Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
A - Deep brown, copperish color, fairly clear, but dark; poured with half-finger of creamier, light tan head.
S - Pretty strong piney/cedary hop character, backed up with a good bit of maltiness that isn't too sweet.
T - Taste is definitely hoppy up front with the pine notes, not quite an assault because of the strong malt presence. Maltiness is slightly sweet, but not too much. Dryish finish, and decently balanced
M - Pretty hefty; thicker to medium; nice subtle carbonation
D - Really nice drinking, bit of warming alcohol lets you know to treat it with respect
Overall, just another great offering from Stone. Highly recommended!
07-17-2009 21:58:42 | More by Nickls
4.72/5 rDev +16.3%
This stuff finally arrived in my area today! Poured from the bomber into my snifter. Pours a dark red/brown color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. Slightly tan head was about 1/2 inch thick when poured settles to a very nice surface coating with a nice thick ring surrounding the inside of the glass. Decent lacing. Aromas of piney hops and some citrus, along with a nice malty presence as well. The dry hopped taste immediately hit my palate upon the first sip, with the aforementioned pine and citrusy grapefruit flavor also coming through nicely. The taste is rounded out with a nice roasted caramel malt sweetness. The hop bitterness does tend to dominate though, even as the beer warms up a bit. The hop bitterness certainly lingers as an aftertaste. Wow! Stone continues to blow me away! This beer has a sort of thick, chewy, and oily mouthfeel that coats the palate. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Becomes easier do drink as it warms a bit. I was very impressed!
07-17-2009 03:16:30 | More by neenerzig
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
Very excited for an anniversary Stone, big fan of most of the brews
A. A very nice deep brown red color. Good head with a brownish tint that didn't stick to the glass
S. Terrific. I think I got a hop buzz off smelling this beer.
T. It tastes like pine needles, and I love it.
M. Great. Small amount of carbonation, but it lraves a wonderful tingle in the back of the throat
D. Not the smoothest but very close. If you are in the mood for hops I would recommend very few over it.
07-17-2009 02:29:26 | More by hughesm4
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
A - Poured into a tulip, little head with a dark angry red color.
S - HELLO HOPPPSSSS!!! The red sweetness is there too, and adds a lot to the smell.
T - Wow! Fanstastic blend of red spice and different types of hops that create a party in my mouth.
M/D - While mouthfeel isn't something I would usually drink, it is something I want to have over and over again. This is far better than 12th and really rocks my world.
07-17-2009 02:19:42 | More by mwa423
4.1/5 rDev +1%
22oz bottle, about as fresh as I can hope for it to be.
A: Pouring a clear deep ruby red with brilliant clarity and a gorgeous, finger-thick darkish-beige head, this is a pretty attractive beer.
S: Ah, good old Stone. Dry hopped to hell, this is a treat. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose with a pleasing bitterness, balanced by a rather prominent malt presence as well. Mild herbal/mint character comes through as it warms up. Good stuff.
T: Opening up with a combination of sweeter dark caramel and bitter pine hop flavors, this is very tasty. Flavor profile isn't the most complex, and the balance in the hop character leans towards bittering hops. Coupled with the bitterness, the caramel character tastes almost burnt in a delicious way. Finishes dry with a grapefruit bitterness.
M: Medium light in body with a biting hop character, this is great on the palate. The carbonation is rather soft, and the finish, aggressively bitter.
D: I'm enjoying working my way through this beer. Well done, Stone!
07-17-2009 01:47:12 | More by DefenCorps
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a dark reddish/brown with little to no carbonation. Has a light lacing of foam around the edge of the glass, small head when first poured. When I first poured this beer a savored the aroma it smelled like a pine forest with some citrus, for hop heads like myself, there's no better aroma and it smelled incredible. The first sip immediately pounded my tongue with hops in the middle and the front and the hop bitterness continues to dance on your tongue for a very long time, it dissipates very, very slowly. There's a hint of malt in there to try and balance out the hops but I can't really say this is one of those beers that balances out equally between the malt and the hops. The hops definitely take over and what's left of your palate picks up the hint of malts. Hop heads will absolutely love this beer (I myself am one of them). I don't know of many Imperial Reds out there and this one is very interesting since all the bigger bodied reds I've ever had seemed to emphasize more malty sweetness with the hops to bring it back into check, this one is just the opposite. Mouthfeel is a medium body, very smooth, and very, very drinkable. This is one beer that can easily sneak up on you and it is also one I would hope to see Stone brew on a yearly basis. This is by far the best red ale I've ever had and it pushes the boundary of traditional red ales into the extreme category. I absolutely love this beer.
