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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark crimson with a bright clarity and a foamy 3 finger medium beige colored head. Retention was good with a splashy lacing that covered a good portion of the glass. The visible effervesce was extremely light. Overall another dark and brooding beer from stone.

S: sweet with wet pine and grapefruit, albeit much lighter then most of their other beers. A light bready caramel malting, semi-sweet in nature is well balancing and represented here as well.

T: The flavor starts out with a strong bitterness of grapefruit attacking the taste buds upon the first sip. The bitterness continues to grow even more pungent in nature with a dry flowery hopping as we hit the middle of the palate. Dry grassy notes with a strong resinous malting and pine hopping parches the tongue with an assertive dry hoppiness. The fade is lingering, long and very dry. The malting is toasted and dry, medium in body while the alcohol also cotributes to the dry warming finish. Overall a heavily hopped strong ale the leaves the tongue brutally assaulted and parched by a hefty dose of "C" hops that was nicely malted as well.

M: decent, nothing spectacular or much to note here. Medium in body, with a wonderfully dry hopped fade. The carbonation was light all around.

D: Good drinkability as well enjoyment. Hop heads will rejoice by the dry pungent hoppy nature while noobs may stumble their way through this one. Bitter dry with a lingering dry bitter hop fade that stays with you long after the swallow.

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Photo of beertunes
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 10oz snifter. Poured a deep rich brown with a slight reddish tint when held to the light. Less than an inch of medium tan head dissipated at a moderate pace, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma featured a solidly malty base with a nice mix of spice and hop notes. The flavor was surprisingly shy on the front but featured some slightly roasty flavors to match up with the hop spice and featured a couple of flavors I couldn't identify.

The body was full without being heavy and was nicely smooth while still having a noticeable bite. This beer hides it's 9% alcohol well, making it a dangerously drinkable beer. Overall a wonderful beer that is worth some effort to find and worth drinking whenever you see it.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. 

S- The aroma is fantastic! There is a lot of sweet malt, caramel and a good dose of hops. There is a wonderful balance between the malt and hops in the aroma. Not surprisingly, this one is packing a lot of hops! 

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously balanced. The taste starts out pretty smooth with a solid malt backbone. The hops quickly make their presence felt and create a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is another very tasty brew from Stone. Happy 13th Anniversary Stone! 

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Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1" dark tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls ever so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness, citrus and pine hops character, and ample alcohol. Taste is syrupy sweet upfront for a second, and then it's hops bitterness through and through, to a fault, with some alcohol burn at the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the afterburn, and drinkability is eh. Guess they weren't thanking me with this one.

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

A: Caramel brown color with ruby edges. Poured a 3 finger coarse tan headwith good retention; dissipating to a rocky 1 finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Big piney and floral hops. Also citrus and grass. Plenty of malt in the foiundation.

T: Caramel malts up front. Grapefruit and orange rind follow quickly. Sharply bitter finishes balances the beer nicely and spices bite the palate. This is a full flavor beer.

M: Medium-to-full body. Medium carbonation. Dances all over the palate with lots of big flavors coming in waves.

D: Fairly drinkable for this big of a beer. ABV is a bit daunting.

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Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear deep red colour. An inch high cap of fine beige bubbles fell very slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind quite a lot of lacing on the glass. Good head retention after the initial settling. Intense hop aroma, pine resin and grapefruit, with rich caramel malt in the background. Bitterness started strong and continued to grow through the finish, lingering for a long time on the palate along with the flavour of hop resin. Sturdy malt backbone, but it was no match for the hops. Medium to full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation. Some dryness from the hop resin. Alcohol flavour (a bit spicy, peppery) and warmth were present, but not overpowering. I liked this one. The big hoppy punch was balanced just enough by the malt and alcohol was well controlled.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/red color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is all hops, mostly pine and citrus ones (grapefruit, tropical fruit) that I notice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some spicy hops and a bit of malt in there too. There's also a long lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste. It's easy to tell this brew is all about the hops! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, oily, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and pretty easy to drink, considering the ABV and the bitter hops. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I liked it a lot. Get this brew while you can!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky dark brown with a half inch of head. Surprising since its well over a year old.

