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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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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 weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Evan1023 for this beer that I desperately wanted to try.

Over the top hoppy beers are not my favorite. I can enjoy them a lot and appreciate them for what they are but I find them a bit one dimensional and most of the time am left with a 'is that it?' feeling. I still needed to try this beer since I heard it uses the most hops that Stone has ever used per barrel.

Not 5 seconds after I pour the beer into a glass does my wife from across the kitchen (who HATES hops) said she could smell the beer from there and not to bring the glass any closer. that should tell you a little bit about the aroma. It is very stong and I'm digging it a lot. Very fresh hop smell to it.

The taste is overwhelmingly hoppy and sharp. Since it tastes almost how I expected it to I am not shocked and am rather pleased. As hoppy as it is, it is pretty drinkable and I finished the bomber without any trouble or fatigue. This beer quenched any hop craving I'll have for a while and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of MountainBeagle
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Imperial Red is a mean one! Full of hops, malt and alcohol. It falls a little short for a Stone Anniversary and disappointed a bit for being the "hoppiest beer Stone ever produced."

The hops are there but the bitterness isn't at the levels I thought it would be. I was thinking it would be around 130 or more but it came in at 90, below ruination.

I had the glory of tasting this one at the 13th anniversary celebration. I also had it from bottle 3 days after it came out so I had it as fresh as it gets (for most of us.)

Color is good, taste is good. Brew is just not the cream of the crop like an Anniversary should be. The malt seems to cancel out the hop bitterness that is dear to so many of us hopheads.

It's a good brew don't pass this one up, its rare to have an Imperial Red. Overall though I'd take a 2009 Double Bastard over it and I love my hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful blood orange with polished pomegranate highlights. The upper two-thirds of the glass is filled with an impressive looking chunk of golden brown sugar colored foam whose upper surface features bubbles galore. Extensive sheets of BB-shot lace are beginning to be laid down and succeed in solidifying a superior score.

Stone knows the way to my hop lovin' heart. Chinook for flavor and bittering, Simcoe and Centennial during dry-hopping. That's a great combination that is a pleasure to sniff. Well-chosen malts give the beer the lightly caramel-like Imperial red ale vibe they were shooting for.

One sip is all it takes to tell me that 13th Anniversary Ale is my favorite Stone Anniversary Ale to date (and I've been drinking and reviewing them since 7th Anniversary). The only minor chink in the armor is slightly too much alcohol, but that should become less of a concern as the beer loses its starting chill.

With the amount of hoppiness hitting my tongue with each sip, it's hard to imagine what this brew was like when fresh (4+ months ago). The website claims that 13th uses more hops per barrel than any previous Stone beer. That's an amazing statement when one considers what they've released over the years... and continue to brew on a regular basis. It tastes like all 90+ IBUs are still present and accounted for.

Even though there isn't a massive amount of malt, its flavor comes through loud and clear. Toasted brown bread and caramel are the bass notes. Top notes include cherries soaked in cherry brandy, bitter tea leaves and eleventy billion tons of white grapefruit peel. Chinook is the pithiest and spiciest of the C-hops and is always a treat in aggressively hopped ale.

Warming cools off the alcohol just enough to allow it to be pummeled into submission by alpha acids. It also allows just a touch of malt sweetness to try to hang in there against the humulus lupulus express. If you consider yourself a hophead, this beast will test your committment to the cause. I think it's fandamntastic, but please know what you're getting into if you decide to take a bomber home.

The body/mouthfeel is typical Stone. It's on the full side of medium-full, though the slight solvent quality of the alcohol and the unrelenting buzzsaw-like edges of the hops keep it from pampering the mouth. That's a tradeoff that I'm more than willing to make. Carbonation is (as always) pretty much perfect.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout was my least favorite beer in the series. I'm excited (but not surprised) that Stone has gotten things back on the right track with 13th Anniversary Ale. Unlucky? Not hardly. This is incredibly delicious hop-soaked ale that anyone who loves the little green cones should go gaga over. Keep 'em coming guys.

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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 craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy chestnut-mahogany-brown, very small amount of spotty lacing, average head

Smell: medium-dark malt, light hops, biscuity-bread, toffee

Taste: "Balanced" in all the wrong ways, tastes like an encyclopedia entry for the style - a bit boring with some sticky grapefruit for a bit of life. Typical stone.

Mouthfeel: Bit thiner than I expected; also a bit oily.

Drinkability: Not a beer that disappears.

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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 taigor
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into 8oz glass

A - Poured a reddish mahogany color with slight head.

S - Citrus and fruits with definite hops presence.

T - Strong citrus, possibly grapefruit with some other fruits. Hop bitterness stays afterwards.

