruce to hang tough with citrics, caramelized barley, and toasted malts. Rather oily on the nose, but sweet enough to indicate good balance here.

Stone's 13th tastes strongly of caramel malt, a little more than the nose indicates. Lots of body, although the finish is rather dry. Crystal malt mixes with a hint of Munich, dashed with a touch of roast barley to produce a fairly textured and full body. The hops are all over here, with herbs, spices, and fruits all vying for attention - a little raw at times, with lots of lingering bitterness. Along with the requisite grapefruit notes, there's a good bit of green pepper, pine, menthol, and cannabis resin. Alcohol is well-hidden, but the dry finish is warm.

I love it. Nowhere near well-balanced, but I love it all the more for that. If "hophead" has ever been self-applied, pick thyself up a bottle.

07-28-2009 04:04:19 | More by BretSikkink
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Pencible

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

This poured a clear dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like orange and cherry and resin, with pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like juicy oranges and cherry and grapefruit, with some pineapple and caramel and roasted barley. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice balance of hops and malt, with great general taste and great body. It had very big flavors, but it hid the alcohol well and ended up being pretty easy to drink. The roasty notes became more apparent as it warmed, which gave the beer that much more depth. Very enjoyable! Despite the bottle's warnings, I'm curious how this might age.

07-28-2009 03:40:09 | More by Pencible
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A- A nice dark amber color with good sandy head/retention/lacing.

S- Big grapefruit hops with some leafy hops rounding it out. Smells like a hop bomb. A bit of bread and alcohol in there too.

T- A nice blend of caramel, bready sweetness, leafy and floral hops. Finishes with a bit of almost oaky spiciness. Big on the leafy hops. A bit of alcohol, but nothing overwhelming. This is tasty. I like it--it's like an Imperial Red Ale.

M- Nice balance of carbonation and medium body. Coats the mouth--almost syrupy. Good stuff.

D- Keeps me interested. Definitely robust and delicious. Can't slug this one down, but the flavors just keep coming.

07-28-2009 03:37:47 | More by LordAdmNelson
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ectomorph

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

My 22oz bomber was dated June 2009 and let me know to not to cellar, but enjoy in 2009. No time like the present, so I poured it into my Moon River 22oz mug.

A - Deep ruby and mahogany with a tight toasted head that sticks around. A closer look reveals a fairly high level of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S - Classic Stone grapefruit and pineapple tones. Sweet like a cream soda Dum Dum Pop. I'm drooling.

T - Expecting to be lit up, I was surprised by the solid malt presence. Sweet and toasty with a huge hop finish. Alcohol warmth in the belly and the taste buds awaken instantly. Some sort of AB ESB?!? :)

M - Big beer, big body. This beer is a mouthful, no matter how you sip it. Time to put on the big boy britches.

D - A great end to an evening, and 1 is enough for me. If you were to start your night with this, maybe 2. ;)

07-28-2009 01:41:34 | More by ectomorph
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Earl Grey tea with a red clay crust. This beer's darker tones are really antagonistic to the afternoon sun; they refuse to shine even despite their gorgeously rich shade. Luckily, it's not hopelessly incompatible - against the fluorescence of artificial light a sensuous scarlet colour is revealed. Its brown eggshell-tinted head appears feathery like a down-filled pillow; if I wasn't so tempted to drink it I'd be cuddling my head right on top of it.

Just like its appearance is unreceptive to light, its aroma seems equally disobliging to the sense of smell - but in a very admirable way. From under scorched malts the stenchy, stingingly bitter, repugnantly pungent, reekingly pithy scent of hops is so potent, so fragrantly strong that it could probably wake - if not the dead - at least someone who fainted. There's no doubt in my mind that this could be just as effective as smelling salts.

Stone 13th uses more pounds of hops per barrel than any other beer the brewery's made. As hard as that may be to believe given their other releases (Ruination, Double Bastard and prior Anniversary Ales) it only took a few sips to convince me. The Chinook and dry-hop blend of Simcoe and Centennial give the beer a chewy, pithy grapefruit character and excessively piny, resinous and citrusy fruity flavouring.