S - Really cool! From the bottle neck first whiff upon cracking is pure piney hops but in the glass I can smell way more Malts, bready and yeasty but still with a very strong hop base covering the ABV

T - Wow I would love to have this fresh! Hops may be aged but still very strong. Tastes as most have stated now as a barley wine but as it warms more hops push through making this more drinkable. The ABV is warming at 9.5 which I love in an old ale and I also love the fact that its not a hot mess so aging hasn't ruined this beer.

M - Mostly heavy to medium. As it warms it gets more drinkable.

D - Well damn it's pretty much gone isn't it? And stone made sure to put a warning to drink it by now so most bottles must be gone. IDK it was just slightly below how much I love my Hibernation ale from GD. Loved it.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle says enjoy in 2009.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark and cloudy brown amber color that produced a ridiculously huge fluffy tan head that is clinging to every side of the glass and is staying around for awhile too; great retention.

(S)- Tons of hop and barley amidst a lemon and lime biscuit. A light brown sugar/caramel sweetness on the finish.

(T)- Ample hop/barley up front blended with a light raisin bread with a lime/grapefruit/pineapple fruit concentration. Very respectable malt backbone that has a delicate sweetness to it. Its starting to remind me of their Arrogant Bastard combined with a barleywine, combined with a brown ale!

(M)- This is a great example of a perfectly balanced beer! There is obviously an immense hop addition that provides a big bitter and pine bite, but is smoothed out by the caramelized malts and barley-wine like profile it has. Superb balance and great carbonation level. Its actually incredibly smooth due to how meticulously balanced this is!

(D)- A great beer that demands your attention and respect while consuming it. An ample 9.5%abv is hidden well within this monster. I havent had any of Stone's Anniversary beers before this one, but I think that I need to seek them out in the future years. Its says not to cellar and enjoy before 2009 is over with, but I think I might put at least one away to see what happens in a year perhaps.

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

22 oz bottle, thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way for the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear ruby red, some amber in the corners, thick off white head forms, settles down to a thick layer leaving a lot of chunky lace on the glass. Smell is neat, caramel, a bit musty, grapefruit, some herbal hoppiness, floral, orange peel, lots of citrus, pretty nice. Taste is nice too, butterscotch, citrus, some orange peel and marmalade, grapefruit, tangerine, biscuity malt, alcohol, nice fruity finish, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, enjoyed a lot more than the 12th Anniversary. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darkish-amber color with a fluffy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of floral and citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malt underneath. Hops dominate the nose.

Taste is a blast of citrusy hops with a good hint of biscuit malt. This baby is all about the hops. Alcohol is well hidden and there's even some biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hop bitterness, which seems to dominate the mouthfeel as well. Very drinkable for the ABV.

I'm going to buy another bottle of this soon. It's easy to drink and the alcohol does not dominate like it would in other examples of this style. Marvelous.

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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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops and citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit and bit of malt. Well-balanced and not overpowering, as you get with some American Strong Ales sometimes.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable, well made beer from Stone.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, about as fresh as I can hope for it to be.

A: Pouring a clear deep ruby red with brilliant clarity and a gorgeous, finger-thick darkish-beige head, this is a pretty attractive beer.

S: Ah, good old Stone. Dry hopped to hell, this is a treat. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose with a pleasing bitterness, balanced by a rather prominent malt presence as well. Mild herbal/mint character comes through as it warms up. Good stuff.

T: Opening up with a combination of sweeter dark caramel and bitter pine hop flavors, this is very tasty. Flavor profile isn't the most complex, and the balance in the hop character leans towards bittering hops. Coupled with the bitterness, the caramel character tastes almost burnt in a delicious way. Finishes dry with a grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium light in body with a biting hop character, this is great on the palate. The carbonation is rather soft, and the finish, aggressively bitter.

D: I'm enjoying working my way through this beer. Well done, Stone!

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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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for about $6 in OH. The beer is dark reddish color with a brown foam that held infinite retention time. The smell is STRONG, you can tell that a lot of malt and especially a lot of hops went into this beer. The main aroma was pine needle and pine resin but the balance with rich sweet malts made this seem almost a cousin to Stone 10th based on smell alone. Abrasive taste, extremely hoppy, still fresh enough not to have morphed into a barleywine, this is aggressive and delicious. Complex and burning, the alcohol shows up in feeling rather than taste. Medium-to-heavy body + extreme flavor keep the drinkability down a bit, but still this is a little higher than "sipper" on the drinkability scale. Very nice and a beer to remember.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Poured a deep garnet, almost brown, with a thick off-white foam that rose to fill the glass. Very good clarity and retention. The head fell after quite some time and left loads of sticky lace.

