13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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13th Anniversary Ale13th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was really bitter, not quite what I was expecting and really a little disappointing. I was expecting a beer with more body and malt like the double arrogant bastard, with a more floral hop character. However, this was just very bitter like oily grapefruit rind and there wasn't much sweetness to balance out the hops. It sure did look nice though, it was a clear but almost cherry juice-red colored beer with a fluffy tan head. The beer had that citrusy aroma and piney green-ness that I really like, the taste just didn't turn my crank

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always look forward like most do the annual Stone anniversary brews.Poured a rich deep amber with a tight and sticky one finger off white head,big hops in the nose with a mix pine and herbal/leaf,there is a gummy,fruity-like sweet note as well.The mouthfeel is a bit sharp I will say it crashes down the gullett at first,it does begin to smooth out after a few sips but still seems a bit harsh.No holds barred hops hit the palate up front with big pine and big herbalness,a healthy does of sweeter alcohol gives a slight burn along with a bit of dark fruit.Very good but seems like it something that should sit for awhile,still another fine one from Stone.

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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 weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Evan1023 for this beer that I desperately wanted to try.

Over the top hoppy beers are not my favorite. I can enjoy them a lot and appreciate them for what they are but I find them a bit one dimensional and most of the time am left with a 'is that it?' feeling. I still needed to try this beer since I heard it uses the most hops that Stone has ever used per barrel.

Not 5 seconds after I pour the beer into a glass does my wife from across the kitchen (who HATES hops) said she could smell the beer from there and not to bring the glass any closer. that should tell you a little bit about the aroma. It is very stong and I'm digging it a lot. Very fresh hop smell to it.

The taste is overwhelmingly hoppy and sharp. Since it tastes almost how I expected it to I am not shocked and am rather pleased. As hoppy as it is, it is pretty drinkable and I finished the bomber without any trouble or fatigue. This beer quenched any hop craving I'll have for a while and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours dark ruby brown, seems clear (it's dark!), with a decent 2-3 fingers of light brown foam. Great head retention and considerable lacing down the glass.

Aromas are wonderfully hoppy with a carmal to dark roast maltiness. Not incredibly pungent but hard to miss.

Great explosion of hoppy bitterness and flavor float above the tongue on a great layer of caramel malts. Everything binds well and stays together so you can enjoy the experience for a good while on a decent swig. Finish is surprisingly short given the body but there is a beautiful grapefruit hoppy linger that goes on well after the swallow.

The carbonation in this is perfect, light and sprightly but dense at the same time. It lends to an interesting mouthfeel that's borderline creamy, but still effervescent enough to cleanse the palate. If you like hops like I do, you will love this brew. I find it to be reasonably drinkable but at 9.5% you might want to moderate yourself. :-)

Get it before it's gone!!

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Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just came up on a couple bottles of this the other day and am I ever glad I did! Beer pours a dark amber/brownish color with a nice off white head that leaves a generous portion of lace behind. Smell is heavy on roasted malts, dark chocolate and an amaretto scents. Not much hops to speak of in the nose after 2+ years of aging. Flavor is incredible and has taken on kind of a twisted, barleywine like profile. Great roasted malt and dark chocolate up front with a tinge of the 9.5% abv sneaking in there as well, followed by a nice acidic bite on the back end. Couple that flavor with a nice, crisp mouthfeel and great carbonation level and you have yourself one great beer.

I had this beer many times when it first came out and I always thought the hop profile was nice but overpowered many of the underlying characteristics. Now after a bit of aging this beer is truly stellar, do not hesitate to get it if you have the chance.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark Redish brown with a medium tan head

S: Has a piney hop smell that turns into a sweet raisony scent. Smells a bit boozy.

T: Has a nice piney bitterness but a clashing sweet maltiness that I can't say I like.

M: It's a little thick and nice and bitter.

D: The heavy hops make it more of a slow drinker and the strange maltiness makes it even slower.

Overall it feels like a nice heavy IPA mixed with your average malty brew. I can't say that this combo is my favorite. It's drinkable but not my favorite. I will say I didn't drink it in 2009 like the bottle suggests.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a deep brooding dark garnet with a solid inch of creamy, bubbling khaki foam on top. Quite picturesque really. Aromas of strong caramel and toasted malts upfront with an underlying spiciness. Herbal / piney resinous hops are still holding on but I can tell they have faded a bit. A bit nutty as well.