The Amber and Crystal (and touch of chocolate) malts give an honorary but futile effort to balance out the hoppiness. Traces of caramel, toffee, crisp wafers and honeycomb are noted, but barely. The malts taste scorched and despite their best efforts to remain sweet, in the end fall to the pithy, resinous, choking bitterness of pungent American hops.

Even with the not-so-subtle hint of its 9.5% alcohol, Stone 13th lends itself better to big gulps and constant swigs rather than tiny sips and slow, lengthy savoring. This is a strong beer masquerading simply as a flavorful beer. The fact that this was meant to be quaffed, and easily is, is proven by the whopping mouthfuls and breakneck speed at which it is being consumed. I drink this any faster and I might just break the sound barrier!

Stone Brewing seems to nail beer styles with the precision of a calculator. Right down to the most minor detail this is exactly what a big, ballsy American Imperial Red Ale should be - it's piny, resinous and loaded with hoppy flavour. I really like the fact that Stone refuses to put all their eggs in one basket with regards to style. And although they do each one well, I think it's hard to deny they do this kind of beer - big, obnoxiously hoppy - the best.

07-27-2009 23:37:53 | More by biegaman
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PintOHops

California

4.97/5  rDev +22.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a dark mahogany with a cherry glow when held up to light. Produces a 2 finger off white head with outstanding sticky retention, as well as a semi perfect ring of sticky lacing. Left some bready looking particales on the bottom of my glass as well. Smells very very dry & herbal, spruce needles & tree sap notes flood the senses with only slightly less intense pineapple, over ripened plum, dates, cherry's & a bit of alcohol twang. Some zesty characteristics, and when it warms, a wonderful soft note of sugar roasted almonds/cashews become pronounced. Overall outstanding & intoxicating!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of intense spruce needles, tree sap, semi pungent & very herbal hops! Following is sugary, candied dates, plum, with over ripened pineapple towards the finish. Finishes with burnt/roasted bitterness, dryness from alcohol, and a touch of molasses as it warms. All flavors linger very well & are very balanced, fruity, herbal, bitter, excellent! Mouthfeel is oily & sticky, thick & chewy, full bodied and it compliments flavor profile perfectly.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Words can not describe the rich, herbal, robust flavors of this heavenly brew. This brew immediately reminded me of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, it's sticky, it's fruity, it's sappy & herbal, it's perfect for a chilly evening. I could drink 2-3 goblets of this beer, the alcohol is masked dangerously well by the intense herbal flavor & aroma. This one can not, no must not be passed up guys, such an outstanding beer. Cheers!

07-27-2009 21:28:19 | More by PintOHops
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz goblet filled from the tap at Cole's.

Pours a deep mahogany, with a creamy tan head that shows good retention and laces well, before descending to a thin film. A very hop-forward nose, with strong elements of citrus, pine and grass wrestling the malts to the ground and putting them in a headlock. Drinks a little like an imperial 'black' IPA. For such a hop-forward nose, its actually the malts which turn up first, giving a creamy blast of chocolate and brown sugar. When the hops arrive they're driving a hummer. Orange and grapefruit peel, chewy pine and light floral notes deal some big bitterness that lingers for an eternity. The full mouthfeel helps to bulk up the flavours further, and its wonderfully slick on the tongue.

This brew is a humdinger - a hoppy beast, but with just about enough malt interest going on to avoid being one dimensional. Damn right I'd buy it again.

07-27-2009 18:14:36 | More by bobsy
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -30.3%

Poured into 16oz pint glass.

It has a gorgeous, deep reddish-brown hue. Heavy carbonation resulted in a big head even with a soft pour, but it dissipated quickly.

A citrusy hops blast hits the nose right away. Little, if any, aroma presence from the malts can be detected.

It's all hops on the tongue, followed by some mild malt sweetness. It's got a big punch but little backbone to it.

Surprisingly for a 9.5% beer, it has pretty thin mouthfeel. Not what I would not have expected for a beer of this style or caliber.

