Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a very dark red color, head was super creamy and frothy. The aroma is unique and beyond complex. Caramel up from, slight mint, spicy hop remnants, leather, chocolate, and earth. There's a big caramel, almost chocolaty note up front on the taste, some earthy, spicy bitterness still lingering from the hops, sweet malts, and a leathery finish. Full bodied on the feel, creamy.
"Do not cellar".
I never noticed that on my bottle until I decided to crack it...3+ years later.
I haven't had it fresh, which would have been nice, though I was just getting into beer at that time and Stone entered Louisiana the year after. But, this was a nice Strong Ale. Though the said "Don't cellar", I think they knew this would hold it'd own to father time.
07-27-2012 00:41:26 | More by EgadBananas
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Bought a ton of these back when it hit shelves. Drank half then, took notes, drank some more now to compare.
Appearance- Thick, hazy brown/red. Looked almost like blood at first, until the carbonation settled. A nice, thick, fluffy head with a bone-ivory color capped off the pour. Nothing about the appearance changed over the three years.
Smell- (Fresh)Enough hops to punch you in the face. Aroma is ripe with cut grass, citrus hop, grain-alcohol(you can smell the booze on this one), and lighter notes of charcoal, peat, and tobacco. (3 years later) Much of the grassy hop is gone, leaving warm and spicy hop aromas, sour grapes, biscuit, and warm leather. The charcoal is still there, but muted.
Taste- (Fresh) A metric ton of hops, maybe too much at once- Not bad or bitter-for-its-own-sake, just a LOT of different hop flavor. Caramel and raisins mask a lot of the strong alcohol, and the same smoky notes of charcoal and leather round out the finish. Aftertaste is a lingering combination of burnt biscuits and sour fruits. (3 years later) The hop punch is gone, leaving earthy, musty hop flavor without most of the bitterness. Cut wood, mushrooms, sour cherries,and lemon zest, with a streak of caramel sweetness straight down the middle of the tongue. Aftertaste is that of muted hops with pangs of zest and leather.
Mouth feel- Definitely carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. Thick, with enough residual sugars to keep the beer present long after the final sip. The higher alcohol warms the throat. Nice. Nothing about the mouth feel changed over the 3 years.
Overall- Wow. What a killer beer. I still have about a case left. At first, this beer was a little much- so much going on, and the wall of hops was almost too much to take in. This beer held up incredibly well to aging. 3 years later and it is an almost entirely different, yet equally wonderful beer. I save these for special occasions and get together- goes nicely with Cohiba Red Dots, late nights, and dimly lit poker games.
06-26-2012 02:55:24 | More by MasterChef
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Review from past notes...
A - Poured a reddish mahogany color with nice head.
S - Citrus and fruits with definite hops presence.
T - Strong citrus, possibly grapefruit with some other fruits. Hop bitterness stays afterwards.
M - Full bodied, thick and smooth.
D - Very drinkable even with the high abv.
Would love to see them do this one again.
05-15-2012 16:03:54 | More by Hopstamon
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Beer served in a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter. Close enough.
Beer is over carbonated but not too bad. Beer is dark amber and really hazy. Thick tan head of small bubbles. Tons of lacing, lots of carbonation, good retention.
Aroma is malty and sweet. Strong alcohol.
It is a good beer. Medium in body and sweet through. Strong alcohol and a great bitterness on the back end. I like Stone beers. I'd have this again.
04-20-2012 15:59:02 | More by drabmuh
4.83/5 rDev +19%
A 22oz bottle found at my local liquor store. Aged 2 years. Bottle says drink fresh, enjoy by 2009. Oops.
A - A cloudy, amber/brown color. 0 clarity. 1 finger of head, and sticky lace all over the place
S - A boozy smell of caramel, sweet aromas. Very, very boozy. Probably because the hops have faded, not leaving the alcohol much to hide behind
T - Sweet caramel, malty, boozy. The hops have faded, but it is fantastic. Definitely a sipper beer
M - Thick, full bodied, wow.
O - An amazing strong ale. I never had it fresh, but I can imagine what it was like, and I honestly think aging helped this beer. This is some sweet nectar from the gods...
02-18-2012 03:05:33 | More by BeerDawgs
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.