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
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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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Photo of movingtrain
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour into a Stone Levitation glass.

Dark, dark amber/brown...lingering on black. A good two finger head formed at first, but has since receded to a very light bit hanging out on top.

Smells hoppy...to be expected from Stone...but it's not overly hoppy in the nose. Some cinnamon, apple, ginger spice, peppercorn.

Taste is not what I expected...some very strong cinnamon taste...man, I can't put my finger on the flavors here. It's pretty bitter. There are some fruited notes, pineapple, apple, plum, maybe? Some clove flavor...hops are becoming more and more present throughout the drink as the beer continues to warm. Bitter grapefruit coming through now...again, hops are beginning to overpower some of the initial underlying flavors.

This beer is good...but I'm not super impressed. It's very hoppy, which continues to build in the flavor. An interesting color and body. I am interested to see this one with a bit of age on it, to see if the hops will settle down and bring out some of the other tasty flavors that seem to be in this beer, but are not fully present right now. At the end of the drink, the only thing remaining on the palate is hop devastation.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in color-somewhat of a pale mahogany color. Small tight head. Big hops blast in the aroma. Blast of hop bitterness upfront that tends to fade into more of a hop flavor. Sugary sweet caramel malt flavors. Somewhat astringent for me and there is a bit of alcohol burn. Balance seems a bit off. Ok body-again the hop bitterness comes across as harsh and the whole thing is a tad boozy. A notch above average. Some cellaring is in order here.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Body is dark and murky and shows several deep autumn colors. The initial head was tall, tight, frothy, sticky; downright nasty! It didn't hold for too long, but as it decayed it drug tons of goopy lacing. This is gonna be good!

Smell: Juicy grapefruit, moist pine, pear, big-time hops and alcohol. There's something else sweet in there - not caramel - that I can't quite put my finger on. Rich.

Taste: Woody hops, huge pine, grapefruit, and tons of bitterness. A good deal of alcohol too. Big, earthy, piney, bitter. I think I even get some pilsener malt. This beer is huge! This beer is too much of a punch to the face though. The flavors also seem kinda muddled. It's good, but it almost seems like it was thrown together haphazardly. That's me. The other people I was with were big fans.

Mouthfeel: Big, oily, warm and dry. Doesn't finish nearly as sticky as I thought it would. In fact, it finishes kind of clean and effervescent. Feels odd.

Drinkability: This beer was big, bold, and uncompromising, just as Stone probably anticipated. I was just okay for me though. Maybe a little too big for me. I would have liked a little more depth and subtlety. Maybe I'm whining. I am whining. This is Stone. What the hell am I thinking? It was still good.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crip appearance to a almond skin body with a three-finger tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, wet grass, and resin. Roasted caramel malts even the aroma out.

T: Herbal and dry with grapefruit and a boozy punch to it. Big hops with a decent malt base. Extremely dry finish with a medicinal aftertaste.

M: Chewy and rich. Low on the carbonation.

D: Big and boozy at 10% ABV which was great. What struck me as off-putting was the medicinal flavor at the back of the palate. I have never had this with a Stone beer before, but I got this from two different bottles. This is a decent beer, but that was a bit odd. Stone is still #1. I will chalk this up to just a bad run. And bad by their standard is still a decent beer.

Photo of ChillMike
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color that allows only a bit of light through. A perfect 2 fingered "burnt" white colored head that leaves some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells like a sweeter AB with more hoppiness. That was the first thing that came to mind, zesty hops and nice clean crisp hop scent. Very nice.

T: (I've been waiting for this one!) Lots of bitter hops here, again sort of a different take on an arrogant bastard, more hop, a little sweeter but the alcohol shines through a bit more than usual for a stone brew. It is a big in your face type of brew but not as interesting as I would have hoped. (I still miss 10th with all my beer soaked liver)

MF:Medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Meh.

D: Sort of down on this one with how high the abv is on top of the fact that the alcohol is ever noticeable, this is a nice to try beer but definitely not your every day or even every week type of beer.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit disappointed, not that it is a bad beer far from it but I was just really hoping for something crazy from the Stone guys this time around. I think 10th really set my expectations way too high.

Photo of jdflyer06
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A - Exceptional! Dark, almost ruby like color when held up to the light. The head is light, tan, but with enough substance to hold it's own throughout and leave some thick lacing on the side.

