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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 CHADMC3


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour unveils a walnut body with copper and ruby hues lying beneath a massive, foamy, tan head that patiently subsides to leave big, sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Big aromas consist of sweet malt and rich, herbal or piney hops. Malt likely consists of sweet caramel or toffee.

The palate has some nice character with immediate malt sweetness reflective of the nose followed by the assertive hearty, herbal hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in body with medium carbonation and a velvety start to a slightly drying finish.

This is a very well structured brew with nice balance in flavor and very pleasing overall. Seems like a new twist on a traditional Stone Brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:45:36 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22ox bottle in a snifter glass

Appearance: dark amber with a firm head head

Nose: strong hops, chemical, very slight dark fruit

Taste: aggressive hops, slight malty sweetness, flowery but not in the traditional IPA way, almost like a Belgium double as it warms up, the complexity deepens as the temp went up

I normally like Stone's product but this one struck me as way too aggressive and difficult to drink. It was very hard to get past the intense bitterness of the hops. I think I'll stick with their Arrogant Bastard and Double Arrogant Bastard Ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 13:11:45 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of Pahn

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip. Bottled June 2009.

Appearance: Pours dark, opaque reddish brown with a 3/4 inch off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace and sticks to the glass. Splotchy lacing throughout.

Smell: Pine, candied sugar, caramel. Some alcohol as it warms. Nice mix of piney hop aroma with the deep candy malt smell of a good American barley wine.

Taste: Toffee and caramel malt up front, then big piney and citrus hops in the finish. 90 IBU sounds about right; very hoppy. This tastes like a hoppier Arrogant Bastard with a deeper malt profile (sounds good to me). About 1/4 of the way into the bottle, the ABV comes out and seems to subdue the sweetness of the malt and bring out a note of dark chocolate. The hop bitterness builds up, eventually being the dominant note from start to finish (though the malt flavors are still present). Very aggressive beer.

Mouthfeel: Starts out creamy, with a carbonation tingle coming out only at the end along with the hop bitterness. Full bodied and, at first, well-balanced. Once the bitterness and the booze set in, the balance is thrown off and the creaminess is more or less gone. By the end, it's a sharp, bitter mouthfeel ending with alcohol heat. To be honest, I like the aggressive place it ends up, though I'd have scored it higher if it stayed as beautifully creamy and balanced as it began.

Drinkability: While I love the hop/alcohol assault of this beer, it's a bit much. I can't see drinking more than a bottle at a time, nor can I see myself bringing this one out too often. Then again, I wouldn't refuse if offered more, and there's many beers such that I'd order this before I'd order them.

If you know what this beer is supposed to be and buy it anyway, I don't really see how you could be unsatisfied. It's a powerful hop assault, with the deep, adventurous malt flavors I expect from the makers of Arrogant Bastard. You have to love hops to love this beer, but if you do, you get a lot of other interesting things along with the bitterness. For me, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 03:25:01 | More by Pahn
Photo of WBCFM

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought a few bottles of the 13th Anniversary in the summer, then I realized that these beers should not be cellared, so I decided to start drinking them.

As many reviews have stated, this beer has a beautiful appearance. Great color, great head retention.

The smell is a little stronger on the alcohol than I like, but it is a Strong Ale and is 9.5% ABV, so I guess that is to be expected.

The mouthfeel is more malty than hoppy, but different than the 11th or what is now the Sublimely Self Righteous (one of my favorites).

The finish is very bitter. Fine at first, but by the end of the bottle, you kind of tire of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 05:09:45 | More by WBCFM
Photo of blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression when pouring this brew into my glass was that it looked beautiful. Nice, light creamy mocha head that had decent lasting power. Then I smelled it. Not good. Not bad. Interesting, for sure. Kind of hard for me to place. Sort of a decaying vegetable smell to it when the head is thick and fresh. Not wholly unpleasant, just different. Certainly fades quite a bit as the head shrinks down. Settles into a pretty common dark strong ale scent. Hops and alcohol.