07-17-2009 01:39:10 | More by jzeilinger
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
Beautiful, burgundy color to this one and a medium head that slowly settles to a ring around the glass and center dusting of foam. Malt sweetness up front which slowly meld into the hop bitterness and eventually fade into a full residual hop bitterness. Simple, straightforward and not complex. I like it and think (despite their warnings not to) this would age interestingly.
07-17-2009 00:47:26 | More by imaguitargod
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
disclaimer: drank this while homebrewing, and ive noticed that smells and tastes that are in the air while homebrewing can effect your palate...
A: poured into my duvel tulip. Dark brown in the glass, but BRILLIANT ruby in the light. eggshell head, several fingers thick. excellent head retention. color steals the show.
S: chocolate jumps out at me. roasted barleys. almost some espresso. hops dont show thru in the nose as much as you might think. malts rule the nose. some alcohol at the end.
T: tastes are very much inline with the nose. chocolate and coffee acidity dominate before the hop bitterness kicks in; and boy does it kick in. hop acidity cleans away almost all of the bitter and sticky malt flavors. exceptional balance considering the "size" of the beer. hops linger only slightly longer than you want them to. raisins and BOOZE join the hops in the aftertaste as this beer warms.
M: wonderful mouthfeel as this beer changes so much on your palate. carbonation is great, creamy on the tongue.
D: This beer loses on drinkability but it was probably intended that way. Theres way too much going on on the palate to keep this beer going down smooth. Beers this complex shouldnt be drinkable, however...
Overall, one of my favorite stone brews, exceptionally well done.
07-16-2009 23:30:52 | More by imagineiii
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
13 already? It seems like 10th was just the most current one. Oh well, bottoms up!
APPEARANCE: Pours into a Victory willibecker a dark reddish copper. A 2-finger high cream-colored head forms on top and shrinks slowly to an undulating, large-bubbled cap.
SMELL: Though subdued, an excellent balance of malt and hops. The hops are resinous and sticky citrus and pine. Signature Stone. The malt is rich with deep caramels and a touch of roast and breadiness. Really, it's like a mini Arrogant Bastard.
TASTE: The hops come first in the same form as they did in the aroma. But they're presence in the forefront is short-lived as the bready malt asserts itself as the dominant flavor in the beer. As it crosses the palate, it only becomes more rich, but without any cloying sweetness. The finish is all roastiness and deep caramels, now with a bit of sweetness, ending in completely the opposite fashion of how it started.
MOUTHFEEL: Pretty significant in body, perhaps a bit much. Though it isn't terribly slick. The carbonation is at an average level.
DRINKABILITY: Good considering how beefy this beer seems to be. It does suffer from the same things that AB does in that all the flavors are so intense that you need to almost pace yourself with it. Still good though.
Not a bad choice, but the previous few anniversary ales have been so good that this one doesn't measure up. It's good to have a couple more bottles though.
07-16-2009 21:45:34 | More by jmalex
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
A) Ruby red/ slightly brown. 1 1/2 finger creamy mocha colored head that lasts througout.
S) Beautiful friut smell. Kind of makes me feel like im smelling wild cherries.
T) EXCELLENT. Has a slight wine taste like a cab. Fruity and slightly musty but still has the classic Stone hops.
D) Even though it is strong, once you start to drink it, the beer is remarably smooth and easy to drink.
Another great beer by Stone. Great brewery.
07-16-2009 21:16:55 | More by t420o
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
i found this beer to be a typical stone beer. the color was more of an amber color, something simular to hopback by troeg. the taste was quite hoppy with a clean finish. the several different hops used created a wonderful layered aroma. personally i was disappointed by this beer, being a stone limited release project i wanted more than what i got. that being said this a wonderful expression of what good hops can do in a beer.
07-16-2009 19:04:34 | More by froman694
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Nice looking ale. Pours dark amber with a thick tan head. Great lacing and retention.
Nose has lots of citrus and floral hops over a creamy malt profile with some apparent booze tones.
