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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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 akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The ale is dark, a deep wooden brown that could easily pass for a crimson red color. A full two fingers of head have laced around the glass.

S: Dark caramel malts set the stage for lots of hops. Both citrus and pine are in strong supply with a resiny pine finish standing out.

T: Damn, this is one bitter beer. The hops are so thick and concentrated, sharp and developed, that it is hard to believe that the ale isn't twice this strength. Hops are grapefruity and full of peppery spice. Pine and alcoholic heat follow, all of the flavors are full and rich. A deliciously hoppy ale. The dark caramel malts are reminiscent of the beautiful Stone XI and add a great deal of balance.

M: Blindingly hoppy, this ale is one lively sucker. The dark malts provide a richness that pairs nicely with the bold flavors.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a formidable ale without considering the incredible hop profile. My palate may never be the same but I'd glad for it.

Photo of bonbini26
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, the bottle doesn't list the style, but after tasting I would it is more of an Imperial Red Ale, than a american strong ale.

Pours a strudy dark yet bright ruby hue almost crimson, nice clarity even though it is so dark. Perfect white 2-finger head to top it off. I smelt the aroma of this beer as soon as i cracked it, huge floral, grapfruit, pine, citrus comes out. With notes of malts of caramel, a real complex aromoa. Fantastic!
The taste starts out with a bitter hops onslaught of citrus and floral and then a heavy dose of malts with a toasted, breaded, caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is bold with bitterness, yet the malts balance this beer out very nicely, really a nice balance. This was very drinkability considering the alcohol content, could not really detect the 9.5%, went down really smooth and easy. Another winner from Stone even though it didn't seem like a Stone beer

Photo of adamb02155
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear deep red colour. An inch high cap of fine beige bubbles fell very slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind quite a lot of lacing on the glass. Good head retention after the initial settling. Intense hop aroma, pine resin and grapefruit, with rich caramel malt in the background. Bitterness started strong and continued to grow through the finish, lingering for a long time on the palate along with the flavour of hop resin. Sturdy malt backbone, but it was no match for the hops. Medium to full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation. Some dryness from the hop resin. Alcohol flavour (a bit spicy, peppery) and warmth were present, but not overpowering. I liked this one. The big hoppy punch was balanced just enough by the malt and alcohol was well controlled.

Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA last night. Served in a pint, 12oz pour.

A - Deep bronze w/ 3/4 inch tan cap. Mildly hazy and fiery crimson when held to the light. The bead is fin and sublte lace is deposited.

S - An instensely pungent citrus hop aroma, just soaked in juice odor w/ a huge grapefruit nose. Pine adds something more earthy to the nose, the ripe orange scents are obvious even several inches away from the ale

M - Crisp, tight, resinous and juicy feel w/ bitter texture in check w/ the mild sweet malt assistance. The piney bitter and warmth is felt in the lasting sharp finish

T - Really sweet + fruity taste of grapefruit w/ hints of pine cone and an almost salty bitterness like sucking the essence from a hop leaf after the malt subsides. The taste is salty w/ acidity hitting the sides of the tongue at the back w/ spicy hop flavor. A nice amber malt creaminess in the taste is usurped by the sharp, stinging( again salty) brine at the end which calls you back to taste again. The mix of sweet and then heat is very flavorful and has a nice contrast

D - The taste is overwhelming at times, not tame in any way. It takes 'Imperial Red' to a whole 'nother level. Almost to hoppy for its own good, could use a little age IMO before it will be truly incredible drinkability wise. The bitterness is almost like salt off a pretzel at times. I can't wait to taste this in the bottle maybe a month from now.

Photo of Tilley4
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in tap at The Flying Saucer in Garland, TX...

Arrives a dark murky brown with a small thin head... Looks like a barleywine...

Huge pungent aromas of citrusy hops and a sweet maltiness that has hints of chocolate in it...

A delicious creamy hoppy brew this one is...loads of citrusy hops combine with a sweet maltiness that is laced with cocoa... Almost like a mole sauce...

Not quite as good on tap as in the bottle but still an excellent brew...

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 dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of tawny tight head with good-great retention. Clear brownish red liquid, very pretty.
S: Big citrus and tropical hop. Simcoe, centennial are definite. A little vegetal and herbal hop. Some bread. Bring it on!
T: Hops are dominant with grapefruit and tannic acid. A bit of alcohol fruitiness. Some dark fruit and rye maybe? Some malt emerges in the aftertaste, but not a very balanced beer.
M: Puckering and warm. Some green banana starchy feel :-( Alcohol gets hot at the very end :-(
D: Tasty. I enjoy this and want more sips, and I'll buy a few more. Too strong/hot for more than one pint at a time though.

Photo of UA8
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a tall cocoa brown head.

S- Big notes of citrus hops a syrupy caramel malts are dominant in the nose.

T- Citrus and tropical hop notes lead the parade followed by rich caramel malts and finishing with a citrus rind bitterness. After the beer breathed a bit and I had several sips I also noticed a distinct coffee like taste but more of a sweet lightly roasted bean flavor not acidic or dark.

