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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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BA SCORE
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715 Ratings
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Ratings: 715
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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MunchkinDrinker

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Fells Point Baltimore.

A - Dark dark clear reddish amber with a tan to off white foamy head and plenty plenty of lacing. I love it when beers look like this.

S - Rich grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet, but not much here.

T/M - Taste is more piney than the smell, but with the same grapefruit character. Very rich and bitter, but fresh tasting. Very clean and juicy mouthfeel.

D - Not very, but enjoyed it thoroughly. Very delicious, but a bit much to drink alot of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 19:24:09 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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xanok

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Deep ruby, in body. A nice full 2 fingers of head white head. Lacing is ridiculously sticky here, even though the beer is fairly cold.

S-A LOT going on here. Mixed aromas of dark fruit, molasses, piney and floral hops, and malts. Scents of grapefruit also present.

T-The taste delivers, no doubt about it. Nice sweet taste with the malts, citrus, caramel. Very slight hints of chocolate as well. Big hop finish typical of stone beers.

M-Medium body, medium carb. Warms the upper body with the alcohol on the way down. Nice aftertaste left in the mouth.

D-I wouldn't say the alcohol is exactly well hidden. One of these bombers is all that is drinkable in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 03:05:17 | More by xanok
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

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

A: Crip appearance to a almond skin body with a three-finger tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, wet grass, and resin. Roasted caramel malts even the aroma out.

T: Herbal and dry with grapefruit and a boozy punch to it. Big hops with a decent malt base. Extremely dry finish with a medicinal aftertaste.

M: Chewy and rich. Low on the carbonation.

D: Big and boozy at 10% ABV which was great. What struck me as off-putting was the medicinal flavor at the back of the palate. I have never had this with a Stone beer before, but I got this from two different bottles. This is a decent beer, but that was a bit odd. Stone is still #1. I will chalk this up to just a bad run. And bad by their standard is still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 18:13:16 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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trancesk8er

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-09-2012 04:11:37 | More by trancesk8er
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heliosphann

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky #13! My favorite number. I've loved the Stone Anniversary beers in the past, so hopefully this one will continue that trend. 22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass. Split with fellow BA Infestaxion.

A: Dark Ruby Red brilliance with a small amount of head. This is one damn good looking beer. Let's hope the carpet matches the drapes!

S: I'm not getting much from the XIII, even as it warms up. The hops and malts seem to even each other out, yielding some faint caramel/fruit fragrance.

T: Malty smoothness upfront is shattered by the heavy handed hops which dominate the finish. Not only that, but they linger around. As I work my way down to the bottom of the glass, I notice the malt backbone a bit more, but the hops are still prevalent. Virtually no sweetness at all.

M: Average carbonation with a medium body. Nothing crazy here.

D: I suppose it's decent for such a hopped up red. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well. Not sure if I'd drink a whole 22oz of this, the bitterness definitely fatigues the pallet.

One of my least favorite offerings from Stone, and somewhat of a disappointment. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more malt presence and sweetness to balance the massive hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:08:59 | More by heliosphann
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mbunje

California

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

22oz bomber poured into a Tulip...got it today. Fresh.

A - Dark amber with red tint around the edges. Medium head is a light tan. Lacing is good.

S - Took me a few sniffs to get all this in. Definite carmel malt in the nose. Roasted malt is there. Hops are skunky wet smell closing with some fruitiness. Smells like a big beer.

T - Takes a few swiggs as well. Lots to take in here. Sweet roasted flavor, a hint of chocolate up front. The immense amount of hops cut that quickly, however. Closes with a dry citric and pine hop. The bitter is deep and lasting. More bitterness than flavor.

MF - Medium to Full bodied beer. Could have been more syrupy but glad it is not. Carbonation is just right. This is possibly the best attribute of the beer. I say they nailed it for a beer this big.

D - $6.99 for 22oz at 9.5%...value is fair given the seasonal nature and the ton of hops. Not too heavy for a beer with this much going on. Pretty good drinkability, well done.

Overall, this is a nice twist to the Double/Imperial IPA. More malty favor and character. I think this is made to barrel age. So keep your eyes/ears open for some barrel aged versions of this. Great job, Happy 13th Stone...Keep em coming.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 02:59:48 | More by mbunje
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MusicmanSD

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Stone, and there is A LOT going on in this beer. It's kinda like Arrogant Bastard on balls, which kinda affects its drinkability. It looks like a dark red, lots of crystal malt to get the tint I'm assuming. Smells great, and tastes pretty clean for how much is going on. I'd say the final gravity is about 1.020 from the sweetness of it. The taste is really quite heavy. Glad they served this in an 8 oz. glass cuz it's hard to choke down fast, but really a great sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 08:35:53 | More by MusicmanSD
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BabyBastard

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This may be a little outdated, as it says to enjoy before the end of '09, and it now be '11. Oh well, it should be fine. Pours dark reddish amber, nice off white head and great lacing sticks to the sides of the chalice. Delicious looking brew we have here.