Taste has bitter, resiny hops up front and through the finish. Caramel, toffee and more bready malts round this out well.
Full body is well carbonated. Strong Ale or Imperial Red, tasty stuff. Big American hops, right up there with the Dub Bastard.
07-16-2009 07:16:24 | More by rye726
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
The beer pours a dark burnt caramel of a color with a big tan head on it's shoulders. Lacing and retention are both decent, the good pour I have come to expect from stone. The only problem is, another one of Stone's signature marks is the beer's achiles...big beer, big flavor, but not much blending. Everything kind of fights for the spotlight, quite aggressively I might add. The smell and taste are both dominated by grapefruit and caramel notes, they don't blend together as well as one would hope. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but by no means overly syrupy, with a good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is alright, I wouldn't crack open another bomber after finishing this one though. Overall, a pretty good beer, but nothing groundbreaking.
07-16-2009 02:58:52 | More by grayburn
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Stone's 13th Anniversary Ale pours a beautiful deep chestnut color with red highlights capped by a fluffy tan head. The aroma is mostly hops with some caramel and maple syrup thrown in there.
The taste starts off sweet but is quickly bowled over by spicy hops. There are some caramel notes from the malt and maybe just a bit of chocolate but the hops dominate with lots of bitterness that lingers forever. The mouthfeel is quite full with medium carbonation.
Overall, this beer reminded me of a cross between Arrogant Bastard and fresh Bigfoot. It was good but not as original as I thought it would be.
07-16-2009 02:14:40 | More by Spidey13
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.
A) Deep ruby red, tannish/creamy thick head.
S) Smells h o p p p y.
T) My tastebuds are under attack. The hops... the hops...
Seriously though. What a delicious hop bite.
M) Pleasantly malty; somewhat surprising how much considering all of the hops. Overall a balanced brew.
D) Gonna take my time with this one, absolutely an ale to be savored.
07-15-2009 22:59:54 | More by admiralcrunch
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
From Notes: 7/1/09
Stone Brewing Co.
13th Anniversary 2009
American Strong Ale
22oz. Bottle into Allagash glass
Appearance= Vigorous pour yielded a fat 3 finger head. Damn my vigorous pours... Like all stone beers, excellent head retention.
Smell= Peppery, kinda smells like a cigar. Good smells when it warms up a bit. Fresh hop aromas to say the least!
Taste= Hops. Wow, hops. Some nice malt as well. It's good. A true palate bomb.
Mouthfeel= Bursting mouthfeel. Everything is very fresh. Good sticky fresh hop mouthfeel. Not thick, almost perfect mouth.
Drinkability= Drinkability is a little lower than most hoppy beers I drink. It maybe the peppery aspect of it. Don't get me wrong, I love hops but I dunno about this one. It's a good beer though. I'd say more like a American Strong DIPA if such a category existed. Hot beer, best describes it.
07-15-2009 20:55:50 | More by Grabbin2nd
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Picked up bottles at Malt & Vine during my recent vacation in the Seattle area, technically Bothel, M&V technically Redmond.
Can't wait until bottles of this and some draft hit the Albany area.
The pour is deep deep amber with red highlights and a dense sticky head. The aromas are vintage Stone hopped up and then some brews.
I was wondering how this beer would be in comparison to AB, 2bAB and it was uniquly different it bit drier but also a more substantial hop character distinguishes the beers significantly.
Drink, do not age, this one is all about the hops.
07-15-2009 19:34:49 | More by PBoegel
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
What a treat. I was informed from a friend that this beauty of a beer is finally released.
Poured from bomber into a tulip pint glass. Body is dark ruby red with a big two finger head, and legendary Stone lacing. Lacing was on par with Arrogant Bastard.
Aroma was very potent and very aggressive, which Stone seems to have a nack for. Fully of resinous hops and caramel malt, with a nice sweet touch. Smells delicious.
Taste was very much different than what I was expecting. Loads of hops are ever present throughout, punctuated by flavors of caramel, toffee, a bit of molasses, and very bready. Alcohol becomes noticeable after the sweeter notes give rise to toasty malts. Tasting this beer was a full on assault of the palate. Very strong, very tasty, and very challenging.
Mouthfeel was superb as can be expected. Nice thick body coats the mouth with its brutal grace.
