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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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606 Reviews
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Reviews: 606
Hads: 721
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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.

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Reviews: 606 | Hads: 721
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 champ103
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep and dark reddish/brown color. A two finger light tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Good sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. No sweetness in the nose, and therefor no balance.
T: Up front a large bitter grapefruit and resiny hop flavor. There is the slightest amount of caramel sweetness to balance. Even a hint of chocolate as the flavor lingers on and on. Though those flavors are very muted compared to the bitter hops.
M/D: A full body that is sticky, oily, and soapy. The bitterness, sticky feeling, and high alcohol all make this a hard beer to drink.

Pretty much what I though it was going to be. Another one for the bitter hop heads, and not for me. If Stone really wants to grow up, why don't they make a kick ass English Barleywine or Old Ale, and not another over hopped generic strong ale?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice, thick tan head. Great retention and good lacing. This one is darker than I expected and the foam retention is phenomenal.

Smell is tropical, floral and grassy hop goodness. Solid, but light-ish malt nose consisting of earthy and toffee sweetness. Sourdough bread and some fruits, something like a urinal mint - in a good way.

Piney and resinous hop flavor with some earthy and floral character. It's bitter, dont get me wrong, but not as much so as I was expecting from Stone as the flavoring hops shine well here. The slightly toasty, toffee malts are there, and remind me of burnt homemade biscuit bottoms. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and slick. Not a bad brew, but I liked the 12th better. I think I will pick up another and see what happens to it a year down the road.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hops, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Still had a fairly big hoppy character on this one after sitting in the keg for awhile. Went down very nicely and had a nice aroma as well. An absolute must try if you have not.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany color, ruby on the edges and ruby highlights. Pretty nice two finger head that retained well and left some decent lacing.

S - Quite fruity, with a lot of carmel malts. Plums, berries, raisins, and a lot of dark stuff is nicely muted and only adds to a solid malt backbone.

T - Quite strong, with a very malty presense and backbone leading in to some dark fruit and a nice somewhat hoppy undertone. It really punches you in the mouth, but not horribly overpowering.

M - Medium bodied, carbonated enough to give it a little kick.

D - Very distinct tasting beers sometimes tend to be low on drinkablility. Got through the bomber okay, but think that did me in.

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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.

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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

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Photo of RoyalT
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one pours a light brown in color with a modest head. Nothing to look at.

Smell - The hops leap from the glass like a frog on crank. I can pick up some nice, darkish malts in the base but these hops are just buck wild in here. They are incredibly raw. The only time I've ever smelled hops like this is when I have picked them fresh.

Taste - The malt base is actually quite roasty and came up quickly at the taste. That huge hop profile though overpowers all else. This is as raw and as virgin as they come. It is like a hop flower sandwich on whole-wheat toast.

Mouthfeel - This is getting towards full-bodied with plenty of hop belches but the bitterness has not quite set in yet. There is absolutely no sense of alcohol. It tastes like a virgin ale at 9.5% ABV.

Drinkability - Yes, I taste and rate all of the Stone beers right when they come out. I will review my cellared bottles with update notes, but I think it's important to evaluate the beer actually before it is meant to be tasted.

Having said that, this one has some huge flavors that are going to meld amazingly well together. In particular, these wild hops will mellow yet coagulate and the malt base will sweeten up and grow over time. It is going to take a while though because this is a big, big beer. I would say at least two years in the cellar before even thinking about taking a second taste. It will probably keep improving through 4-5 years peaking at 7-8. I really don't believe that Stone has ever produced a better aging ale than this - and that is saying a whole helluva lot.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear, dark red in color with a nice, thick tan head. Wonderful hop aroma, backed by sweet and full roasty smells. Lots of caramel and some moderate fruit smells. Bits of citrus aroma mingle in as well. Moderate alcohol, earthy. Sugary and sweet aroma, with lots of pine-like hop flavors. Warming...lots of warming in the sensation. Woody, herbal, and very satisfying. This is one fine beer.

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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 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.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thirteenth Anniversary Stone Brewing Company!! Keep up the great work! Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Stone 13 pours out a deep almost ruby color that is crystal clear. What a beautiful color. A somewhat hard pour yielded about two fingers of soapy tan head. Head was short lived, fading a bit on the quick side. head dissapeared into a thin glob of foam atop the beer, and left some random spotty lace behind. Looks to have a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Pretty good smelling nose on this beer. A large wave of citrusy hops blast the nose first. Nice floral notes mixed with orange peel and grapefruit. Also hints of pineapple. Thick malt character cuts through the hops abit.

Taste: Definitely a big hop presence in this beer. Again citrusy (mostly grapefruit and lemon zest) but with some slight pine notes not noticed in the nose. I am also getting a dark fruit flavor that is very faint. Can't quite put my finger on what it is. The malt really shines through in the flavor surprisingly, giving the beer some balane and depth. The 9.5 percent ABV warms in the bitter, hoppy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and full bodied. Somewhat on the thicker side. A perfect amount of tongue tickling carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable but strong at the same time. This brew will get you if you dont respect it. Another great brew from Stone!!

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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

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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.


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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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle say to consume fresh (in 2009). My apologies, Stone. I'll try not to forget about bottles of your beer in my beer stash ever again. Lets see how you taste with a year of age on you anyway:

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby with a tight, dense, tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film leaving rings of lace around the glass.
S: Smells of caramel malt and dark fruits. Notes of licorice, and alcohol. Hops are very dulled (as expected with age), but notes of pine are still present.
T: Spicy hops, caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, toasted wheat bread, figs, herbal hops and raisons. Slight notes of coffee and tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Alcohol is very mellow and only warms the throat slightly after each swallow. Carbonation is soft and comfortable, body is medium, and mouthfeel is rich and spicy.
D: While the hops may not be as evident as they once were, this is still a damn fine beer. Goes down smooth and creamy. Another fine example from Stone, and I'm looking forward to this year's offering.

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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

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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.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.