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)

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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bosco7
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark redish brown with quite a tan head.

Smells of tropical fruits like pineapple, passion fruit and mango. There is also some caramel breadyness in the nose too. Hops dominate though.

The start is full of maltiness and caramel flavors then moves into dark stone fruits such as prune and black cherry. The hops are surprisingly not as pronounced as the nose would indicate. When they do make their presence known they are piney and floral with a touch of citrus. Finish is balanced but ultimately the hop bitterness shines.

This is a big Arrogant Bastard a very big Arrogant Bastard. More hops than Double Bastard for sure with a lot fruitier and hoppier nose. Triple Bastard? You can't really beat that formula. Good stuff. Hope next year they try an extreme Wee Heavy or something though.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with reddish tint when held to the light. Head is a minimal half-finger of tan foam that vanishes quickly into a donut. No lacing.

S: Tons and tons of citrus hops. I smell a lot of grapefruit, some pineapple, and pine. I can barely smell any malt, but there is some toffee and a roasted grain aroma.

T: The taste is so over the top on this one. Lots of tropical citrus, with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, and possibly tangerine. A really nice variety, but it starts to get grassy pretty quickly. Malts are very well-hidden, as they should be in a red. But after searching I detect hints of caramel, toffee, and grain. Finish is dry and piney, with a hugely resiny grassy aftertaste (not a fan of that).

M: Medium to full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very oily aftertaste, but it's not too boozy.

D: I liked it more out of the bottle. It was very hard to finish this glass.

I fought largadeer for half of an after-dinner peppermint and tossed it into the glass and swirled it around.

The smell and taste took on characteristics of peppermint that worked very well with the brew. The slight mint sting complemented the dryness and helped cover up the grassy flavors. Congrats to me on a job well done.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep brown/amber with red highlights. Head is off white, fluffy, oily, and thick. I don't think its going anywhere...

S. Piney hops with the traditional C-Hop citrus blending. Dark fruits and caramelized malts are hidden way in the background behind the extreme hoppy aroam. Only a slight hint of roast is noticable.

T. Caramel malt, resiny/filthy/dirty hops, a touch of roast and a lingering astringency/bitterness that goes on and on. Alcohol warmth is present and quite high.

M. Medium to thick in the mouth with high carbonation. Slight astringency.

D. A complex beer with a ton of hops and alcohol. The astringency is a little much, but otherwise a unique and solid offering from Stone once again.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is a dim, dark brown ale with a big, fluffy beige head that has oily bubbles and outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge, fresh hoppy aroma, like fresh cut grapefruit. It smells a little sweet and malty. It's pretty full bodied, quite smooth and bubbly with a dry finish. It's bold and bitter; citrusy and a bit grassy. There's a touch of sweetness and roastiness. It's a bit top-heavy with a grapefruit aftertaste. It's like an Imperial IPA with some nice roasty malt thrown in. It's a champion beer!

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

June 2009, "Do not cellar."

I must say I chuckled at this.

Looks a deep amber, a bit like a wee heavy with a beautiful head and lacing that rescues it from the monotony.

Smells wonderful. Fresh cut grass, hops, and grapefruit. Love it. Looking forward to that first sip.

Hits hard! Lots of hops and malt up front. The beer brings a "shock and awe" that lets you know immediately it's a Stone Ale. Lots of dark fruits, apricot and some grapefruit on the follow through. What a brew! Lots of hops on the finish with some light wood flavor.

It's a sharp, thick beer that makes no bones about what it is. It's uncompromising. It is worth trying, to be sure. However, it's definitely not something I'd go to on a regular basis.

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Photo of scifan
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It's a deep dark ruby color with a nice tan head.
As soon as I opened this a could already smell this bad boy. First thing that hits my nostrils is the sweet sweet aroma of delicious, juicy citrusy hoppy goodness. I could sniff this all night long. I'm getting much of any malt presence but who cares we all know its all about the hops with Stone.
Taste reveals a little more than just hops but not much, and I love it. This might be my new favorite beer from Stone. The first sip reveals what my nose already told. Lots and lots of citrusy, piney hops followed by just enough malt to provide just a little balance. There is quite a noticeable alcohol presence but this stuff is too good to knock it down too much for that.
Another amazing beer from Stone.

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Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscious looking dark scarlet/mahogany color with two plus fingers of creamy, dense tan head. Retention is good, keeping a full lace and leaving some patchy stick on the sides of the pint glass.

Smells of floral, citrusy hops with a strong malt presence, as well. Malt consists of lots of bready, dark caramel, some toasted malt and even a hint of chocolate. There is some booze in this nose, as well, but overall it's quite nice. I actually wish the hops popped even a little more than they do, though.