This is nice sipping beer. It would go down better with fellow's who also enjoy good craft beer. Cheers!
07-15-2009 09:03:37 | More by Foxtrot
3.38/5 rDev -16.7%
22 oz bottle that I picked up on the way out of Hop City. I think the bottle ran about $5.99, not too bad. Always game to try a Stone Anniversary beer. Served this one up in a standard, shaker pint glass.
A: Pour creates a nice brown body. Its a medium brown and is pretty clear and I am not seeing much carbonation at all. On the pour, the light hits it and really lights this beer up and makes a nice red color. Held to the light, you get a nice brown, light brown with a good red hue. Pour got me a little over two fingers of head. Head is incredibly light brown in color. The head creates a really nice sheeting effect but it doesn't have much stick to it. The head slides easily back into the glass. Very nice red ale and looks damned good.
S: This brew has a good hops aroma. Its very aromatic and very pleasing for sure. Got a good amount of pine kicking in here. Behind that you get some good citrus, grapefruit meat. This does create a bit of a medicinal aroma that is bordering on iffy, but it works out. Has a light caramel malt in the background, and it actually has a decent amount of roast on it. This makes it sweet but also has a touch of nuttiness and bitterness here as well.
T: Light sweetness up front from the malts. Has a light chocolate profile, but most of it is a caramel flavor. The roast does darken up the flavors a bit, bring out some nuttiness and a light smoked bitterness. Quickly replacing that sweetness (and I mean quickly) you get all that hoppiness. Very much a pine resin presence, but it borders on too much. Its almost an industrial, pine-sol type flavor. Light citrus hops come out, bringing up a bit of grapefruit and orange. Behind that still is more hops, grassy and floral aroma that makes an almost perfume type presence. This is a bit wierd and I don't know if this is a mess or good.
M: Medium in body, this has an unexpected creaminess going on in here. Nice wieght to it that really has some coating to it. Carbonation is low, a lot lower than expected. This is a pleasant suprise, further helping that creamy presence. Pretty bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is pretty much all those hops lingering. Sometime they meld well together, sometimes not so much.
D: Well, this was interesting. Some good suprises and some not so great. The feel and appearance were very nice and enjoyable. The flavor on the other hand was just off to me. It just seems that the flavors didn't always mesh well together. I could see where this beer was planning on going, but I don't think it quite got there. Too much dry hopping was probably the culprit. Still not bad, and I'd have another if just for further curiousity's sake. Interesting, to say the least.
07-15-2009 05:12:57 | More by everetends
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
Always interested in what Stone's offering. Giving this a bid.
Appearance - Very deep ruby color. Almost black, but the light goes through it nicely. A couple of inches of nice, solid head. Very good looking beer.
Smell - Surprisingly hoppy up front. A real nice, floral with a hint of grapefruit. But the back seems to have some coffee or malt. Definitely a roast quality lingering in the background. Also a real hint of booze. Interesting, to say the least.
Taste - Follows the nose. It's got some nice hop up front, but it's followed by the roast malt taste. It gets very bitter, almost burned on the end. Also some real pine hop flavor. The aftertaste is not making friends with me.
Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy. Decent carbonation. Seems to sit a little heavy.
Drinkability - Not the best. That roast aftertaste is sort of dimming my enthusiasm.
Didin't know what to expect with this beer. It's interesting, especially on the nose, but in the end it just didn't do it for me. Not quite sure what they were going for with this one, not clear that they knew either.
07-15-2009 04:19:38 | More by callmescraps
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
A soft pour still nets me an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber-red color with brown notes to it that when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue. The aroma is sticky with candied hop notes; lychee, candied orange zest, sugar coated pine and spruce tips are followed & boosted by caramelized crystal malt flavors, toasted (almost roasted even) malt and a nice cracker / biscuit grain note towards the finish. Other, more herbal hop notes lend an almost dank, hemp-oil like character and perhaps a touch of green onion / garlic chive towards the finish. After a bit I start to notice a touch of cinnamon like hop character that mixes in with the sweet citrus notes. The nose of this beer is definitely quite hoppy, though given the hop-talk from the brewer I was actually expecting this to jump out of the glass with an expressive hop character. It doesn't quite do that, though it certainly is a hop focused beer, but there is a solid, underlying malt contribution here; it is overwhelmed by the hops in the aroma, but you can tell this beer has a lot of malt richness to it as well.