Rather malty when it first hits the tongue and is finished with the typical Stone Ale bitterness that so many of use love about their brews. I am very middle of the road on this one. It is worth a try, interesting to describe, but not much of a drinker. I am glad I only bought the one bottle. Nice try fellas. Can't wait for the 14th Anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 03:22:16 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of taez555


2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/07/09

This beer pours a dark mahogany body with a thick off-white head.

Nose has a strong mix of chocolate, caramel, citrus, fruit and putrid garbage. It smells like a great Stone beer mixed with a homebrew slightly gone wrong.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a strong rich caramel malt flavor. Huge dark citrus hop resin with even more liquid hop resin. Malty, Malty malty. Big rich malt and tons of high alcohol. A slight infectious flavor drifts throughout the whole thing.

It's basically a mellow double bastard light that is slightly infected. It's odd, and kind of drinkable, but at the same time kind of gross. Sorry, I love you Stone, but this is a pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 16:42:50 | More by taez555
Photo of drinkslinger028


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at the wooden keg in Hagerstown Maryland . super knowledgable peeps there.I myself find this a bit malty fir my taste but I'm a hop head at heart so my rateing may not compare with yours, keep your mind open and give it a try....

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 06:33:38 | More by drinkslinger028
Photo of beerbutcher


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks smells and acts like the arrogant bastard, but is some how bigger and more that way. talk about exhausting... lots of hops, malt, alcohol, and body. theres not shyness here, no lack of complexity or flavor. too much beer for me but it at least has balance. perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the nose. split a bottle with someone.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 20:59:31 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into big red wine glass.

Pours deep brown-red, quite hazy, with a very thin, fine-bubbled khaki head. Nice legs as every sip leaves a solid wall of lacing, though the actual lacing that sticks is actually pretty sparse.

Nose is big caramel, citrusy hops, candied orange rind, nice alcohol bite in there as well.

Taste is the high point of the beer. Taste is seamlessly melded - sharp hop bite at the beginning is big, piney, pungent, bitter orange rind coming through, and inseparable from the underlying big malt body - sweet caramel malt with toasty notes and even a bit of cocoa coming through. The malt never really emerges from the hops, though the hops are never free of the big malt body underneath either. Close to a 4.5, but doesn't quite make it.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, full bodied, prickley both from the sharp carbonation and the hop bite. Quite nice.

Drinkability is decent, but the beer feels pretty green. Hops are a bit rough, and some age I think would turn this into a first class, super-balanced beer, perhaps even in the vein of a nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:51:18 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found on tap at Half Time

dark ruby brown clear body. loose brown head with adequate retention.

Hops up front in the nose with roasty sweetness in the back ground

bitterness up front, with a deep resiny hop flavor to follow, mostly pine notes. somewhat good balance but the high carbonation kinda throws it off for me, adds too much sharpness and carb bite.

drinkability is ok but not fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 22:49:39 | More by Naugled
Photo of billab914


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

Found this one still on the shelf in a recent trip to Buffalo. Had it fresh out in California when it came out but wasn't able to give it a review so I picked it up.

Poured from a 22oz into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some citrus from the hops but also a sweet caramel and chocolate malt presence. The hops have definitely faded some comparing to my experience when fresh, but still a very good complex aroma.

Taste is a lot like the nose, the hops give it a citrus and pine flavor and the sweet malt gives a good caramel and chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, especially for the high abv.

Overall this was very good both fresh and now, enjoyed a lot both times I had it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:45:33 | More by billab914
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass with an almost milky character. Thick and rich. Frothy tan head sit on a dark red and slightly murky beer. The smell is a smooth yet husky grain aroma upfront followed by an array of piny and citrusy hops. It has a very mellow taste for being 9.5%, but the hop bite probably has something to do with covering up the booze. There is a deep malty backbone to this one, with a ton of hops upfront. Tastes like cascade and chinook. I'm sure there are a few more in there. After a few drinks the hoppiness starts to accumulate in your mouth. If you press your tongue to the top of your mouth after a gulp it is pure alpha acid. This beer is 3 things. American, West Coast, and Bold.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:41:43 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of jaluria


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at one of my local spots in CT.