S - Complex but not completely there yet. It smells young, but that's to be expected. Some piney notes and over ripe citrus dominate at first followed by a hint of dark fruit and a rich caramel and malt finish. I can feel the burn of the alcohol in my nostrils.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body with a dry finish and a pretty good bit of warmth from the alcohol

T - Pretty good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness but the alcohol is way too aggressive right now. Picking up some apple peel and bitter unripe citrus. I was expecting some more fruity esters after reading some reviews. It falls flat in the taste category but still good enough to finish by myself.

D - Not very drinkable right now. Should mellow out in a year or so. I'm going to lay some down for a while and review six months and one year from now.

Photo of DougBrew
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep deep amber, almost brown. Poured with a fat head, that quickly halved itself, but lingered through the end.

S- Intense floral and citrus, with a malty afternote.

T- Initially a little sweet, with prominent notes of etoh, intensely bitter and dry in the finish. Deeper still there are hints of roasted coffee beans, toffee, and even apples.

M - The carbonation lets this beer dance on your tongue and deceive you into thinking it is a much lighter beer. As I mentioned before, this beer finishes dry...REALLY dry. I almost needed a glass of water to go along with this baby.

D - Absolutely drinkable, for about one serving. Then I would need to venture into lighter, less etoh heat/dryness and something with a more prominent malt backbone.

Photo of meatyard
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear mahogany/amber with a large, light tan head, good retention and spare lacing. There are some small. odd, black floaties.
The smell is a citrusy hop aroma followed quickly by a sweet malt aroma. Hop smell is not huge so they must have faded some since bottling.
The taste is, at first, citrus and sweet then followed immediately by a big dose of bitterness and finishes sweet again. Light alcohol is noticed that makes itself felt soon enough.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a continued but moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is better than OK but would likely be even better if fresher. As is and with the 9.5% ABV, it's just alright.

Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always look forward to this annual offering from Stone. 13 is a mystical number for many cultures, not in the beer culture.

Pours a big foamy tan head. Dark colors, brown, ruby, brilliant cherry mahogany, big foamy lacing. There's a bar in San Francisco called Lucky 13 I like.

Smells of ground fresh hops at first, pepper, spice, nice malt profile kick in later. In some countries, the number 13 is considered unlucky and building owners will sometimes purposefully omit a floor so numbered.

Big Hops, Big Malt, peppery, bitter, Big Citrus, Big Red Alcohol. It does't quite work for me though. Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful mission by the United States of America intended to land humans on the moon.

Alcohol and hops burn down your throat like the 10th anniversary, but this one wasn't as smooth. Pretty good beer, a victim of their own success as it didn't live up to the hype. Haven't been this disappointed since Jim Carrey's 23.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 1/2 finger head with great retention and a very dark amber color.

Smell is a blend of Simcoe and C-hops. That slight touch of pine from the simcoe mixed with a c-hop is heavenly. It's a wonderful combo. There is a touch of cattiness to it, and I think that there is a bit of chinook underneath in this one. There are hints of caramel malts and a bit of toastiness, with a slight bit of roastiness from chocolate malts. My complaint here is that while the hops are very interesting underneath, the maltiness isn't enhanced much by them to balance the two out, which I think is important for a hoppy red ale. The esters are there, but they aren't overpowering and don't accentuate the malt too much. Also there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the back.

Some caramel malts come through with a good bit of toastiness from amber malts. There is a slight bit of roastiness and chocolatey flavor from chocolate malts as well. If there is a spectrum between hoppy reds and browns this one still fits into hoppy reds, but moves towards a hoppy brown status. The hop flavor in this one doesn't match the awesomeness of the aroma. The bitterness is VERY harsh. I'm not for the clean bitterness over harsh bitterness, I like somewhere in between. The flavor in this has some pine and a little bit of grapefruit and is mildly catty. I'm thinking that there is a bunch of chinook in this beer, which I think is a poor choice to use on it's own for flavoring.

Mouthfeel is dry and has some fusel alcohol issues. There isn't enough body in this beer to balance out the booziness

This beer is definetly a hoppy as red. The aroma is incredible. The dry hopping was suberb. However, I think that the overuse of chinook throughout the boil is a detriment. That and the fact that I think Stone's yeast strain doesn't accentuate the malts in this one as well as I would like.

