Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 718
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009)
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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Stone, and there is A LOT going on in this beer. It's kinda like Arrogant Bastard on balls, which kinda affects its drinkability. It looks like a dark red, lots of crystal malt to get the tint I'm assuming. Smells great, and tastes pretty clean for how much is going on. I'd say the final gravity is about 1.020 from the sweetness of it. The taste is really quite heavy. Glad they served this in an 8 oz. glass cuz it's hard to choke down fast, but really a great sipper.

Photo of Psilo707
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new Stone! YAY! And it was released on the day I decided to start drinking again after taking a month off. I poured this into my Chimay Stein, and watched as a medium-length head dissipated fairly quickly but left nice splotchy lacing on the sides. Not as full of head as something like Double Arrogant, but almost there.

Definitely smells like a 9.5% ABV beer. A slightly sweeter aroma eminates off the top of the mug and swirls around in the nose before turning into a malty afterglow. A dark luminescence hangs over the top like a mysterious shadow of invisible flavor waiting to be inhaled.

I take a sip. And I'm BITTEN. WOW, what an impact. This is some heavy stuff. It tastes like traditional Stone Ale going down, but halfway through turns to something exquisite. There is a complex, intricate layer of tastes happening all at once as your mouth attempts to cope with the realization of what you're ingesting. It's all in a good way, but it takes one by surprise. A *very* slight flower and coriander taste remain before being fully washed away by sheer, raw power. This beer is not for the light drinker.

Mouthfeel is creamier than creamy and heavier than heavy. Idling in the mouth, it demands your full attention. It's presence not able to be ignored.

Drinkability is a bit lower due to how serious this brew is in every way. But it still tastes great, smells great, and I could down a few and get the job done.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this years Stone release. It's one of my favorites from them, although I feel like I say that every time.

Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 3 week old bottle... can't wait to taste...

- Way dark cola brown.. looks like a porter... mocha head.. lacing all about.. clear.. but to dar to see through in my tumbler glass....

- Rich copper caramel malt.. slightly roasted... plus a very spicy pine hop with a huge floral backbone... the hops are all over the place.. must be many different kinds...

- Wow... now that is a complex and balanced taste... bit of fig and prune.. raisin... serious dark currant, floral and spicy hop blast... sweet indulgent roasty malt.... wow...

- Very good feel.. and not too dry at all for a near 10% alc. bomb.... Great brew to be had w/ a song like I am listening to now... Poison Idea - Crippled Angel lol....

- Overall very impressed... the complexity and balance in this brew is sweet perfection... a must have for all.

Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

HV

Photo of vacax
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cranberry with a generous and dense tan head that has a distint red tint that leaves great lacing. The aroma is teeming with hops loaded with pine, cracked peppercorns, white grapefruit, persimmons, and pineapple juice. Behind the wall of spicy and fruity hops is a delicate caramel malt and maybe even a touch of alcohol.

The taste itself is very close to the aroma, but not quite as fruity. Piney and peppery hops are front and center with a bit of the sweet fruit evident on the midpalate. The peppery hops are all over the finish as well, as is a touch of alcohol, and at the very end of the finish is a lasting rose petal or floral spice. Medium body and somewhat high carbonation.

As far as super hopped imperial red/amber ales go, this one is king for now. Not the hoppiest one out there, the tongue can still buckle more, but well balanced. Personally I find this substyle interesting, but as far as drinkability goes one bomber is even pushing it. Again, Stone continues to explore new areas and shows the rest of the beer world it can do many things very very well.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my Dogfish head snifter, this beer pours a clear dark red color with a thick tan head that settles to a silky, bubbly cap. A few patches of lacing linger on the glass.

S- A rush of resiny pine and tropical fruit hits the nose first. A sticky-sweet smell of candied fruits is supported by notes of toasted grain, toffee, and tobacco. The alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer hits room temperature.

T- Wave after wave of intense hop bitterness bludgeons the palate. The sweet malt backing provides a deliciously toasty balance. The finish is fairly dry and leaves flavors of fruity hard candy atop the lasting bitterness. A warming sensation begins to develop as I sip. As with most big beers, the flavor of this one really shines at room temperature.

M- Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation bubbles. Viscous and slightly syrupy without being too heavy on the palate.

D- I was easily able to finish my 22oz bottle despite the massive bitterness and a hefty 9.5% ABV. An excellent beer.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excited to see this on the shelf at lone hill this afternoon so of course i picked one up. originally i was just going to consume and not review but what the hell im at my computer and this is one tasty beer.

pour is a deep dark red with a pretty aggressive amount of head off of a pretty gentle pour. when i hold it up to the light its like im looking through a gem. rich and vibrant colors shine through my glass.

smell is pretty heavy on centennial and chinook hops. only reason i can pick these out is because i just brewed with them. wonderful smell. everything you would want from a big ass hoppy beer. i might be picking up some faint malts in the back round...but then again i might just be hopeful. smell is just what i needed after a brutally hot day.

taste is pretty damn tasty. i am obviously slapped by a big combo of the hops in this baby. but when the siege is over and the village fires have been put out, a nice sweet malt presence comes into play. toffee/caramel make a nice appearance and then lead way to a pleasant bitterness.

alcohol is not a factor. it is hidden like a fucking ninja in the trees. beautiful.

overall i wouldnt expect anything else from stone. beauty of a beer. drink it up when ya can.

upon further inspection of the bottle i see that it says to drink in 2009. so i guess that means im going to have to start drinking more 13th anni to kill the supply so it doesn't go bad.