Pours a semi-opaque ruby-brown color with a strong tan colored head. Tons of lacing is left behind in my goblet following a few sips. Aromas of dark fruit, alcohol, licorice, and sourdough seem to come out. Quite powerful in it's scent and lingering aromas. The taste follows suite and is dominated by sweet malt flavors that leave behind a smoky flavor on the back of my throat. To me this tastes like a winter warmer with sweet bready malt character and high alcohol content. A few sips in and I'm feeling the alcohol especially the warming sensation that often follows the high ABV beers.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer especially while the snow is falling outside and the temperature is dropping. However I don't plan on having this again as it seems more singular in profile and taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 17:41:18 | More by jaluria
Photo of beermanbrian


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color. Nice head that holds a very appealing fine foamed head. Supper lacing. Smell is all over the place. First sniff is strong belgian ale, then it morphs into strong barleywine. Big caramel malt sweet smell, with some alcohol in there too. Piney resinous hops. Big is the easiest way to describe this thing. Taste complexity matches the smell. Nice bitter finish that seams to contradict all the malt that is in there. Full mouth and very heavy. Definately a sipper to be respected. Stone never lets down with their aniversary ales and this one is no different. I always pick up a case and enjoy occasionally for a year. Each one of these will be a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:18:16 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of red ales, some of the hoppier ones have been decent, this being one of them.

Appearance, looks a lot like ABA, but with the touch of red. In fact, while I'm mentioning ABA, this beer essentially tastes like a blend of ABA and Old Guardian. Aroma, robust, like the ABA. Taste, very sweet, like the Old Guardian, and like OG, it is alcoholic, hops are somewhat of an afterthought (for Stone).

Mouthfeel, loses more hop presence the deeper you get into the bottle. Not very drinkable, kind of challenging to plod through it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:18:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
appearance - dark brownish red.
smell - hoppy! According to their website "We used more pounds of hops per barrel than any beer we've ever made."
taste - hoppy! Good stuff, but I guess I'm not the hop monster this guy targets.
Stone lists this as an Imperial/Double Red Style.
They also write that the hops are balanced by "malty, toffee like flavors"....I'm not so sure balanced...maybe slightly cut.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 22:10:59 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of voteforgoat


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

A - orangey light brown, head went away quickly.

S - flowery, perfumy smell at first ( like persian ice cream..well you get the idea) then you can feel the alcohol in your nose

t-bitter and hoppy. After drinking it for a while, appears more complex. tastes like barley wines i've had.

m- mouthfeel is fine. Perfect for a beer like this. Not watery but not heavy. Not very carbonated.

d- I would order this in a bar if I came across it! Not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but I enjoyed drinking this one. This is the 2nd bottle I've had. I did age the first bottle for 6 months, which likely lessened the hop flavor considerably, and I found the 2nd bottle refrigerated in a store just now ( Dec. 2009). Fairly strong alcohol content, which can get you by surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 03:53:04 | More by voteforgoat
Photo of Sunnanek


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is deep, deep amber. Slightly hazy with a rather small, but still beautiful off-white creamy head that after a long time dissipates leaving nice lacings.

S: The American floral hops almost knocks me out: pine and pineapple, citric notes as well. Sweet malt, lightly roasted, in the back - with a sence of dark dried fruits.

T: American hops, like in the taste, but in the taste also lots of bitter hops. Lots of maltyness as well, a bit smoked. Dark dried fruits. Not as sweet as the smell implied.

M: A great after-taste, long and in almost perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate with only really small bubbles.

D: A really nice beer, but in my taste it's a little to much hops and to little malt. But a really nice beer...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 18:24:20 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of Chico1985


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

On-tap into a goblet at Smith's Billiards. Dark red with a small creamy off-white head that looks decent the whole time. Smell I'm getting big scents of fruity hops. Taste is typical Stone Strong Ale greatness, pine, caramel, dark fruit, good balance of hops + malts, creamy, a little grapefruit. Alcohol is definitely detectable, especially by the end. That and extreme hops may kill this over time, but as usual, a great beer from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 16:08:13 | More by Chico1985
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 9.5% ABV, June 2009 "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009".

