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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of bennetj17
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, coffee-amber colour, massive tan foam. Head holds wonderfully, with a thick coat of lace. Hops have a clean, citrus dominance in the aroma, with some spicy floral character also. Not alot of malt sweetness in the smell.

Taking the first sip, it's apparent that the syrupy caramel malt is doing it's best to keep up with the hops. The Chinooks are strong still, and have some bite, especially when the bitterness begins to set in. A little earthy dryness is detected at the back, and it's a bit warming, though the alcohol flavor doesn't get in the way. The mouthfeel wants to get syrupy with all that malt in there, but remains smooth, with a perfect foamy carbonation. Man, that bitterness is a real knockout in the finish, really loving it.

This beer is terrific. Although it is quite different, the overall idea is much like the 11th Anniversary: an extravagantly hopped monster, with a darker malt presence that balances things nicely. There is good complexity, and I think that's why you could look at this in many ways: a Double Red, a Strong Ale, a DIPA? I'm not the biggest fan of Chinook but it is done well here. I intend to drink many more of these, fresh. Well done...

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

Serving: 22 oz bomber

A - Dark amber pour, with an initial 2 finger head and subsides into a very thin lace.

S - Piney resin and floral hops. A near IPA smell. The booziness smell comes out strong as it warms up.

T - Bigfoot-esque notes - borderline barleywine profile here. You get hit with the initial hops (fairly strong too) and then comes down w/ a fairly alcohol flavor (almost rum-like)

M - Lightly carbonated, fairly light mouthfeel

D - This is where I probably deviate from the other reviewers. I really like SN Bigfoot, but this beer just comes off too boozy for me. The hard alcohol (I'm thinking rum) notes are just way too strong for me. It hits your mouth right away, almost as if there was a pour of rum sitting on top of the beer. What struck me was the lack of balance

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Photo of Stunner97
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark dark brown with slight amber color when held up in the light, slight white head, very nice brown amber color, nice dark appearance

Smell- very reminiscant in the smell of nugget nectar by troeg, very nice hops and beautiful sweet nectar, very bitter hop aroma, very inviting smell

taste- very creamy up front but very very strong bitter hop finish, it has a very long lingering finish that really hangs in your mouth long after, slight sweet nectar but way overwhelmed by the strong hops, a beer for hop lovers for sure, very nice flavor could use slight more malt at least on first sip, but i really like the finish which is long and lingering

Mouthfeel- very creamy thick and smooth the hop oils nicely coat your mouth

Drinkability- though the hops are overwhelming at points i felt maybe even a little of balance this beer its enjoyable if you like bold hops, due to high bitterness I would have to but the drinkability down a bit when added to high alc percentage, overall a nice beer but i have had slightly better balanced ones of the style

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

A: Great looking beer at initial pour. Very dark reddish brown. Two finger, creamy head off white with slight red tint. Recedes fairly quickly. Some good lacing.

S: Hops for sure. Pine on the back end. Grapefruit, strawberry, hint of dark chocolate.

T: Very hoppy but the malts are also strong. Almost like burnt caramel in there. Some citrus, but hard to discern. Bitter, spicy finish.

M: This has a full bodied, strong presence. Very bitter.

D: Quite powerful - both the hops and the malt - so this is certainly no session beer. 22oz bomber is perfect amount.

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

A: The color is more brown than anything, but it does have a definite reddish tint. Not much head, but off-white in color, and excellent lacing.

S: Hops, a lot of them. Tons of citrus, and it just smells bitter. A few extra sniffs gives a bit of a malt finish to the nose.

T: A lot more balanced than the scent would indicate. Of course, there are tons of hops in this bad boy, lots of citrus (again) and bitterness on the front with a nice smooth, malty finish. A bit of lingering bitterness and a bit of heat.

M: Full bodied, not much carbonation.

D: Despite the hoppiness and high ABV, it's quite drinkable. Not something you could drink all day, but very tasty.

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

Another beautiful bomber with red screenprinted label. Looks great.

Pours into a chalice with very dark redish brown color and silky white head. It lingers a bit but slowly fades leaving some lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and very hoppy with a nice fresh hop smell. Great pine and citrus as in most big left coast beers.