I think minor tweaks to this beer could make it superb.

Mouthfeel

Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brownwith a reddish tint. Clear as crystal with a creamy looking tan head. Nice retention with good lace.
Smell is malt, floral, pine, hops.
Taste is hops, malt, floral and pine.
Medium/full body, smooth with some alcohol in aftertaste. Slightly warming in throat. Very good but only want one a night.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours a deep clear amber, with 2 big tight fingers of light tan colored foam. Creamy half finger of froth stays rich, with a massive flareup that just drenches the sides with foam that hangs in thick swathes. The aroma is VERY West Coast smelling, with a ton of floral notes, spice, pine cones, and tropical citrus. Underneath lies the malts, which add a meaty layer of smoke, roast, and toasted caramel. As this warms, it's just about neck and neck with the hops. Bit of beefy warmth gives this a heavier feel in the nose.

The hops are resinous and biting in the taste, with an aggressive spicy bitterness and citric character that spreads out in the mouth. Balance comes courtesy of a stickily sweet backbone of toffee and darker roasted malts. Smoky notes lend the profile both tang and a toasty feel, combining with the spicy bitterness to really make for quite the intense finish here. The malts are so assertive in fact, they actually threaten to overtake the robust hop character at times, they are that strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy firmness to it that keeps things moving. However, this seem just a bit too light in spots, especially considering the big flavors and alcohol presence. The bigger ABV here doesn't always work with the big roasty feel of the malts as well (especially as this hits room temp), cutting down the drinkibility for me.

While certainly not a bad Imperial Red style beer or anything, this was definitely a step down from some of the other recent Anniversary offerings. Despite the awesome hop character, the overpowering dark malt component to this just didn't blow me away in the end. Once bottle was more than enough for this year.

Photo of lflow
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer is dark brown, with a slightly amber hue. Light brown head, that doesn't last.

Smell is mostly dominated by the hops. Smells mostly spicy with a bit of citrus. Smelling something similar to pine.

Taste is BITTER! All bitterness on the front (and resinatting throughout). Warming spices on the middle, like cloves maybe. The back is a thickly sweet and syrupy malt. Strong malt flavor.

I actually think this would be a good Christmas Ale.

Smooth but also, very bitter on the mouthe. This is by design, of course.

This beer is good to drink because it tastes so good, but I wouldn't drink several, although I know it's not meant for that, because of the strong bitterness, and also because there is so much going on.

Overall, a good beer, I would enjoy it more in winter.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Beer Stop for around $7. Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. 13 appears a hazed crimson copper color with a healthy three fingers of dense, creamy rust colored head. Nose and flavor consist of bitter, bitter grapefruit peel and pith, some resinous pine, pungent citrus, the sweet caramel malt has a hard time squeaking through the bitterness. This ale is approaching full bodied with more than adequate carbonation for an American Strong. Certainly worth trying if you see it around, but one bomber was enough for me.

Photo of grayburn
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old "Bro" Artied2 swung by last night (07OCT09) with a bottle of this to try...

Pours a very deep, dark chestnut. Seems clear, and has a rocky, tan head. Foam is short, but leaves decent lace. Aroma is of burnt brown sugar and molasses, and hints at a strong alcohol presence. Medium in body, 13 passes fairly well over the tongue.

Flavor comes across with lots of caramel and treacle, with roasty choco and coffee notes. Hopping is quite earthy, with plenty of bitterness getting into the action. The alcohol is quite noticeable going down the hatch as well. Thnx for the bottle, Bro, but 13 is a one-and-done for me. Prosit!!

3.75
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

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Reviewed on: 10-08-2009 12:08:44

Photo of drseamus
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deepish red body with a thick dark tan head. The head fell a bit eventually but was pretty good. Reminds me visually of Arrogant Bastard.

S: Umm...hops. Pine, grass, and citrus. The hoppy triumvirate.

T: Thick and resiny. The hops present almost entirely in resiny bitterness backed perhaps a little too strongly by thick malt. I'm not sure where I would put this stylistlicly but it is almost in Arrogant Bastard territory. It seems to aim there but fall a bit short in super-hoppy amber/red area. I myself prefer citrus to pine in my hops so this is not exactly where I'd like it.

M: The hops, malt, and bitterness all combine to make it decently thick. Still goes down pretty easy though.

