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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th 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:
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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of PintOHops
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a dark mahogany with a cherry glow when held up to light. Produces a 2 finger off white head with outstanding sticky retention, as well as a semi perfect ring of sticky lacing. Left some bready looking particales on the bottom of my glass as well. Smells very very dry & herbal, spruce needles & tree sap notes flood the senses with only slightly less intense pineapple, over ripened plum, dates, cherry's & a bit of alcohol twang. Some zesty characteristics, and when it warms, a wonderful soft note of sugar roasted almonds/cashews become pronounced. Overall outstanding & intoxicating!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of intense spruce needles, tree sap, semi pungent & very herbal hops! Following is sugary, candied dates, plum, with over ripened pineapple towards the finish. Finishes with burnt/roasted bitterness, dryness from alcohol, and a touch of molasses as it warms. All flavors linger very well & are very balanced, fruity, herbal, bitter, excellent! Mouthfeel is oily & sticky, thick & chewy, full bodied and it compliments flavor profile perfectly.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Words can not describe the rich, herbal, robust flavors of this heavenly brew. This brew immediately reminded me of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, it's sticky, it's fruity, it's sappy & herbal, it's perfect for a chilly evening. I could drink 2-3 goblets of this beer, the alcohol is masked dangerously well by the intense herbal flavor & aroma. This one can not, no must not be passed up guys, such an outstanding beer. Cheers!

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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 nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I look forward to the Stones Anniversary beer yearly. Over the last few years I have been treated with some excellent DIPA's. I was smitten with the 12th Anniversary Dark Bitter Chocolate Stout. I am a sucker for dark roasted beers. This years Anniversary beer is a big ass amber ale. Most excellent. The beer was chilled and poured into a pub glass. The beer will be allowed to warm as I drink it.

Appearance: The beer appears angry or at least sullen as I pour it into my glass. The coloration of the beer is amber almost crimson. The head is a light tan coloration. The head of the beer resolves down to 1/4 inch. Thick lacing remains behind on my glass as I drink the beer.

Smell: The aroma of the beer leads with grapefruit and pine resin in equal portions. The hops are rough and tumble and the maltyness of the beer is up for the fight. The beer goes from hops to malty caramel, brown sugar, spicey alcohol bit of toasted malt character with floral notes bringing up the rear.

Taste: Bitter hop grapefruit and pine resin tar blend together in the begining of the taste. This rides along with toasted caramel maltyness. A vague suggestion of nuttyness tickles my mouth. Then the beer dries out with a spicey alcohol and a reassertion of herbal / grassy hops. Very satisfying!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. Very smooth mouthfeel carbonation is just right. The flavors are very long lasting and resinous. This is a big beer at almost 10%. Some may find this boozey but I think its just right. In terms of drinkability if you like big bold hop bombs your going to love this beer. Yes the beer is 10% but I enjoyed every minute of drinking this beer. Thanks Stones!... Would love to have this one yearly.

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Photo of Bricelyn
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of stones epic bottle with a gargoyle warding off evil beer spirits into a coffee cup... (I know I know was not at my place but all they had was coffee cups!)

This beer smells of hops straight off then a slight smoke to it

Taste is Arrogant bastard sized hopps and bitterness out of the gate then it smooths out into a warm stout (stone is magic like that!) with a finish of an iced coffee!

Mouth feel was more like a stout in smoothness and but it bites at the back of your toung as it goes down.

I would session this beer but cautiously! Love the high abv but I am a mischievous drinker... I respect this beer but I am feeling it!

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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 hansendc
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy cow! I haven't had a beer grab my attention like this in a while. Stone has these things every year and they're generally pretty good -- certainly up to Stone's standards. But, they've outdone themselves on this one.

Pours a dark red. Perhaps a bit hazy. Very little residual yeast in my bottle.

The first thing that strikes you is how thick this feels in your mouth. It's like drinking a pint of jell-o. Probably its single most extraordinary attribute.

