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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th 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:
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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured 1/2 into perfect pint, then loosely recapped and left the 2nd 1/2 to warm up a bit more as i enjoyed the first glass.

Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue. nice tan head that was thick and fluffy. sticking around, allowing to bask in its aroma.

This beer had a very strong smell. Smelled of floral up front, with hops, malt, some fruitness. The floral aroma closely resembled fennel with a dry mint leaves. The flavor was a bouque of tastes, earthy, with hops and malt mix. Full bodied bliss with a hit of carbonation.

At frist, i was worried, once i smelled the beer, i knew it would be a hit or miss with its strong aroma. At first, i loved the beer's taste, then began to second guess the flavor. as the beer began to warm up, the floral aroma began to bloom and i immediately got hooked. It was a strong flavor and taste not for the weak hearted, but man, i got hooked.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep crimson with a white/beige head, sticky lacing and a swath of bubbles emitting from the depths of the glass.

S-Absolute hop. A stinging sensation on your nose, because of the sheer hoppiness of this beverage. Moist pine bark, the mist coming off of an orange as you peel the skin off, caramel, toffee and a rush of booze.

T- up front malt that levels into a universe of pulsating hop orgies with tawney port, cracked pepper corn, pine, mint, and victory in the background.

M- Lathery, suddy, the glass says it all, the head is stuck to this mother like no tomorrow.

D- This is the fifth time i've had this beer and the first time i've reviewed selling stone beer by far that we've ever carried as well.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always look forward to this annual offering from Stone. 13 is a mystical number for many cultures, not in the beer culture.

Pours a big foamy tan head. Dark colors, brown, ruby, brilliant cherry mahogany, big foamy lacing. There's a bar in San Francisco called Lucky 13 I like.

Smells of ground fresh hops at first, pepper, spice, nice malt profile kick in later. In some countries, the number 13 is considered unlucky and building owners will sometimes purposefully omit a floor so numbered.

Big Hops, Big Malt, peppery, bitter, Big Citrus, Big Red Alcohol. It does't quite work for me though. Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful mission by the United States of America intended to land humans on the moon.

Alcohol and hops burn down your throat like the 10th anniversary, but this one wasn't as smooth. Pretty good beer, a victim of their own success as it didn't live up to the hype. Haven't been this disappointed since Jim Carrey's 23.

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Photo of possumfollower2
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the 2nd quaff. Appearance is pretty much opaque with a hint of red seen through the glass. Head's off amber. Mouthfeel is oily with only a slight stickiness. The girl says it's too bitter for her. I agree that the bittering is very aggressive. Definite pineapple is present at the back. The malts are even-keeled for something so dark, not too roasted or nutty. For a strong beer like this there's not a huge alcohol kick at the end. I did appreciate the "Do not cellar" warning. It was very considerate from our friends at Stone, otherwise a lot of guys, including myself would have tried to keep it too long and would have been deeply disappointed.

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

Aah, the anticipated Imperial Red. In true Stone fashion, this beer is flavorful, challenging, and aggressive as hell.

Begins with a sturdy dark amber hue (boardering on crimson) with very good clarity despite such dark red colors. Great foamstance and retention with malt-stained yellowish foam. Tough to knock the appearance from perfect.

Aromas are that of true Stone beers- floral, citrusy, piney, and pungent all the way. A background of malts and sunkist barley rise and give complexity to the hops. A lot going on here, could be mistaken for a Barleywine.

Flavors are extremely strong and obviously begin with the heavy dose of hops throughout. Flowery and fruity even with the onslaught of alpha acid flavor. Heavy malts come in with a toasty, toffee flavor and heavy breads (think beer breads) with molassas and sorgum. Also comming in at mid-palate is the flavors from the alcohol that deter from the malt-hops blend because of a nail polish remover taste and aggression.

The feel is equally as bold with ultimate bitterness that is tempered nicely with the bready and well attenuated malts. Not much sweetness, just malty as hell (similar to Arrogant Bastard). But again, the alcohols become quite abrupt and keep the beer from reaching full potential. Bitey and bitter the finish suffers a bit from the vodka-like alcohols.

The beer reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard. The hops are re-tooled and the beer seems to be a bit more caramelly and toasty instead of the simplified melanoidin notes. Still, a Stone-worthy beer indeed.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked up a bomber of this from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured into a proper pint glass. Pours garnet with radiant amber highlights and a supercreamy khaki colored head.

S - Mild, hoppy, little earthy malt in there, brown sugar, but overall very subdued.

