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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009)
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Photo of OldeEnglishD
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Even before tasting this beer it impresses. A nice 3.5 finger carmel colored head that lasts a nice long time. The scent is great with hints of pine and citurs.

The taste is awesome. Like an Arrogant Bastard XL. There is a lot of complex flavors that blend nicely. Definate citrus/pine with tons of hops. You can tell this is a higher ABV than ABA, but it doesn't hit you as a heavy alchohol taste like some high ABV beers. It has a really nice mouth feel, thick without being like tar.

This is not a beer you drink all night as it would knock you on your back after a couple. This to me is a beer to start your night with. Take your time and enjoy the complex taste and realize you are drinking a beer that not many breweries could have produced. Stone has lived up to their reputation again.

OldeEnglishD, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of DougBrew
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep deep amber, almost brown. Poured with a fat head, that quickly halved itself, but lingered through the end.

S- Intense floral and citrus, with a malty afternote.

T- Initially a little sweet, with prominent notes of etoh, intensely bitter and dry in the finish. Deeper still there are hints of roasted coffee beans, toffee, and even apples.

M - The carbonation lets this beer dance on your tongue and deceive you into thinking it is a much lighter beer. As I mentioned before, this beer finishes dry...REALLY dry. I almost needed a glass of water to go along with this baby.

D - Absolutely drinkable, for about one serving. Then I would need to venture into lighter, less etoh heat/dryness and something with a more prominent malt backbone.

DougBrew, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ahoverton
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark red or amber in color. It has a nice tan head and good lacing.
S: This is the best part of this beer. It has typical Stone hoppy aromas that smell Like citrus pine and grapefruit. Very typical smell of California DIPA's.
T: This is where it falls apart for me. It tastes like they used too many bittering and dry hops and not enough late addition. Very bitter and grassy flavor at the end. Very strong body so it needs the hops to stand out, but I much prefer SSR or Ruination.
M: It has good carbonation but leaves a sticky hop oil residue that is umpleasant compared to some of their other beers.
D: I don't think I would ever want to drink more than one. This is the 2nd time I have had this and I won't ever buy it again even though it is almost gone. SSR and Ruination are much tastier and easier to drink.

ahoverton, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of WBCFM
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought a few bottles of the 13th Anniversary in the summer, then I realized that these beers should not be cellared, so I decided to start drinking them.

As many reviews have stated, this beer has a beautiful appearance. Great color, great head retention.

The smell is a little stronger on the alcohol than I like, but it is a Strong Ale and is 9.5% ABV, so I guess that is to be expected.

The mouthfeel is more malty than hoppy, but different than the 11th or what is now the Sublimely Self Righteous (one of my favorites).

The finish is very bitter. Fine at first, but by the end of the bottle, you kind of tire of the bitterness.

WBCFM, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Haslips
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had high expectations for this beer after reading the advance reviews.

I had the opportunity to try this beer on tap at the Stone Bistro, and it was my starter beer....

Unfortunately, they only serve it an 8 oz glass because of the high (9.5%) alcohol content.

So to the beer itself.... poured an amber red with a light head that disapated quicky...

I was expecting a HOP hit on the first taste, but instead got a HOP/Malt balance. If this beer has an IBU above 90, I will be surprised, because it certainly doesn't hit the palate with a big bitter hop taste.

That said, this was a wonderful, very drinkable beer...I switched to an Arrogant Bastard, then a Sublimely Rightous Ale, and came back to the 13th for my last two beers .... It was much better and more drinkable than both.

at 9.5% alcohol, you would never know it (until it was too late) Most of the Stone aniversary Ales I have had needed aging to mellow, but this beer is ready to drink RIGHT NOW.

Haslips, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of JCAles
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle straight from fridge poured into snifter

This beer pours a ruby/mahogany to brown red color. With a moderate poor the head was strong and tan, but disappeared to only a lacing around the edges within a few minutes. The lacing will show you exactly how much you take upon each drink leaving a distinct mark on your glass where the previous level of was.

The aroma is all hops IMO. Strong piny aroma with citrus in the background. As the beer warms the aroma shifts more towards grapefruit.