Like the nose this is quite hoppy but also balanced nicely by a big malt backbone. It's also on the boozy side, however, which detracts from what otherwise would be a nicely balanced brew. The hops are very citrusy, with an aggressive bitterness, but where a super juiciness would fit the bill there is instead a hot alcohol finish. Lots of malt, as well, with big caramel flavor in particular, but again the booze is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is a hefty medium body, quite slick and smooth but it's hurt by the hot alcohol in the finish. Beating a dead horse here, but it's just too damn not and the mouthfeel is harsh and suffers for it.

This is a pretty good beer but it's too hot, and surprisingly for a brewery like Stone it could also be hoppier. Maybe the hop flavor is overwhelmed by the alcohol and big malt backbone, but for me I'm left wishing for more hop flavor. If the alcohol were toned down and the hop flavor was cranked up this would be a real winner. Still worth a shot.

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

Pours from a 22 oz into a snifter tulip as a dark, dark red with a very light brown head. When held up to the light, you can see the red hues shining, and it is beautiful. The head is large and billowing at first, and it never quite goes away, which is impressive for this size of a brew.

Aroma is pure hops, from what I can tell. Aroma is herbal, weed like, and piney. If there was such thing as a hop candy, this is what it would smell like. As it warms, some alcohol and wood notes are present.

Taste is loaded with sticky, dark crystal malts. Hop character tastes like the forest and reminds me of pine, sticks and dirt. Bitterness is sharp, sticky, and lingering. Absolute tongue scorcher. Think of a DIPA meeting with a dark barleywine. It's big all around, and again reminds me of what a hop candy would taste like.

Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet with moderate to high carbonation. Bitterness absolutely tears apart the tongue, with a huge lingering presence. Bomber is easily finished as a sipper, which is impressive for such a large beer. Buzz factor is huge, this would make a nice treat an hour before bed if you had a big glass of water to chase it.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Opaque burgundy hue with a two finger khaki head, which develops easily; without care your glass will be 50% foam. The head is rather sticky, and has no problem leaving traces along the glass.

Sharp hops that exhibit a little bit of peppery spice, along with sweet pineapple.

Very thick and full bodied, almost oily. The hops stick to the mouth, and slowly get drier as it lingers.

Really and all-hop beer. The malts have a role but not much. Very close to a Barleywine. This is one that's maybe worth drinking out of a sipping glass like a snifter. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops wear you down after a while. Recommended.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Huge three finger head retains very well, eventually fading away to lacing. Nice looking beer.

Obviously, the aroma is very hoppy, though not as hoppy as I had expected. Big grass, pine, and citrus peel, but a decent malt backbone is present.

There's actually a pretty good malt flavor up front, which is then immediately crushed by some serious hop bitterness. The variety of hop bitterness from the nose (grass, pine, citrus) is also present in the flavor, though it has been amplified considerably. Alcohol warms the drying, bitter finish. The aftertaste? Bitter. As the beer warms, the alcohol gives it a solvent-like flavor in the finish.

Body is on the fuller side of medium. Appropriately carbonated. Somehow a smooth drinker.

Another in-your-face hop bomp from Stone. I might pick up more to put a little age on them.

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Photo of beertooth
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split between my friend and myself at Three Floyds brewpub.

A careful pour gives me a glass of dark ruby almost brown liquid with a finger of thick tan head.

The nose is full of dank citrus hops(surprise!), caramel, booze, grapefruit, pine, more booze.

The first sip gives me a ton of oily hops, sweet malt, and booze. Quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

The booze is really catching up to me and very warming. Half a bottle is all I can drink at one sitting.

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

Bottle purchased for about $6 in OH. The beer is dark reddish color with a brown foam that held infinite retention time. The smell is STRONG, you can tell that a lot of malt and especially a lot of hops went into this beer. The main aroma was pine needle and pine resin but the balance with rich sweet malts made this seem almost a cousin to Stone 10th based on smell alone. Abrasive taste, extremely hoppy, still fresh enough not to have morphed into a barleywine, this is aggressive and delicious. Complex and burning, the alcohol shows up in feeling rather than taste. Medium-to-heavy body + extreme flavor keep the drinkability down a bit, but still this is a little higher than "sipper" on the drinkability scale. Very nice and a beer to remember.

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

Appearance: Beer pours into my pint glass an unexpectedly dark shade of brown with some deep ruby-colored highlights. The liquid is more or less opaque, and the head that forms from the pour is light tan and full of tightly packed fizzy bubbles. Lace is sticky and slippery, hanging around a bit before sliding back into the head.

