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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Happy to be reviewing at Stone beer after a long break (had some RIS a few months ago ) from try new releases from Stone, Cheers to chefmikeanderson!

Pours a very effervescent chestnut with 4 fingers of bubbly khaki head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, grapefruit & figs; not much else

T: Cakeyness, dryness, grapefruit, herbal & piney hops, some figgyness hiding up front. Huge herbal & piney hops mix with boozey grapefruit as this warms, plus intense dryness & a touch of cakeyness hiding below the hops. Finishes dry, piney & grapefruitty, with detracting boozeyness, plus some brown sugar

MF: Chewy as hell with low carbonation, but turns watery as it warms skews too hoppy for the style for me at the same time...

Drinks a bit slow with uber hoppyness & some boozeyness slowing me down.. Still, this is what Stone is about IMO, in your face beers that you may not always love, but more hits than duds by a long shot. Stone, please come to Oklahoma, Kansas or Mizzou please!! This one is off base to me but would happily buy if looking for a hop fix

08-15-2009 02:53:39 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

08-21-2009 17:01:21 | More by Kegatron
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to Dave (d0b) for ordering one of these bad boys for me. Served in my Pisgah pint glass. The first hoppy Stone Anniversary beer that I've gotten to try fresh.

A - Two fingers of creamy-looking tan foam that dissipates pretty slowly - not a ton of lace is left behind, just a few isolated patches. Dark hazy amber red-brown body. This is far beyond amber ales like Nugget Nectar and somehow exudes strength and intensity.

S - Hops galore in this one - big grapefruit citrus smell with a touch of pine and earth in there. Well-balanced with light caramel and burnt sugar malts. A touch of the 9.5% ABV peeks out, but it's not harsh. The smell is huge, but I wish there was a bit more depth to it.

T - The taste is more malt heavy, with a copious amount of bread and grain, a touch of cocoa, some spicy esters, and some sweet citrus flavors at the back end. The taste ends very bitter and lingers for quite a while - this is definitely a palate-bruiser.

M - Big thick body that supports the ABV well. Moderate carbonation with a bit of zing to it. Chewy, but smooth, with tons of oil and resin left behind after swallowing. There's a bit of warmth that starts to show in my throat after a few sips. It's pretty much exactly what I want from this style.

D - This is an intense brew, and I'm beginning to regret opening the bomber on my own. I'll persevere of course, but I think this is a beer for sharing. The bitterness is intense and the ABV higher, so this certainly isn't for sessions, but it's a lovely treat all the same.

07-21-2009 16:44:54 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Beer served in a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter. Close enough. 

Beer is over carbonated but not too bad. Beer is dark amber and really hazy. Thick tan head of small bubbles. Tons of lacing, lots of carbonation, good retention. 

Aroma is malty and sweet. Strong alcohol. 

It is a good beer. Medium in body and sweet through. Strong alcohol and a great bitterness on the back end. I like Stone beers. I'd have this again.

04-20-2012 15:59:02 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

I had this on tap at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA last night. Served in a pint, 12oz pour.

A - Deep bronze w/ 3/4 inch tan cap. Mildly hazy and fiery crimson when held to the light. The bead is fin and sublte lace is deposited.

S - An instensely pungent citrus hop aroma, just soaked in juice odor w/ a huge grapefruit nose. Pine adds something more earthy to the nose, the ripe orange scents are obvious even several inches away from the ale

M - Crisp, tight, resinous and juicy feel w/ bitter texture in check w/ the mild sweet malt assistance. The piney bitter and warmth is felt in the lasting sharp finish

T - Really sweet + fruity taste of grapefruit w/ hints of pine cone and an almost salty bitterness like sucking the essence from a hop leaf after the malt subsides. The taste is salty w/ acidity hitting the sides of the tongue at the back w/ spicy hop flavor. A nice amber malt creaminess in the taste is usurped by the sharp, stinging( again salty) brine at the end which calls you back to taste again. The mix of sweet and then heat is very flavorful and has a nice contrast

D - The taste is overwhelming at times, not tame in any way. It takes 'Imperial Red' to a whole 'nother level. Almost to hoppy for its own good, could use a little age IMO before it will be truly incredible drinkability wise. The bitterness is almost like salt off a pretzel at times. I can't wait to taste this in the bottle maybe a month from now.

07-11-2009 16:06:21 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a really nice hop aroma as well as a solid malt nose that boasts of crystal, roasted, and bisquit malts. It appears to be quite balanced. The taste is great as well. It's extremely bitter with loads of hop character up front as well as residual bitterness in the finish. The malts are present and provide a solid base, but the hops are the dominate taste. It's got excellent bisquity notes along with a subtle roasted character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey Imperial red. I'm loving the hop character as well as the malt contribution.

07-29-2009 01:08:59 | More by WesWes
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 03:16:24 | More by oline73
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma is hop forward, with a lot of piney, resinous hops as well as some alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma with piney hops and alcohol. as well as some darker malts. There is some spiciness in the flavor and it is somewhat boozy. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good beer, although I think I preferred it when it was fresh as opposed to drinking it with six months age on it.