M - Full bodied, thick and smooth.

D - Very drinkable even with the high abv.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that I can compare this bad boy to is an angels share. Very thick cloudy port like color, and just looks like it has a lot of depth and flavor to it. This one will be a monsta! Head and lacing are of the highest order. I can't tell you how beautiful this one looks in the snifter. Smell has a ton of hops, and what seems like a slab of caramel thrown in. Should be very sweet and syrupy. There's also some sort of funkiness that I can't put my finger on that drags the score down a bit. Oh man is the one smooth! Little bit of carbonation bites at the tongue but it finishes off with a blanket of sweetness. Hoppy in the taste but very caramel and sweet as well. Almost seems to have a port quality to it. Feel while smooth has a lot of thickness and weight to it in the swallow. Alcohol is well hidden, but you can tell by the heaviness that it's somewhere in there. Have a couple more of these that i'll be sure to enjoy as the weather turns colder.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep cloudy mahogony color with an off white head and thick lacing

S- Mostly just rich dark fruits and a bit of earthy hops

T- Some dark fruits, cherries, and oakiness to it. very earthy.

M- Thick and smooth and a slight tingle on the tongue

D- A very interesting beer. Something different than I have ever experienced from Stone. It's pretty solid and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice example of a strong ale, with a lot of hoppiness, but an underlying gingerbread base and potent alcohol all nicely integrated. A very nice beer. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint and a fairly thin head that sticks around as a ring and a swirl for the duration of the beverage. Nice blend of bitter, piney citrus rind hops and molasses and gingerbread on the nose. A bit bready, but not overly sweet. The taste is similar with a long, bitter hop finish against a base of gingerbread. Quite smooth and dangerously drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of wangbruins
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful dark chocolate brown with a two inch head that stayed put the whole time and wonderful lacing

S- Lots of dark fruit- cherries, grapes, and blackberries, as well as some coffee

T- Strong cherry flavor with coffee, chocolate, and a smoky finish

M- Thick but smooth, if that makes sense, with a very good aftertaste

D- Strong ABV but I'd put up with it to have a couple. Oh Stone, why do you make such great beer for such a short time?

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice deep ruby amber with a big frothy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is big on hop resin and pine with some non-hop fruitiness as well. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, as a big dose of caramel malt collides with sweet citrusy hops. There's a shot of piney resinous character to take the edge off the sweetness, leaving a solid bitterness. A little sticky but very drinkable.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thirteenth Anniversary Stone Brewing Company!! Keep up the great work! Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Stone 13 pours out a deep almost ruby color that is crystal clear. What a beautiful color. A somewhat hard pour yielded about two fingers of soapy tan head. Head was short lived, fading a bit on the quick side. head dissapeared into a thin glob of foam atop the beer, and left some random spotty lace behind. Looks to have a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Pretty good smelling nose on this beer. A large wave of citrusy hops blast the nose first. Nice floral notes mixed with orange peel and grapefruit. Also hints of pineapple. Thick malt character cuts through the hops abit.

Taste: Definitely a big hop presence in this beer. Again citrusy (mostly grapefruit and lemon zest) but with some slight pine notes not noticed in the nose. I am also getting a dark fruit flavor that is very faint. Can't quite put my finger on what it is. The malt really shines through in the flavor surprisingly, giving the beer some balane and depth. The 9.5 percent ABV warms in the bitter, hoppy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and full bodied. Somewhat on the thicker side. A perfect amount of tongue tickling carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable but strong at the same time. This brew will get you if you dont respect it. Another great brew from Stone!!

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

Picked up a bomber in early August from AJ's for $6.39.

Beer poured a deep amber with a very strong long lasting head. Nose suggests hop bomb, floral hops dominate. Taste is toffee caramel malts, huge piney and citrusy hops. Finish is slightly unbalanced. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very satisfying. Drinkability is good. This is a very good brew that is a must try for fans of hoppy reds.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is richly hoppy with just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark clear amber with a decent off-white head. Flavor is fiercely hoppy like a strong IPA, quite bitter but bitter in the right way - I did make a face a couple times! There is just a hint of malt and a touch of lemon. Texture is rough and fizzy - this is a ferocious beer!

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

Poured from the bottle a deep clear mahogany giving two fingers of frothy tan head.

Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, molasses, roasted caramel malts, and a slight medicinal tinge.

The taste brought forth grapefruit, roasted caramel malts, vanilla, dark berries, and molasses. Nice balance of hops and malts. The 9.5% alcohol was present and gave a touch of warmth to the tongue. The finish delivered a bitter bite.

Rich and creamy with a light carbonation.