The head is impressively thick and stable. It stays put and does not diminish quickly.

If you are a hop lover, then this is your ticket. It doesn't have the outright bitterness of an IPA, but it has hops for real.

It is rare to find something this hoppy, strong, and thick in a single package. It's a rare gem. Go but one if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of jdg204
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thought I'd missed my chance at Stone 13, until I found a few bottles at one of my beer places in NJ. Being a bit Stone fan, I was pretty excited to try this latest brew.

A: Deep ruby/ caramel color and perfect light, tan head that laces wonderfully.

S: Grapefruity aroma with rich malty undertones.

T: Citrusy grapefruit leads but is quickly supported by a wonderful malt backbone of toffee/ caramel. The superbly hoppy undertone and a nice light roasted/ chocolate flavor provide a prefectly balanced finish.

M: Full body with moderate carbonation.

D: Wow, I was expecting another great Stone brew, but this one really pushed the bar even higher. The composition and balance of the flavor were incredible and the color was majestic. I can safely say I'll never miss another Stone anniversary again and I'm going to grab the remaining Stone brews I haven't tried yet. A must try for all brew lovers, get some while it lasts!

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I was marketing dude for Stone, the tag line for this one would be "More arrogant than the Bastard."

Stone never ceases to impress with their anniversary offerings. This one pours a deep, rich mahogany, semi-translucent to the light. The head is about 3/4 finger height on a mildly aggressive pour, off-white in colour and somewhat creamy in consistency.

Aroma is immediately enticing from the pour. Tons of nice northwest hops - pine and citrus - with copious amounts of roasted malt smells increasing as the ale warms. Caramel, toffee, oak, various degrees of toastiness forewarning of your toastiness to come.

Taste is amazing. Stone doesn't mess around. Biting hops with pine and citrus up front, a pleasant "fresh" herbal character. Major caramel and toffee on the back end. A definite aged wood character - something nice - oak is my guess. As the ale warms, dark fruit character begins to come out with ripe plum, fig, dark cherry. The sweetness of the malts become more pronounced. The hop flavor begins to take on a delightful peppery flavor. Wait a minute or so between sips and you'll have different complexities each time. Well done.

Mouthfeel is just perfect - substantial, refreshing, light on the tongue. Excellent aftertaste you can just play with. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of stawn
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/29/09 (release date)

Poured into an Imperial pint glass @ 50 degrees. Immediately emerges a translucent wicked black cherry color. The huge tan head is composite of big foamy bubbles.

Smells like angels otta smell! Hops, hops and hops. Citrus, sweet pine and a tiny hint of alcohol.

Holy hops! Exploding on your tongue like a crack of a whip. This is a hop BEAST. YUMM!

I can hear it yelling "this is gonna hurt you, more than its gonna hurt me". This puts a new definition on "you're not worthy"!

There is a solid spine of malt here, but it bows down at the feet of hops. Alcohol warmth sneaks in near the after taste, warning me again that this monster will not be tamed! REALLY smoothes out as it warms, but the hop bitterness never lets up.
Well done Stone, well done.

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Photo of therealnod
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Already had several of these, just like every year. 22oz bomber into an Old Guardian chalice.

A: Dark, clear red. Very nice.

S: Lots of pine backed by dark cherry. Some light citrus with a hint of caramel. Complex nose.

T: Wow, where to begin? Begins with the very bitter pine...sometimes...other sips start with the sweet cherry taste. Depends on whether or not you let the last taste finish. Kinda reminds me of Old Guardian blended with Double Bastard. As always, every range of bitterness and maltiness rears it's lovely head at some point. In short, this tastes exactly like a Stone beer, which is a great thing. Balanced, smooth, and delicious. I can't get enough of this, really.

M: Thick and creamy...just right for this brew.

D: Didn't notice the alcohol, but I'd bet you wouldn't survive many of these, though you'd want to. Knocked me around pretty good.