Photo of frothyhead
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with ruby highlights into a snifter. Two finger off-white head leaves nice spidery lacing as it dissipates.

Nose is hoppy with pine and grapefruit, bitter orange peel, a hint of alcohol and a bit of an underlying vanilla and caramel malt sweetness to round it out. Hops are the focus here and it's quite a nice profile.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Some hop oils making it silky and smooth and just a slight tilt toward dry as it goes down and the alcohol and bitterness take hold.

Taste is hop forward, piney, with a well-noticeable vanilla malt backbone kicking in some sweetness and adding a nice balance. Make no mistake, this is a hop bomb by any measure, but it has the malt chops to keep it from getting out of hand. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well after the last sip. As the beer approaches room temperature, the sweetness really opens up and brings in a bit of lemon zest as well.

Drinkability is good, as the balance keeps everything in check and doesn't fatigue your taste buds too quick. Drinking a bomber of this over a couple hours is a solidly enjoyable task.

Overall this is a well done brew from Stone. I've gotten rather accustomed to their special releases to be something to look forward to, and this doesn't disappoint. With a wealth of hoppy beers out there, this one is going to be easy to overlook as "average", but I would disagree with this. This is about as solidly well done as a beer in this genre can be and I'm glad I bought another bottle.

Photo of FACEMEAT
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a transparent brown with garnet edges. A thin cap of head left little lacing.

S: Piny hops dominate the nose. A faint background of malt and brown sugar linger behind the assault of hops.

T: This thing is a hop colossus. Reading about this beer prior to drinking it did nothing to prepare me for the assault that awaited. Enormous citrusy, oily, resinous hop bitterness kicks your tongue's ass but leaves it craving more. There's a pretty serious biscuity malt background that would usually dominate most brews, but the hops definitely play center stage here.

M: Medium-medium heavy viscosity with enough carbonation to make an attempt at cleansing the palate between sips.

D: As deliciously ridiculous as this beer is, I couldn't see myself downing more than one of these in a sitting. (which means Stone did it right)

Photo of mbunje
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Tulip...got it today. Fresh.

A - Dark amber with red tint around the edges. Medium head is a light tan. Lacing is good.

S - Took me a few sniffs to get all this in. Definite carmel malt in the nose. Roasted malt is there. Hops are skunky wet smell closing with some fruitiness. Smells like a big beer.

T - Takes a few swiggs as well. Lots to take in here. Sweet roasted flavor, a hint of chocolate up front. The immense amount of hops cut that quickly, however. Closes with a dry citric and pine hop. The bitter is deep and lasting. More bitterness than flavor.

MF - Medium to Full bodied beer. Could have been more syrupy but glad it is not. Carbonation is just right. This is possibly the best attribute of the beer. I say they nailed it for a beer this big.

D - $6.99 for 22oz at 9.5%...value is fair given the seasonal nature and the ton of hops. Not too heavy for a beer with this much going on. Pretty good drinkability, well done.

Overall, this is a nice twist to the Double/Imperial IPA. More malty favor and character. I think this is made to barrel age. So keep your eyes/ears open for some barrel aged versions of this. Great job, Happy 13th Stone...Keep em coming.

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

a: clear ruby red color, thick head slowly settles to half finger thickness, thick frothy lacing remains, minor carbonation flowing to the top
s: strong piny hops with some citrus and spice aromas
t: in your face piny hops from start to finish, with nice sugary, malty middle and spices, finishes with moderate malts but alcohol and hops knock you upside the head as bitter black licorice taste lingers
m: medium body, moderate carbonation throughout
d: solid brew, another hop-heavy from stone, unfortunately hops in the finish over the top for me, making it more difficult to finish

Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper that looks like a dark, opaque brown in the glass. There's a big, frothy tan head that sticks around as a small cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is massively hopped, dominated mostly by bright, sweet citrus in the form on oranges, tangerines, grapefuits and some oranges. A very bitter hoppy aroma with a bit of malty sweetness if you really look for it, but not much.

The taste is much the same as the aroma and possibly even more hoppy (not necessarily a bad thing). The initial taste is of the citrus hops, especially grapefruit, before a faint malty sweetness makes an attempt to push through the hops. It is ultimately unsuccessful as the finish is scathingly bitter with pine hops providing the most bite.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hop oils and on the fuller side of things as body goes. It's got plenty of carbonation and generally a fantastic mouthfeel overall.

This is definitely a massively hopped amber. I personally prefer a slightly more balanced hoppy red (e.g. fresh Big Hoppy Monster) where the malts are more of a factor. That said, this is an excellent beer and I'm looking forward to keeping a couple bottles to see what a little time might do to balance things out a little.