T - Bitter, hoppy, red ale with a superbitter pine aftertaste that assaults the tastebuds before rolling over and falling asleep on them (i.e. bitterness lingers). White pepper spiciness in there.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy.

Notes - A wonderfully made beer, just not my preferred hop balance.

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

pours deep deep amber. dark enough that its hard to see through. light creamy head.

light scents of sweet floral hops and sweet malts. did i mention sweet?

i do notice alcohol. hop bitterness really sticks out from start to finish. hops are very citrus themed. floral hops are in the back. malts are there but not as pronounced as i would have thought. not as sweet as i would have thought from the scent.

pretty full bodied, lots of carbonation and lots of bite.

good overall. it was hoppy as they had announced it would be but very bitter hoppy. i would have liked to have seen deeper floral hops flavors and maybe a stronger malt backbone.

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Photo of mikey711
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. A deep mohagany beer with a very nice lacey off white head.

Very aromatic, citrus, piney, spicey, earthy. Tends mostly to the citrus hops, lemony and pineapple. A very faint smell of malt sweetness comes through in the end.

It tastes a bit more on the piney side than I had expected and then the sweetness comes in. I would have liked a little more balance in terms of hops and malts, as I feel the two taste don't meld together as well as they could. The pine notes also linger for a while on my tongue than I had hoped.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and I don't think I could or would want to drink more than one. I am a little dissappointed as I have such high expectations for stone. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for a beer like this, but other than the appearance and smell this beer was just average. Another go around may be in order, but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA and split it with my brother-in-law. Poured into a couple standard pint glasses.

Appearance was a rich dark amber color topped with a thick off-white head which never fully faded away and left successive lace rings down the glass walls, kind of like tree rings recording my progress in polishing my share.

The nose was heavily laden with pine resins and grapefruit; very nice. Underneath were the aromas of caramel with hints of fruit and a touch of vanilla. However, the hops easily outpaced the malt bill here.

The taste was an immediate blast of hops oils on the tongue, scouring the tastebuds with pine needles and grapefruit peels. The malt platform of sweet caramel applied a decent counter to the hops but there was no doubt as to which element was in charge. A slight warming was felt at the finish courtesy of the high alcohol content. The feel was full, rich and creamy with the aforementioned alcohol burn.

Overall, a great brew from the folks at Stone. I only knocked drinkability due to the fact that the high ABV got me rocked faster then I would care for. Nonetheless; this is a wonderful beer, one I plan on getting again and heartily recommend.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, rich reddish-amber color with a thick, sticky off-white head that recedes very slowly, leaving a nice solid cap throughout drinking. Also leaves nice lacing.

S - Pungent, bitter hops are dominant in the aroma of this one. The hops lean mostly towards the pine, but a bit of citrus and spiciness in there as well. Sweet, fruity malts in the background with a hint of alcohol as well.

T - Intense, bitter, and resinous pine and citrus hop flavors rock the taste buds up front. Somewhat balanced by some sweet, toffee-like malt in the background, but definitely leans very heavily towards the hop side of things. Crisp, and rather bitter finish. Really tasty and full of flavor. I can definitely detect a bit of alcohol in this brew, but it doesn't really detract.

M - Full bodied with fairly resinous feel. Almost makes the tongue tingle with the combination of intense hops and alcohol.

D - An interesting and tasty offering, but pretty intense overall. The heavy hops and alcohol presence make this a one bomber sipper for me, but it is solid nonetheless.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a large light brown head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Big aroma of dark fruit, toffee, citrusy hops and hint of pepper.
An assault on the tastebuds. Citrusy hops, sweet malts, dark fruit (cherries), and a bit of an alcohol finish. Grapefruit like bitterness lingers on the tongue for a long while.
Full bodied slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. My mouth actually tingles for awhile.
Wow, this is a serious beer but has a nice balance of bitter and sweet. It felt like a rollercoaster ride. I could not drink a lot of this because the bitterness also the alcohol went straight to my brain. I have never been so buzzed off one 22 ounce bottle of beer.
NOTES: BBCSD-0906-Patrick

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Photo of therealnod
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Already had several of these, just like every year. 22oz bomber into an Old Guardian chalice.

A: Dark, clear red. Very nice.

S: Lots of pine backed by dark cherry. Some light citrus with a hint of caramel. Complex nose.

T: Wow, where to begin? Begins with the very bitter pine...sometimes...other sips start with the sweet cherry taste. Depends on whether or not you let the last taste finish. Kinda reminds me of Old Guardian blended with Double Bastard. As always, every range of bitterness and maltiness rears it's lovely head at some point. In short, this tastes exactly like a Stone beer, which is a great thing. Balanced, smooth, and delicious. I can't get enough of this, really.

