Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 605
Photo of cratez
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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 ruby edges, a frothy tan head, and big globs of lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are roasted barley, milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, taffy, brown toast, and a boldly citric hop bitterness to end. 90 IBUs are balanced by a chewy malt backbone and some alcoholic warmth in the finish. Overall, this is still drinking fine despite the "do not cellar" label on the bottle. More nectar from Stone Brewing Co.

Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
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
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
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
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of CHickman
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!

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of briman
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of racer2k
1.83/5  rDev -54.9%
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.

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

Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of Hershdawg
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.