13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sobeleg
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of waltonc
1.61/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Had this on tap tonight at the Falling Rock Stone event.

Dark copper color with white head. Smell and taste are hops hops and more hops. Wow, I can't remember the last time I had such a hoppy beer. It was probably the last time I had a Stone beer. Just demolishes the drinkability and flavor profile. After about four sips I had to order something different. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonated.

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Photo of racer2k
1.83/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22oz. bomber poured this into a 16oz tulip glass

A - Beer pours a dark brownish hazelnut color with a finger of off white head which retains some nice lacing around the glass. Very little carbonation is visible

S - Aroma of heavy sweet malt, bitter chocolate, muted hops and strong alcohol are all in play in this beer.

T - Overpowering malt flavor combined with what I will call an "off flavor" of bitterness to the beer. There is a strong alcohol presence with a slight hint of hops in the finish. This was a difficult beer to drink and I could not finish the bomber.

M - Light to medium carbonation with a hot flash of alcohol on board. The balance of the profile is strong malt and alcohol.

D - There were elements of the finish that were tasteful but I could not get through the overwhelming "off flavor" in the beer. It is possible that this could have been a bad bottle but I am not certain. I really enjoy the Stone offerings but this was an exception to the rule.

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Photo of WhiteOak
1.92/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Copper with a very dark beige head. Colossal, eruptive head. Big set of lace draperies hang from inside of the glass.

S- Fresh-squeezed, bright grapefruit juice and zest aromas race up from the glass. The problem? The hop aromas so dominate the aromatic profile of the beer that one has little chance of savoring the malt aroma or any other complexities.

T- Fresh-squeezed, bright grapefruit juice and zest flavors blitzkrieg the palate. The problem? The hop flavors so dominate the flavor profile of the beer that one has little chance of savoring the malt flavor or any other complexities.

M, D- A big beer from a great house, but I am bound to opine that the shrill hops are oppressively overbearing! I must respectfully beg the pardon of drinkers who love this overly astringent style, but it doen't appeal to me at all.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
2.14/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Not sure what the deal is here - I've had this on tap and loved it enough to cellar one, but it was terrible on Stone Winter Storm. I even had Bill pour it for christ sake!

A - Weridly thin look almost like someone had spilt coffee into the glass. Slightly hazy with a good head - but not the thick opaque drink I was expecting.

S - Not very hoppy with some of the specialty coming thru but not very much. Odd as its very heavily hopped.

T - Underwhelming. Hops are bitter in a bad way, like dull and stingy not bright and citrusy. Specialty is there but not very robust. Even after warming

M - Bad bad bad. Very thin despite the creamy head. Syrupy imperial type taste but in a bad way.

D - I thought this would be great, but quickly moved on. First time I've thought about returning a beer. Could be a bunk keg - but again it was at Stone ya know?

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Photo of injuredreserve
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.27/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sorry, but I have to wonder what went wrong here. Did Stone really brew this? They're one of my favorite breweries, hence extreme confusion.

Pours a dark copper, looking like mahogany in the glass, forming a fluffy tan head that leaves considerable lacing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy at the bottle top, but turns harsh and plasticky after resting in the glass. It stinks like a homebrew made with skanky extract.

Flavor is charred and cloying, leaving unpleasant characters on the tongue. Negligible hop flavor, believe it or not.

Drinkability is rotten. The last half of this is going down the drain. This beer is a huge disappointment. Last time I brewed one this bad, I never shared it with friends. This tastes like a failed homebrew. Sad that this cost me $7. I'm going to go have one of their terrific Sublimely Self-Righteous to cleanse the palate.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
2.41/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Split a 22oz bottle two ways, in brandy snifters. Reviewed 7-20-2009

Ar: Intense citrus hop, pineapple, resin, strong rough alcohol, pine, grapefruit, rough dark malt, grassy

Ap: Deep red with light brown, thin tan head, good retention, thin lace

F: toasty malt, solventy alcohol, pine, resin, strong citrus peel, unpleasant hop roughness, vegetative, tropical fruit, hop dominates taste throughout, nice malt in background, rough alcohol at the end, grassy

M: medium/high carbonation, alcohol warmth/burn, strong bitterness and resin, medium body

O: strong alcohol, way out of balance, overall very rough and unpleasant, they tried to do too much of everything, similar to yulesmith but way worse, i expect much more from stone, hops and malt clash

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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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Photo of Natural510
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown, opaque color with an inch of thick, dense head covering the brew.
Smells strongly piney, oily with hops.
Hops, hops, hops. Stone claims this beer has more hops than any they've ever brewed, and it shows. Hot with alcohol, very bitter, and extremely dry.
Hot, bitter, dry, repeat. Couldn't get anything else out of this brew, as much as I tried. The refreshment factor one expects when drinking a beer simply isn't there.
Nearly undrinkable, and very disappointing. While drinking liquid hops may sound great to a beer nut in theory, the execution proves otherwise. I had a very hard time finishing the bottle.

