13th Anniversary Ale
Stone Brewing

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
607
Ratings:
726
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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Reviews by teamizm:
Photo of teamizm
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 22 oz bomber

A - Dark amber pour, with an initial 2 finger head and subsides into a very thin lace.

S - Piney resin and floral hops. A near IPA smell. The booziness smell comes out strong as it warms up.

T - Bigfoot-esque notes - borderline barleywine profile here. You get hit with the initial hops (fairly strong too) and then comes down w/ a fairly alcohol flavor (almost rum-like)

M - Lightly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel

D - This is where I probably deviate from the other reviewers. I really like SN Bigfoot, but this beer just comes off too boozy for me. The hard alcohol (I'm thinking rum) notes are just way too strong for me. It hits your mouth right away, almost as if there was a pour of rum sitting on top of the beer. What struck me was the lack of balance

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, though a very darkened reddish-brown body with a frothy, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Essentially, the nose is generously hoppy with the brash scents from the dry-hopping being very evident. Strong, steadfast notes of grass, citrus pith, and pine. The malts are present, but you have to nasally dig for them as they are buried beneath six feet of hops.

Taste: Initially, it starts off as a malty mix of pale, dark crystal, and the hints of color-correcting chocolate malts with a light sweetness. Though, as the bitterness expands and slowly accumulates on the tongue, it starts turning irrevocably towards the bitter hops. Some noticeable alcohol warmth. Hops present a potent mixture of citrus fruits (with a particular kick of orange oil), distilled pine resin, and fresh-cut natural grasses with a very bold bitterness. Finishes dry with a very long bitterness that rides out well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's big and it's indeed hoppy, but, it's Stone, people, so that's not much of stretch. Starts as a greedy gulper, but as the hops take hold, it turns into a slow, cautious sipper. A solid anniversary brew, but, sometimes late at night, I wake up longing for their 10th.

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz goblet filled from the tap at Cole's.

Pours a deep mahogany, with a creamy tan head that shows good retention and laces well, before descending to a thin film. A very hop-forward nose, with strong elements of citrus, pine and grass wrestling the malts to the ground and putting them in a headlock. Drinks a little like an imperial 'black' IPA. For such a hop-forward nose, its actually the malts which turn up first, giving a creamy blast of chocolate and brown sugar. When the hops arrive they're driving a hummer. Orange and grapefruit peel, chewy pine and light floral notes deal some big bitterness that lingers for an eternity. The full mouthfeel helps to bulk up the flavours further, and its wonderfully slick on the tongue.

This brew is a humdinger - a hoppy beast, but with just about enough malt interest going on to avoid being one dimensional. Damn right I'd buy it again.

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Photo of cpone
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at total wine. Liked the label of drink immediately. Brilliant!

A - Poured a dark red or mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipated very slow, left decent lacing and the clarity was good as well.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, and cinnamon.

T - Grapefruit, cinnamon, bittering hops, some light citrus, complex malts. Reminds me of hop 15, but darker and not as bitter.

M - Very full-bodied, and hop dominated. Very little trace of alcohol in this 9.5 beer. As the beer warms up, the hops become more dominating and the complexity drops off.

D - Very good overall, will seek another bottle shortly. Very easy to consume mass quantities.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Duvel tulip, bottle date of June 2009.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost porter like in appearance, very reminiscent of arrogant. Thick three finger head billows up and slowly dissipates to a nice 1/4 inch pillowy head that leaves nice sticky lacing.

S: Lots of pine, citrus and tangerine up front. Backed nicely by a malt profile that again is similar to arrogant, a little brown sugar...

T: Huge pine hop bitterness right off the get go that never fades throughout the drink and lingers in the throat. A little orange/tangerine citrus lingers beneath the pine and leads into a heavy strong ale malt body that has some classic dried fruit, a little raisiny. The hops never fade from beginning to end and they leave a heavy resin flavor that i'm not sure is desirable for me, we'll see as it is consumed if it is too much....

M: Heavy body, at 9.5% it doesn't drink quite that heavy, but close. The alcohol is well concealed in the hops, but nevertheless this one is not super drinkable, i'll be enjoying it for awhile. Nice viscous feel and the presence of the head makes it a little bit creamy.

D: Already hinted at this, but not super drinkable, but what I would expect from a 9.5% strong ale from Stone. Overall, very enjoyable and pretty unique...almost feels like Arrogant recipe kicked up a notch with a bucketfull of hops added.

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Photo of BenZ
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper brown color with a tan foamy head. Has the aroma of hops mixed with caramel malt. The taste matches the aroma. This is another nice example of a Stone beer which balances hops and malt nicely. Dry, well carbonated, and medium to full bodied. This is another nice drinkable beer from Stone which I recommend trying.

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Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown with a two fingered head that had pretty good retention. The aroma was hoppy citrus. The taste was citrus, sweet with a slight copper penny aftertaste. Feel was medium bodied and modestly carbonated (after the big, foamy head). Drinkability was above average for a 9.5 ABV. I don't know, maybe I was just in the mood for something with some hops in it, but this one did hit the spot.

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Photo of rowew
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed label. Typical Stone novel on the back. June 2009, with a note saying not to cellar.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown, haze that just a bit of light shines through. Nice off white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: The aroma I'd expect from a big double IPA - lots of of sticky hops, but even more malt.

Taste: Hmm - doesn't quite deliver the flavor I was hoping for from the aroma. There is a lot of bitterness, but the hop flavor wasn't there, and the malt really wasn't as much either. Comes across a bit too bitter, and a bit thin.