Smell: Aroma is a nice balance of toasty malts and sticky piney hops. The alcohol comes through sharply somewhat like rubbing alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...this beer definitely lives up to the hype for me. The initial flavors of toasty grain and slightly sweet malt are met and finished very strongly in the aftertaste with a huge skunky/piney hop presence. The aftertaste is also punctuated with very astringent alcohol. Feel is moderate with some decent effervescence and a sticky film left after the drink.

Drinkability: A little hot, but that doesn't keep it from going down nicely. I really like the big bold flavors that Stone promises. There aren't as many beers available to me in this style as I'd like, so cheers to that.

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Photo of BenZ
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad I read a post here about enjoying this fresh. I didn't even read the bottle and just put it in the cellar. I remedied that situation and chilled it last week.

So, it's pretty dark for a hop aroma like that!

It looks like a light brown ale or a dark amber. Or, perhaps, an American Strong Ale! The head rivals Duvel!

Smell is 2/3 Celbration or Bigfoot and 1/3 Hopslam. Translation: awesome!

More tropical hop flavors and slightly less bitterness would have been appreciated. I didn't even notice the malt until I was nearly done with my glass and it warmed up more than expected.

Nice mouthfeel but maybe just slightly too bitter and hot for a better drinkability score.

Don't think I'll get again as a fresh bigfoot is pretty close to this beer and much cheaper. Overall, a dang nice beer!

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Photo of jdflyer06
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A - Exceptional! Dark, almost ruby like color when held up to the light. The head is light, tan, but with enough substance to hold it's own throughout and leave some thick lacing on the side.

S - Complex but not completely there yet. It smells young, but that's to be expected. Some piney notes and over ripe citrus dominate at first followed by a hint of dark fruit and a rich caramel and malt finish. I can feel the burn of the alcohol in my nostrils.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body with a dry finish and a pretty good bit of warmth from the alcohol

T - Pretty good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness but the alcohol is way too aggressive right now. Picking up some apple peel and bitter unripe citrus. I was expecting some more fruity esters after reading some reviews. It falls flat in the taste category but still good enough to finish by myself.

D - Not very drinkable right now. Should mellow out in a year or so. I'm going to lay some down for a while and review six months and one year from now.

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Photo of JoePat
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz into a tulip glass

Pours much darker than I expected with a thick beige head. Massive smell of citrisy/grassey hops with notes of alcohol. When tasting you again get that massive hop flavor but underneath you can still taste a hint of the smooth maltyness. The after taste lingers with the bitterness of the hops and dryness from the alcohol. Creamy mouth feel.If it wasnt for the smell I would never guess 8.5% alcohol. Chalk another one up for Stone.

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

Clad in the Stone-standard screenprint-label with the requisite gargoyle and stilted, though less-than-arrogant puffery, the 22-ounce bomber bottle is decrowned with a hearty hiss. Poured into my Stone shaker pint glass, 13th Anniversary Ale is sparkling clear and firecoal-hued cherry-amber in color with a thick creamy cap of fine beige foam atop. The head is soft and silky in texture and deflates very slowly, holding at a half-inch thick mass as it plasters a respectable web of broad, patchy lacing onto the sides of my glass.

The smell is fruity, rich and herbal with a deep, dark sugary malt backbone supporting a snootful of floral citrus. Augmenting the olfactory hopload is fresh note of green grass and a sprinkle of snipped evergreen.

The taste is bright and fruity with toasted caramel and a dry, purposeful, grassy hop bitterness. Alcohol is a significant player in the profile, contributing a drying bite as it evaporates from the drinker's palate. A note of juicy red apple and bitter undderripe stonefruit peels extends the notion of fruitiness a tad, and a touch of dry coffee with brown sugar-sprinkled caramel becomes more noticeable as the encounter progresses. Oily, grassy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

The drink is fullish-medium in body with just enough carbonation to lighten things up. Highly drinkable given the 9.5% ABV.

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

Aroma: Deep pinous hop resins up front, candied oranges, and rich citrusy hop notes all up front. A nice carmel base to back up all the hop notes. Alcohol warmth present on the nose.

Appearance: Deep copper pour with thick off-white head.

Flavor: Big piney hop notes up front. More citrus flavors and just enough background malt sweetness to keep this from ripping your teeth out. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high-carbonation. Slightly oily on the palate.

Overall impression: A decidedly hoppy American Amber. I'm a hop head but this is pushing the limit as far as I'm concerned. I could drink a pint but any more than that would be difficult. Worth savoring for sure. Nicely done.

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

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

Smell: Fresh pine needles

Taste: Like chewing on fresh pine needles.

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

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Photo of charlesw
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

That's a nice looking beer. Man, is that a nice looking beer. Pours rich and thick, tiny tan bubbles in a good-sized head. That head lasts and lasts... Beautiful ruby/amber color - so deep and rich. Nice red color shines through, just a little.