A fine Strong Ale as one would expect from Stone.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this at the back of my beer fridge and figured I better drink it ASAP.Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark cherry red with an enormus tan head that was at least 3 inches thick and could have been more if it had not billowed over the top of my glass. After some settling the head leaves a extremly thick coating of lace all around my glass. A nice cap has formed on top of the beer.

The aroma is super hoppy.It smells more like a DIPA then anything. Bitter fruits and pine are basically the only thing my nose can pick up. Not that that's a bad thing.

The flavor smoother then I expected. That may be an effect from the beer being 4 months aged. Some grapefruit and pine flavor is there but mostly smooth malt. I can't down grade too much since I'm sure this was supposed to be consumed fresh.

Creamy medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall I wish I hadn't forgotten about this beer. I would have loved to have gotten it fresh. It's still a really nice beer just not the usual Stone mind blower.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is mahogany or reddish-brown body with a 1-finger khaki-colored head. Some lace up top.

S: Caramel malt underneath a big hoppy assault: grass, citrus, and pine. As it warms I get slightly burnt brown sugar peaking through those hops. But the hops predominate.

T: First impression: hop bitterness bites hard at the finish. As my palate adjusts to that, however, I get a solid malt foundation of caramel and chocolate malt, along with brown sugar sweetness, all of which is more evident as it warms. The bitterness is still leading this dance, however. Hops are a nice mix of citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruit) and pine, with a resiny touch. Finishes dry with a spicy bite from the alcohol and a lingering, long bitterness that stays strong in the aftertaste.

M: Call it medium-plus body, almost full. Slightly syrupy, but it's cut by good carbonation.

D: I like this one a lot. Took me about an hour and 10 minutes to drink the bomber while watching the Bronx Bombers. For a beer of this strength, that's solid drinkability - and I purposely slowed down a little.

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Photo of jnezda
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having enjoyed a few Stone beers in Southern California recently I found this beer at my favorite local beer store. Expecting another strong Stone beer I was not disappointed but rather a bit confused. This was a good beer start to finish but was unlike some of the other Stone products. I have not been fortunate enough to try some of the previous anniversary products but will stay on the look out now.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice glass this beer poured a mahogany red amber with a tan full fine head. The head dissipated quickly and left some lacing at the top of the glass but little down the sides. Some head remained on to the finish. The floral hop profile was not as prominent as some of the other Stone beers which allowed the malts to show through. The immediate taste was also the malts with a tinge of hops and a long clean finish, which is highlighted by aspirating as you taste this beer. The body is medium to full and had a good amount of carbonation which was nice for the balance.

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

Appearance: cloudy dark copper in color with a fluffy 2" head that produces some moderate lacing.

Smell: malt sweetness and pine is very nice on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with pine, softer grpaefruit, light alcohol, and a bit of mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Very long aftertaste.

Drinkability: great flavors make up a nicely drinkable beer. Another fine anniversary ale from 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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Photo of vrazionale
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled in June 2009.

A - Dark copper body with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

S - Lots of spicy, sweet, caramelized malt character on the nose. Basically a robust version of the sweet smell of malted barley that we all know from when we've visited a brewery or homebrewed. Bold hop character lends nice background notes of orange, pine, and tropical fruit.

T - Stone has a knack for making very well-balanced big beers. I get a ton of malt, a ton of hops, but they work very well together in concert. I get caramel and roasted nuts from the malt, and sweet citrus and pine from the hops. The high-ish alcohol content is very well-hidden behind the malt and hops.

M - Nice job of maintaining an interesting finish without the stickiness that often accompanies big beers. Spot-on carbonation. Very impressive mouthfeel for the style.

D - This is a great big beer, either for quaffing/sipping or for recreational drinking. I'd drink this with a big hunk of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and a soft baguette, or with a grilled cheese. Cheese, bread, and big beer is where it's at. Get your hands on this brew before it's gone.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper maroon, deep red highlights, almost violet core. Couple fingers of luscious tan head, with sticky clouds of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Toasty toffee and biscuit, with a spicy hop background. Pine, tree sap, and a splash of grapefruit.

Toasty toffee biscuits with a hint of chocolate. Sappy pine and grapefruit rind. Sharp spicy and sticky bitterness. a little alcohol bite.

Smooth, Sticky, Moderately full bodied.

Good brew. Nice flavors, not quite as aggressive as Stone usually is, but delicious non the less. Probably not a beer you'd drink more than a bomber of at a time.

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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 natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was nice with a deep crimson-brown color to the body and a nice caramel color to the head. Great lacing and great nose. Caramelized brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate and mild toffee. Taste is complex, bitter and has a serious rye flavor to it. Alcohol isn't covered up too well and the mouthfeel is a little dry for this style.

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