M: Thick and creamy...just right for this brew.

D: Didn't notice the alcohol, but I'd bet you wouldn't survive many of these, though you'd want to. Knocked me around pretty good.

Notes: I'm certainly impressed, and I'll be sad when this is no longer available. IMO this is better than everything they have brewed outside of Old Guardian and Double Bastard. Decidedly recommended.

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Photo of ReDave
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark crimson red, brown, but with a light shining behind, it has the red glowing through it.

I have to say, the last two Anniversary Ales haven't made me giddy. The tenth was beyond perfection, and I even still have several in the fridge. [they are maybe beyond peak, but still way great]

back to the present...

the nose isn't quite there... some pine and something else, but not what i think it should be for something off the truck....

Nice frothy head, not quite the tiny bubbles, but nice slightly tan head. Sticky lace down the sides...

Interesting taste... bitter then malt, then sweet... not sure how they do it... um, this is my um... 4th bottle over 6 days, and I've gotta say this is pretty good, but not quite the 10th...

However, if they want to keep this with the 10th and along of course with ruination and the rest, well I'm all for it. lol...

I am curious how this will be in a couple of weeks...
OK, I'm all for this being a keeper, I'm going back for another case!

[edit stupid chrome no spell check and i cant count!]

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

Poured a big, deep reddish brown with a lots of thickness to it. Looked like a big beer. Nose is a little different than what I expected. Big hops, some citrus, pine and grass. Taste is burnt sugar, alcohol and bitterness. Piney and citrus notes too. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Outstanding.

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

First off, the "American Amber / Red Ale" listing is a bit of an understatement! This is a heavy, hoppy brew - would you expect anything less? It pours a lovely, deep ruby color with a thick, rocky, beige head. The aroma is pretty outstanding: grassy, big-time piney hops, hints of burnt brown sugar, a little roasty, with a bit of alcohol that zings the nose. Taste is big: piney hops introduce this beer to the palate; the roasted malt flavor is noticeable toward the dry, bitter, bitter (bitter) finish; alcohol is definitely noticeable. The mouthfeel for this one is heavy / full-bodied; carbonation is just right; one hell of a bite! Drinkability... yikes, the alcohol is fairly prevalent (you definitely know its 9.5%) and I don't know if I could handle much more than this bomber!

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Photo of beersujit
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is damn good..I haven't tasted this kind a beer since long time.... This feels like beer.... a original beer.. this beer made my day a better one. don't ever drink without any food.. first timer...have a snack ready before u drink this beer... i think u will love it as u go long with it. no way to start beer tasting with this,... but i love beer so I tried it.. its good

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

Pours a clear reddish mahogany into a pint glass. A rocky half inch of off white head offers moderate retention that holds through the pint and yields lots of temporary sheet lacing.

Balance of a light caramel sweetness and piney hops on the nose. Bit of alcohol. Prevalent sweetness has a touch of citrus scent to it but there's lots of wood here and fresh evergreen.

Taste follows the nose but doesn't offer the body expected and isn't as sweet as expected. A peppery spice initiates. There's enough of a malt body to mask the alcohol to a large degree, but not much extra. A bit of caramel molasses and buttery citrus. Finishes with a smoky bitterness. Feel is smooth and closes with a lingering touch of caramelized sugar and with a hint of dark chocolate. Fairly drinkable for the size.

Note: I'd label this beer a 'Red IPA' as I would a few other offerings I've had locally. Fans of the style might well reject it yet it's right in line with expectations from Stone. Über hoppy for the style. I see the style has been changed to a Strong Ale from an Amber/Red Ale, a more apt description.

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Photo of david18
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i wasn't sure if this was a new beer. Sounds like it is. I was very surprised to see this was consider a red/amber ale. It's nothing like any of the beers in that category. It's much like a couple of the previous dark dipa anniv. ales release by stone.

A little hot but the malt is oustanding.

Tried this again in a bottle and I think this is their best Old Ale yet. Not as strong as the double but more than the regular Arrogant, this beer has excellent color, flavor, aroma and drinkability.

I changed my rating from the original review above.

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

Saw one of these at Green's on Buford and picked it up for Independence Day weekend. What better way to celebrate the birth of your country by having no recollection of its 233rd birthday?

Pours a deep, transparent red. If a good pour is done, the head cascades and materializes on top of the brew.

