13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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13th Anniversary Ale13th 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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 607 | Ratings: 726
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 Buggies
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/ruby red. Nice thick brownish tan head. This one was a little old but it tasted great.

The nose is malty. Smells like molasses or black treacle. Also has a nice spicy hop aroma as well. You can also detect the alcohol, but it isn't harsh or unpleasant.

Nice body to it. Sticky on the mouth. I get citrus from some hops and a slight fruitiness to it. This beer has a nice bitter bight. The bitterness pretty much dominates this I think. Nice gentle warming from the alcohol.

The bitterness is a little too much for me. This almost reminds me of an imperial ipa or something. This is a definite sipper for me otherwise the bitterness makes it a chore.

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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This may be a little outdated, as it says to enjoy before the end of '09, and it now be '11.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 dwilson01
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, says "do not cellar," I chose to not take their advice. The body is a thick deep brown, cloudy with a light tan/yellowish head topping it. Dissipation is not evident, else extremely slow.

The smell emanating from this is very alcohol intensive, spicey hops shine through but all in all the esters dominate. A light brown sugar from the malt comes out to play also.

The flavors do not lend themselves to the estery scent but are very up front. The hop spices give me a slight cinnamon, bitter clove and nutmeg as well a a pine and spruce type tree flavor. The malt is there as a backbone not really imparting too much flavor, most fermented out into the alcohol content which is substantial. Interesting flavors to be sure and I respect the hell out of them but it doesn't strike my palate as being particularly amazing.

The mouthfeel is solid, dense and malty with little carbonation to lighten it at all.

Sipping beer this one is, so thick you can't really do much else unless you like chugging milkshakes ha

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hops, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Still had a fairly big hoppy character on this one after sitting in the keg for awhile. Went down very nicely and had a nice aroma as well. An absolute must try if you have not.

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Photo of rodney45
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says drink in 2009, im drinking it in the last few days of 2010... Im sure at 9.5 abv, nothing will be growing in it... and secondly im sure ive had a crap-macro that has been shelved longer than this, and of much less quality. So i made the executive decision to drink it.

a: pours a muddy dark mahogany, its thick and silk like, with a beech colored head. No light passes through this brew.

s: strong coffee, deep barley and heavy malt, all at once, all of a sudden.

t &m: This brew has a light carbonation but a heavy mouthfeel. You really dont notice the alcohol. It has a smooth taste of maybe pumpernickle or rye, with a strong hit of crystal malt, and dark chocolate. Also tastes like plum and spice.

d: It feels like a barlywine, but drinks like a porter.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Found at a nice little place in KY.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby slightly orange beer with a nice 1 inch off white slightly cream colored head. Really nice color while pouring.

S - Aroma of extremely ripe peach and some nice strong grapefruit. Sweet caramel mixed in with some slight boozy sweetness as well. The hop nose is incredibly strong and complex. Very nice aroma. Strong hop notes and some slight bread in there but mostly strong dank hops with some nice pine as well.

T & M - Starts off slightly sweet with some nice malt and caramel notes. Then the flavor turns into a nice bready and toasty malt. Followed by a nice and strong but at the same time subtle hop character that slowly envelops the palette and dries up the mouth. Yum. The beer is quite similar to a Barleywine as said by others. Im surprised by how bready the malt side of the beer is present. I was scarred to have this beer since it was more than a year old but it has aged well. The boozy heat is still there but not overwhelming and its surprisingly balanced. Nice medium bodied beer with good carbonation and a nice silky touch to it with a dry bitter finish.

D - Im glad I didn't pay attention to the fact that this beer was older than a year. If it were more readily available I'd definitely buy more. Good stuff Stone. As always.

Edit: As the beer warms there are some nice spice qualities that come up with some slight pepper and coriander. Mixed in with slight cinnamon and a nice grassy component.

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Photo of uturn
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz capped bomber poured into a Stone IPA glass.

Despite the warning on the label: bottled June 2009 & Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009. I did cellar this beer, hence I made this review 17 months later, against the warning of the maker.

A: This beer poured a deep opaque reddish brown with a 3 finger fluffy tan head which lasted most of my 1st glass leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose, despite the year wait to drink was heavy on the hops, both piney and citrus.

T: The taste was slightly sweet upfront, made me think of a Barleywine, then BAM the hops hit and hit hard. This was no Barleywine after all. (Wish I made this review when it was fresh, as I forgot how it had tasted then). The hops bitter taste was all grapefruit rind and a hop heads dream.

M: The mouthfeel was a medium body and syrupy yet not to thick with a nice level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was good but not something I would want to have another right away. It is more of a sipping beer and one you would not want to gulp down.