D: Again, I'm not particularly a fan of pine so this isn't exactly my cup of tea, but it's a good showing from Stone.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass an odd brown with a off white head. Great lacing and retention. Smell isn't that strong. What's there that my feeble nose can scent is a hop presence.

On to the taste: The problem living in Texas apparently. This is supposed to be the biggest hop bomb Stone has ever made. Well after being lost in the bowls of God only knows how many unconditioned warehouses and trucks for the past two months, the Hops have left the Building. That is, to be a Hop Bomb. The amount of hops in this bottle barely constitute leaving the realm of an APA. It's definatly lost it's bite to be called "Strong".

I really hope Stone will straighten out Texas' "MACRO BREW MONOPOLY RUN" distribution network to get their products to us faster. This is such a major disappointment.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked up a bomber of this from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured into a proper pint glass. Pours garnet with radiant amber highlights and a supercreamy khaki colored head.

S - Mild, hoppy, little earthy malt in there, brown sugar, but overall very subdued.

T - Bitter, hoppy, red ale with a superbitter pine aftertaste that assaults the tastebuds before rolling over and falling asleep on them (i.e. bitterness lingers). White pepper spiciness in there.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy.

Notes - A wonderfully made beer, just not my preferred hop balance.

Photo of crossovert
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Big 10 pub in Madison. Nice dark brown beer with a small head.

Smells like hops. A little bit of sweetness too.

Taste like hops, hops, and more hops malt is slightly there but not much.

Decent mouthfeel though its pretty strong and not the most drinkable brew.

Another solid hoppy beer from Stone.

Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Evan1023 for this beer that I desperately wanted to try.

Over the top hoppy beers are not my favorite. I can enjoy them a lot and appreciate them for what they are but I find them a bit one dimensional and most of the time am left with a 'is that it?' feeling. I still needed to try this beer since I heard it uses the most hops that Stone has ever used per barrel.

Not 5 seconds after I pour the beer into a glass does my wife from across the kitchen (who HATES hops) said she could smell the beer from there and not to bring the glass any closer. that should tell you a little bit about the aroma. It is very stong and I'm digging it a lot. Very fresh hop smell to it.

The taste is overwhelmingly hoppy and sharp. Since it tastes almost how I expected it to I am not shocked and am rather pleased. As hoppy as it is, it is pretty drinkable and I finished the bomber without any trouble or fatigue. This beer quenched any hop craving I'll have for a while and I enjoyed it immensely.

Photo of OStrungT
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a strong floral hop aroma. It also has a sweet caramel backbone. Some pine mixes in.

This beer has a very aggressive flavor. Piney hops with some citris flavors. A very sweet malty flavor is also present. I can taste the alcohol a bit.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a sweet alcoholic aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer. Alcohol content is high, and the flavor is aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good, but I doubt I could drink too many. It is just too aggressive. Too sweet.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense dark body glows a deep red at the base with a think light beige head that sticks to the glass. There is a sea of carbonation gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- This beer has a slight green herbal hops freshness followed by a circus peanut hint and some nougat cream notes. As the beer starts to open up the smell of new sneakers grows in the aroma.
T- This beer has an inky black malt bitterness that turns more dark chocolaty as the beer warms. There is a green herbal hops flavor that has some pine qualities and a green pungentness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz note and a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms and blends nicely with the roasted malt flavors.
D- This beer has a nice hop and roasted malt qualities but no other malt supporting in making it a bit thin. The hops are mostly pungent notes not much other hop flavors.

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 jdubjacket
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw one of these at Green's on Buford and picked it up for Independence Day weekend. What better way to celebrate the birth of your country by having no recollection of its 233rd birthday?

Pours a deep, transparent red. If a good pour is done, the head cascades and materializes on top of the brew.

Nose is boozy. Wow, is it boozy. Smell is somewhat muddled. While not unpleasant, it doesn't seem to have anything that really jumps out. If I had to pick out a few smells, aside from the alcohol, they would include dark berries, roasted malt, a trace of the bitter hops, perhaps some banana..?

Taste is very alcoholic as well. Not well masked. While the beer is very well balanced, the booze is a little too prevalent for me. Other tastes include toffee, a little bit of fruit, and followed with bitter hops.

Overall, a good beer, but this is a tough beer to drink. I'm not sure this should be classified as an American Amber or Red Ale. I think this is closer to an American Strong Ale.

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