Nose is boozy. Wow, is it boozy. Smell is somewhat muddled. While not unpleasant, it doesn't seem to have anything that really jumps out. If I had to pick out a few smells, aside from the alcohol, they would include dark berries, roasted malt, a trace of the bitter hops, perhaps some banana..?

Taste is very alcoholic as well. Not well masked. While the beer is very well balanced, the booze is a little too prevalent for me. Other tastes include toffee, a little bit of fruit, and followed with bitter hops.

Overall, a good beer, but this is a tough beer to drink. I'm not sure this should be classified as an American Amber or Red Ale. I think this is closer to an American Strong Ale.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was really good. I haven't had any of the anniversary ales so this was a first.

Appearance- dark color

Smell- juniper

Taste- bitter, hops

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- excellent, heavenly, This stuff was awesome! I totally loved it!

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Photo of beerphan
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber -> pint

Pours a rusted ambered brown with a large tanned head that sticks around as a thick dense pillow. Lacing is left behind in droopy globs. Carbonation is robust and remains throughout.

Nose: Resiny. Citrus dominated. Grassy and herbal. Hop pellets

Some faint sweetness and the good old teenage try at balance, but this brew is over the top bitter with very little malt presence. Alcohol warms and dances in the background but never dominates or distracts. Bitterness slips right in and keeps the pedal to the floor, lingering long after the liquid nectar is gone. A hop lovers delight.

Drinkability suffers slightly from the over the top bitterness, but this is one I'd definitely try and pick up soon and taste fresh.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a red hop bomb. Pours a dark cherry/ruby color with a very nice looking head. Not as chunky as it started out to be. Thinned a bit, but good lacing.
Hops in the aroma and taste. More pine and resin than citrus. The story on the back label says little about this beer, but gives thanks to all of their customers. OK, great. What am I drinking? Oh, well. Doesnt matter. It's hops. Totally misses the mark of the noted style above.

Still, this is one dimensional. No balance at all, and just stinging hops and alcohol. Little flavor to me. It was a good buy as I like the attempt. Malt didn't have a chance.

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

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: This is indeed a red. Dark amber in color, good carbonation floating to the top. Soapy white head, though would've liked to see a bit more retention.

Smell: Big spiny and pungent resiny hops, lots of citrus, and a good amount of fruit esters, with some cherries, strawberries, and some watermelon. Balanced, but nothing transcendent.

Taste: Not over-hopped, but hopped up as hell. Long finish with pungent, citrus hops. Fruit esters are there too, though the hops are pretty dominant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy with great carbonation.

Drinkability: No new ground is broken, but then again they're not trying to break new ground. A hopped up and delicious Imperial Amber. Was I hoping for more? Maybe. Am I pleased with this? Yes.

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

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, wood, and pine nuts.

taste is strong, spice, malt, hops come out from the back, caramel, and woody, ends thick on the tongue.

overall a very nice brew, well done.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark bourbon body. Head is over a finger with a great sourdough bread quality - very chunky with seam to match...a few muffin tunnels and it looks like rising bread dough. Moderate carbonation with speed to match as well. Lacing and retention are quite solid. Can't find a flaw here at all.

Huge blast of grassy and citrus hop mix...Cascade and a few other C-level suspects? On the undertow there's ample amounts of sweet caramel malt with a light to moderate roast - maybe a slight Germanic character. A hint of booziness. That Germanic whiff is one of the reasons I don't gravitate towards red ales but for the style it's hitting marks very well.

The grassiness becomes a bit more prominent at the first sip...the remaining citrus is now more pith than pulp. Caramel/Munich malt is very pronounced. A hint of astringent booziness here. Finish is high and tight. It's good but maybe a little green in some respects, but the hops definitely have a little earth underneath that grass. I do appreciate the "do not cellar" notice on the label; it seems as though hops are getting a half life these days. May prefer this with a little time on it to mellow out the astringency at the risk of getting some more malt and sweetness.

As mentioned, this one's a little tight. With warmth, the astringency fades and meshes in nicely with the grapefruit rind hop character so we get a bit more synergy...not quite Beautiful Chemistry but on the right track. The taste still has a little dry astringency but based on straight palate feel it's not as harsh. Maltiness slowly seeps in to provide a little bit of velvety coating.

This one has a bit of heft on it but an appropriate amount for its weight class. Drinks quite nicely, actually. Stone rarely disappoints. For the style this is an extremely nice offering - I'm not one to say whether or not it's a benchmark since I'm not too well-versed in reds and their imperial brethren, but it's pretty damn fine stuff.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 723 ratings.
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