01-25-2010 19:36:11 | More by Mora2000
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mactrail

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%

I call it a Red IPA and definitely qualifies for Extreme.

Odor of alcohol and -- does anyone remember how Merthiolate smelled? Or is it moth balls? Definitely not an "aroma." Oddly harsh and sharply acidic. Woody and resiny hop flavors. Malt appears and disappears, and why do I think of Milk Duds?

Very educational, and the intense red-copper-amber color is worth seeing. But I'll be looking for something bland to mix the rest of the 22 oz with. Usual Stone printed-on-bottle label says it was bottled in 2009 and "Do not cellar - enjoy in 2009." You have been warned.

03-12-2010 06:11:12 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark hazelnut brown with about two fingers of brownish white head with good retention. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel and sweet malts. Also a tiny hint of hops and booze. Was expecting more hops to jump out in the smell.

t - Tastes stronlgy of sweet malts again. Also tastes of caramel and toffee, as well as a little bit of booze.

m - Medium body with a little carbonation and a littler creamty. Also a little bit hot from the alcohol.

d - Overall I thought it had a nice sweet malt taste to it, but was a little too hot. I was expecting more hops than malts, but the malts still smelled and tasted good. An above average strong ale.

02-22-2010 02:26:39 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottled in June 2009 - "Do Not Cellar Enjoy in 2009" on bottle, and that's just what I did!

Pors hazed brownish, orangish, dark amber with a light brown thin head that stays.

The smell - I love it! -- Hoppy hoppy! Citrus and pine strong, with a hint of wet tobacco leaf, though with a tofee backing.

It has a barleywine character, though with strong hop presence. Resiny/piney, a bit sticky, with wet tobacco and some grapefruit. It has a sweet caramel/toffee backing. Alcohol certainly shows, perhaps even to the point of my guessing a tad higher abv if I didn't know better. But, wouldn't want to age because the hop presence really works too nicely for it to mellow. Sweetness comes through, though with an herbal/aspirin-ish dry bitter finish.

It hits full-bodied, and a bit syrupy, though carbonation is just enough to cut through stickiness.

It's a "big" beer and a very nice one at that! Worth the slap of booziness! Happy 13th Stone!

09-09-2009 22:43:54 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-08-2011 20:17:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

A soft pour still nets me an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber-red color with brown notes to it that when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue. The aroma is sticky with candied hop notes; lychee, candied orange zest, sugar coated pine and spruce tips are followed & boosted by caramelized crystal malt flavors, toasted (almost roasted even) malt and a nice cracker / biscuit grain note towards the finish. Other, more herbal hop notes lend an almost dank, hemp-oil like character and perhaps a touch of green onion / garlic chive towards the finish. After a bit I start to notice a touch of cinnamon like hop character that mixes in with the sweet citrus notes. The nose of this beer is definitely quite hoppy, though given the hop-talk from the brewer I was actually expecting this to jump out of the glass with an expressive hop character. It doesn't quite do that, though it certainly is a hop focused beer, but there is a solid, underlying malt contribution here; it is overwhelmed by the hops in the aroma, but you can tell this beer has a lot of malt richness to it as well.

Somewhat creamy textured and full in the body, the beer still has quite a bit of a prickly carbonation; it would probably be better without quite so much carbonation. There is enough hop character here that the overall beer effect seems dry. There is some residual malt sugars here, even a substantial crystal malt sweetness, it just isn't that noticeable because of all the raw hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering, bracing bitterness that really stays on the palate long after the beer has left my mouth and even has some raw, green-hop astringency. Herbal hops are apparent as the beer first hits my tongue. There is also a solid fruity-hop character here, it just clearly plays second fiddle to the herbal hop notes. Hop notes of grapefruit zest, tangerine, lychee and kumquat are joined by notes green raw hop notes (that are almost a bit vegetal at times), substantial peppery pine notes, Towards the finish, after it loses the fruit notes, the hop character get piquant with notes of menthol, pine, peppery herbs and a resinous hop character that just fills the palate. The finish has some warm, almost hot alcohol character to it that accentuates the biting hop character.

I like that the nose strikes a decent balance between citrus hop notes, more dank, herbal notes and with a subtle, but somehow substantial malt character as a backbone to the nose. This is definitely a sipping brew, with all it malt character and alcoholic strength, not to mention the aggressive hop character. Stone puts this as part of the nebulous Imperial / Double Red style of beer. To my taste it is a cross between a rich, malty and thick Barleywine and a hopped up Double IPA. This is an unbalanced hoppy beer for sure, but it still needs some balance to it; the hop character can get a bit too harsh here at times and the hot alcohol doesn't help things. Still not a bad beer, just could use a bit more finesse and perhaps just a month or two of age to mellow and better integrate the harsh notes; I'll have to get another bottle of this to do just that.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

07-15-2009 03:16:31 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Very impressive, if not overwhelming head--great rocky recede. Solid ring lace. Mostly clear, brown (dirty copper) color.

Strong crystal malt aroma with a great spicy hop kick. There's a notable yeast smell that gives it a essence of a great homebrew.