Smells citrus floral and grassy. On the bitter side of citrus - grapefruit or something.

Oh. That's crazy. Interesting. Whoa. What? I guess it's like an IIPA in the mouth. Lots of different hop stuff going on but mostly subdued. Kinda strange. A tiny zap of bitterness at the end and she's done. Only, ha, fooled you! It keeps getting dryer and more bitter the longer it's been since you had any in your mouth. Thus, as with hot peppers, you're encouraged to drink more - to keep that dry, bitter aftertaste from coming on. Ha! Thankfully all of the crazy hops and bitterness and whatever have sweet maltiness to balance them out. Interestingly, my first taste was only of the malts... Like, well, it takes time for the hops to come on but they truly are like hot peppers - slowing sneaking up and then thwacking you on the head, er, tongue. And there are all kinds of hop things going on - it's not strong in citrus (that was the nose). It's not overpowering in pine but you sure get that. It's crazy. You should try it!

With a touch more carbonation, really not much, this would be spot on.

And while I've lavished all of this praise on it... I probably won't go out and buy any more. I prefer my beer more subdued and more balanced. Hey - compared to a Pliny this is Westy 12 but it's still way too hop forward and bitter especially a minute or two after you've swalled it for my taste.

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Photo of mattwjones
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from a bomber into a 17.5 oz snifter.

The pour was nice. This beer is much darker than I expected. The head is slight and looks like espresso foam. The color is dark and turns red when held up to the lights.

The smell is malty with hops in the background. It almost smells like dried fruit and molasses.

The taste is big malt upfront and has a hoppy finish. Molasses comes out again. Once the beer warms up there is a strong alcohol bite.

Te mouthfeel is solid. It is thick but not syrupy.

Although this is not a syrupy brew, I dont see myself sessioning this beer. I would buy it again if I had the chance though.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7.

A: Deep red/brown, mostly brown with a cream colored head, about half an inch or so, fairly murky, pretty fair retention with sticky clumps of lacing.

S: Pungent grapefruit, tons of pine and resinous hop lingering in there. Smells extremely hoppy, not much else, can't say this is going to be pulled toward balance. A little bit of a caramel malt profile emerges is it warms. This smells great.

T: Damn, the nose gives the flavor away, hops and booze, with an after thought of malt, has an almost black tea like flavor, almost astringently bitter, from both the booze, tea like properties, and hops. The nose was great, but the taste is well, a lot to say the least. Almost no malt can be detected in this. Leaves a sort of hoppy isopropyl rubbing alcohol flavor in the mouth. Yikes. This is not pleasant to drink at all.

M: For 9.5% this beer is extremely thin and highly carbonated, this just doesn't feel right. Astringently dry, not pleasant.

D: I love hoppy beers, so long as there is a little something else in there with it, this is hop tea with a touch of malt, and a shot of vodka in it. I understand this is from Stone, and is an anniversary beer, but holy hell a little bit of sweetness would be nice. This is honestly the first beer from Stone that I've struggled to find something in the taste that I didn't like. This will decimate your tongue as well. If you're looking for a hop fix, this is more than enough, but yeah, I wouldn't recommend this. I don't even think age will help this beer. Definitely didn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of mjaskula
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thick tan head. The head thins down but laces very nicely.

This is easily one of the best smelling beers i've ever encountered. The aroma is dark and sweet with a hint of cherries or other dark fruits. At the same time it's very hoppy with a bit of citrus.

The taste doesn't betray the aroma, it's all there, the dark fruity sweetness, and even more hops. The bitterness is strong and ends with some coffee flavors. The alcohol is well hidden.

The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that the bitterness really stays with you and won't go away, it is quite dry and leaves you wanting more. I won't have any problems finishing the bomber.

I'm going to have to get another bottle of this. Unfortunately the bottle says not to cellar it and to drink it during 2009. I wonder why.

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Photo of adamb02155
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Much darker than expected, dark brown to black in appearance. Nice foamy head on top.

S - Very impressive. Strong floral scent to it.

T - Bitter, but with a little sweetness and enough body to make the bitter taste enjoyable.

M - I really like the body to this, it is pretty thick and helps to balance it out.

D - One bottle of this is a nice treat for sure, it is a great anniversary offering.

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Photo of raninator84
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a bomber last night. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark auburn with massive reddish head.

S - Hops, lots-o-hops. Caramel and pine, with a hint of burnt cherries.

T - Hops hit you right away then the caramel and burnt wood flavors are masked. The alcohol kind of dominates the taste though.

M - well balanced carbonation

D - The alcohol is a bit overpowering and any hop head would be satisfied with this brew. I feel it could be a bit over hyped but an overall a good brew.

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