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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 718
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber (labeled June 2009) into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, cloudy brown with a thick (2 finger plus), tenacious head, which leaves a very nice lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: hops and more hops. Spicy, floral and raw hops. Did I mention hops?

Taste: huge hop flavor up front, but with a slow, deliberate bitterness that rolls up toward the end. As the bitterness dissipates, the hop essence returns. There is a slight caramel flavor to the underlying beer, but with the huge hops all over the place, it is kind of hard to tell.

Mouthfeel: on the heavy side of medium body. Appropriate for the style.

Drinkability: it's good, but dang: a man has limits, even with hops.

I must say, I'm not a huge hophead; I know that's practically sacrilegious coming from a denizen of the PNW. However, this is still a very tasty, if quite mega-hopped, ale.

Addendum: holy crap, this stuff is like hop soup.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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

A: The pour is deep, deep amber. Slightly hazy with a rather small, but still beautiful off-white creamy head that after a long time dissipates leaving nice lacings.

S: The American floral hops almost knocks me out: pine and pineapple, citric notes as well. Sweet malt, lightly roasted, in the back - with a sence of dark dried fruits.

T: American hops, like in the taste, but in the taste also lots of bitter hops. Lots of maltyness as well, a bit smoked. Dark dried fruits. Not as sweet as the smell implied.

M: A great after-taste, long and in almost perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate with only really small bubbles.

D: A really nice beer, but in my taste it's a little to much hops and to little malt. But a really nice beer...

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 13th is a dark chestnut brown with an off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is chocolate and resinous hops, strong Centennial cat pea and sweet citrus.

Taste is big and rich maltiness and massive hops, wow. Stone really packs the punch, and their 13th is a prime example of why they do ASAs better then anyone. Still, I was hoping for a paler double red IPA type beer, this one has enough dark malt to be in hoppy porter territory. Make that extra hoppy, because this one has serious bite, herbal and dank, accentuated by the sweetness of the malt and overt alcohol. The aftertaste is strong, prickly and lingering. And hoppy!

Mouthfeel is chewy, sticky and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like 'em big and brash. One of Stone's better Anny beers in recent memory, like they say on the bottle, drink 'em fresh!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  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! 

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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is richly hoppy with just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark clear amber with a decent off-white head. Flavor is fiercely hoppy like a strong IPA, quite bitter but bitter in the right way - I did make a face a couple times! There is just a hint of malt and a touch of lemon. Texture is rough and fizzy - this is a ferocious beer!

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  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.

Photo of champ103
2.8/5  rDev -31%
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?

Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.