The first taste to hit your mouth is of caramel and subtle toffee notes. This gives way fast to the hops which are dominated by piny and grapefruit flavors followed by a healthy dose of bitterness. The grapefruit flavor seems to dominate as this beer warms (I prefer this one cold as I am not a fan of overwhelming grapefruit flavors).

This one has a medium mouth feel leaving a nice coating in the mouth...more so as it warms.

Overall a very drinkable beer. Becomes less drinkable as it warms up IMO.

JCAles, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of BonsaiBrewer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, very dark amber. I'm surprised at how dark it is. Well carbonated with substantial head that diminishes fairly quickly to a thin covering, leaving a lace on the glass.

S - Nice strong american hop aroma. Getting stronger as beer warms. Pungent and skunky (in a good way ; )

T - Wow - this one is bitter! Clean and well balanced to start and then lingering bitterness tingles across the tongue, taking its sweet time in departing. Swish it around to make sure all taste buds are assualted properly! A bit of an alcohol burn comes in towards the end as well.

M - Medium body. High carbonation enhances the bitter bite. Finishes somewhat dry.

D - If you like hops you're going to love it. Stone states that it is their hoppiest beer yet - and that is saying something.

O - This is clearly focused on the hops. Lots of bittering hops and generous amounts of aroma and flavoring hops too. I was expecting more caramel notes with the dark amber color. There is some there. More would make it a bit better balanced, but then again why would you want to do that!? The complexity is a bit lacking by being so hop focused. My guess is that it will age quite well. I'll be going back to get a couple of bottles to cellar for a while. It will be interesting to see how this one matures.

BonsaiBrewer, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of utahskyliner34
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This is beer birthday cake, a product of obligation and not worth it in hindsight.

It's almost too vague for an accurate depiction and the saccharine-y sweetness is overwhelming. Imagine the tried and true Stone back of the tongue bitterness smothered in store bought icing.

utahskyliner34, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of froman694
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i found this beer to be a typical stone beer. the color was more of an amber color, something simular to hopback by troeg. the taste was quite hoppy with a clean finish. the several different hops used created a wonderful layered aroma. personally i was disappointed by this beer, being a stone limited release project i wanted more than what i got. that being said this a wonderful expression of what good hops can do in a beer.

froman694, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of seanroto
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pours dark blood red with full tan frothy head and lace. very nice Deep pine aroma. Taste is very good. nice mix of both Malt and hops and sweetness. pine resin stickiness really comes out as I found myself licking my lips after each mouthful. pleasant bitter aftertaste

seanroto, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Scottliff
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark reddish brown, cloudy. Thick lofty beige head with hop oils visible.

S - Wonderful bouquet of hops, mostly pine, with slight caramel from the malt.

T - Tons of piney hops leaving that bitterness on your tongue long after taking a drink. Malt comes through just enough with mild flavors of caramel and maybe rye bread. The alcohol is masked well.

M - Medium-bodied and mildly carbonated.

D - Pretty drinkable for the abv, as the alcohol is not very noticeable. The huge hops make it a sipper, though.

Overall an excellent beer (if you're a hop fan). Very hoppy with the nice sweetness of a red ale cutting through. I wouldn't drink more than one at a time, but I wouldn't have a problem having one pretty frequently.

Scottliff, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of haemphyst
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this as a one time purchase, loving nearly all of the Stone offerings, with few exceptions. (I love the stories on the bottles, too... :P They are usually what prompts me to try something new from them...)

I was first intrigued by the "Do Not Cellar - Enjoy In 2009" phrase prominently plastered on the side of the bottle. The "fine wines" of beer, Stones like to rest usually, but who am *I* to argue? So, I followed the instructions to the letter! My first review, of hopefully many, and I hope I don't bore!

A - Dark... Beautiful, dark-reddish body. Roughly the color of a good strong cup of french-roast coffee. Very nice, dense, but short head, that disappears quickly, leaving a nice, thin lace on the glass, accompanied by a beige foam film, lasting the entire glass.

S - Hops! I love a big strong hoppy beer, and this beer did NOT disappoint. Alcohol notes are stronger than expected, but not overblown. Chocolatey undertones to the nose. By now, I was ready to taste this thing!