Holy hops, Batman. Didn't detect this in the smell. This is an exceptionally bitter beer. The swallow and aftertaste is strictly a hop bomb. The initial flavor has a touch of the malt that I detected in the nose. Rich body with light carbonation--this gives it a rich consistency without the sweetness of some beers.

08-15-2009 20:42:10 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

07-14-2009 17:35:33 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: cloudy dark copper in color with a fluffy 2" head that produces some moderate lacing.

Smell: malt sweetness and pine is very nice on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with pine, softer grpaefruit, light alcohol, and a bit of mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Very long aftertaste.

Drinkability: great flavors make up a nicely drinkable beer. Another fine anniversary ale from Stone.

10-22-2009 19:41:58 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

08/04/09- Purchased at K&L Wine and Spirits in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, summer 2009 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper amber colored pour with some ruby tint. Thick and dense full one inch plus head with good staying power. Lacing is nice with some light pathwork and lines.

Smell- Typical Stone...tons of hops...grapefruit pith and pine as well..can't really notice the malt, maybe a touch of caramel, but that's Stone. It's all good though.

Taste- Much like Double Bastard and AB. A brutal attack of woodsy hops which is balanced out (somewhat) by a nice caramel malty flavor. Quite bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Harsh bitter mouthfeel..kinda burns. Needs some cooling time. Tons of bitter flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hop heads beware! This may be about the most hops in one beer I have had. Almost brutal, but then again...oh so nice at the same time.

08-25-2009 19:08:55 | More by GClarkage
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

07-13-2009 00:49:57 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a big, deep reddish brown with a lots of thickness to it. Looked like a big beer. Nose is a little different than what I expected. Big hops, some citrus, pine and grass. Taste is burnt sugar, alcohol and bitterness. Piney and citrus notes too. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Outstanding.

07-06-2009 03:51:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 02:08:31 | More by orangesol
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Very nice example of a strong ale, with a lot of hoppiness, but an underlying gingerbread base and potent alcohol all nicely integrated. A very nice beer. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint and a fairly thin head that sticks around as a ring and a swirl for the duration of the beverage. Nice blend of bitter, piney citrus rind hops and molasses and gingerbread on the nose. A bit bready, but not overly sweet. The taste is similar with a long, bitter hop finish against a base of gingerbread. Quite smooth and dangerously drinkable for the abv.

11-06-2009 01:45:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle date June 2009 with a statement saying something to the effect of: Do not wait, drink me now you silly bastard! Ok, actually it literally reads: "Do no cellar. Enjoy in 2009." Looks like I am running out of time faster than I thought, better not wait any longer.

Pulled this one out of the beer fridge at 36 degrees and let her warm up before popping it open.

Pours a very dark amberish red that is only slightly translucent. Forcefully pours more than a finger of off-white head. The color of the head is a lupulin stained yellowish color that did not have much rentension, but it leaves a film across the top of the beer that is dauntless and refuses to leave. Only a faint amount of lace found across the glass. Nose is full of hop sweetness, almost semingly orange-like with pine in it as well. Taste has a bold amount of bitterness in the front, malt sweetness across the thick bodied mouthfeel and then finishes with a solid oily bitterness. Carbination seems to be a bit low, but honestly who cares, everything else is pretty solid. The 9.5 abv is really only evident in the first sip and mellows out almost immediately.

09-24-2009 01:35:14 | More by stakem
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Billolick

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

A no brainer to snatch off of the shelf, this yearly treat from the heavy hitting brewers of Stone. $7.49 @ Deciccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours mahogony amber, initially a large dark mocha head rises, then oh so slowly squirms down to a thick film, leaving worthy thick sheeting and then strands of lace. Grapefruit peel and dark malt in the nose. Bold and flavorful (suprise) with big meaty notes of more citrus, rum, plenty of dark malts, and then the hops kick in! Pine resin, citric and quite drying. Roll it all together, add in a well hidden 9.5%, and it adds up to yet another homerun. Go get some. I would guess this would age pretty well, despite the label's command to "Enjoy in 2009"

07-22-2009 01:21:51 | More by Billolick
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The ale is dark, a deep wooden brown that could easily pass for a crimson red color. A full two fingers of head have laced around the glass.

S: Dark caramel malts set the stage for lots of hops. Both citrus and pine are in strong supply with a resiny pine finish standing out.

T: Damn, this is one bitter beer. The hops are so thick and concentrated, sharp and developed, that it is hard to believe that the ale isn't twice this strength. Hops are grapefruity and full of peppery spice. Pine and alcoholic heat follow, all of the flavors are full and rich. A deliciously hoppy ale. The dark caramel malts are reminiscent of the beautiful Stone XI and add a great deal of balance.

M: Blindingly hoppy, this ale is one lively sucker. The dark malts provide a richness that pairs nicely with the bold flavors.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a formidable ale without considering the incredible hop profile. My palate may never be the same but I'd glad for it.

07-23-2009 00:54:02 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

(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.

12-02-2009 22:47:25 | More by rhoadsrage
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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