Smells of dark malts and toffee hints flood the nose. A bit of coffee roast, which seems odd as this is no stout. Pleasing, to say the least.

Taste is strange, still pretty bitter, with a subtle alcohol bite. Malty and has a slight orange peel type taste to it. Strange.

Feel is good, nice carbonation here, not too heavy, not watered down. Very balanced brew.

Drinkability suffers slightly, due to the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:29:45 | More by BabyBastard
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beerbutcher

Maine

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 20:59:31 | More by beerbutcher
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JohnL9013

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you liked the Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard Ales, you will love this beer.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown, much like the Double Bastard Ale. Really impressive color, but the head was unimpressive and did not lace for some reason.

S: Really strong malt smell here. The predominant smell might be considered to be a "molasses-like" smell. The hops are nearly buried by the malt presence, to be honest, but they're there.

T: The way I would describe this beer would be that it has the offensiveness of the arrogant bastard ale at the double bastard strength level. This beer is simply between those two in flavor but very strong overall. Frankly, most people would not like this beer and I've been disappointed to read reviews on here of people complaining about the strength of this beer when that's simply Stone's style, that is, a bombardment of roasted malt and hops...which I happen to love.

M: A little overcarbonated but still really great.

D: Not the most drinkable on the block, this beer comes out behind the Double Bastard in drinkability.

Final statement: If you don't like the Arrogant Bastard Ale, you will not like this Ale, so leave it on the shelf for people like me to enjoy instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 03:51:58 | More by JohnL9013
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

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

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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 00:24:39 | More by FishGetter
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pushstartnow13

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-07-2012 16:43:42 | More by pushstartnow13
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imaguitargod

Ohio

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

Beautiful, burgundy color to this one and a medium head that slowly settles to a ring around the glass and center dusting of foam. Malt sweetness up front which slowly meld into the hop bitterness and eventually fade into a full residual hop bitterness. Simple, straightforward and not complex. I like it and think (despite their warnings not to) this would age interestingly.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 00:47:26 | More by imaguitargod
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macktbone

California

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

Love that Stone so picking this anniversary option up was a no brainer.

A- Deep red color, kinda reminds me of dragon fruit. Really inviting light brown head not normally associated with a red. Nice lacing that leaves wisps along the edge of the glass.

S- Super malty aroma with a hint of that dragon fruit again.

T- Wow...really spicey. What a suprise from this annual contribution form Stone. Great woody overtone on this brew that is less of an overtone and more of a concise statement. This truly reminds me of an hour and a half beer from another great brewery whose contradictory animal name shall remain nameless.

M- good offering. Typical of the quality from Stone.

D- Maybe a little harsh on the flavor buds for a favorite but just what have grown to expect from an anniversary ale from Stone.

This red is a testament to the quality and diversity craft brewing has come to be known for.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 02:17:11 | More by macktbone
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-11-2012 22:09:39 | More by bkbergen
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wangbruins

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful dark chocolate brown with a two inch head that stayed put the whole time and wonderful lacing

S- Lots of dark fruit- cherries, grapes, and blackberries, as well as some coffee

T- Strong cherry flavor with coffee, chocolate, and a smoky finish

M- Thick but smooth, if that makes sense, with a very good aftertaste

D- Strong ABV but I'd put up with it to have a couple. Oh Stone, why do you make such great beer for such a short time?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:37:23 | More by wangbruins
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TheEremite

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Pours dark brown, ruby highlights.the aroma on this thing is outstanding. Huge hop aroma of pine and citrus jump out of the glass. I didn't know what to expect but with stone, I guess I should have known. They nailed the dry hopping on this one. Flavor is good, but the buttering is a bit over done IMO. It would have been nice to taste some of the dark malts, ore anything but bitterness. It really detracts from the drinkability too.

In all, it's well worth a quaff, especially if you're a skull crushing hop head, but. Can't see myself having more than one glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 16:17:17 | More by TheEremite
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yesferro

Mississippi

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my cuvee de trolls' glass, very nice coffe brown with a light tan head. The smell threw me off, way less aggresive then I somehow expected but still very nice. If there is such thing as dark chocolate infused with citrus, it would smell like this, very nice.
The first sip threw me off again, sweet, not as bitter hoppy as I once again expected. I still taste chocolate, actually, the longer I let this warm up the more chocolate I get. Then the hops kick in and o this is good. It makes me want to re-review every hop bomb I have ever had and compare it to this. Which would be a horrible idea since this beer is pretty strong. I have to mention the creamy feeling of this beer, very nice, it kinda coats your mouth and leaves a sweet aftertaste.
This beer is awesome, I wouldn't have it on daily, not even on a weekly base, this is 'special'. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 01:30:23 | More by yesferro
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josssmith

Arizona

5/5  rDev +23.2%

01-05-2012 21:54:08 | More by josssmith
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cpone

New York

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

A: Great looking beer at initial pour. Very dark reddish brown. Two finger, creamy head off white with slight red tint. Recedes fairly quickly. Some good lacing.

