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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've sampled a Stone, spoiled myself a bit when I stopped off in Indiana which I really should do more often.

A: Pours out rather thick, not Imperial Stout thick mind you, but thick enough to indicate that this is a beer not to be taken lightly. A burgundy, almost golden cherry with a half an inch thick of golden brown head. Looks like it's going to be sticky, but let's see what happens here.

S: I think I agree with the previous reviewer in that it smells like a severely hopped up red ale. Seriously bready, almost smokey, such insane resin it makes my teeth hurt.

T/MF: Almost soapy, but moves quickly into some of the most out rightly hoppy beers I've ever come across, but there is more going on here, there is some incredibly sweet malt trying to force its way in here and if it were not for the insane amount of hops this would make for a tooth melter for a different reason. Finish is roasty, almost smoky and really works to balance this beer, if any balance is supposed to be reached with such a beer as this. Floral, lightly fruity but mainly resinous balanced only incidentally by the massive dose of malts here, the bitterness even takes on a bit of a coffee like character.

D: Tasty, tasty stuff, it's worth the heart burn. Half way thru and I'm feelin' a little funny. An excellent sipper that takes on a subtle character change in every sip. So much hops I thought for sure that 3 Floyds made this!

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 Jmoore50
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone you weird bastards what the hell is this thing?

The appearance is cool. It has a really really dark amber color and if I am not totally losing my mind I think that it has very faint hues of purple in it. It came with a small half finger head and left quickly. The lacing on this one it thick though, just molesting my glass with gooey mess.

The smell is awesome. You can smell the Stone hops that they use, terrific.

The taste is weirdly good. I do not believe that this is a strong ale, but an Imperial Red Ale, wait is that the definition of a strong ale? The strong ale definition is so loose that a lot of brews coming out these days are strong ales. Either way, malt and hops, but more light malt than anything. Did you hear what they did to this thing?!?
"This is the first time we've ever released the Imperial/Double Red style.
2 We used more pounds of hops per barrel than any beer we've ever made.
3 We used Chinook hops in the brewhouse for bittering and flavor, then dry-hopped this beer with a 50/50 blend of Simcoe and Centennial.
4 As an added bonus, we then dry-hopped it again, just prior to filtering and packaging. That's right, our popular double dry-hopped process, for the first time ever in one of our bottled beers! "

Unfortunately it is not as good as it might sound. I think they might of overloaded this thing with two many ingredients. It kind of tastes a little blundered and confused. There is deffinetly a malt and hop presence, but I feel like they are fighting each other too much.

I would buy this again and drink it for sure. I recommend for anyone that likes Red Ales, Stone IPA, and hop bombs. It is for sure a unique brew.

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

The 13th Anniversary poured a dark reddish brown with a 1-2 finger foam head with some tight bubbles that looked like egg whites whipped together.

The smell was sweet malt with a slight alcohol hint. The taste was interrupted by a slap in the face with a 9.5% abv kick but then mellowed out over next 30-45 minutes. It was malty and tasted like a American strong should. It was smooth drink and left a tinge of hop bitterness on the finish. Overall a good drink while watching the wrestler.

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 jdklks
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks good. transparent dark amber color that doesn't excite me a whole lot. but it does have a nice fluffy tan head that left scattered but thick patterns of lacing.

S- lots of hops lots of malts. smells intense. citrusy hopiness and sweet maltiness. smells like a more intense version of an average red ale... waddayuh know!

T- Taste is good. not fantastic. Extreme hops up front with a malt blast finish, and a lingering sweetness that makes my mouth pucker-up. alcohol is definitely present. This is very complex for an red ale (i know it says strong ale on here, but its an imperial red for sure). a lot of things going on that i cant quite figure out. In other words, its not lacking in interesting aspects. perhaps, though, it is all a trick, and its not as complex as i think; maybe all they did was put copious amounts of hops and malts together to intensify the flavor to the point of "complexity". that sounds more like stone... gotta love it.

M- Mouthfeel is very good for a red ale. thick and oily, nicely carbonated and smooth on the palate.

D- wouldn't drink two in a night. it is surprisingly very filling, and the contrasting flavors create such an intense mixture that it seems it might ruin my palate for a week if i were to have more.

overall, a good beer. not stone's best effort by any means.