If this beer was fresh I might have given it a higher rating.

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Photo of silentnoiz
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says "June 2009. Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009."

A - Poured into a pint glass, deep brown color like a brown ale, minimal head, but big bubbles.

S - Intake on some complex flavors, malty, almost barleywine ish.

T - Tastes like many barleywines. Malty with a good bitter hoppy taste on the throughout that lasts on the backend.

M - Carbonation was more than I expected, but wasn't a bad thing. Full bodied.

D - It is a rich complex tasting beer that took me awhile to get through the 22oz bomber. I enjoyed it, but not sure I would search to find this again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

34th review on BA
Bottle to Stone pint glass

I'm reviewing this with an open mind. Bottle says to drink in 2009 and don't age it. It's almost 2011 and I just got a bottle of this from a little liquor store who I doubt knew to sell these fresh.

App-This beer poured a dense, thick, rich chocolate brown color. It had a nice tan creamy one finger head.

Smell- It was a complex mess to say of smells on this. You get dried fruit, you get the alcohol, you get some caramel and maybe some other roast in there.

Taste- This is where I think a fresh bottle would come in handy. I don't know how to compare it to a fresh bottle but its like drinking a baby RIS. I saw that because you get so many flavors but the big flavors stand out with the coffee and chocolate of the RIS coming to mind.

Mouth- It's a complex beer and demands to be sipped and enjoyed while flavors go to work on the palate.

Drink- One and done for me. It was like sipping on a fine wine to be enjoyed and remembered.

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Photo of nas5755
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon at Granite for this one.

A deep dark brown with dark reddish-brown hues a large head with nice big lacing. The nose is full of raisins, dark sugar, malts figs, dried plums and a very slight piney hops aroma. The taste is full of dark fruits just like the nose, raisins, dark sugar, big malts, piney hops are noticeable in a pleasant manner. The malts and dark fruits are complex. The big Stone malt profile from Double Bastard and Aggaront Bastard are right there with this brew. The mouthfeel is pleasant, nice carbonation levels and a very pleasing mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice American strong ale from stone that will be able to stand up for some time and will continue to get better.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. Pours a cloudy brown, almost silty in appearance. Though not "dark", it is impenatrable in appearance. Minimal head that reduces to a swirly tan, with exellent legs of retention down the sides.

Smell is yeasty, with alcohol, leather, grapes, and woodiness to it. Complex and strong in aroma, by its nose it announces that I'll be slowly sipping this one through the evening.

Strong in taste, hops and yeast hit you hard up front. Woody and fibrous, with an almost oakey feel to it, hitting you mid-mouth with decent malt and spice, before the hops grab the back of your tongue to wring it dry. There's an aromatic aftertaste of coffee and roasted malt that lingers above the tongue, even up the back of the throat and into the nasal passages.

Mouthfeel is complex, demanding that you slowly sip this one down.

Drinkable like a good port would be, sipped slow and enjoyed in small doses, until your disappointed that it is gone.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - Mahogany to red with a small head. A moderate amount of scattered lacing. A slight haze, but mostly a clear brew.

S - Hops! White pepper overshadows everything else. Grapefruit and spruce! Gumdrops? Caramel malt - sweet smell with a hint of vague fruitiness (melon?).

T - Hops! Grapefruit, spruce and prominent pepperiness. Caramel malt and slightly fruity gumdrops. Aftertaste is very bitter under a lingering sweetness. It is very sweet and almost pectin like.

M - High carbonation, very viscous, a bit refreshing at first, but then turns slightly dry.

D - There is a fine line between pleasant sweetness and what feels like drinking It is insanely thick and cloyingly sweet. I don't think I would have it again

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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 Boto
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown color. There was a small tan head that doesn't linger long, but does leave some lacing. The aroma is quite good. Pine and citrus hops are up front, but you can tell they are being masked somewhat by the malt. Some caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of breadiness. The taste is bitter, with the pine and citrus hops up front, but malts trying to mask them. I get some bitter chocolate, toffee, spice and some others that can't quite get to the top. Very nice. I missed drinking it in 2009, since it got shuffled to the back of the fridge.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As if I really need to introduce the Stone Brewery by now. Only yesterday I posted an extremely positive review of their collaboration beer with Victory and Dogfish Head, the Saison du BUFF, I also reviewed another collaboration beer with Stone, Maui Brewing and revered homebrewer Ken Schmidt, the Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter, and one of the first beers I wrote about was their infamous Arrogant Bastard. I think I'll have to revisit that one soon.

