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 Pleepleus
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to SA Pint reddish brown when held up to the light with a cream inch of foamy head. Good retention that gives way to heavy lacing, looks fantastic. Has a big hoppy nose up front with grassy grapefruit and a malty backbone. Big Stone flavor. I love this brewery. Heavy citrus hop and big malty flavors. Has a sticky mouth and the 9.5% is well hidden. Very easy drinking despite the APV. Who says 13 is unlucky?

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Photo of ericdupont
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep amber red, almost brown hued tone, with tan bubbly head receding to a mild ring with inviting lace...

s: as expected, a hops bomb explodes in your nose, accompanied by delightfully sour tangerine/grapefruit citrus notes...

t: the sweetness of the citrus does battle with the bountiful hops harvest, resulting in a taste overwhelmingly reminiscent to that of Arrogant Bastard.

m: cool, rich, smooth, with a proper carbonation balance to fight the explosion of hops...this ale is wonderfully refreshing on the palate...

d: i expected and half feared/hoped for an entirely exaggerated and obscenely hopped brew when I picked up a couple bottles of this at Total Wine...and while this is an excellent brew and entirely drinkable on its own merits, i find it a bit too similar to Arrogant Bastard to really say that I find it necessary to buy up every available case of this stuff before it disappears into retirement.

that being said, spend the extra couple bucks per bottle while its around so that you can say you were apart of the 13th anniversary hehe...welcome to adolescence Stone!


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Photo of vurt
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased at Red Carpet in Glendale, and enjoyed in a Stone nonic pint glass.

Beautiful, deep red-orange brew capped with a thick head of tawny foam. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass. Great head retention-- I'm halfway through this glass and the head is still a finger tall.

Oranges and pine. It's like a bowl of navel oranges and tangelos in a small, warm room with the window open to a northern New Mexico forest. Some notes of caramel, burnt sugar, and sweet rolls come out eventually, after the beer has had plenty of time to warm up. I think the smell is the best aspect of this beer.

Oranges, pine, and burnt sugar. That's pretty much the size of it. The sugar component has some nuances: a slight buttery toffee character, and some of that bready sweetroll component that's there in the nose. Quite estery in the middle, reminds me of Arrogant Bastard or maybe an "imperialized" Levitation. Sweetness lingers into the swallow and leads into a hot gust of alcohol. Not much in the way of complexity or balance.

Sticky, syrupy, and hot. Body is medium to full, with an almost creamy consistency and a moderate level of small-bubbled carbonation. Decent overall feel, but the alcohol warmth is distracting.

Well, it's certainly bombastic enough for a Stone anniversary brew, but ultimately this is not a very interesting beer to me. The extreme bitterness and extreme sweetness battle each other without really achieving a balance. Two voices shouting at the top of their lungs does not automatically lead to harmony. While I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't have it again.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Tulip...got it today. Fresh.

A - Dark amber with red tint around the edges. Medium head is a light tan. Lacing is good.

S - Took me a few sniffs to get all this in. Definite carmel malt in the nose. Roasted malt is there. Hops are skunky wet smell closing with some fruitiness. Smells like a big beer.

T - Takes a few swiggs as well. Lots to take in here. Sweet roasted flavor, a hint of chocolate up front. The immense amount of hops cut that quickly, however. Closes with a dry citric and pine hop. The bitter is deep and lasting. More bitterness than flavor.

MF - Medium to Full bodied beer. Could have been more syrupy but glad it is not. Carbonation is just right. This is possibly the best attribute of the beer. I say they nailed it for a beer this big.

D - $6.99 for 22oz at 9.5%...value is fair given the seasonal nature and the ton of hops. Not too heavy for a beer with this much going on. Pretty good drinkability, well done.

Overall, this is a nice twist to the Double/Imperial IPA. More malty favor and character. I think this is made to barrel age. So keep your eyes/ears open for some barrel aged versions of this. Great job, Happy 13th Stone...Keep em coming.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A generous dark dark red amber, almost brown, pour into my pint glass from a 22oz bomber. A very generous carbonated tan head that sticks around for a bit and bubbles away. Extremely stick lacing that just hangs on the edge of the glass and doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.

S-Wow, smell those hops. Citrus, pine, spice. Pretty in your face as far as aroma goes.

T- Quite a shocker right up front. Lots of hops of course right away. They hit you immediately. followed by citrus, pine, brown sugar, toffee and spice. But what's this? A clean malty finnish. The hops hang on your tounge for a while, but not as much as you would think for the initial bite.

M- Very crisp. Moderate carbonation. Actually pretty refershing. My only downside to this one at all would be the body. A little on the thin side for how big this one is. Can't win em all. It's still good, just not great :D.

D- About the darkest red I've seen. Smells and tastes great. The In your face hops right up front followed by the clean finish just makes you want more. For as hoppy as this brew is, it sure has a great malt backbone.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 7/1/09
Stone Brewing Co.
13th Anniversary 2009
American Strong Ale
9.5% Abv.
22oz. Bottle into Allagash glass

Appearance= Vigorous pour yielded a fat 3 finger head. Damn my vigorous pours... Like all stone beers, excellent head retention.