M- Rich and syrupy with a pleasant moderate carbonation.

D- Another interesting and tasty offering from Stone. When I look at the beer I expect a malt bomb yet am greeted by tons of hop flavor and not just bitterness but flavor. I'm a big fan of beers with the style of flavor over bitterness approach.

Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Lord Hobo earlier in the week.

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass.

The color is a a cloudy dark maroon with a finger or two of foamy brownish head with some nice lacing left on the glass..

The smell is pretty darn malty. There is some slight hops in the back with some dark fruit aroma.

The taste is malty with some biscuit like flavor. There seems to be more dark fruit flavor like raisins and plumbs in the middle with some very light bitterness at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is drinkable even more then before. There is quite a difference from a fresh bottle to now two years later. It is still drinkable and goes down easy with a smooth feel.

Photo of bennetj17
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, coffee-amber colour, massive tan foam. Head holds wonderfully, with a thick coat of lace. Hops have a clean, citrus dominance in the aroma, with some spicy floral character also. Not alot of malt sweetness in the smell.

Taking the first sip, it's apparent that the syrupy caramel malt is doing it's best to keep up with the hops. The Chinooks are strong still, and have some bite, especially when the bitterness begins to set in. A little earthy dryness is detected at the back, and it's a bit warming, though the alcohol flavor doesn't get in the way. The mouthfeel wants to get syrupy with all that malt in there, but remains smooth, with a perfect foamy carbonation. Man, that bitterness is a real knockout in the finish, really loving it.

This beer is terrific. Although it is quite different, the overall idea is much like the 11th Anniversary: an extravagantly hopped monster, with a darker malt presence that balances things nicely. There is good complexity, and I think that's why you could look at this in many ways: a Double Red, a Strong Ale, a DIPA? I'm not the biggest fan of Chinook but it is done well here. I intend to drink many more of these, fresh. Well done...

Photo of magnj
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a standard pint glass this beer produces a tan 1 finger head that is nice and creamy sticking to the glass easily. The body is an exceptionally clear deep ruby red.

S - Hop aroma is wood, not necessarily pine as some others are. biscuity malt/yeast aroma blends seamlessly with the unique but familiar hops. Exceptional smell.

T - Just as it smells the hops and malt blend perfectly. Hops start up front and carry on through but begin to mix with the sweet biscuit malt body to create a great finish. This could almost be a desert beer if paired correctly. It does hint at it's strength beginning in the middle of the sip and by the time it makes it into your belly you know this is no light beer.

M - Not sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be for the style but it seems on target, very sticky though.

D - Way tasty but very dangerous since it comes only in bombers.

Photo of elniko
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Bottle marked June 2008 and unfortunately this brew just reached DFW.

A: Rich ruby brown/red coloring along with huge frothy that stuck around and left large quantity of lacing. Really good looking brew.

S: As I would expect from Stone a major hop profile on the nose. More piney than citrus from the nose. Quite splendid.

T & M: Mouthfeel sticky almost resin like, very full bodied. Taste follows the nose, piney grassy hop tones nearly overwhelm but the malt does provide balance with some backing caramel notes.

D: One bomber is enough for a brew of this strength. I had been looking forward to this beer coming to Texas and it did not disappoint.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Served from a brown 22oz bottle

A thick red color small brownish tinted head with good retention

S- citris like hop aroma with some spice smells very fresh and clean

T- Milder than expected based on the smell quite smooth a very well balanced beer caramel malt flavor coming through with a bit of an oakyness as well

M- Again very smooth but a bit chewy on the back end not a bad thing ;)

D- Loving this every sip I take will run to buy more

Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Rather dark amber maple syrup body with a dense inch and a half of light sandy head. Great lacing. Delectable nose of pine sap, herbal resinousness, pineapple, and minty hops. Substantial fruit, cookie, and rum backing.

Herbal, numbing hop bitterness right up front. Aggressive and tasty. Undercurrent of fruity, rummy malt mounts a defensive against the hop dominance. Sticky, and slightly sweet, the malt still can't balance the hop bitterness. Piny and resinous all the way through, with flashes of mint and citrus in the finish. Dry and numbing to the end. Reminds me of SN Bigfoot, but with more hops! Medium-full body with a creamy feel. One of Stone's better Anniversary beers.

Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, oh, yeah. This may rival the legendary Arrogant Bastard. Pours a dark, but clear, mahogany with a dense, two-finger off-white head. Thick lacing. Rich, hoppy aroma. Cedar, grapefruit, and orange dominate the caramel malt. Slightly heavier, but carbonated mouthfeel coats and lingers. Big, bold taste. Bitter hops up front and throughout. Lots of resin and grapefruit, some kiwi/strawberry, and citrus zest. Well-balanced with a carmael malt that keeps things in check without that annoying candy-coating. A pleasant oak-earth texture compliments the hops. Its amazing the amount of hops that have been crammed into this beer, but it is almost too easy to drink. Dare I say, this is one of my favorite Stone beers.