Overall impression: It tastes to me like a DIPA that missed the mark - the aroma made some big promises that the flavor didn't deliver. Its a bit too bitter to be very drinkable. I still enjoyed it, but wouldn't go looking for more.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark crimson with a bright clarity and a foamy 3 finger medium beige colored head. Retention was good with a splashy lacing that covered a good portion of the glass. The visible effervesce was extremely light. Overall another dark and brooding beer from stone.

S: sweet with wet pine and grapefruit, albeit much lighter then most of their other beers. A light bready caramel malting, semi-sweet in nature is well balancing and represented here as well.

T: The flavor starts out with a strong bitterness of grapefruit attacking the taste buds upon the first sip. The bitterness continues to grow even more pungent in nature with a dry flowery hopping as we hit the middle of the palate. Dry grassy notes with a strong resinous malting and pine hopping parches the tongue with an assertive dry hoppiness. The fade is lingering, long and very dry. The malting is toasted and dry, medium in body while the alcohol also cotributes to the dry warming finish. Overall a heavily hopped strong ale the leaves the tongue brutally assaulted and parched by a hefty dose of "C" hops that was nicely malted as well.

M: decent, nothing spectacular or much to note here. Medium in body, with a wonderfully dry hopped fade. The carbonation was light all around.

D: Good drinkability as well enjoyment. Hop heads will rejoice by the dry pungent hoppy nature while noobs may stumble their way through this one. Bitter dry with a lingering dry bitter hop fade that stays with you long after the swallow.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into a goblet at Smith's Billiards. Dark red with a small creamy off-white head that looks decent the whole time. Smell I'm getting big scents of fruity hops. Taste is typical Stone Strong Ale greatness, pine, caramel, dark fruit, good balance of hops + malts, creamy, a little grapefruit. Alcohol is definitely detectable, especially by the end. That and extreme hops may kill this over time, but as usual, a great beer from Stone.

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Photo of techcommdood
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clean with a solid finger of head. Decent lacing on the glass but head retention was fairly short. Beautiful deep mahogany color.

Smells of caramel and very grassy, spicy hops. Little bit of citrus zest coming through.

Incredibly hoppy taste with an almost peppery bite to it. Heavy citrus zest coming through then mellowing against some solid malt notes. Not too sticky sweet, not too dry.

Mouthfeel is full but not overpowering. I definitely get that "this is not a session-strength beer" feeling but there's hardly a bite from alcohol at all.

Despite the heavy hops this is quite a drinkable beer. I've been trying to pace myself because this is, after all, a 9.5% ABV beer, and it's a bomber.

Overall I'm very pleased with this beer and will be looking for more while it's widely available.

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Photo of gpogo
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with a reddish tint. Sticky looking tan head.

A- As soon as I poured this I smelled hops. Sweet malt with some citrusy and piney hops.

T- Occasionally I get a big taste of Gin in my mouth. This is quite hoppy, very piney. Not too dry, a small bit of sweetness that tastes sortof fruity. Some caramel. Alcohol taste as it warms.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Sort of on the Red style(according to the stone blog). I'd agree with this, not my favorite style. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of froman694
3.76/5  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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bobbique, Patchogue, New York.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balmy sweet malt, dark fruits and a spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a spicy herbal hop with a full caramel and roasted malt. Herbal hops dominated the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall a very good and robust hoppy strong ale. Great choice for my 1500th review.

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Photo of maximum12
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 t420o
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Ruby red/ slightly brown. 1 1/2 finger creamy mocha colored head that lasts througout.

S) Beautiful friut smell. Kind of makes me feel like im smelling wild cherries.

T) EXCELLENT. Has a slight wine taste like a cab. Fruity and slightly musty but still has the classic Stone hops.

D) Even though it is strong, once you start to drink it, the beer is remarably smooth and easy to drink.

Another great beer by Stone. Great brewery.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep crimson with a white/beige head, sticky lacing and a swath of bubbles emitting from the depths of the glass.

S-Absolute hop. A stinging sensation on your nose, because of the sheer hoppiness of this beverage. Moist pine bark, the mist coming off of an orange as you peel the skin off, caramel, toffee and a rush of booze.

T- up front malt that levels into a universe of pulsating hop orgies with tawney port, cracked pepper corn, pine, mint, and victory in the background.

M- Lathery, suddy, the glass says it all, the head is stuck to this mother like no tomorrow.

D- This is the fifth time i've had this beer and the first time i've reviewed it....best selling stone beer by far that we've ever carried as well.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aah, the anticipated Imperial Red. In true Stone fashion, this beer is flavorful, challenging, and aggressive as hell.

Begins with a sturdy dark amber hue (boardering on crimson) with very good clarity despite such dark red colors. Great foamstance and retention with malt-stained yellowish foam. Tough to knock the appearance from perfect.

Aromas are that of true Stone beers- floral, citrusy, piney, and pungent all the way. A background of malts and sunkist barley rise and give complexity to the hops. A lot going on here, could be mistaken for a Barleywine.

Flavors are extremely strong and obviously begin with the heavy dose of hops throughout. Flowery and fruity even with the onslaught of alpha acid flavor. Heavy malts come in with a toasty, toffee flavor and heavy breads (think beer breads) with molassas and sorgum. Also comming in at mid-palate is the flavors from the alcohol that deter from the malt-hops blend because of a nail polish remover taste and aggression.

The feel is equally as bold with ultimate bitterness that is tempered nicely with the bready and well attenuated malts. Not much sweetness, just malty as hell (similar to Arrogant Bastard). But again, the alcohols become quite abrupt and keep the beer from reaching full potential. Bitey and bitter the finish suffers a bit from the vodka-like alcohols.

The beer reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard. The hops are re-tooled and the beer seems to be a bit more caramelly and toasty instead of the simplified melanoidin notes. Still, a Stone-worthy beer indeed.

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13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 726 ratings