Flavor is intense and enjoyable with huge hop bitterness balanced nicely with ample malts. There is a sweetness that is similar to honey and some roasty caramel/toffee flavors. A little bit of chocolate. The hops eventually come out on top but it's not entirely a one-sided battle.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and somewhat creamy. It's not too heavy on the carbonation but the alcohol burn is noticeable.

Overall it seems more like a barley wine style than a double IPA but American strong ale is a nice catchall for these types of beer. Very big beer in all respects. Another great anniversary beer from Stone.

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

I had this on tap at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA last night. Served in a pint, 12oz pour.

A - Deep bronze w/ 3/4 inch tan cap. Mildly hazy and fiery crimson when held to the light. The bead is fin and sublte lace is deposited.

S - An instensely pungent citrus hop aroma, just soaked in juice odor w/ a huge grapefruit nose. Pine adds something more earthy to the nose, the ripe orange scents are obvious even several inches away from the ale

M - Crisp, tight, resinous and juicy feel w/ bitter texture in check w/ the mild sweet malt assistance. The piney bitter and warmth is felt in the lasting sharp finish

T - Really sweet + fruity taste of grapefruit w/ hints of pine cone and an almost salty bitterness like sucking the essence from a hop leaf after the malt subsides. The taste is salty w/ acidity hitting the sides of the tongue at the back w/ spicy hop flavor. A nice amber malt creaminess in the taste is usurped by the sharp, stinging( again salty) brine at the end which calls you back to taste again. The mix of sweet and then heat is very flavorful and has a nice contrast

D - The taste is overwhelming at times, not tame in any way. It takes 'Imperial Red' to a whole 'nother level. Almost to hoppy for its own good, could use a little age IMO before it will be truly incredible drinkability wise. The bitterness is almost like salt off a pretzel at times. I can't wait to taste this in the bottle maybe a month from now.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's the other night.

The beer pours a darkish brown color, looking very much like a standard porter. The beer has pretty decent head retention, with lots of sticky lacing all around. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a hop bomb. There is a hint of malt and coffee, but the over-riding aroma is bitter citrus and hop perfume. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and this beer is impressively hoppy. It's very reminiscent of a DIPA, and I was told this is the hoppiest beer Stone has ever made. Whatever, this beer is hugely bitter and citrusy, with just a hint of coffee and chocolate. One thing I found interesting about this beer, is that the initial flavor I get is just a breath of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong and drowns out everything else. As it turns out, this beer has a pretty dry finish, despite the fact that you can tell the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the combination of massive hop bitterness and high alcohol make it difficult to have more then one serving.

This is a very impressive effort from Stone.

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

Pours a very dark ruby with earthier tones near its heart.Solid white head hangs out on top. Fades fairly quickly but leaves a solid ring around the top of the beer. Tons of lacing left on the glass. Awful Perdy.

Smells yummy. Huge pine with some sweeter grapefruit notes. Underneath is a touch of alcohol. Lots of nice caramel hitting up the back with some toasted nuts.

This is nearly a highly hopped barley wine. There's lots of dark fruit going on. Some fig and date and raisins. You've got the other side coming through now, some grapefruit, lemon, orange, and small pine. Heavy on the bitter side.

Sticky and chewy. Nicely carbonated. Finding it pretty smooth here.

The drinkability is good from a "the alcohol is not overwhelming" perspective, but the high bitterness puckers the lips a bit and devastates any other flavors you hope to experience.

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

Poured a very deep, blood red with a 1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smells like a boatload of hops with some citrus/fruit undertones, smells absolutely amazing. Taste is amazing at first, very hoppy, citrus and piney, some fruit in there too. Once it leave the mouth it seems like a blast of hops/alcohol overpowers my palette, still good though. Mouthfeel is medium with very good carbonation, smooth. Hoppiness coats mouth forever. Definitely drinkable, could probably get through a few of these before the hops overpower, not too heavy on the stomach. Definitely a good brew that I would buy again.

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

22 oz. bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark, barleywine-esque hue, capped by a robust tan head that has great consistency and form but not nearly enough staying power. The lacing is impressive though, sticky, sheet-like in places, foamy and clumpy in others. Given the color of this one, the carbonation is barely visible, but you are able to see tiny streams of pinpoint bubbles stream upwards and continuously replenish the thin, persistent tan sheen and three-dimensional beige collar.

Aroma: Whew, makes your nosehairs tingle. Or sizzle. Or something. Huge grapefruit and huger pine mingles with a slight, faint, underlying alcohol singe, pineapple, and oranges. Caramel, dark, heavily roasted toffee, and - particularly - earthy, dirty toasted astringencies blend well with the fierce hop profile.