Photo of WaXHeLL
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark opaque red with a white, slightly foamy head. Head dissipates to a thin cream. Non existant lacing, but overall very nice looking.

The smell of hops jumps out as you open the bottle. Citrus hops are almost overpowering. Very strong nose of hops, citrusy fruits, pineapple, and piney. Very bold, in your face nose.

Woah -- the first drink left me speechless. The hops and the sweet citrus flavors come out on the front, which then moves to a very malty, very toffee and caramel like flavor -- completely different from the hop taste. Finishes pretty bitter but oddly crisp. Almost like three beers put into one bottle. Complex, but yet very well balanced.

Definitely heavy bodied. Thicker and chewier than I expected -- almost like an imperial stout in texture. Somehow finishes creamy in texture. Executed very well. The low carbonation suits this very well.

The ABV is apparent in the warming feeling, but it's not apparent in the taste. The high bitterness hampers its drinkability, but I don't think it was meant as a sessions beer. Very good, very tasty, and very unique.

If it didn't say "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." I would be tempted to cellar this beer. The flavors are complex, but very very tasty and very well done. I still might cellar this beer based on how much I like it.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Ruby tinted - thick head

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops.

Taste: Hops, Hops and more hops - best part is after you swallow - you get a roasted caramel, chocolate, to sooth the palate. Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, roasted banana.

Mouthfeel: the best part - tingly and hoppy - bitter, great soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Mild - to Great drinkability. Very enjoyable. Great night-cap or sipper to savor and reflect on your favorite stone brews these past 13 years. Another one in the books for me. a great brew. Oh - MUST let this one WARM UP - all the flavor is hidden when fresh out the fridge.

Photo of jpalarchio
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color on this beer is like none other that I've seen. It's a deep red that is fairly translucent in small quantities but becomes quite opaque in the wider part of the glass.

Smell and taste both seem to have a very pine-like quality to them. As can be expected from Stone, lots of hops in this one.

Taste is great, I could drink this all day. Alcohol is well hidden at 9.5%.

Good beer, prety unique.

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

Well, here we are, just myself and a super fresh bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. I was going to wait to open it but then I read on the bottle "Do Not Cellar, Enjoy in 2009". That pretty much justified my opening this right now.

Pours a very deep, dark, mysterious rubyish brown color with an off-white, slightly tan head that is super thick and fluffy.

Instantly the aroma fills the general vicinity around this extremely pungent and potent brew. Lots of ridiculously piney and grapefruity smells abound. There is also a delicious smelling essence of pineapple and mango as well. Wow, absolutely amazing smelling stuff.

One sip and I am elated. This is very, very, very, hoppy. Its got a ton of piney and citrus going and its instantly tongue numbing, sort of like Ruination IPA. It just beats the living crap out of your tongue with a catastrophic bombardment of fresh Pacfic Northwest lupuluous love.

Once the hop attach subsides the warming sense of the alcohol makes things all good and the sweet, caramel maltiness really works to balance things out.

Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, purchased for 5.99

Very dark crimson/amber color, translucent clarity, with a high creamy, tan head with excellent retention and streaks of lacing. Aroma is dry and hoppy, citrus and pine, lots of malt, very similar to a barleywine. Body has caramel and roasted malt backbone that attempts to balance out the hop assault in the finish. Flavor in body is fairly sweet and the finish has a drier pine bite. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, with sharp carbonation. Finish also has potent alcohol presence. Reminds me more of Rogue XS Red or Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, more than Nugget Nectar. A solid offering from Stone as usual, but something just seemed off in the balance and the alcohol presence was a little strong. A bargain compared to the Rogue Imperial but overall disappointing for Stone.

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

Prev reviewed this on tap. Bottle was similar for me. Strong up front aroma of hops and first couple drinks same. Nice transition from hops to malt flavor and for Stone's hoppiest beer, the balance is quite nice. Although it says not to cellar the beer, I'll keep one or two for later on, just to compare. Maybe I like Stone 13 since I was born on a Friday the 13...spooky, eh?

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

I always look forward like most do the annual Stone anniversary brews.Poured a rich deep amber with a tight and sticky one finger off white head,big hops in the nose with a mix pine and herbal/leaf,there is a gummy,fruity-like sweet note as well.The mouthfeel is a bit sharp I will say it crashes down the gullett at first,it does begin to smooth out after a few sips but still seems a bit harsh.No holds barred hops hit the palate up front with big pine and big herbalness,a healthy does of sweeter alcohol gives a slight burn along with a bit of dark fruit.Very good but seems like it something that should sit for awhile,still another fine one from Stone.