T - For the BudLight "afficionado", a semi-blinding flash of grapefruit peel and bitter hops, reminiscent of The Ruination IPA, but a bit more subdued. Oh, the hops! Very good bitter/floral flavor, marks this as a very high on the "Stone Favorites" list. Fantastic malt, piney, oakey, and small hints of coffee and chocolate, with even a small orage juice thing going on in there. Did I mention the hops? Alcohol notes strengthen on finish, but never seem "too much", and subue quickly.

M - A clean, but odd and difficult to describe "syrupy" or "thick" feeling. Not unpleasant in the least, it actually helps the finsh last, which in this case is really nice. Almost an asparagus taste in there, as well... Perfectly carbonated in my opinion, not a real carbonation burn at all. Clean and too short a finish, sadly. This one you won't mind enjoying slowly.

D - Alcohol notes are perfectly balanced by the hops, (both the stars of this show, and after all, why are we drinking beer?) and as mentioned, a VERY nice offering from Stone. The relative potent 9.5%ABV will warm you quickly, and it's quite a nice feeling. You will know it's on the way - no sneaking up on you with this one... :)

A highly recommended offering if you can find any. I went back to buy two more cases! Get this one while you can, folks! If a "big beer" is what you're after, they really don't come much bigger than this one! The Stone guys love to release really nice "limiteds", and this one won't disappoint.

haemphyst, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of cvanderwerff
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S- Bomber

A - Dark brown, when held up to the light a nice dark amber color.

S- Hops, Fruit, slight alcohol smell.

T- Great taste. Intense fruit notes from the hops, Nice acidic after taste

M - Light body, super smooth. long after taste. a beer to enjoy over time, not all at once.

D- This is one to sip over dinner or with friends. Great one to share. (or to keep to yourself) Does not hide the alcohol immensely but still has decent drink ability.

A great beer to try at least just once, one of my favorite ales. and glad i was able to pick one up when it did.

Oh I opened this one up early to share with my older brother who just got engaged!

cvanderwerff, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of MetalDragon7g
5/5  rDev +23.2%

MetalDragon7g, May 31, 2013
Photo of beersujit
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is damn good..I haven't tasted this kind a beer since long time.... This feels like beer.... a original beer.. this beer made my day a better one. don't ever drink without any food.. first timer...have a snack ready before u drink this beer... i think u will love it as u go long with it. no way to start beer tasting with this,... but i love beer so I tried it.. its good

beersujit, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of MasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a ton of these back when it hit shelves. Drank half then, took notes, drank some more now to compare.

Appearance- Thick, hazy brown/red. Looked almost like blood at first, until the carbonation settled. A nice, thick, fluffy head with a bone-ivory color capped off the pour. Nothing about the appearance changed over the three years.

Smell- (Fresh)Enough hops to punch you in the face. Aroma is ripe with cut grass, citrus hop, grain-alcohol(you can smell the booze on this one), and lighter notes of charcoal, peat, and tobacco. (3 years later) Much of the grassy hop is gone, leaving warm and spicy hop aromas, sour grapes, biscuit, and warm leather. The charcoal is still there, but muted.

Taste- (Fresh) A metric ton of hops, maybe too much at once- Not bad or bitter-for-its-own-sake, just a LOT of different hop flavor. Caramel and raisins mask a lot of the strong alcohol, and the same smoky notes of charcoal and leather round out the finish. Aftertaste is a lingering combination of burnt biscuits and sour fruits. (3 years later) The hop punch is gone, leaving earthy, musty hop flavor without most of the bitterness. Cut wood, mushrooms, sour cherries,and lemon zest, with a streak of caramel sweetness straight down the middle of the tongue. Aftertaste is that of muted hops with pangs of zest and leather.

Mouth feel- Definitely carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. Thick, with enough residual sugars to keep the beer present long after the final sip. The higher alcohol warms the throat. Nice. Nothing about the mouth feel changed over the 3 years.

Overall- Wow. What a killer beer. I still have about a case left. At first, this beer was a little much- so much going on, and the wall of hops was almost too much to take in. This beer held up incredibly well to aging. 3 years later and it is an almost entirely different, yet equally wonderful beer. I save these for special occasions and get together- goes nicely with Cohiba Red Dots, late nights, and dimly lit poker games.

MasterChef, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Slvrbaq
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Slvrbaq, Mar 08, 2013
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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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