As for drinkability, I had enough trouble finishing the bottle, I couldn't imagine having a second shortly thereafter.

This was definitely a disappointment, especially after a Stone rep really try to sell me on how amazing this beer was. Definitely not one of Stone's best efforts.

07-27-2009 16:33:46 | More by JimsArcade
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BonsaiBrewer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Clear, very dark amber. I'm surprised at how dark it is. Well carbonated with substantial head that diminishes fairly quickly to a thin covering, leaving a lace on the glass.

S - Nice strong american hop aroma. Getting stronger as beer warms. Pungent and skunky (in a good way ; )

T - Wow - this one is bitter! Clean and well balanced to start and then lingering bitterness tingles across the tongue, taking its sweet time in departing. Swish it around to make sure all taste buds are assualted properly! A bit of an alcohol burn comes in towards the end as well.

M - Medium body. High carbonation enhances the bitter bite. Finishes somewhat dry.

D - If you like hops you're going to love it. Stone states that it is their hoppiest beer yet - and that is saying something.

O - This is clearly focused on the hops. Lots of bittering hops and generous amounts of aroma and flavoring hops too. I was expecting more caramel notes with the dark amber color. There is some there. More would make it a bit better balanced, but then again why would you want to do that!? The complexity is a bit lacking by being so hop focused. My guess is that it will age quite well. I'll be going back to get a couple of bottles to cellar for a while. It will be interesting to see how this one matures.

07-27-2009 00:59:48 | More by BonsaiBrewer
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

Stone 13th Anniversary

Poured into a snifter, a dark rusty brown with a 1" head with some lacing as it goes.

Sensory overload on the nose--massive fruity-citrus hops. Grapefruit, sweet caramel malt coming through a bit, as well as a little bit of fusel alcohol. Bready.

Hops hit first, and provide a sustained flowery citrus bitterness which melds with the noticeable booziness. Sweet, but not quite "Bigfoot" sweet. Bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Moderate carbonation, just enough to open things up.

Drinkability- Somewhere in between a Double IPA and a Barleywine, not sure how much of this I could have in one sitting. Intense, and alcoholic...(yet very tasty!)

07-27-2009 00:56:09 | More by darklordlager
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bbothen

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Sam Adams beer glass is how I do it. 90*+ sunny Sunday afternoon. Good time for big ass filling red. Yeah. Latest Mastadon irritating wife in background.

Pours out a clear mahogany brown color with a thick & frothy 2 finger deep tan colored head. Barleywine like. Lots of sticky lacing on glass as it's drank.

Smells of dry hopped hop goodness. Piney, citrusy, earthy. Enough sweet malt aroma as well to let you know this isn't a one dimensional hop bomb. Rich and sugary. I like the way this onbe is going.

Big bitterness as the nose suggests. Grapefruit, tropical, pine, earth, grass. Sweet, sugary, and spicy cake like maltiness. Plenty of sweet caramel and toffee. Big alcohol presence lets you know he's there. Waiting to hammer you like a Fedor right hand to the forehead. I enjoy that in a beer. Still seems kinda hot and young.

Thick, rich, bordering on syrupy, full, nicely carbonated, lingering ABV.

This is a big beer. Drinks like it.

Wonder how this would taste over bread pudding? Should find out. ASAP. Will be picking up some more.

07-26-2009 23:39:55 | More by bbothen
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle, split into two pint glasses. Pours a very dark amber, ruby color, with a good amount of head. The head looks tan and creamy on top, but from the sides of the glass, you can see it is made up of large bubbles with many smaller ones surrounding them. The aroma is very floral with lots of hops. I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cap, but it's even better once it's been poured and I can stick my nose into the glass. The taste is hoppy through and through. It begins with a light grassy taste, which quickly becomes more pronounced and floral as the aromas of the hops travel into your nose form the back of your mouth, There is some lingering hop bitterness after you swallow. The flavor is all hops though, I can also detect some caramel maltiness in the middle of each sip, along with something akin to graham crackers. All in all, it's like a great scotch or red ale with a wealth of hops thrown in (and apparently that's exactly what Stone did to create this beer). It's a medium bodied beer with noticeable mouth coating and a smooth finish. Quite tasty! Too bad this beer won't be around for years to come; I'll have to go buy another bottle soon.

