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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: 27 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 605
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish mahagony brown, minimal head but decent lacing.

S: Complex blend of hops, malt with some booze notes on the end.

T: grapefruity hops, carmel malts, slight smokey and spicyness to it. definite booze on th back end.

M: Full bodied, syrupy, coating but minimal aftertaste.

D: Would have assumed it was a hopped up barleywine based in the flavor profile. Good full, complex flavor without overpowering.

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice deep ruby amber with a big frothy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is big on hop resin and pine with some non-hop fruitiness as well. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, as a big dose of caramel malt collides with sweet citrusy hops. There's a shot of piney resinous character to take the edge off the sweetness, leaving a solid bitterness. A little sticky but very drinkable.

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

I don't buy nearly as much Stone beer as I used to but I'm always game to pick up a lone bottle of any one-offs or anniversary beers when they show up. Given that this was billed as the hoppiest beer they have produced I was a little excited to see how it lived up to that claim. It is an unsurprisingly red-amber color, very good head and it sure smells damned hoppy. The flavor is abrasive, brash hops which I can see why some people are put off by the way Stone hops their beers but I dig it. There was also a solid maltiness and the mouthfeel was thick. This was a good beer but nothing beats the 10th in my opinion that stuff was one of my favorite IPA's ever.

Photo of maximum12
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delighted to find this lurking on the shelves of a Hudson, WI liquor store not long ago. From what I hear it didn't hang around long, but I'm always up for trying another Stone brew.

Poured into two pint glasses for my wife & I. Deep, polished copper, like a quality piece of breastplate. Smell is a knockout - insane hops, wind-shear of malts, & a high-kick of alcohol. Be afraid, mouth.

Stone XIII is one wicked brew. The malts in this creature are so intense that they almost drown out the consortium of hops that are plainly clamoring for attention...but not quite. Pine cones are hard on the finish, & accompanied by a bit of pine bark, too, a woody dryness that plays oddly with the hard malts. Good wood, big hops, slammin' malts...yeah. This is good. The lower-the-boom alcohol notes that come in to mop up after the party are packin' some heat, too. This is one & done for me, but I'll enjoy the heck out of this one.

Excellent beer. Not only that, but one that defies easy categorization, nor can I bring to mind one I've had like it. Points all around. Nice!

Photo of DmanGTR
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown with dark amber hues. Off white head that retained well as a thin cap and beautiful lacing. 4.5

S - rich amber malts, touch of carob, intensely hoppy but more balanced than the Arrogant Bastard. Little hints of grapefruit show through. 4.0

T - heavily malty, reminiscent of DFH 90 Minute with a touch of smokiness and robustness. 4.0

M - medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Wish it was on cask. Now this is a beer that should have switched carbonation style with the Arrogant Bastard on cask. 3.5

D - However, I dig this beer. One more please. 4.0

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

Extremely dark maroon, trimmed in copper, and foamed with a height of sticky and durable beige froth.
Caramelized pineapple, port, wintergreen, white grapefruit, and burnt toffee nose.
It traverses the mouth, first laying a layer of caramelly and bready malt sod. This gathers up towards a more toasted (and almost burnt) graininess. Fruit begins to ooze out with dark grapes and prunes, as well as grilled peaches, pineapples, and melons, as the hops enter the picture. Squirts of citrus and minty wintergreens. The close features a burst of alcohol-forward port wine.
Full bodied and given a bit of airiness with it pesistant CO2 that belies its elevated ABV.
Very barleywine-esque. This is a big ale in the order of SN's Bigfoot with a fruitier hop profile.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber served in a pint glass. Nice looking beer: dark brown, thick tan head, abundant lacing. Hoppy aroma, with a little caramel. Strong hops taste, lingering. A little caramel and some dark fruit. A full-bodied beer, very enjoyable. I will drink this again.

Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolate milk hazy redbrown, like riverwater. Opaque. Can't tell what the shit going on up in this.

