Stone 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat. I was informed from a friend that this beauty of a beer is finally released.

Poured from bomber into a tulip pint glass. Body is dark ruby red with a big two finger head, and legendary Stone lacing. Lacing was on par with Arrogant Bastard.

Aroma was very potent and very aggressive, which Stone seems to have a nack for. Fully of resinous hops and caramel malt, with a nice sweet touch. Smells delicious.

Taste was very much different than what I was expecting. Loads of hops are ever present throughout, punctuated by flavors of caramel, toffee, a bit of molasses, and very bready. Alcohol becomes noticeable after the sweeter notes give rise to toasty malts. Tasting this beer was a full on assault of the palate. Very strong, very tasty, and very challenging.

Mouthfeel was superb as can be expected. Nice thick body coats the mouth with its brutal grace.

This is nice sipping beer. It would go down better with fellow's who also enjoy good craft beer. Cheers!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brick red with a foamy, slightly-tan head. Aroma is full of brilliant hops, citrusy and somewhat piney. Taste has a strong bitterness, mixed with some dark and bitter sweetness. The hops rule this brew, making it a bit unbalanced, but that is not at all to its detriment. Sort of reminds me of an insanely hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Very Tasty.

A very good treat for any hophead.

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Photo of andrewroush
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel/red color with a strong two finger head and decent retention. Head never fully dissipates. Little lacing.

S - Stone's website says this is the first beer they bottled that's been double dry-hopped, and the aroma shows it. Strong piney scent, but it doesn't overpower the malts, especially as the beer warms.

T - Piney hops. I get a hint of caramel as the beer starts to warm. The bitterness from the hops linger in the aftertaste, but they're still not too overpowering.

M - Lingering bitterness, almost sticks to the inside of your mouth. Decent carbonation, not too heavy.

D - I think one 22 oz. bottle is enough, because any more would overwhelm my palate.

The bottle said to drink it in 2009 so I don't know how much different it would have been fresh, but overall it's a very good beer. Comparable to Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Stone did it again with another great anniversary ale. Very dark amber/copper color with a nice, wispy head and lots of lacing.
Juicy citrus hits the nose first with a lot of herbal and grassy notes to follow.
Hoppy as hell but lots of nice dark malts to balance it out. When Stone advertised this as their hoppiest brew ever, I was a bit nervous. This is dense, creamy and exceptionally well balanced. All the hop smells show up on the palate where the herbal taste plays well with the citrus and malts.
Very, very drinkable. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like orange and cherry and resin, with pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like juicy oranges and cherry and grapefruit, with some pineapple and caramel and roasted barley. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice balance of hops and malt, with great general taste and great body. It had very big flavors, but it hid the alcohol well and ended up being pretty easy to drink. The roasty notes became more apparent as it warmed, which gave the beer that much more depth. Very enjoyable! Despite the bottle's warnings, I'm curious how this might age.

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Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Has a foamy tan head that falls to almost nothing. Thin lace.

Smells of hops and malt sweetness.

Mellow mild malt and big hops. Nice hoppy brew, herbal and flavorful.

Medium bodied in mouth with a nice bite from the 10% alcohol.

Delicious and nice drinking.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

extremely dark with a rust colored hue, thick frothy three finger beige head that leaves tons of lacing.

Caramel malts, sweet, hop bitterness typical of stone, slight yeasty smell.

Hop bitterness leads, citrus hops mixed, alcohol present throughout, malty, slight biscuity flavors detectable. Piney/ grassy hops also noticable.

Full body, medium carbonation, warming.

Absolutely awesome beer, would love to drink more of them.

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Photo of ReDave
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark crimson red, brown, but with a light shining behind, it has the red glowing through it.

I have to say, the last two Anniversary Ales haven't made me giddy. The tenth was beyond perfection, and I even still have several in the fridge. [they are maybe beyond peak, but still way great]

back to the present...

the nose isn't quite there... some pine and something else, but not what i think it should be for something off the truck....

Nice frothy head, not quite the tiny bubbles, but nice slightly tan head. Sticky lace down the sides...

Interesting taste... bitter then malt, then sweet... not sure how they do it... um, this is my um... 4th bottle over 6 days, and I've gotta say this is pretty good, but not quite the 10th...

However, if they want to keep this with the 10th and along of course with ruination and the rest, well I'm all for it. lol...

I am curious how this will be in a couple of weeks...
OK, I'm all for this being a keeper, I'm going back for another case!

[edit stupid chrome no spell check and i cant count!]

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Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to AndrewK and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear amber/brown color, very nice carbonation, with an awesome thick creamy one-finger plus light tan head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing and small islands about. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, with some malts, sweet, slightly bitter, nice little touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV alittle up front, but of no concern to me. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, thanks guy's.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice dark red color with a large creamy biege colored head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty good balance between the malts and hops here. Starts out with a nice dose of toasted caramel malts, which are followed up by some nice piney and citrus hops.