Photo of vurt
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased at Red Carpet in Glendale, and enjoyed in a Stone nonic pint glass.

Beautiful, deep red-orange brew capped with a thick head of tawny foam. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass. Great head retention-- I'm halfway through this glass and the head is still a finger tall.

Oranges and pine. It's like a bowl of navel oranges and tangelos in a small, warm room with the window open to a northern New Mexico forest. Some notes of caramel, burnt sugar, and sweet rolls come out eventually, after the beer has had plenty of time to warm up. I think the smell is the best aspect of this beer.

Oranges, pine, and burnt sugar. That's pretty much the size of it. The sugar component has some nuances: a slight buttery toffee character, and some of that bready sweetroll component that's there in the nose. Quite estery in the middle, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard or maybe an "imperialized" Levitation. Sweetness lingers into the swallow and leads into a hot gust of alcohol. Not much in the way of complexity or balance.

Sticky, syrupy, and hot. Body is medium to full, with an almost creamy consistency and a moderate level of small-bubbled carbonation. Decent overall feel, but the alcohol warmth is distracting.

Well, it's certainly bombastic enough for a Stone anniversary brew, but ultimately this is not a very interesting beer to me. The extreme bitterness and extreme sweetness battle each other without really achieving a balance. Two voices shouting at the top of their lungs does not automatically lead to harmony. While I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't have it again.

Photo of gory4d
3.07/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep russet with a one-finger head. The smell is caramel, juniper, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel. The taste is astringent juniper, sweet toffee, and the numbing bitterness of grapefruit peel. The body is thinner than you'd expect, with low carbonation. It's just way too much work to drink this one. Why do we need Levitation times 2.1590?

Photo of gameface23
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cola color with amber hues. Head is unimpressive.

S: The best part about this beer. It is like sticking your nose into a bag of American hop cones.

T: Darker roast caramel malts do their best to compete with the hop bitterness. The complexity rivals that of black coffee.

M: Medium bodied with somewhat of a lingering finish.

D: I doubt I'd want to follow it with another bomber, but it was a good beer.

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orange with a thick off white long lasting head. Big nose of grapefruit that goes to lemons.

Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel of grapefruit and burnt toast with a long grapefruit to pine resin finish.

There is also a big underlying characteristic of malt that is literally layered under the hops. Complex and wonderfully integrated huge malt and huge hops. Should prove wonderful with lots of foods.

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 teamizm
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 22 oz bomber

A - Dark amber pour, with an initial 2 finger head and subsides into a very thin lace.

S - Piney resin and floral hops. A near IPA smell. The booziness smell comes out strong as it warms up.

T - Bigfoot-esque notes - borderline barleywine profile here. You get hit with the initial hops (fairly strong too) and then comes down w/ a fairly alcohol flavor (almost rum-like)

M - Lightly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel

D - This is where I probably deviate from the other reviewers. I really like SN Bigfoot, but this beer just comes off too boozy for me. The hard alcohol (I'm thinking rum) notes are just way too strong for me. It hits your mouth right away, almost as if there was a pour of rum sitting on top of the beer. What struck me was the lack of balance

Photo of Stunner97
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark dark brown with slight amber color when held up in the light, slight white head, very nice brown amber color, nice dark appearance

Smell- very reminiscant in the smell of nugget nectar by troeg, very nice hops and beautiful sweet nectar, very bitter hop aroma, very inviting smell

taste- very creamy up front but very very strong bitter hop finish, it has a very long lingering finish that really hangs in your mouth long after, slight sweet nectar but way overwhelmed by the strong hops, a beer for hop lovers for sure, very nice flavor could use slight more malt at least on first sip, but i really like the finish which is long and lingering

Mouthfeel- very creamy thick and smooth the hop oils nicely coat your mouth

Drinkability- though the hops are overwhelming at points i felt maybe even a little of balance this beer its enjoyable if you like bold hops, due to high bitterness I would have to but the drinkability down a bit when added to high alc percentage, overall a nice beer but i have had slightly better balanced ones of the style

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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