Notes: I'm certainly impressed, and I'll be sad when this is no longer available. IMO this is better than everything they have brewed outside of Old Guardian and Double Bastard. Decidedly recommended.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've liked everything I've had from the Stone brewery, but this is exceptional. This one is definitely "thicker"-tasting than some beers, definitely owning up to American Strong Ale comparisons to Barley-wines.

This STRONGLY reminds me of the Big Bear Black Stout from Bear Republic.

The head is very small and very brief-- about a quarter of an inch and it disappears within ten seconds. It leaves a beautiful rim around the glass and the lacing is delicate and sticks to the glass well. The color is very coffee-pre-milk, and extremely clear.

I was very surprised and confused-- but happily so-- when I smelled and tasted this beer and was immediately hit with intense chocolate notes. The smell is pure chocolate cake. It is reminiscent of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but the Stone beer seems smoother and less sweet. Definite bitter citrus and hoppy goodness, and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

It is incredibly easy on the palate and the gullet. It seems designed to help you forget that you're drinking a 9.5% beer. It also manages to easily quench thirstand is tasty and clean on the tongue.

A bottle could constitute a night and you'll want to stock up for later nights-- not too late, though, considering the label says not to cellar. You probably won't be able to keep from drinking it long enough to consider that anyway!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- deep dark incredibly beautiful blood red when held up to the evening sun with just a shred of a tangerine highlight. on the outside it looks plum purple. thick like oil when it pours from the bottle. tan head is extremely leathery on the top surface, which is centrally pock marked. spotty lace and foam retention are ridiculously good for such high ABV, the thing almost refuses to shrink smaller than 1/2inch until i start swirling.

S- boy does this smell good. i could probably go on for days about what i smell. firstly it's pine and grapefruit, which jumped out as soon as i cracked the bottle. mandarin orange, tangerine, passionfruit, mango, pineapple, cedar, sandalwood, leather, coffee, cocoa, caramel, alcohol that smells like hops, oregano, rosemary, brandy saturated grains, raisin, prune, fig, date, sherry. all the aromas that i love are within. like an arrogant bastard on meth.

T- plenty bitter, not overboard, with with an insane amount of hop flavor. when i read the promo on stone's website, i was delighted to see the bill of chinook, centennial, and simcoe. hop flavor leans on the pine-tar-herbal-woodsy side of things with a spicy zesty peppered grapefruit bitterness. from start to finish it feels like i'm swallowing pure hop oil. some toasted and caramel flavors bounce around in the back along with cocoa and coffee flavors. dried orchard fruits, menthol, leather, maduro cigar, black cherry, and notes of peat smoke. finishes unquestionably hoppy with some caramel sweetness beginning to creep back in, showing that this demon can balance and play nice with others. strong ale, imperial red, whatever, this is a freakin masterpiece.

MF- oily and acidic, medicinal, with the numbing feeling of opium on my tongue. viscous with lively medium-low carbonation and that astringent feeling of alpha acids glued to my cheeks. when i burp it's a total rush of pine and grapefruit citrocity. and no, that is not a real word. well, it wasn't. until now.

D- head brewer mitch steele should be walking around with a boner all day. one for being a top dog at stone, and two for creating this garnet hued lady lucifer of a bitch to celebrate what some would deem to be the most unlucky of anniversaries. this stuff isn't super drinkable, i'll be honest. it's a hoppy monster. and even though i love it, if i had a case i still wouldn't have more than one. mostly cuz it would put me on my ass, but fundamentally because it's that damn delicious. and rich. and double dry hopped. i need a glass of milk.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22oz bottle found at my local liquor store. Aged 2 years. Bottle says drink fresh, enjoy by 2009. Oops.

A - A cloudy, amber/brown color. 0 clarity. 1 finger of head, and sticky lace all over the place

S - A boozy smell of caramel, sweet aromas. Very, very boozy. Probably because the hops have faded, not leaving the alcohol much to hide behind

T - Sweet caramel, malty, boozy. The hops have faded, but it is fantastic. Definitely a sipper beer

M - Thick, full bodied, wow.