Somewhat creamy textured and full in the body, the beer still has quite a bit of a prickly carbonation; it would probably be better without quite so much carbonation. There is enough hop character here that the overall beer effect seems dry. There is some residual malt sugars here, even a substantial crystal malt sweetness, it just isn't that noticeable because of all the raw hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering, bracing bitterness that really stays on the palate long after the beer has left my mouth and even has some raw, green-hop astringency. Herbal hops are apparent as the beer first hits my tongue. There is also a solid fruity-hop character here, it just clearly plays second fiddle to the herbal hop notes. Hop notes of grapefruit zest, tangerine, lychee and kumquat are joined by notes green raw hop notes (that are almost a bit vegetal at times), substantial peppery pine notes, Towards the finish, after it loses the fruit notes, the hop character get piquant with notes of menthol, pine, peppery herbs and a resinous hop character that just fills the palate. The finish has some warm, almost hot alcohol character to it that accentuates the biting hop character.
I like that the nose strikes a decent balance between citrus hop notes, more dank, herbal notes and with a subtle, but somehow substantial malt character as a backbone to the nose. This is definitely a sipping brew, with all it malt character and alcoholic strength, not to mention the aggressive hop character. Stone puts this as part of the nebulous Imperial / Double Red style of beer. To my taste it is a cross between a rich, malty and thick Barleywine and a hopped up Double IPA. This is an unbalanced hoppy beer for sure, but it still needs some balance to it; the hop character can get a bit too harsh here at times and the hot alcohol doesn't help things. Still not a bad beer, just could use a bit more finesse and perhaps just a month or two of age to mellow and better integrate the harsh notes; I'll have to get another bottle of this to do just that.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
07-15-2009 03:16:31 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
A- Dark amber with a reddish tint. Sticky looking tan head.
A- As soon as I poured this I smelled hops. Sweet malt with some citrusy and piney hops.
T- Occasionally I get a big taste of Gin in my mouth. This is quite hoppy, very piney. Not too dry, a small bit of sweetness that tastes sortof fruity. Some caramel. Alcohol taste as it warms.
M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.
D- Sort of on the Red style(according to the stone blog). I'd agree with this, not my favorite style. This was a very enjoyable beer.
07-15-2009 02:00:15 | More by gpogo
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Got this on a trip out of town to be enjoyed lakefront.
Very cool bottle poured into a glass mug (frozen - i was lucky to have a mug at the lakehouse - didn't think to bring my own). After pouring vigorously into the frozen mug, i watched in anticipation as the glass warmed up and the frothy, chunky, pitted tan head stood there waiting for me.
After the frost cleared, i was able to behold the deep red color. The head stayed with me the entire time. I may have even had a pure head sip at the very end.
It smelled of pine, grass and citrus.
It had a strong but balanced hoppiness. The warmer the beer got, the sweeter it was. In my notes that i am reading now it says "starting to taste red" - that's a strong beer!
Seriously, it was epic - just like Stone ought to be.
07-14-2009 23:25:36 | More by johntangus
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
Stone- 13th Anniversary
A- Dark red, clear with a thick frothy head. Thick solid ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Pungent oily pine hops with hints of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and licorice.
T- Big powerful pine hops with a creamy caramel malt and a slighty bitter licorice with a sweetened brown sugar/ molasses body.
M- Very sweet and oily. Hops are present front and center, very sweet and resiny thick. Good sweet caramel/ molasses malt finishes off this beer with a nice sweet tanginess.
Overall- Tasted like a good Amber/DIPA. Big and flavorful with the alcohol well hidden. Quite smooth for the high alc. Very drinkable, well done!
07-14-2009 22:37:55 | More by NJpadreFan
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a dark amber/red with a thick off-white head with great retention and good lace.
S: Heavy pine and cedar oil, some caramel, pungent.
T: Caramel malt with a heavy blast of pine bitterness, some molasses and cake batter sweetness come through on the finish.
M: Resiny, with a long aftertaste, full-bodied, soft carbonation.
D: A big beer with big flavours, certainly an experience to drink, classic Stone.
07-14-2009 17:35:33 | More by Halcyondays
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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