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

high expectations have been set for this brewery, and although it may not be suited to everyone's tastes, i think they deliver another very good beer here. deep reddish ruby brown. tan(ish) head holds extremely well and leaves very pretty lace. taste and smell deliver strong, piney, grapefruity, bitter hops followed by a bit of burnt toffee, caramel and roast malt. medium full body with a long, bitter finish. very easy to drink and not hot at all for a beer of such high abv. can't wait for 9/9/9!!! thank you stone!

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, not red. Maybe some ruby highlights if I hold it up to a car's high beams.

Surprisingly robust and long lasting off-white head.

Smells like bitter hops. Maybe some grapefruit in there, too. I don't know ... I was expecting a bit more of a malt or tropical fruit presence .... or maybe a bit more balance. This is kind of like a more subdued tongue buckler in the aroma, when I was expecting a juicier, maltier impy red.

Tongue Buckler is the beer that comes to mind in re: the flavor. Grapefruit/orange rind, bitter piney hoppiness ... maybe a smidgen of lighter citrus ... but it isn't a complex beer. And, frankly, not as good as much of Stone's regular lineup. There's some toffee/caramel malt lingering about, but the hops take over.

It's listed here as an American Amber/Red, and while it fits that style, I was expecting more of a 2006 Alesmith Decadence style Imperial Red, with a f***-ton of sticky malt to complement a complex hops presence. Blindfolded, I'd think this was a perhaps slightly sweeter than normal IPA. You get some balancing agents, but basically, it's a bitter brew.

Smooth and drinkable with a good mouthfeel. Somewhat boozy.

As the years pass, Stone's 10th anniversary IPA shines brighter and brighter.

Photo of mikedashg
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A generous dark dark red amber, almost brown, pour into my pint glass from a 22oz bomber. A very generous carbonated tan head that sticks around for a bit and bubbles away. Extremely stick lacing that just hangs on the edge of the glass and doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.

S-Wow, smell those hops. Citrus, pine, spice. Pretty in your face as far as aroma goes.

T- Quite a shocker right up front. Lots of hops of course right away. They hit you immediately. followed by citrus, pine, brown sugar, toffee and spice. But what's this? A clean malty finnish. The hops hang on your tounge for a while, but not as much as you would think for the initial bite.

M- Very crisp. Moderate carbonation. Actually pretty refershing. My only downside to this one at all would be the body. A little on the thin side for how big this one is. Can't win em all. It's still good, just not great :D.

D- About the darkest red I've seen. Smells and tastes great. The In your face hops right up front followed by the clean finish just makes you want more. For as hoppy as this brew is, it sure has a great malt backbone.

Photo of Haslips
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had high expectations for this beer after reading the advance reviews.

I had the opportunity to try this beer on tap at the Stone Bistro, and it was my starter beer....

Unfortunately, they only serve it an 8 oz glass because of the high (9.5%) alcohol content.

So to the beer itself.... poured an amber red with a light head that disapated quicky...

I was expecting a HOP hit on the first taste, but instead got a HOP/Malt balance. If this beer has an IBU above 90, I will be surprised, because it certainly doesn't hit the palate with a big bitter hop taste.

That said, this was a wonderful, very drinkable beer...I switched to an Arrogant Bastard, then a Sublimely Rightous Ale, and came back to the 13th for my last two beers .... It was much better and more drinkable than both.

at 9.5% alcohol, you would never know it (until it was too late) Most of the Stone aniversary Ales I have had needed aging to mellow, but this beer is ready to drink RIGHT NOW.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the growler from tap at the Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC.

Pours a dark, chocolate ruby color with a stout, taut white head. Generous lacing and great head retention.

As soon as the beer hits the glass, aromas of pine waft toward me and envelope me and tease me. Smell is overwhlemingly piney and gin-like. A solid caramel and slightly fruity maltiness also appears to keep this one in check.

More piney bitterness and pine flavors. The bitterness is almost perfectly balanced with the sweet caramel and fruitiness of the malt bill. So very well balanced.

This was a great beer, perhaps the best of its style; by style I mean hoppy reds. I was a bit timid and leary because I tend to shy away from "hoppy reds" because the hops seem to be lost in the malt, but this one has plenty of hop flavor, bitterness and aroma. The alcohol is so well hidden it seems like 5% abv. A real treat. Thankfully, my father bought this growler and shared with me or I would be missing one great treat. Hop lover, rejoice in the hoppiness of this red!

Photo of stawn
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/29/09 (release date)

Poured into an Imperial pint glass @ 50 degrees. Immediately emerges a translucent wicked black cherry color. The huge tan head is composite of big foamy bubbles.

Smells like angels otta smell! Hops, hops and hops. Citrus, sweet pine and a tiny hint of alcohol.

Holy hops! Exploding on your tongue like a crack of a whip. This is a hop BEAST. YUMM!

I can hear it yelling "this is gonna hurt you, more than its gonna hurt me". This puts a new definition on "you're not worthy"!

There is a solid spine of malt here, but it bows down at the feet of hops. Alcohol warmth sneaks in near the after taste, warning me again that this monster will not be tamed! REALLY smoothes out as it warms, but the hop bitterness never lets up.
Well done Stone, well done.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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