Smells like lots of fruit, booze, alcohol and malt. No winey nodes, very little hops. Just a like a combination of a fruit smoothie, minced meat pie, and grandpa's fiery orange juice (only just the fire, no OJ).

I know it says right on the bottle that you shouldn't age this, but this is way more pleasantly complicated than the beer I drank on tap in September. It's like a wonderfully melted fruitbasket, the alcohol has gained prominence as the chocolatey malts have been dulled and all that's left is like the bastard progeny of a Dubbel and and an American strong

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear ruby-amber body topped by a finger of moderately creamy tan head. Decent retention and solid lace. Attractive.

S: Huge wave of piney, resinous hops; moderate spice, and just a bit of malt sweetness. Straightforward and excellent.

T: Follows the nose quite closely, with a constant, delicious, complex assault of rich, juicy hops. THe malt is only present in the slightest bit of background balance. Dry spicy, slightly boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium, slightly sticky body; maybe a bit under-carbonated.

D: Pretty standard for its strength. Hops help keep any potential cloying at bay.

Notes: I ordered this without remembering what style it even was (not that "American Strong" means all that much, though - it tasted far more like a DIPA), as I trusted Stone to deliver again. They did. This awesome, hugely hoppy red ale puts even AB to shame, as far as I'm concerned.


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

a: into my piraat snifter with a frothy two-finger beige head, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color, nice retention and light lace

s: first is an onslaught of green pine backed by fresh tropical fruits - monstrous West Coast C-hops, notes of grapefruit and fresh pine bough being most dominant with some mango and passionfruit, malts try to make a stand but ultimately skulk in the background providing smooth nutty aromas and dark toffee dusted with cocoa, mild ethanol peeks out only after warming considerably

m: smooth carbonation around medium level, medium-full body

t: almost all hops on the tongue - big tropical flavors turning towards pine bitterness almost immediately, the malts are felt more than tasted - lending some dark sugars and flavors of nut-roll or dark breads, a wonderfully oppressive bitterness lingers in the long finish, too unbalanced for a higher score but a great experience for the hop fiend within

d: an easy sipper but one that demands respect, a nice beer overall but I would like to see some more malt coming through the wall of hops

bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful ruby dark brown color with a thick off white head that slowly settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a citrus hop, mainly grapefruit, as well as some tropical fruits. A nice sturdy bready malt is also picked up in the aroma. The flavor is of roasted malt, similar to an american stout, coupled with the hoppiness of a DIPA. Strong earthy hops, piney and resiny, definitely harsh. The ABV comes into play. The feel is moderate somewhat chewy, quite a bitter finish from the hops. Plenty of alcohol belly burn. Overall a pretty strong ale, nice stout and DIPA flavors. However, the flavors are raw and harsh. Definitely needs some mellowing, especially the ABV.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"enjoy in 2009"; yeah, didn't get to it until 10/5/2010

Pours a deep amber with three fingers of head, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell is mostly grapefruit rind and rind, followed by some caramel malt and some quite apparent alcohol.

Still a decent hop punch in the taste, mostly grapefruit and pine. Balanced with caramel malt, and a faint taste of bubblegum. Quite bitter on the aftertaste, and the alcohol makes no attempt to hide itself.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall this is bitter with some obvious alcohol, but still enjoyable even if it was past it's prime.

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like orange and cherry and resin, with pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like juicy oranges and cherry and grapefruit, with some pineapple and caramel and roasted barley. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice balance of hops and malt, with great general taste and great body. It had very big flavors, but it hid the alcohol well and ended up being pretty easy to drink. The roasty notes became more apparent as it warmed, which gave the beer that much more depth. Very enjoyable! Despite the bottle's warnings, I'm curious how this might age.

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

34th review on BA
Bottle to Stone pint glass

I'm reviewing this with an open mind. Bottle says to drink in 2009 and don't age it. It's almost 2011 and I just got a bottle of this from a little liquor store who I doubt knew to sell these fresh.

App-This beer poured a dense, thick, rich chocolate brown color. It had a nice tan creamy one finger head.