Taste: Pretty large. A huge, chewy, fat malt bill - characterized largely by enormous dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs, sweet cherries) and roasted, toasted malts (caramel, faint chocolate, dark toffee) - is more than matched by a fatter, heavier hop profile - huge pine, leafy minty dry hop notes, huger bitter ruby red grapefruit, orange zest. The bitterness is dominant, lingering, permeating, crisp, and absolutely, devastatingly extreme, perfectly in line with the Stone tradition. It's not incredibly complex, nor incredibly balanced, but it is reasonably complex and reasonably tasty.

Mouthfeel: Big, thick, and chewy, yet with enough fine carbonation to keep it fluffy though, surprisingly, somewhat uneven. It would both expect it to be less voluminous and more even and smooth than this, given the consistency of the body. It's not bad, but doesn't quite jive as well with the flavor profile as I'd like. It evens out as it warms, a little.

Drinkability: This one seems slightly better than the sum of its parts - that is, I don't think it should be getting a ... what, 3.95? That it took me a second to do that math also indicates that this one is formidable in its alcohol content, though that's not too noticeable outside the nose singe (and even that may be just the hop content). In the realm of Stone Anniversary ales, this one's near the bottom (of the ones I've tried, that is, the last 4) - it's on par or slightly below the XII, inferior to the XI, and vastly inferior to the X (though, to be entirely fair, I had the X w/ a good near three years of age on it and the XI with a little over two). On the whole though, it's not a bad beer by any stretch, though I don't think I could see myself having more than one of these every so often.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one pours a light brown in color with a modest head. Nothing to look at.

Smell - The hops leap from the glass like a frog on crank. I can pick up some nice, darkish malts in the base but these hops are just buck wild in here. They are incredibly raw. The only time I've ever smelled hops like this is when I have picked them fresh.

Taste - The malt base is actually quite roasty and came up quickly at the taste. That huge hop profile though overpowers all else. This is as raw and as virgin as they come. It is like a hop flower sandwich on whole-wheat toast.

Mouthfeel - This is getting towards full-bodied with plenty of hop belches but the bitterness has not quite set in yet. There is absolutely no sense of alcohol. It tastes like a virgin ale at 9.5% ABV.

Drinkability - Yes, I taste and rate all of the Stone beers right when they come out. I will review my cellared bottles with update notes, but I think it's important to evaluate the beer actually before it is meant to be tasted.

Having said that, this one has some huge flavors that are going to meld amazingly well together. In particular, these wild hops will mellow yet coagulate and the malt base will sweeten up and grow over time. It is going to take a while though because this is a big, big beer. I would say at least two years in the cellar before even thinking about taking a second taste. It will probably keep improving through 4-5 years peaking at 7-8. I really don't believe that Stone has ever produced a better aging ale than this - and that is saying a whole helluva lot.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Rather dark amber maple syrup body with a dense inch and a half of light sandy head. Great lacing. Delectable nose of pine sap, herbal resinousness, pineapple, and minty hops. Substantial fruit, cookie, and rum backing.

Herbal, numbing hop bitterness right up front. Aggressive and tasty. Undercurrent of fruity, rummy malt mounts a defensive against the hop dominance. Sticky, and slightly sweet, the malt still can't balance the hop bitterness. Piny and resinous all the way through, with flashes of mint and citrus in the finish. Dry and numbing to the end. Reminds me of SN Bigfoot, but with more hops! Medium-full body with a creamy feel. One of Stone's better Anniversary beers.

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

Split a case of bombers with ericwo, purchased at the beer yard in wayne, pa for $75 after tax..well worth it.

Pours a very deep red with a thick toffee colored head.You can smell the hops but the cherry smell dominates by far. Taste is very smooth with great carbonation. You get the bitterness of the hops, lot of cherry and toffee. No hint of the 9.5% abv. Very interesting and enjoyable beer by stone. I am really glad I bought 6 bombers right off the bat. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great brew to look at. Hazey dark brown body below a super sticky tan head that leaves ring and spidered lace.

Roasted malts make up the bulk of the body with a slightly bitter/burnt edge. A lingering smell of BO and cardboard would make me think this would taste ugly but it couldn't be further from the truth. The taste is brilliant. If you let each swallow linger on the palate it sharpens up and stings the taste buds. Nice hop kick that I only notice at the very end as it snaps.