07-26-2009 23:36:25 | More by ToasterChef
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Deep red/brown with a big head.

Smell: Citrus, pine, plus a earthy/vegetable-like smell.

Taste: Hard to describe, a kind of earthy sweetness followed by citrus and pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Long lasting bitterness, not too heavy though.

Drinkability: Very tasty but limited edition and very limited in this part of the country.

I finally got to try a Stone anniversary beer! I was lucky enough to get one of the bottles that made it to Hudson, WI. The beer did not let me down, it was a very tasty and balanced DIPA with a malt sweetness I've never tasted before. Good stuff!

07-26-2009 22:27:28 | More by Mdog
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a lot of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops that is quickly followed by a nice compliment of caramel & citrus sweetness and some roasted malts, creating a very nice balance. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of the imperial red IPA style, this is a great high-octane beer to drink for an entire evening.

07-26-2009 21:04:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jjayjaye

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a two finger foamy tan head that resists fading and leaves sheets of Belgian lacing behind. A piny resin aroma sneaks out from under the head then citrus notes blast out from the free surface. Full bodied, the mouth feel is amazing. An impressive BALANCE... creamy, smooth malt and grassy hops. Drinks like a monster amber in that there's no hot tangy bite from the hop. A sweet butterscotch aftertaste kicks in then a grassy character follows nicely. An amazing drinker. Not-So-Sublimely Self-Righteous. I can only hope this one has a place in the yearly brew cycle. Highly Recommended.

07-26-2009 15:29:34 | More by jjayjaye
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peabody

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +1%

This one pours out like a root beer with the same color and probably more tan suds. Lots of suds here. Slight lacing.
Can't smell the alcohol but with 9.5% I am sure it there. Smell is hoppy and dark roasted malt.
Taste is hoppy. Can only slightly taste the roasted malts and the alcohol here. This is pretty good for such a high abv beer.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the reisidual hoppyness only linger for a short time.
Drinkabilityis high here. One 22 oz bomber might not be enough!.

07-26-2009 14:03:56 | More by peabody
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OldeEnglishD

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Even before tasting this beer it impresses. A nice 3.5 finger carmel colored head that lasts a nice long time. The scent is great with hints of pine and citurs.

The taste is awesome. Like an Arrogant Bastard XL. There is a lot of complex flavors that blend nicely. Definate citrus/pine with tons of hops. You can tell this is a higher ABV than ABA, but it doesn't hit you as a heavy alchohol taste like some high ABV beers. It has a really nice mouth feel, thick without being like tar.

This is not a beer you drink all night as it would knock you on your back after a couple. This to me is a beer to start your night with. Take your time and enjoy the complex taste and realize you are drinking a beer that not many breweries could have produced. Stone has lived up to their reputation again.

07-26-2009 12:27:20 | More by OldeEnglishD
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Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Pours a beautiful ruby dark brown color with a thick off white head that slowly settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a citrus hop, mainly grapefruit, as well as some tropical fruits. A nice sturdy bready malt is also picked up in the aroma. The flavor is of roasted malt, similar to an american stout, coupled with the hoppiness of a DIPA. Strong earthy hops, piney and resiny, definitely harsh. The ABV comes into play. The feel is moderate somewhat chewy, quite a bitter finish from the hops. Plenty of alcohol belly burn. Overall a pretty strong ale, nice stout and DIPA flavors. However, the flavors are raw and harsh. Definitely needs some mellowing, especially the ABV.

07-26-2009 07:24:52 | More by Gmann
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%

I look forward to the Stones Anniversary beer yearly. Over the last few years I have been treated with some excellent DIPA's. I was smitten with the 12th Anniversary Dark Bitter Chocolate Stout. I am a sucker for dark roasted beers. This years Anniversary beer is a big ass amber ale. Most excellent. The beer was chilled and poured into a pub glass. The beer will be allowed to warm as I drink it.