First sip brings a good mix of caramel and toasted malts that quickly moves into a flow of herbal, pine resin hops. The hops cut through nicely as it flows down with a kick of spiciness and some fruit tones as well. Bitter finish and pretty darn tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation. A tad bit dry. Overall, goes down pretty darn tasty and I wish I would've drank this one fresh, but still glad to have had the opportunity. Thanks kmpitz2.

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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 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 Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney hops, molasses, anise, some fruits and a little tar.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruits with a big piney, charred hop finish. As it warms, the fruits start to overwhelm the charry nature. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty simplistic "black IPA". It's got some good hops and sweet malts. This seems pretty similar to the 11th / SSR Ale. I remember liking that one a bit better.

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Photo of generallee
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle is labeled with a nice description of the beer and it's born on date of June 2009.

Appearance: The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns.

Smell: In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.

Notes: This is one the best beers I have tried from Stone. Outstanding and intense.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bomber pours a slightly hazed dark garnet body with creamy tan head that stands two fingers tall. Good retention and some island chain lacing.

Aroma is bold, with pungent cedar, grassy hops, a whiff of grapefruit, and some boiling toffee.

Mouthfeel has a creamy medium texture with a resinous hop bite and satiny carbonation.

Taste opens with a pine hops bitterness that lasts to the finish. Toffee and toasted caramel malt backbone struggles to match the hop bitterness and ultimately caves in. Hops develop a myriad character midway through that has earthy, leafy, and citrusy elements. Finish is long and bitter, with a resinous aftertaste.

This one has hints of Old Guardian, Double Bastard, and Arrogant Bastard woven throughout, but manages to hold on to a distinct Stone identity. Very well done.

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

A no brainer to snatch off of the shelf, this yearly treat from the heavy hitting brewers of Stone. $7.49 @ Deciccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours mahogony amber, initially a large dark mocha head rises, then oh so slowly squirms down to a thick film, leaving worthy thick sheeting and then strands of lace. Grapefruit peel and dark malt in the nose. Bold and flavorful (suprise) with big meaty notes of more citrus, rum, plenty of dark malts, and then the hops kick in! Pine resin, citric and quite drying. Roll it all together, add in a well hidden 9.5%, and it adds up to yet another homerun. Go get some. I would guess this would age pretty well, despite the label's command to "Enjoy in 2009"

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma is hop forward, with a lot of piney, resinous hops as well as some alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma with piney hops and alcohol. as well as some darker malts. There is some spiciness in the flavor and it is somewhat boozy. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good beer, although I think I preferred it when it was fresh as opposed to drinking it with six months age on it.

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Photo of Mattco
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, oh, yeah. This may rival the legendary Arrogant Bastard. Pours a dark, but clear, mahogany with a dense, two-finger off-white head. Thick lacing. Rich, hoppy aroma. Cedar, grapefruit, and orange dominate the caramel malt. Slightly heavier, but carbonated mouthfeel coats and lingers. Big, bold taste. Bitter hops up front and throughout. Lots of resin and grapefruit, some kiwi/strawberry, and citrus zest. Well-balanced with a carmael malt that keeps things in check without that annoying candy-coating. A pleasant oak-earth texture compliments the hops. Its amazing the amount of hops that have been crammed into this beer, but it is almost too easy to drink. Dare I say, this is one of my favorite Stone beers.

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

22oz Bomber poured in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head that doesn't last very long. Smell is awesome, slightly sweet and hoppy. Reminds me of a dark hopslam.

This thing is really tasty. Notes of honey, a good boquet of hops some good malts. It really doesn't feel like a dark heavy beer, looks can be decieving!

An awesome brew one of the best Stones I've had!

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

22oz. bomber at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. pours a dark red/ maghony color with a nice light mocha colored head. great head retention with some decent lacing.

as soon as i opened the bottle i was hit with that classic stone hop aroma. i knew this was most likely going to be a hop bomb. all them good hops are there, piney, floral, citrus. alcohol present in the aroma, as well as some nice caramel malts.

burning hops off the first sip. as your palate gets used to it, its very nice. first you get the piney, floral hops, then a little citrus hops. then caramel, maybe some brown sugar. finishs piney like bitterness with a little malt to round things out. the hops really stand out. stone used more hops in this beer than any other.

medium to heavy body. light carbonation with a nice creamy mouthfeel reminiscent too most stone beers. some resin coming from the hops. the hops really linger after you drink. drinkability suffers a little just because of the alcohol, otherwise i could drink this all night. but if your not into hops as much as me, you prolly wouldnt enjoy it as much. definately find this and drink it.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

(Aged 2 years at the brewery)

Dark auburn and near brown with ruby and red highlights near the edges. Khaki head and lots of lacing left on the glass. Very pretty.