Thanks go out to the wonderful Sweemzander for this bottle. Lucky numero 13.

A - If the color weren't a lightly hazed, muddy brown amber, this would be perfection in a glass. A moderate pour puts out a four-finger tan and cream colored head. The retention is astounding! The lace left over is equally as impressive. Simply beautiful.

S - Hops are pungent in this one. Deep, damp wood, pine needle and resin, and spicy herbs. Very aromatic. There is a toasty malt nose hiding behind the hops that has a hint of honey and caramel sweetness. Tons of hops over-run everything else though.

T - The hint of malts on the nose comes out a bit more in the flavor with a honey-like sweetness and toasted qualities. The hops are even more unforgiving in the flavor. It's a lupulin kick to the teeth packed with woodsy flavors of damp wood, intensely resiny hops and pine, and a spicy herbal finish. The percent of alcohol is also noticeable in the flavor too. Spicy and warm and only a slight bit fusel-like.

M - Dry as the damn Sahara, this thing is drier than dry wine. It's resiny which gives it an incredibly light gritty feel on the tongue (which is not as bad as it sounds). The finish is more bitter than an old, unfriendly hag. The alcohol warms the end a bit too. Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

D - Holy she-it, if this is this powerful now at six months old, how is it fresh? I could actually see aging a bottle for a little longer to see if the malts develop any more. Either way, it's another great brew from Stone, a brewery I'm convinced can do no wrong. That being said, the 22 oz bottle to myself will be a bit of a task. One glass is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 22:01:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of cvanderwerff


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S- Bomber

A - Dark brown, when held up to the light a nice dark amber color.

S- Hops, Fruit, slight alcohol smell.

T- Great taste. Intense fruit notes from the hops, Nice acidic after taste

M - Light body, super smooth. long after taste. a beer to enjoy over time, not all at once.

D- This is one to sip over dinner or with friends. Great one to share. (or to keep to yourself) Does not hide the alcohol immensely but still has decent drink ability.

A great beer to try at least just once, one of my favorite ales. and glad i was able to pick one up when it did.

Oh I opened this one up early to share with my older brother who just got engaged!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 06:43:37 | More by cvanderwerff
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to SA Pint reddish brown when held up to the light with a cream inch of foamy head. Good retention that gives way to heavy lacing, looks fantastic. Has a big hoppy nose up front with grassy grapefruit and a malty backbone. Big Stone flavor. I love this brewery. Heavy citrus hop and big malty flavors. Has a sticky mouth and the 9.5% is well hidden. Very easy drinking despite the APV. Who says 13 is unlucky?

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:21:11 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of FishGetter


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

Reviewed 8/30/09. Deep brown color. Light barely able to peak through. Thin almost frothy head.
Toasted malts strong up front on the nose. Hints of hops peak through.
Heavy on the toasted grains, some toeffy flavors show up. Hops come through to shore up malt flavor. Slight alchol burn at he end. Flavors remind me of a marzen.
Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Heavy when aggitated in mouth..Solid.
Great segway brew from summer to fall. Definatly enjoyable all through the winter months as well. As always a solid offering here from Stone!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 00:24:39 | More by FishGetter
Photo of BMoney575


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-21-09
Bottled in June 2009

Pours an extremely cloudy deep red color, with a sizable tan head that lasts forever. Great lacing adds to the thick and flavorful appearance.

Smell is all strong hops, with big malt to back it up. Almost a little aged, very smooth and fruity, with a kick of alcohol.

Taste is huge fruity bitterness followed by malty smoke flavor. The finish is very bitter and tart, with just s hint of booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, perfect for the thick hops.

Drinkability is decent, If you're in the mood for an ass-kicker.

Overall, a strong Arrogant Bastard. Good, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:57:04 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with a grassy feel and deep caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some grassy earthy hops with some deep caramel malt and a light toffee aftertaste. Body is a bit thin for the style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done though maybe a tad too one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:44:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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