Smell= Peppery, kinda smells like a cigar. Good smells when it warms up a bit. Fresh hop aromas to say the least!

Taste= Hops. Wow, hops. Some nice malt as well. It's good. A true palate bomb.

Mouthfeel= Bursting mouthfeel. Everything is very fresh. Good sticky fresh hop mouthfeel. Not thick, almost perfect mouth.

Drinkability= Drinkability is a little lower than most hoppy beers I drink. It maybe the peppery aspect of it. Don't get me wrong, I love hops but I dunno about this one. It's a good beer though. I'd say more like a American Strong DIPA if such a category existed. Hot beer, best describes it.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a SA glass. A brown color with red hues, murky not the best color presentation. Good head bout three fingers, long lasting head some lace.

Citrus hops, chocolate, and something fruity. Can also get a tinge of alcohol.

Big citrus hops on the front with some chocolate and some kinda fruityness, maybe some kind of juice of extract can't put my finger on it.

Wow nice after taste....Initaly it almost feels like your taking another drink! Wonderfull. Nice a long lasting on the palate. Its a really good beer but could not see drinkin another one...Its just to big a beer to have more.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a malt bomb this big since Hairy Eyeball. Rich, malty taste with hints of caramel and prune juice? A subdued sweetness with some bitter hops as well. One of the best Stone brews I've had out of the five or so that I've tried. I'm still mad that I missed out on the 12th Anniversary, but I think this made up for it.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

disclaimer: drank this while homebrewing, and ive noticed that smells and tastes that are in the air while homebrewing can effect your palate...

A: poured into my duvel tulip. Dark brown in the glass, but BRILLIANT ruby in the light. eggshell head, several fingers thick. excellent head retention. color steals the show.

S: chocolate jumps out at me. roasted barleys. almost some espresso. hops dont show thru in the nose as much as you might think. malts rule the nose. some alcohol at the end.

T: tastes are very much inline with the nose. chocolate and coffee acidity dominate before the hop bitterness kicks in; and boy does it kick in. hop acidity cleans away almost all of the bitter and sticky malt flavors. exceptional balance considering the "size" of the beer. hops linger only slightly longer than you want them to. raisins and BOOZE join the hops in the aftertaste as this beer warms.

M: wonderful mouthfeel as this beer changes so much on your palate. carbonation is great, creamy on the tongue.

D: This beer loses on drinkability but it was probably intended that way. Theres way too much going on on the palate to keep this beer going down smooth. Beers this complex shouldnt be drinkable, however...

Overall, one of my favorite stone brews, exceptionally well done.

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Photo of goblet
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured it out from a bottle into a pint glass the bottles got a lot to say about the brewery.

the beer is reddish brown with a creamy tan frothy head ,slightly cloudy with low carbonation, a good looking brew.

a hops blast greets the nose with pine and citrus ,a malty backbone helps to balance the aroma but hops is the focus with this brew .

the taste is similar to the aroma, it's pleasantly bitter with piny and grapefruit citrus hops ,the malt is on the back burner barely noticeable ,along with grains to add a bit a flavor.

a medium body ale with a feel on the palette thats bitter of course, with a crisp dry after taste.

this is a good brew ,a very bitter hoppy brew the tastes something like an ipa .worth a try if your into hoppy beers it's for you.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you liked the Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard Ales, you will love this beer.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown, much like the Double Bastard Ale. Really impressive color, but the head was unimpressive and did not lace for some reason.

S: Really strong malt smell here. The predominant smell might be considered to be a "molasses-like" smell. The hops are nearly buried by the malt presence, to be honest, but they're there.

T: The way I would describe this beer would be that it has the offensiveness of the arrogant bastard ale at the double bastard strength level. This beer is simply between those two in flavor but very strong overall. Frankly, most people would not like this beer and I've been disappointed to read reviews on here of people complaining about the strength of this beer when that's simply Stone's style, that is, a bombardment of roasted malt and hops...which I happen to love.

M: A little overcarbonated but still really great.

D: Not the most drinkable on the block, this beer comes out behind the Double Bastard in drinkability.

Final statement: If you don't like the Arrogant Bastard Ale, you will not like this Ale, so leave it on the shelf for people like me to enjoy instead.

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Photo of randawakes
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish amber, mild head, great lace. Smells of fresh grainy dark malts. Taste the strong hop and barley up front, lends itself to a toffee caramelized notes . A bit boozy, but smooth with pine sap and perfect carbonation. This is an above average beer, and about average with Stone's higher end brews.

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Photo of xanok
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Deep ruby, in body. A nice full 2 fingers of head white head. Lacing is ridiculously sticky here, even though the beer is fairly cold.

S-A LOT going on here. Mixed aromas of dark fruit, molasses, piney and floral hops, and malts. Scents of grapefruit also present.