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Photo of donmonkey1
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a hint of red. The head is a nice frothy tan with good lacing.

Smell: Fresh pine needles

Taste: Like chewing on fresh pine needles.

I'm going to pour the rest of the beer out. I expected an anniversary ale from Stone to be intense, but it's intensely bad. It tastes like someone added pine needles to a blender of water and mixed.

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Photo of steeltown71
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured into snifter, pours a dark red-brown, the color of black tea that's been steeping for a long time. Light brown-tan head, good retention.

S: Hops, floral notes, not as in-your-face as some of Stone's other offerings.

T: No shortage of hops - I have no idea how this doesn't qualify as some kind of IPA. And if I'm measuring it against other DIPAs, it doesn't stack up that well. On its own merits without reference to any style, it is solid enough. I did enjoy the malt presence that arises just before lingering hop bitterness takes over the finish.

D: If I'm going to wreck my tastebuds for the night I'd rather just have an outright DIPA.

Found a bomber of this for $6. For that kind of money and 9.5%, it's hard to argue against. I'll also add that this would be a good candidate for barrel aging. After the glory that was the Double Bastard aged in brandy barrels, I just think that extra layer would make it a much better limited edition release.

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Photo of utahskyliner34
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This is beer birthday cake, a product of obligation and not worth it in hindsight.

It's almost too vague for an accurate depiction and the saccharine-y sweetness is overwhelming. Imagine the tried and true Stone back of the tongue bitterness smothered in store bought icing.

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Photo of CityofBals
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a red hop bomb. Pours a dark cherry/ruby color with a very nice looking head. Not as chunky as it started out to be. Thinned a bit, but good lacing.
Hops in the aroma and taste. More pine and resin than citrus. The story on the back label says little about this beer, but gives thanks to all of their customers. OK, great. What am I drinking? Oh, well. Doesnt matter. It's hops. Totally misses the mark of the noted style above.

Still, this is one dimensional. No balance at all, and just stinging hops and alcohol. Little flavor to me. It was a good buy as I like the attempt. Malt didn't have a chance.

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Photo of champ103
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

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

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Photo of JimsArcade
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into 16oz pint glass.

It has a gorgeous, deep reddish-brown hue. Heavy carbonation resulted in a big head even with a soft pour, but it dissipated quickly.

A citrusy hops blast hits the nose right away. Little, if any, aroma presence from the malts can be detected.

It's all hops on the tongue, followed by some mild malt sweetness. It's got a big punch but little backbone to it.

Surprisingly for a 9.5% beer, it has pretty thin mouthfeel. Not what I would not have expected for a beer of this style or caliber.

As for drinkability, I had enough trouble finishing the bottle, I couldn't imagine having a second shortly thereafter.

This was definitely a disappointment, especially after a Stone rep really try to sell me on how amazing this beer was. Definitely not one of Stone's best efforts.

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Has a coffee like color dark but with a touch of cream maybe. 2 finger head and lacing has a pretty good cling to it.

S: Kind of a strange sweetness. A bit fruity, hoppy and malty all together. Hard to explain this one. Not too pleasant to me.

T: Quite malty as others have said with a barley wine quality. However once you swallow the hop character really kicks in. Not sure what Stone was going for here. Doesn't taste like anything else I ever had. I really don't care for it.

M: Kind of weak. Very thin to me but nicely carbonated.

D: Really doesn't seem like something I would care to drink lots of.

Nothing like I had hoped it would be. I would rate this under AB and definately under Double AB. Stone can't always be perfect even though 99% of the time they are.

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Photo of taez555
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/07/09

This beer pours a dark mahogany body with a thick off-white head.

Nose has a strong mix of chocolate, caramel, citrus, fruit and putrid garbage. It smells like a great Stone beer mixed with a homebrew slightly gone wrong.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a strong rich caramel malt flavor. Huge dark citrus hop resin with even more liquid hop resin. Malty, Malty malty. Big rich malt and tons of high alcohol. A slight infectious flavor drifts throughout the whole thing.

It's basically a mellow double bastard light that is slightly infected. It's odd, and kind of drinkable, but at the same time kind of gross. Sorry, I love you Stone, but this is a pass.

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Photo of WBCFM
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought a few bottles of the 13th Anniversary in the summer, then I realized that these beers should not be cellared, so I decided to start drinking them.

As many reviews have stated, this beer has a beautiful appearance. Great color, great head retention.

The smell is a little stronger on the alcohol than I like, but it is a Strong Ale and is 9.5% ABV, so I guess that is to be expected.

The mouthfeel is more malty than hoppy, but different than the 11th or what is now the Sublimely Self Righteous (one of my favorites).

The finish is very bitter. Fine at first, but by the end of the bottle, you kind of tire of the bitterness.

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of ppoitras
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1" dark tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls ever so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness, citrus and pine hops character, and ample alcohol. Taste is syrupy sweet upfront for a second, and then it's hops bitterness through and through, to a fault, with some alcohol burn at the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the afterburn, and drinkability is eh. Guess they weren't thanking me with this one.

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