Notes: Best brew I've had in quite some time. Maybe even the last 12 months. If I can find a good deal on this I'll scoop it up in mass. Well done.

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

It's been a while since I wrote an official review. For tonight's review I am going to give my thoughts on the latest anniversary brew from Stone Brewing. This is the 13th Anniversary beer that was recently released. One thing I noticed on the bottle is that they suggest consuming this now and not aging it. Kind of makes me wonder, what an aged version of this beer will taste like.

The 13th Anniversary is listed as an Imperial Red Ale. It's pretty unusual to see a big red ale like this but hey I'm game.
Aroma: First thing I noticed is the grassy/piney floral hop character. If I had to guess they aroma hop they used, I would say Simcoe (which when I checked on their site it states they used Simcoe and Centennial). The aroma is a nice surprise.
Appearance: It's a dark copper/amber color. I got about 1 - 2 fingers worth of head. Outside of a slight chill haze the beer itself is pretty clear
Taste: Immediately you taste the bittering hops (their site states it is Chinook hops) and even some of the aroma hops. However, that is immediately balanced by the sweet malt character. You really get much of anything else in this beer.
Mouthfeel: Two words really bitter and dry. Nothing else is present in the mouthfeel.
Overall impression: I am sort of torn on this one. When I think of an amber/red ale I think more along the lines of Troeg's Nugget Nectar and Bud's American Ale. Both are good examples of two extremes of the style. What you have here is a red ale on steroids. This is great to give it a try once having more than that, well that would be hard for me to do.

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

a: into my piraat snifter with a frothy two-finger beige head, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color, nice retention and light lace

s: first is an onslaught of green pine backed by fresh tropical fruits - monstrous West Coast C-hops, notes of grapefruit and fresh pine bough being most dominant with some mango and passionfruit, malts try to make a stand but ultimately skulk in the background providing smooth nutty aromas and dark toffee dusted with cocoa, mild ethanol peeks out only after warming considerably

m: smooth carbonation around medium level, medium-full body

t: almost all hops on the tongue - big tropical flavors turning towards pine bitterness almost immediately, the malts are felt more than tasted - lending some dark sugars and flavors of nut-roll or dark breads, a wonderfully oppressive bitterness lingers in the long finish, too unbalanced for a higher score but a great experience for the hop fiend within

d: an easy sipper but one that demands respect, a nice beer overall but I would like to see some more malt coming through the wall of hops

bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The head is a very creamy khaki color that likes to hang around a while. The beer itself is a very dark burnt red color.

S- This smells like an orgy of hops in a glass. This smells very tasty. Reminds me a lot of Pliny the Elder. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes with a nice caramel background.

T- This is a very hop forward beer with lots of caramel malty goodness in the background. The hops are always present, but this sweetness from the malts is also there, it has great harmony between the two. I'm also getting a nice spicyness to this as well. The taste is great.

M- Good mouthfeel, but this is a total pallet killer.

D- Very easy to drink, and great brew from a company that has a "go big or go home" attitude.

Despite the fact the bottle says don't age, I bet the malt profile will come though as the hops fade and this beer will be a completely different beast. I can only imagine what that would be like.

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Photo of erikm25
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a combination of both cola and darkened crimson colors. Like caramel glazed black cherries. Head creeps up with some slight bubbles. Moderate retention with a trickle of lacing. Sits in the glass with an attractive thickened rustic hue.

S: Citrus hops aromas with some fresh pine and cinnamon spice. Cantaloupe sprinkled with ginger then dipped in spearmint and vanilla. Fresh smelling with an underlying honey sweetness.

T: Generous helpings of both sweetening and bittering tastes. Orange and grapefruit juiciness. Brown sugar and toffee help to compliment the floral and fruitiness. This is like drinking in 4-D. Even with prominent tastes that stand out it is still a smooth beer.

M: Heavy ended medium mouth feel. Slightly oily with a rich syrupy quality. I love the way this beer finishes.

D: A hopped up amber with a good kick. Very drinkable. I would like to try this along side AB as this one kind of reminded me of a psychedelic and stronger version. Again, and as we all know, this brewery continues to put out some high quality craft beer.

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Photo of snpub540
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mohogany color that had some scarlet highlights when held up to the light. Tan head that stuck around for a very long time and leaves some very beautiful lacing.