T-The taste delivers, no doubt about it. Nice sweet taste with the malts, citrus, caramel. Very slight hints of chocolate as well. Big hop finish typical of stone beers.

M-Medium body, medium carb. Warms the upper body with the alcohol on the way down. Nice aftertaste left in the mouth.

D-I wouldn't say the alcohol is exactly well hidden. One of these bombers is all that is drinkable in an evening.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Fells Point Baltimore.

A - Dark dark clear reddish amber with a tan to off white foamy head and plenty plenty of lacing. I love it when beers look like this.

S - Rich grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet, but not much here.

T/M - Taste is more piney than the smell, but with the same grapefruit character. Very rich and bitter, but fresh tasting. Very clean and juicy mouthfeel.

D - Not very, but enjoyed it thoroughly. Very delicious, but a bit much to drink alot of.

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Photo of trancesk8er
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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 heliosphann
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky #13! My favorite number. I've loved the Stone Anniversary beers in the past, so hopefully this one will continue that trend. 22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass. Split with fellow BA Infestaxion.

A: Dark Ruby Red brilliance with a small amount of head. This is one damn good looking beer. Let's hope the carpet matches the drapes!

S: I'm not getting much from the XIII, even as it warms up. The hops and malts seem to even each other out, yielding some faint caramel/fruit fragrance.

T: Malty smoothness upfront is shattered by the heavy handed hops which dominate the finish. Not only that, but they linger around. As I work my way down to the bottom of the glass, I notice the malt backbone a bit more, but the hops are still prevalent. Virtually no sweetness at all.

M: Average carbonation with a medium body. Nothing crazy here.

D: I suppose it's decent for such a hopped up red. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well. Not sure if I'd drink a whole 22oz of this, the bitterness definitely fatigues the pallet.

One of my least favorite offerings from Stone, and somewhat of a disappointment. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more malt presence and sweetness to balance the massive hops.

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Photo of MusicmanSD
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Stone, and there is A LOT going on in this beer. It's kinda like Arrogant Bastard on balls, which kinda affects its drinkability. It looks like a dark red, lots of crystal malt to get the tint I'm assuming. Smells great, and tastes pretty clean for how much is going on. I'd say the final gravity is about 1.020 from the sweetness of it. The taste is really quite heavy. Glad they served this in an 8 oz. glass cuz it's hard to choke down fast, but really a great sipper.

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Photo of BabyBastard
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This may be a little outdated, as it says to enjoy before the end of '09, and it now be '11. Oh well, it should be fine. Pours dark reddish amber, nice off white head and great lacing sticks to the sides of the chalice. Delicious looking brew we have here.

Smells of dark malts and toffee hints flood the nose. A bit of coffee roast, which seems odd as this is no stout. Pleasing, to say the least.

Taste is strange, still pretty bitter, with a subtle alcohol bite. Malty and has a slight orange peel type taste to it. Strange.

Feel is good, nice carbonation here, not too heavy, not watered down. Very balanced brew.

Drinkability suffers slightly, due to the high alcohol content.

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

this beer looks smells and acts like the arrogant bastard, but is some how bigger and more that way. talk about exhausting... lots of hops, malt, alcohol, and body. theres not shyness here, no lack of complexity or flavor. too much beer for me but it at least has balance. perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the nose. split a bottle with someone.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 8/30/09. Deep brown color. Light barely able to peak through. Thin almost frothy head.
Toasted malts strong up front on the nose. Hints of hops peak through.
Heavy on the toasted grains, some toeffy flavors show up. Hops come through to shore up malt flavor. Slight alchol burn at he end. Flavors remind me of a marzen.
Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Heavy when aggitated in mouth..Solid.
Great segway brew from summer to fall. Definatly enjoyable all through the winter months as well. As always a solid offering here from Stone!

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Photo of pushstartnow13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Love that Stone so picking this anniversary option up was a no brainer.

A- Deep red color, kinda reminds me of dragon fruit. Really inviting light brown head not normally associated with a red. Nice lacing that leaves wisps along the edge of the glass.

S- Super malty aroma with a hint of that dragon fruit again.

T- Wow...really spicey. What a suprise from this annual contribution form Stone. Great woody overtone on this brew that is less of an overtone and more of a concise statement. This truly reminds me of an hour and a half beer from another great brewery whose contradictory animal name shall remain nameless.

M- good offering. Typical of the quality from Stone.

D- Maybe a little harsh on the flavor buds for a favorite but just what have grown to expect from an anniversary ale from Stone.

This red is a testament to the quality and diversity craft brewing has come to be known for.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful, burgundy color to this one and a medium head that slowly settles to a ring around the glass and center dusting of foam. Malt sweetness up front which slowly meld into the hop bitterness and eventually fade into a full residual hop bitterness. Simple, straightforward and not complex. I like it and think (despite their warnings not to) this would age interestingly.

~Jonathan Passow

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13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 725 ratings