O - An amazing strong ale. I never had it fresh, but I can imagine what it was like, and I honestly think aging helped this beer. This is some sweet nectar from the gods...

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Photo of WaXHeLL
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark opaque red with a white, slightly foamy head. Head dissipates to a thin cream. Non existant lacing, but overall very nice looking.

The smell of hops jumps out as you open the bottle. Citrus hops are almost overpowering. Very strong nose of hops, citrusy fruits, pineapple, and piney. Very bold, in your face nose.

Woah -- the first drink left me speechless. The hops and the sweet citrus flavors come out on the front, which then moves to a very malty, very toffee and caramel like flavor -- completely different from the hop taste. Finishes pretty bitter but oddly crisp. Almost like three beers put into one bottle. Complex, but yet very well balanced.

Definitely heavy bodied. Thicker and chewier than I expected -- almost like an imperial stout in texture. Somehow finishes creamy in texture. Executed very well. The low carbonation suits this very well.

The ABV is apparent in the warming feeling, but it's not apparent in the taste. The high bitterness hampers its drinkability, but I don't think it was meant as a sessions beer. Very good, very tasty, and very unique.

If it didn't say "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." I would be tempted to cellar this beer. The flavors are complex, but very very tasty and very well done. I still might cellar this beer based on how much I like it.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the growler from tap at the Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC.

Pours a dark, chocolate ruby color with a stout, taut white head. Generous lacing and great head retention.

As soon as the beer hits the glass, aromas of pine waft toward me and envelope me and tease me. Smell is overwhlemingly piney and gin-like. A solid caramel and slightly fruity maltiness also appears to keep this one in check.

More piney bitterness and pine flavors. The bitterness is almost perfectly balanced with the sweet caramel and fruitiness of the malt bill. So very well balanced.

This was a great beer, perhaps the best of its style; by style I mean hoppy reds. I was a bit timid and leary because I tend to shy away from "hoppy reds" because the hops seem to be lost in the malt, but this one has plenty of hop flavor, bitterness and aroma. The alcohol is so well hidden it seems like 5% abv. A real treat. Thankfully, my father bought this growler and shared with me or I would be missing one great treat. Hop lover, rejoice in the hoppiness of this red!

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Photo of electricfields
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Almost opaque almost black red body with a red-tinted head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Damn pretty.

S: Mostly pine and grapefruit hops.

T: The grapefruit comes out a lot more than I thought it would in the actual taste, with a bit of a fruity sweetness balancing it out. But what really lingers is the grapefruit, which is really most of what this beer tastes like, in the best possible way.

M: What I noticed most about this beer is how smooth it goes down. The carbonation is just right. It's a little lighter-bodied than some Stone beers I've tried. It doesn't make your mouth all sticky. But I dig it.

D: Probably the most drinkable beer Stone has ever made. Really, really easy to drink. And damn tasty, too.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of dudecandle
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC:

A: Nice, dark body with a small off-white head with great lacing, good retention.

S/T: This beer has everything going on. It's got a great porter-like malt base, nuts, spices, and fruit, and then a great, long-lasting herbal-fresh hop finish which keeps going and going.

M: The hop finish is amazing. Flat out.

D: Everything is right with this imperial porter-like beer. It has a bunch of things going on, and all in great proportionate balances. Happy Anniversary, Stone.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really hate it when my reviews seem to be so generic but when i scored this beer I loved everything. Centennial hops were very nice and noticeable. Still had some malty character to it while being one of the most badass hop centered beers I have had. I found the whole beer very well rounded. Poured a creamy colored foam head that didn't stick for very long but did lace the glass slightly. Also has a very nice rich red color. I'm pretty sure this brew is what heaven smells like. My roommate even noticed the smell from the other side of the room. Very powerful hoppy scent. It is kinda close to Arrogant Bastard is taste but other than that A spectacular brew.

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