With Stone's 14th Anniversary Beer just about to hit shelves, if it hasn't already, I decided to crack open my last bottle of the 13th Anniversary Ale; their Imperial/Double Red Ale. It has been hiding in the back of my fridge since mid 2009, and is certainly ready to be enjoyed. In fact, I should have probably opened this one fresh. But therein lies the heartache of finishing a one-off beer. I had had it a few times before, but now I was really to really sit down and focus on it.

As a bit of a background, Stone releases a new Anniversary beer every year; and surprise surprise, they are usually very hop forward. Sometimes one of these specialty beers becomes so popular that they add it to the regular line up. As is the case with one of my favorite beers that they brew, the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, the 11th Anniversary.

The 13 Anniversary comes in a 650ml classic Stone bottle with red on-glass printing and a proud gargoyle raising a pint in celebration. So the 11th was a Black IPA, 12th was a Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (I wish I could still find one of those!), and now an Imperial/Double Red Ale. Sounds good to me! I do love red ales, and think that they are largely overlooked by the brewing community. This Imperial version hit me much like a Red IPA; I guess that is in pure Stone fashion.

I opened the 13th up at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into snifter. It poured very aggressively building a deep garnet red beer with huge amounts of life and carbonation. When the pour was over, and the rumbling had settled I was left with a deep and dark slightly hazy, but overall transparent beer. It shone strongly with amber reds, dark golds and blackness streaking all throughout it. A thick and frothy tan brown head lifted a good inch and a half above the beer showing great carbonation, resilience, and contrast to the beer itself.

The nose, like so many of Stone's beers, was upfront with big punches of west coast hops. Stone brewed this with a spicy and piney variety called Chinook, and also dry hopped it with Simcoe and Centennial. Fresh and bitter scents of earth, pine and citrus erupt out of the beer bringing sweet and tart grapefruit with it. Malts show big round and juicy flavors of caramel and soft toffee with a gentle hind of roast, and pale malt freshness. The 13th is 9.5%abv, and does smell madly rich.

In for a plunge and you will experience exactly that. A big rush of bitter quenching hops comes to the front beginning on the tip of your tongue and crashing all they way down the back of your throat. The hops show smooth complexity focusing on citrus peel and pine, but also bring touches of sweet fruit, earth and round, deep bitterness. Soon though, malts make they way under the hop resin and glide along your tongue and into your cheeks. Soft caramel with a brown sugar sweetness, dark cherries, apricots and blood orange show soft malts the way in.

This somewhat creamy malt sensation is nice, and needed to be there to add balance, but in comes more hops to bitter and crisp out this beer. It has got to be in the 90 IBU range, and shows much power and gusto. The hops do wave in with a significant crackle that leaves you very quenched; it left me very satisfied. The mouthfeel is authentic and full bodied showing some spice from the hops. It shows a smooth and carbonated structure with crisp edges, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

It is a big beer, and for the average beer drinker it will probably knock them overboard. But it really wans't designed for them - this is the Anniversary Ale, this was designed for the people who made Stone what it is now. It was designed for the hop heads, the brewers, the fanatics, and the fans. And I'm glad they did it! This beer was totally enjoyable and showed me great rich hop flavors and soft malt chewiness that I do love. I can't wait to try the 14th!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very dark amber color with almost no head. It smells of hops and alchool. It tasted very hoppy very bitter and very strong, a bit harsh but the strong flavors are well worth it. Very strong flavors leave a lasting taste in your mouth. Hard to drink fast deffently a sipping beer. Overall a fantastic beer, no more can be said.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Brown in color, if you hold it up to the light there are some slight reddish highlights to it. Has a light brown head with many different size bubbles that erupts like a volcano at first and takes several minutes to work its way back down, and provides excellent lacing. The smell is outstanding, a hope lovers dream. Pine and citrus hops jump out at you, with a slight warm feeling of alcohol blended in. The taste is also excellent. Once again stone has aggressive bold flavors and they do so with the hops here as several of their other brews in the past. Very hoppy but not as crazy as it is on tap and some time to fester in the bottle really helped, pine and citrus hops gives great flavor and blends well with the alcohol, a few earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is very good, obviously full bodied. Very hoppy finishes bitter and warm, could be a little cleaner, good drinkability as well. Gonna miss this one.

Bought this almost a year ago and let it age. Age did it very well, I know it's recommended to have enjoyed this one right away but I really think it mellowed out some of the flavors that were slightly too intense and mellowed them out quite nicely.

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Photo of Buebie
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from Freethyhops.