S: Hops for sure. Pine on the back end. Grapefruit, strawberry, hint of dark chocolate.

T: Very hoppy but the malts are also strong. Almost like burnt caramel in there. Some citrus, but hard to discern. Bitter, spicy finish.

M: This has a full bodied, strong presence. Very bitter.

D: Quite powerful - both the hops and the malt - so this is certainly no session beer. 22oz bomber is perfect amount.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 03:45:44 | More by cpone
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jnezda

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having enjoyed a few Stone beers in Southern California recently I found this beer at my favorite local beer store. Expecting another strong Stone beer I was not disappointed but rather a bit confused. This was a good beer start to finish but was unlike some of the other Stone products. I have not been fortunate enough to try some of the previous anniversary products but will stay on the look out now.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice glass this beer poured a mahogany red amber with a tan full fine head. The head dissipated quickly and left some lacing at the top of the glass but little down the sides. Some head remained on to the finish. The floral hop profile was not as prominent as some of the other Stone beers which allowed the malts to show through. The immediate taste was also the malts with a tinge of hops and a long clean finish, which is highlighted by aspirating as you taste this beer. The body is medium to full and had a good amount of carbonation which was nice for the balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 05:02:27 | More by jnezda
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Dijeriduster

California

2.1/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Not sure what the deal is here - I've had this on tap and loved it enough to cellar one, but it was terrible on Stone Winter Storm. I even had Bill pour it for christ sake!

A - Weridly thin look almost like someone had spilt coffee into the glass. Slightly hazy with a good head - but not the thick opaque drink I was expecting.

S - Not very hoppy with some of the specialty coming thru but not very much. Odd as its very heavily hopped.

T - Underwhelming. Hops are bitter in a bad way, like dull and stingy not bright and citrusy. Specialty is there but not very robust. Even after warming

M - Bad bad bad. Very thin despite the creamy head. Syrupy imperial type taste but in a bad way.

D - I thought this would be great, but quickly moved on. First time I've thought about returning a beer. Could be a bunk keg - but again it was at Stone ya know?

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 03:18:52 | More by Dijeriduster
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hughesm4

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited for an anniversary Stone, big fan of most of the brews

A. A very nice deep brown red color. Good head with a brownish tint that didn't stick to the glass

S. Terrific. I think I got a hop buzz off smelling this beer.

T. It tastes like pine needles, and I love it.

M. Great. Small amount of carbonation, but it lraves a wonderful tingle in the back of the throat

D. Not the smoothest but very close. If you are in the mood for hops I would recommend very few over it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:29:26 | More by hughesm4
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into 16oz pint glass.

It has a gorgeous, deep reddish-brown hue. Heavy carbonation resulted in a big head even with a soft pour, but it dissipated quickly.

A citrusy hops blast hits the nose right away. Little, if any, aroma presence from the malts can be detected.

It's all hops on the tongue, followed by some mild malt sweetness. It's got a big punch but little backbone to it.

Surprisingly for a 9.5% beer, it has pretty thin mouthfeel. Not what I would not have expected for a beer of this style or caliber.

As for drinkability, I had enough trouble finishing the bottle, I couldn't imagine having a second shortly thereafter.

This was definitely a disappointment, especially after a Stone rep really try to sell me on how amazing this beer was. Definitely not one of Stone's best efforts.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 16:33:46 | More by JimsArcade
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BenZ

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad I read a post here about enjoying this fresh. I didn't even read the bottle and just put it in the cellar. I remedied that situation and chilled it last week.

So, it's pretty dark for a hop aroma like that!

It looks like a light brown ale or a dark amber. Or, perhaps, an American Strong Ale! The head rivals Duvel!

Smell is 2/3 Celbration or Bigfoot and 1/3 Hopslam. Translation: awesome!

More tropical hop flavors and slightly less bitterness would have been appreciated. I didn't even notice the malt until I was nearly done with my glass and it warmed up more than expected.

Nice mouthfeel but maybe just slightly too bitter and hot for a better drinkability score.

Don't think I'll get again as a fresh bigfoot is pretty close to this beer and much cheaper. Overall, a dang nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:39:37 | More by BenZ
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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