Smell- It was a complex mess to say of smells on this. You get dried fruit, you get the alcohol, you get some caramel and maybe some other roast in there.

Taste- This is where I think a fresh bottle would come in handy. I don't know how to compare it to a fresh bottle but its like drinking a baby RIS. I saw that because you get so many flavors but the big flavors stand out with the coffee and chocolate of the RIS coming to mind.

Mouth- It's a complex beer and demands to be sipped and enjoyed while flavors go to work on the palate.

Drink- One and done for me. It was like sipping on a fine wine to be enjoyed and remembered.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a mahogany color with a tan head.

S: Smells strong like almonds and some hazelnut with some light hoppiness and, strange enough, garlic. It sounds disgusting, I know, but it’s not. The aroma is really inviting, if a garlic scent can do that without being in an Italian dish.

T/M: You can immediately taste chocolate in the back of your throat, light traces of hops and nuttiness throughout. Biscuity malts and marshmallow round out the finish. It’s very rich and very good.

I know this wasn’t their intention, but this beer must have gotten better with age. Either that, or I may have peed my pants in ecstasy if I tried it in 2009. Old beer won’t make you sick will it? I hope I don’t get collera or lupus or something. Eh, I don’t care, it’s worth it.

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep, blood red with a 1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smells like a boatload of hops with some citrus/fruit undertones, smells absolutely amazing. Taste is amazing at first, very hoppy, citrus and piney, some fruit in there too. Once it leave the mouth it seems like a blast of hops/alcohol overpowers my palette, still good though. Mouthfeel is medium with very good carbonation, smooth. Hoppiness coats mouth forever. Definitely drinkable, could probably get through a few of these before the hops overpower, not too heavy on the stomach. Definitely a good brew that I would buy again.

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

Pours a very dark red color, head was super creamy and frothy. The aroma is unique and beyond complex. Caramel up from, slight mint, spicy hop remnants, leather, chocolate, and earth. There's a big caramel, almost chocolaty note up front on the taste, some earthy, spicy bitterness still lingering from the hops, sweet malts, and a leathery finish. Full bodied on the feel, creamy.

"Do not cellar".

I never noticed that on my bottle until I decided to crack it...3+ years later.

I haven't had it fresh, which would have been nice, though I was just getting into beer at that time and Stone entered Louisiana the year after. But, this was a nice Strong Ale. Though the said "Don't cellar", I think they knew this would hold it'd own to father time.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark amber hue that is actually as much brown as it is red. NIce tall tan head, bubbly and vicious. Good retention with nice lace.

S: Lots of malt up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hints of roast and a big blast of hops. There is lots of gooey pine hops with an equal assault of grassy green hops.

T: Very much like the aroma. Malt sweetness up front. Caramel and molasses mostly. The roast is there to provide depth, before the hop assault takes place. All hops are represented. I picked up a bit of sweet pine up front. It really played well off the sweet malt. Things bitter up in the middle with citrus pushing forward. The finish is big, bold, grassy green, and bitter.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Rich, sweet, with long bitter finish.

D: Pretty good. It's a nice big beer that lends itself to kicking back and sipping the night away.

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved the look of this beer. Have to say it certainly reminded me of a more piney Arrogant Bastard. There was something about the malt profile that reminded me of that beer. BTW, it's one of my favorites.

The beer is just perfect looking. Creamy/full light tan head that is able to rise well above the top of the glass. Excellent retention and clumps of lace... Deep maroon, amber/light brown color. Dark, dark color.

Aroma was awesome as well. Pine, fresh floral aroma. Huge hop smack. Sharp citrus at the end...

As mentioned earlier the malt profile really reminded me of Arrogant Bastard. There is a sweet, fruity caramel background. Lots of depth and the hop profile is wonderful. Resin like Pine some sharp citrus.

Just shy of creamy mouth feel. Thick and bold. The hop profile accentuates this.

Wonderfully drinkable for a hop head.

Another excellent effort by Stone. Happy Anniversary.

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

22 oz. bottle.

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

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

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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