T- This brew tastes great. A good mixture of hops and caramal malts. I wouldn't say very balanced but still great and over the top.

M- Maybe on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was good.

D- A very good beer. Easy...make that way too easy to drink.

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Photo of MasterChef
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a ton of these back when it hit shelves. Drank half then, took notes, drank some more now to compare.

Appearance- Thick, hazy brown/red. Looked almost like blood at first, until the carbonation settled. A nice, thick, fluffy head with a bone-ivory color capped off the pour. Nothing about the appearance changed over the three years.

Smell- (Fresh)Enough hops to punch you in the face. Aroma is ripe with cut grass, citrus hop, grain-alcohol(you can smell the booze on this one), and lighter notes of charcoal, peat, and tobacco. (3 years later) Much of the grassy hop is gone, leaving warm and spicy hop aromas, sour grapes, biscuit, and warm leather. The charcoal is still there, but muted.

Taste- (Fresh) A metric ton of hops, maybe too much at once- Not bad or bitter-for-its-own-sake, just a LOT of different hop flavor. Caramel and raisins mask a lot of the strong alcohol, and the same smoky notes of charcoal and leather round out the finish. Aftertaste is a lingering combination of burnt biscuits and sour fruits. (3 years later) The hop punch is gone, leaving earthy, musty hop flavor without most of the bitterness. Cut wood, mushrooms, sour cherries,and lemon zest, with a streak of caramel sweetness straight down the middle of the tongue. Aftertaste is that of muted hops with pangs of zest and leather.

Mouth feel- Definitely carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. Thick, with enough residual sugars to keep the beer present long after the final sip. The higher alcohol warms the throat. Nice. Nothing about the mouth feel changed over the 3 years.

Overall- Wow. What a killer beer. I still have about a case left. At first, this beer was a little much- so much going on, and the wall of hops was almost too much to take in. This beer held up incredibly well to aging. 3 years later and it is an almost entirely different, yet equally wonderful beer. I save these for special occasions and get together- goes nicely with Cohiba Red Dots, late nights, and dimly lit poker games.

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Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red-brown, garnet to the light, with dense 2 finger khaki head, really nice retention and a sheet of lace. Smell: big pine, leafy, grapefruit, sweet biscuity malt, roasty, a bit of yeast and a dose of caramel. Taste: very hop forward, raw, leafy, pine, grapefruit, herbal. Beneath the hop attack there's kind of a caramel-bitter chocolate-spice cake thing going on, again with a roasted character to it. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected at first, but it grew on me. When Stone brews stray into the 10% range they tend to get hot and boozy (I'm looking at you old guardian), but this is phenomenally easy to drink. DIPA meets altbier? Must pick up more...

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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 GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orange with a thick off white long lasting head. Big nose of grapefruit that goes to lemons.

Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel of grapefruit and burnt toast with a long grapefruit to pine resin finish.

There is also a big underlying characteristic of malt that is literally layered under the hops. Complex and wonderfully integrated huge malt and huge hops. Should prove wonderful with lots of foods.

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

Pours a beautiful clear amber with ruby highlights into a snifter. Two finger off-white head leaves nice spidery lacing as it dissipates.

Nose is hoppy with pine and grapefruit, bitter orange peel, a hint of alcohol and a bit of an underlying vanilla and caramel malt sweetness to round it out. Hops are the focus here and it's quite a nice profile.

Mouth is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Some hop oils making it silky and smooth and just a slight tilt toward dry as it goes down and the alcohol and bitterness take hold.

Taste is hop forward, piney, with a well-noticeable vanilla malt backbone kicking in some sweetness and adding a nice balance. Make no mistake, this is a hop bomb by any measure, but it has the malt chops to keep it from getting out of hand. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well after the last sip. As the beer approaches room temperature, the sweetness really opens up and brings in a bit of lemon zest as well.

Drinkability is good, as the balance keeps everything in check and doesn't fatigue your taste buds too quick. Drinking a bomber of this over a couple hours is a solidly enjoyable task.

Overall this is a well done brew from Stone. I've gotten rather accustomed to their special releases to be something to look forward to, and this doesn't disappoint. With a wealth of hoppy beers out there, this one is going to be easy to overlook as "average", but I would disagree with this. This is about as solidly well done as a beer in this genre can be and I'm glad I bought another bottle.

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

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brown body with just the barest red highlights. Up top, three tannish fingers of head featuring great retention and fantastic lacing.

Aroma: A pungent blast of piney, resiny hops on top of a rich caramel malt base. Based on aroma alone, I'd mark this as a Double IPA every time.

Taste: Up front, a brawny and bitter hop character composed of herbal, pine, citrus, and resin components. Underneath, there's a substantial toasty caramel malt backbone keeping things pretty balanced. There is plenty of spicy alcohol throughout, but the bulk is masked well. It all ends up somewhere in the Imperial Red/Double IPA/American Strong Ale region. The aftertaste is resiny as all hell and lasts well into your next gulp.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Slower due to the big hop character and alcohol content, though not quite a sipper.