Poured from the bomber into a 16oz pint glass. A billowing 3'' head takes hold and almost spills over the edges. a tan head that is dense indeed. Settling after several minutes and leaving a quarter inch of frothy cap. Thin but clingy drapes of full coverage lace line the walls.
Color is a light brown with redish color, malt dominant appearance.

Aroma is failry sweet with a huge amount of malty sweet caramel, some mild vanilla, raisins...its almost caramel candy like...outstanding.
Hops seem a bit drowned in the booze soaked candied caramel aroma.

Taste is very sweet and almost extract like with a wopping malt presence. Through the middle alot of the sweetness is taken away by a charred caramel and now bittering hops of pine and mild citrus.
Its fairly bready though, caramel drenched rolls with a bit of boozyness, but not overly hot. Like a rum cake its fairly heavy and rich, desert sipper for sure!

Feel is slick and full bodied but balanced by carbonation.

Lingering bitters and burnt caramel with semi sweet malt.
This is a really heavy beer, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks Riley!

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

I was so excited to find this at Oak Tree in South Plainfield. Picked up this one and the 14th Anniversary Ale at the same time. The label says it must be enjoyed in 2009, but the ABV makes me confident that it's still in pretty decent shape.

It's dark brown with a red tinge and a finger-width of tan foam that settles down but doesn't entirely dissipate until after a few sips.

My nose is loving this. A beautiful balance between sweet, toasty malts and pungent American hops. No sour notes that might indicate bottle death. The malts smell of old, buttery leather and dark fruit, maybe figs. The hops bring a citrusy/piny undercurrent that plays with a slight vinous alcohol sense.

The alcohol really comes through on the first sip and carries through the wash. But up front it's tempered by the sweetness of the malts and rides along smoothly with the hops in the bitter aftertaste. The malts continue to deliver a dark fruit, but it seems more like raisins on the tongue. The pine and citrus of the hops manifests as really bitter orange. I'd love to know what hops they used, but if I had to guess I'd say Simcoe or Columbus. There's more to this as well. There's a spice on the palate that comes through it all, perhaps cloves.

This is a strong ale after all and it has a strong presence in the mouth with all three main aspects I've identified: alcohol heat, malt sweetness and hops bitterness. It drinks like a barley wine, brings all the complexity of a Belgian strong brown and takes a toll like a good Imperial stout. Be ready for it or it will take you aback and you'll rate it lower than it deserves. Drink too much of it and it will put you on your back and punish you for a low rating.

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

22oz into a Snifter

A- Pours a real dark reddish brown with a 2 finger yellowish tan head. Decent lacing

S- Strong piny hops with a caramel sweetness in the malts. Dark fruits and slight alcohol.

T- Barley and roasted grainy caramel malts are most apparent on first sip. After it goes down you get a nice bitterness from the hops as well as some darker fruits and licorice. Also a slight sting from the alcohol as it warms.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter dryness in the finish.


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Photo of cratez
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Ormond Wine Co. in Ormond Beach, Florida. Pours a dark reddish brown with ruby edges, a frothy tan head, and big globs of lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are roasted barley, milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, taffy, brown toast, and a boldly citric hop bitterness to end. 90 IBUs are balanced by a chewy malt backbone and some alcoholic warmth in the finish. Overall, this is still drinking fine despite the "do not cellar" label on the bottle. More nectar from Stone Brewing Co.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Head was a tan color that clung to the sides very well. Color was a dark reddish brown color. Aroma had a small amount of alcohol along with grainy sweet smell. A bit of hops but was very pleasant. Taste was hoppy and grainy not at all as sweet as it smelled. Felt a little thin in the mouth, nicely carbonated. Ok to drink, but not an must drink beer.

It was marked drink in 2009, but got lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle say to consume fresh (in 2009). My apologies, Stone. I'll try not to forget about bottles of your beer in my beer stash ever again. Lets see how you taste with a year of age on you anyway:

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby with a tight, dense, tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film leaving rings of lace around the glass.
S: Smells of caramel malt and dark fruits. Notes of licorice, and alcohol. Hops are very dulled (as expected with age), but notes of pine are still present.
T: Spicy hops, caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, toasted wheat bread, figs, herbal hops and raisons. Slight notes of coffee and tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Alcohol is very mellow and only warms the throat slightly after each swallow. Carbonation is soft and comfortable, body is medium, and mouthfeel is rich and spicy.
D: While the hops may not be as evident as they once were, this is still a damn fine beer. Goes down smooth and creamy. Another fine example from Stone, and I'm looking forward to this year's offering.

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13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 726 ratings