The piney and pungent hops I remember this beer having when fresh have certainly faded, leaving lots of sweet toffee and caramel and a sweet and powerful tang from the yeast.

Little to no hop punch is left, leaving a dark, sticky caramel, yet delicious ale, letting the yeast and roast really shine far more than they did in the fresh version. Obviously, this will never happen with a beer only brewed once, but I'd love to drink this one next to a fresh bottle. If memory serves me correct, they seem to be vastly different beers two years apart from one another.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, though a touch still and heavy.

I enjoyed this beer I think more than the sum of its parts would indicate. Though the hops had certainly faded, this was actually one of my favorites of the Stone Anniversary Celebration.

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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed red ochre with a two finger thick head of rocky foam that lingers long.

Aroma of bright citrusy hops.

Flavor initially of big hops, lots of orange peel and grapefruit, morphing to pine. Malt slowly emerges, inserts some notes of caramel and dark bread, and then gets pushed back down again by assertive hops and aggressive bitterness. Distinct ABV warmth.

Mouthfeel is even, but has moderate carbonation, lots of tingles and warmth from hops and alcohol. Average drinkability. Tasty beer, but perhaps a bit out of balance for the style? Thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this one my way.

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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 whoneeds8
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass an odd brown with a off white head. Great lacing and retention. Smell isn't that strong. What's there that my feeble nose can scent is a hop presence.

On to the taste: The problem living in Texas apparently. This is supposed to be the biggest hop bomb Stone has ever made. Well after being lost in the bowls of God only knows how many unconditioned warehouses and trucks for the past two months, the Hops have left the Building. That is, to be a Hop Bomb. The amount of hops in this bottle barely constitute leaving the realm of an APA. It's definatly lost it's bite to be called "Strong".

I really hope Stone will straighten out Texas' "MACRO BREW MONOPOLY RUN" distribution network to get their products to us faster. This is such a major disappointment.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.46/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look I know Stone is that ballsy hit you over the head with hop bitterness, fuck those fizzy yellow beer type of brewers but how extreme can you get. Is this brewing niche going to both make and break them. I now there's enough breweries out there making standard styles, but the more and more extreme brews I try from these guys get less exciting except for a handful of exceptions. This was another pretty big disappointment, I have been drinking their Anniversary series since the 6th year (a baltic porter) and it got progressively better until the climax was reached in the 10th Anniv. with that awesome DIPA. However since the 11th (a black west coast IPA) that they have since fixed the problems and released as Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. I've not been blown away by their specialty releases including the Vertical Epics as well. Anyway enought of my rant here's this beer.

Appears a slightly clouded mildly opaque deep mahgany amber red hue, with a large lightly colored beige head. Large bubbles form and head retention is excellent, with specks of yeast sediment suspended within my chalice.

Aroma has a muddled layer of hops and malt big pine grapefruit and earthy hops plow through the deep amber roasted caramelized malt profile. A bit of onion and spicy garlic traits seem out of place within the hop profile as well. Some crystal malt is detected with a bit of booziness throughout each whiff.

Flavor has an acrid stale coffee bitterness in the roasted malt with the rest of the specialty malts not really making an effect on the palate. Pure hop bitterness and deranged uninspired hop flavors prowl around on the palate. A very unenjoyable drinking experience that I recently repeated trying to give this brew a second chance. To now avail I find this one hard to enjoy and finish even with friends sharing these bombers.

Mouthfeel that is left behind by the dry leafy, earthy, grapefruit peel is the morning after drinking at a brewfest hangover mouthfeel after having a couple cigars with your brews. Medium bodied carbonation no complaints nothing exciting hop oils are a bit resinous which only makes the pure bitterness camp out on the palate.

Drinkability overall is sad, and an experience I probably won't have again no direction for this over hopped unbalanced Anniversary brew by one of the pioneers of the extreme brewing revolution. This one will make you wanna grab a fizzy yellow beer maybe even a PBR.

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