Verdict: Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is a big, brash beer that's brimming with character, which makes it a fitting memorial to 13 great years of Stone brews. Cheers to Greg and the rest of the team!

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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.

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Photo of bminor7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Savemore Beverage in Clifton Park, NY.
Had it on 10/22/2009.

A - 1 finger head, with good retention and lacing. almost no light coming through, what does yields a deep garnet.

S - like arrogant bastard but with a stronger malt bill, almost like a barleywine but not quite there. wonderful deep sweet hop aromas.

T - very similar to the smell. caramel, balsamic, piney. very sweet. stone hops all the way.

M - perfect blend of carbonation and thickness.

D - good, but accompany it with food.

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

08/04/09- Purchased at K&L Wine and Spirits in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, summer 2009 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper amber colored pour with some ruby tint. Thick and dense full one inch plus head with good staying power. Lacing is nice with some light pathwork and lines.

Smell- Typical Stone...tons of hops...grapefruit pith and pine as well..can't really notice the malt, maybe a touch of caramel, but that's Stone. It's all good though.

Taste- Much like Double Bastard and AB. A brutal attack of woodsy hops which is balanced out (somewhat) by a nice caramel malty flavor. Quite bready as well.

Mouthfeel- Harsh bitter mouthfeel..kinda burns. Needs some cooling time. Tons of bitter flavor in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hop heads beware! This may be about the most hops in one beer I have had. Almost brutal, but then again...oh so nice at the same time.

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

Was waiting to do this, I was happy to find this at a local store, lasted about 3 days in the fridge amongst other beers....then I broke down.

Classic Stone beer here, pours dark and malty, has a good smell to it, fruity, sort of like and IPA or pale ale, but when you taste it, its totally different, more malty than hoppy, sticky, syrupy, strong taste, not something you want to drink fast, but something you want to enjoy, goes down easy, catches you at then end, with a bit of hop bitterness, but very subtle. Overall a sticky, malty beer that works, there is definitely something fruity in there.

Tastes like a derivation of Arrogant Bastard, reminds me of it, but its different, and a welcome change. I'd drink anything that tastes like this so I have to recommend it, and say it's a solid beer, definitely lives up to the expectations of Stone for me, well worht trying.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, what the hell? I've had this before and was simply unable to review it....but this bottle I now have, this bottle is a F'ing GUSHER! I stand here in shock as my bottle of Stone 13 bubbles over like Mount Vesuvius all over my kitchen. Oh well, I guess my kitchen could smell like worse things than a boatload of hops! Is this unfiltered and bottle conditioned? I do see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle...

I gather myself and pour the gushing bottle into my Stone imperial pint. This is a foamy beer, no doubt. Deep, deep amber body, and great head retention and lacing.

Similar to Sublimely Self-Righteous, this aroma could make a hophead out of anyone. Once again, I get that green, sticky cannabis aroma.

Again, similar to Sublimely, this has a huge, dirty, weedy hop taste. Similar to a SN Bigfoot, it also has some notes of earthy, bitter chocolate, owing no doubt to the big-ass malts in here. It tastes like a chocolate-covered hop cone. Alcohol not really anywhere to be found.

Feel-wise, it's really sticky and full.

One bomber is enough. It's not particularly subtle or refined, but let's face it, this is exactly the kind of beer Stone knocks out of the park. It is, to me, an amalgam of Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Sublimely, and Ruination. It's a hophead's beer, but there's something for malt lovers too with all that bitter chocolate backbone. As I said, this is right in Stone's wheelhouse, like a big, fat hanging curveball to Ryan Howard.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a nice dark amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was a nice amount of burnt caramel malts and pine hops. The taste was a nice amount of burnt caramel with the hops clearly losing their kick with a few months age on the brew, but this one is still a very tasty brew even so. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a nice smooth dryness. I was hoping to try this one on-tap while it was younger, but I certainly still enjoy it now.

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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.

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

Well, here we are, just myself and a super fresh bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. I was going to wait to open it but then I read on the bottle "Do Not Cellar, Enjoy in 2009". That pretty much justified my opening this right now.

Pours a very deep, dark, mysterious rubyish brown color with an off-white, slightly tan head that is super thick and fluffy.

Instantly the aroma fills the general vicinity around this extremely pungent and potent brew. Lots of ridiculously piney and grapefruity smells abound. There is also a delicious smelling essence of pineapple and mango as well. Wow, absolutely amazing smelling stuff.

One sip and I am elated. This is very, very, very, hoppy. Its got a ton of piney and citrus going and its instantly tongue numbing, sort of like Ruination IPA. It just beats the living crap out of your tongue with a catastrophic bombardment of fresh Pacfic Northwest lupuluous love.

Once the hop attach subsides the warming sense of the alcohol makes things all good and the sweet, caramel maltiness really works to balance things out.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 83.3% out of 100 with 723 ratings
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