Appearance: The beer appears angry or at least sullen as I pour it into my glass. The coloration of the beer is amber almost crimson. The head is a light tan coloration. The head of the beer resolves down to 1/4 inch. Thick lacing remains behind on my glass as I drink the beer.

Smell: The aroma of the beer leads with grapefruit and pine resin in equal portions. The hops are rough and tumble and the maltyness of the beer is up for the fight. The beer goes from hops to malty caramel, brown sugar, spicey alcohol bit of toasted malt character with floral notes bringing up the rear.

Taste: Bitter hop grapefruit and pine resin tar blend together in the begining of the taste. This rides along with toasted caramel maltyness. A vague suggestion of nuttyness tickles my mouth. Then the beer dries out with a spicey alcohol and a reassertion of herbal / grassy hops. Very satisfying!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. Very smooth mouthfeel carbonation is just right. The flavors are very long lasting and resinous. This is a big beer at almost 10%. Some may find this boozey but I think its just right. In terms of drinkability if you like big bold hop bombs your going to love this beer. Yes the beer is 10% but I enjoyed every minute of drinking this beer. Thanks Stones!... Would love to have this one yearly.

07-26-2009 06:09:44 | More by nlmartin
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argock

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.25.

A: Burnt amber-red with 2-finger french vanilla head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts are most dominant, but citrus and pine hops move in and compete neck-and-neck with the big malt aroma. Very bready and inviting but not all that original.

T: Big caramel and toasted malt flavor with correspondingly impressive pine and citrus hops flavors. I wish this brew had a bit more originality -- I like most other imperial and dry-hopped reds better because they are more comple and less heavy-handed.

M: Chewy and coating with medium-full body and low carbonation. Aftertaste is toffee and burnt malt.

D: A pretty drinkable 9.5% ABV ale, but I wish this brew had more oomph and character. It is good, but not what I imagined a Stone Anniversary Ale to be. Compared to the other imperial reds like Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas Lucky 13, and Red Rocket Red, this one is a clear 4th place (and maybe 5th behind Rogue's Dry-Hopped St. Rogue Red).

07-26-2009 04:10:28 | More by argock
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3%

22oz bottle.

Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

07-26-2009 01:06:15 | More by hopdog
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: Arrives with a root beer brown color and a one finger head that laces with proficiency

Smell: Grapefruity aroma, with rich malty undertones

Taste: Citrusy grapefruit dominates and builds, but there is a complex undertone of spice cake malt; after the swallow, the two flavor elements balance nicely, though the finish is a bit sticky (a Stone trademark)

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of Stone's better efforts; really enjoyable

07-26-2009 00:22:25 | More by brentk56
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

Grabbed this on the first day of shipment and finally got around to trying it today.

A-Pours a cloudy russet, which when warms, changes to a beautiful clear garnet. Cold or warm, this has a huge frothy tan head that sits about an inch above the beer and doesn't move. Amazing, this head.

S-I smelled this one from a few feet away, trademark Arrogant Bastard citrus hops with sweet malts in the background.

T-Starts with sweet malts, then an alcoholic barleywine midrange followed by an overwhelming astringent bitterness with a finish that goes on forever. Tastes a bit raw, and I think, notwitstanding the Stone advice, this would benefit from some age.

M-Full and sticky, but perfect for the style.

D-I like this, I don't LOVE it, as I thought I might, but it is pretty good. I have a few more of these that I will let age for awhile and will give it another whirl when the snow flies. Not a beer that you can drink back to back as it is just a bit too amped up on the hops.

Tasting note...do NOT drink this too cold. It is much nicer when warmed significantly, (ie, cellar temp)

Tasting notes, 18 mos later. This beer has mellowed significantly and is now quite good...lip smacking good in fact. The malts have had a chance to mellow it out, but the hops, even after all this time assert themselves aggressively.

07-26-2009 00:09:24 | More by caddybuyer
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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