A bed of caramel malt allows all of the hops to dance into the air. Loads of pine needles, fresh cut grass, grapefruit and orange peel from the massive west coast hopping.

A sweet touch of sticky caramel and toffee up front and then an onslaught of hops. A quick, decisive blow of bitterness. Pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel primarily which then lead to a grassy, almost minty herbal bitter finish. A touch of heat in the finish, but that is to be expected.

Bordering on full bodied, this is a sticky, chewy hop bomb but is surprisingly smooth.

With only the faintest amount of booze detected, this is scary drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a deep reddish-copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky pine and raw herbal and citrus aromas with a decent amount of biscuity malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light biscuity malts flavors are joined almost immediately by intense pine and floral hop flavors that intensify midway through the sip and carry through to a very bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without a problem and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a very solid imperial red with a great hop profile. Worth a shot.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz sampling. Poured a deep ruby reddish-brown with some fine particles suspended within. A dense, beige sticky head topped the ale and left good lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas were a huge hop profile with citrus and floral scents filling the nose with some hints of malts in the background - smells like a Stone. Tastes were all hops it seemed - bitter and spicy with some citrus - mainly grapefruit rind. Malts were present, but seemed to take a back-seat to the hop presence. Finished spicy and with a sort of pungency from the hop character. Well balanced, while being full-bodied. Excellent unique brew from Stone, as expected.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a deep mahogany with a one and a half inch, dense, creamy off-white head; good retention and interesting swaths of lacing. Nose reveals grapefruit and pineapple with some floral hops kicking around in the back. A medicinal hops character hits you in the face upfront and the bitterness lingers around the finish, with some malt and booze in the middle - the fruity esters that come out in the nose or somewhat masked by the over the top hops presence. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and just shy of prickly across the tongue. There's also a bit of an oily quality in the mouth, as well as a little alcohol heat. Interesting brew, but the complexity suggested by the nose is quashed by all the hops. I know American Strong is somewhat of a catchall style; however, this one somewhat lends its character to a DIPA. Not bad, but I was hoping for more of an interesting flavor profile to this.

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

22oz bottle - steves on university

June 2009 bottling - took long enough to get here

appearance: served in a modest chalice, dark amber-mahogany body, a nice creamy cap - overall a real nice looking beer

smell: hoppy as hell aroma - lush sappy pine, sugary tropical punch, raisin, alcohol, lots of spice, bitter grapefruit, rich and malty

taste: the stone anniversary beers are all pretty dependable - this one is a real winner. Stone packs an awful lot of hops in this one - grapefruit peel, loads of sticky pine, bright tropical fruit. There is a rigid chewy malt counter that keeps this somewhat in check. Sticky, bitter, piercing - another awesome stone beer.

Mouthfeel: high bitterness...very high actually, sticky, prickly hops. An absolute tongue-killer.

Drinkability: harsh but enjoyable

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

Pours a dark reddish/brown with little to no carbonation. Has a light lacing of foam around the edge of the glass, small head when first poured. When I first poured this beer a savored the aroma it smelled like a pine forest with some citrus, for hop heads like myself, there's no better aroma and it smelled incredible. The first sip immediately pounded my tongue with hops in the middle and the front and the hop bitterness continues to dance on your tongue for a very long time, it dissipates very, very slowly. There's a hint of malt in there to try and balance out the hops but I can't really say this is one of those beers that balances out equally between the malt and the hops. The hops definitely take over and what's left of your palate picks up the hint of malts. Hop heads will absolutely love this beer (I myself am one of them). I don't know of many Imperial Reds out there and this one is very interesting since all the bigger bodied reds I've ever had seemed to emphasize more malty sweetness with the hops to bring it back into check, this one is just the opposite. Mouthfeel is a medium body, very smooth, and very, very drinkable. This is one beer that can easily sneak up on you and it is also one I would hope to see Stone brew on a yearly basis. This is by far the best red ale I've ever had and it pushes the boundary of traditional red ales into the extreme category. I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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