Smells very hoppy!! Grapefruit, floral, and pine give off a very enticing hop aroma. Also a malty sweetness lingering in the background.

Honestly one of the best hoppy beers I have ever had. Still has a caramel sweetness at first and flows into a symphony of hop flavor. I get a lot of Chinook presence from the bitter grapefruit taste, followed by a dry piney aftertaste. Very delicious. As it warmed it just got better!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and it has the same flavor profile as AB but isn't as harsh. A definate success from Stone and I will have to go back and get more to enjoy very soon.

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

22oz bottle served at 49°F.

A - 4.5
Dark reddish-brown, semi-transparent with a nice 1/4" head that sticks around. Swirling reveals minimal lacing sticking to the sides.

S - 4.0
Reminds me of a fresh Nugget Nectar by Troegs. Sweet malt, pine citrus, malty. Lovin' the pine citrus.

T - 4.5
Tastes dark and deep brown ale. Hops are on the high end of being balanced... teetering on overkill... very well done. The overall balance continues to surprise with each sip. During each sip, I sense the flavor go full throttle and then let back to nicely coat my palate and make it beg for another.

MF - 4.0
Nicely carbonated and feels very smooth on the tongue. Almost overwhelming... but stops short. Excellent BIG beer!

D - 4.0
For this style and comparing it to something like the Tongue Buckler (is that fair?), this is extremely drinkable.

I've had an older and aged Decadence by AleSmith that I believe was close to this style that was better... which makes me question how this would age. However, the ominous "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." makes me consider otherwise.

I plan to have at least one a month of these. And yes, I'll probably lay a few down... against Stone's bottle labeling. Why? Maybe because I'm an Arrogant Bastard... that's why.

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Photo of Casey10
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into St Bernadus glass.

A - Dark cherry red 1 finger head from warmed bottle.

S - Complex fruity nice stong smell

T - Strong taste, copper, some fruit

M - Foamy strong alcohol,

D - Tough to say this beer is hot and a lot might be a bad thing.

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Photo of erz316
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 6floz bottle into s. smith pint glass. Triskaidekaphobia sufferers beware...

A - a very heady beer, even a gentle pour sends it into a rage of head madness. body is a diphanous brown, a little lighter than cola, though still retaining the red notes. big frothy head retains damn well and makes clings onto the sides of the glass for dear life. head has a crackly uneven surface, like a cloud or something.

S - smell is overpowering, even as the bottle is just opened. hop notes are clearly from dryhopping, the fragrant oils abound in the nose. notes of pine are evident, and some lemon zest. not a trace of the malts in my case. a relatively simple, but overpowering nose.

T - initial tastes are just as bold as the nose: evident malt presence now, along with the bitter hop oils. malts come out as a sweet note and mingle quite well with the hops, they make this initially confusing taste of what appears to be some sort of floral bitter fruit. the blended malt presence quickly subsides to the bitterness of the hops. the finish presents some alcohol warmth. the aftertaste is initially a burst of alcohol followed by the blended malt/mixed sweetness flavour, and then subsiding into subdued hop oils.

MF&D - large-scale abundant carbonation with a not-too-thick body makes for a good balance. the body is thick and rich, a good coupling for the abv and overpowering taste. neither, of course, deters me from having more of these (save my distaste for such highly dry hopped beverages), as it does the job quite well. Though as a last remark I would probably just go for the x2 bastard.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an Imperial Red IPA clocking in at 9.5%. They have used more hops per barrel than any previous beer made. They hop it during the boil, then dry hop it once it cools, and then they dry hopped it one more time just before filtering, for good measure I suppose.

The hops come through, but the beer surely has a sweet, malty side as well. When poured it has a deep red, mahogany color with a rich, creamy tan head. The crystal and amber malt flavors shine through in the mid palette. The hops have a bitterness up front, and then carry on through the palette and stay for a long finish.

I would say that this beer is much more malt driven than most of the West Coast IPA's out there. There is a real quality to the expression of malt character in this beer. I am never sure what flavors, other than barley, to equate the "red" malt to, but this beer has a lot of it with tons of layers. The alcohol shows a bit too much, which is characteristic of Stone's beers, but is not offensive. Maybe a bit out of balance, but it is easy to tell that there was a great effort put into this beer.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 723 ratings
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