Photo of mjaskula
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Reswald
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, purchased in Anchorage on 9/4/2009. Poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark ruby color, with a nice off-white head. Great hop aroma from the snifter. Excellent hop flavor on the palate, but plenty of malt backbone, with a nice, smooth finish.

I guess I would call this year's brew a Double Red IPA; it's definitely a hop bomb, with over 90 IBUs of bitterness from Chinooks, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. The Chinooks handle the bittering during brewing, with the Simcoe & Centennial hops being used for dry hopping during fermentation. Plus, Stone actually does a second dry hopping just prior to bottling! This is one hoppy beer, my friends! Even with all that hopping, the beer remains remarkably drinkable.

This beer reminds me somewhat of Midnight Sun's Mars, also an "Imperial Red IPA", which was released early in 2008. It was around 85 IBUs and 8.7% ABV. It was also hopped with Simcoes, along with Columbus & Amarillo hops.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish dark copper with some good lacing. The nose has a beautiful piney hoppiness and a bit of amber sweet malt. The taste is much the same--there is a nice malt backbone, but the dominant component is piney hops, with a bit of floral and citrus going as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this one quite a bit better than the 12th Anniversary, and was happy to get to try this year's release.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ben for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours a dark copper, nearly brown into my Surly Tulip. Has a one finger beige head with excellent retention. Excellent lacing as well, coating the glass in sheets.

The aroma is grapefruits and citrus hops, with a large malt backbone.

The taste is right on with the nose, big hops with grapefruits and floral hops standing out. For being Stone's "hoppiest beer ever" this is incredibly well balanced with a large caramel malt backbone. I'm very impressed.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a large bitter bite in the aftertaste. The very well balanced bitterness and malts lead to a very high drinkability score from me.

This is a great beer. It's a shame it's a one-off. I liked this more than Ruination, which is saying something. I'm very impressed and very thankful that Ben shared this with me!

Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, cloudy, light brown; translucent, with an alive look, as if it is still fermenting in the glass. A one finger dark beige head subsides to a cap and lace arms hug the snifter.

Smell is a major aroma of dark caramel, deep bitter, effervescent pine, citrus, earth, and an herbosity that nearly strips the skin from inside my nose.

This ale explodes in the mouth with detonations of every wonderful hop flavor imaginable, carried into the sip with minimalist notes of sweet and caramel. It starts bitter and keeps building through citrus, pine, spice, finally finishing incredibly dry with the lingering flavors of bitterest citrus and boldest herbosity. To say the finish is dry is to understate in the way of saying Everest is tall, and the Milky Way Galaxy is big.

Mouthfeel is the medium side of full bodied, medium carbonation, and perfect resinousness to hold the finish.

Drinkability- My disclaimer. I like ales which are high ABV and contain massive amounts of delicious hop flavor. For me the drinkability of this is as good as any of this style I have tried. For you who are not Hoptimists... maybe not so much.

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathead's. This is our first sighting of the beer. We, paying insufficient attention tot eh board, expected to get the 12th Anny. Until we tasted it. No Oaxacan chocolate in this baby.

A-Pours a rich dark amber with a sticky white head and some lacing.

S-Excellent hop bombing. Rich, grapefruit hops and lots of 'em.

T-Delicious. Full of flavor from front to back. Lots of good dark malts in the front, backing up a strong showing of pine and grapefruit hops from the middle through the finish. I will also quote from my friend Mauerhan's review as follows: "alcohol is not a factor. it is hidden like a fucking ninja in the trees. beautiful." Well said.

M-Rather heavy bodied for the style and, not surprisingly, quite oily.

D-Right up my alley style-wise, though it seems to me more like a DIPA with some darker malt character than a red or amber. But that is a minor quibble. Drink up!


Photo of damienblack
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep (but clear) amber. Big poofy head from aggressive pour. Decent if not amazing retention, but not a whole lot of lacing. Smells like amazing dry-hop glory. Rich, piny hops, a bit of grapefruit and soapiness, and some malt just itching to be released. And as the beer warms, the malt does just that, rising to meet its full potential. This is the perfect mingling of rich, full hop flavor with a great malt backing. The malt doesn't fight with the hops, the piny hops take the forefront and the malts balance it out on the back palate. No bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Nice and slick, I think it is Stone's house yeast strain that gives their beers that slick, yet hinting at creaminess, mouthfeel. For the ABV and bitterness, sublimely drinkable. This is just a great offering from Stone, and I will be sure to try more before it is gone!

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Any beer with Triskaidekaphobia on the label is alright by me.
This beer is certainly alright by me.
Given the description I was expecting something more along the lines of an IPA but I am finding a chocolaty bastard in here. The "Do Not Cellar" bit on the bottle concerned me some; I do think this would be fit for aging.
As it stands: quality bitter chocolate flavors without this turning into a porter or a stout. Caramel flavors are in there and the hop character is very enjoyable. There is a pleasing citrus character in the finish; grapefruit is the first thing that comes to mind but lemon or lime fits, too.
A sit, sip and enjoy sort of critter... though it is much lighter on the palate than one might find a 9.5% beer to be.
Happy teenage-dom, Stone!

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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