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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)

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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $5.99 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Nice light beige head of about an inch consistent of medium sized bubbles. Nice retention of fine bubbles about a quarter inch in height. Good lacing.

Smell is strong, complex and very well balanced. Herbal hops mingle perfectly with sweet caramel malts. The strength from the alcohol is detectable but plays nicely with the balance of the beer.

Taste is equally strong with the sweet caramel malts taking the forefront. Hops still quite present, backing this one up nicely.

Most of the mouthfeel seems to be somewhere in the middle road; medium body, finish, thickness and carbonation.

It is hard for me not to compare this to Arrogant Bastard and in doing so, I think it that this is the older brother who is even more of a bully. I've always been amazed by the balance and strength of flavor in Arrogant Bastard. This one pushes the envelope and if I had to choose, I think I'd go for a bomber of the Arrogant Bastard, but I'd still recommend this to any Stone fan. I've read reviews of this beer recommending cellaring this one to let the booze settle down a bit; not a bad recommendation, but it would be at the expense of a more subdued hop profile. I'm curious to know how it works out for them.

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Photo of charlzm
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed Feb 19th, 2010.

Beer pours a hazy mahogany. Though few, tiny bubbles rise steadily for quite a while through the glass, repleneshing a pale tan head that's really more of a foamy skin. Good lacing.

Aroma is yeasty with resiny, sappy hop notes still apparent after many months in the bottle. Slight spicy note (cinnamon? ginger?) as well.

Flavor is different from fresh draft I consumed seven months ago! Bready malt up front, though relatively fleeting, is a mildly sweet launching point. Strong resiny hops form the middle, borrowing a page from the Arrogant Bastard playbook. The finish is slightly woody and significantly bitter. Some warming.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little bit oily. The evaporative finish I noted on draft is not present here, though the end of each quaff is RELATIVELY clean and dry. Except for the lingering bitterness, of course.

Not as special as some of Stone's other anniversary ales and not especially drinkable due to the overwhelming, barleywine-like hop midtaste.

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Photo of blackc5
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz bomber at 52F.

A - Real pretty ruby red with a thick, billowing tan head. Very little lacing however.

S - Lots and lots of hops - mostly pine, a bit of grass and citrus. Some malty molasses there as well, and definitely some alcohol.

T - Served fairly warm, it starts off sweet with some dark fruitiness and molasses, and quickly switches to that piney hoppy bitterness. Personally, I thought maybe they tried a bit too hard on this one and overshot the mark as the pungent piney hops overpower the other flavors making this one pretty one-dimensional. It is surely not bad - actually quite decent - but not as complex, interesting or unique as I hoped. Kind of like a reddish, even slightly more hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Not a bad thing, but was expecting more.

M - Thick and oily resins. Light carbonation. Good, not great. Nothing really stands out.

D - Pretty low. The pungency overpowers and drinking the one bomber, with a sip for the wife (who disliked it) was more than enough. A sipper for sure, but I have no issues with this being a limited release that I won't try again. Not Stone's best effort - a bit too predictable and not really worth the premium price over AB.

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

Found on tap at Half Time

dark ruby brown clear body. loose brown head with adequate retention.

Hops up front in the nose with roasty sweetness in the back ground

bitterness up front, with a deep resiny hop flavor to follow, mostly pine notes. somewhat good balance but the high carbonation kinda throws it off for me, adds too much sharpness and carb bite.

drinkability is ok but not fantastic.

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

22ox bottle in a snifter glass

Appearance: dark amber with a firm head head

Nose: strong hops, chemical, very slight dark fruit

Taste: aggressive hops, slight malty sweetness, flowery but not in the traditional IPA way, almost like a Belgium double as it warms up, the complexity deepens as the temp went up

I normally like Stone's product but this one struck me as way too aggressive and difficult to drink. It was very hard to get past the intense bitterness of the hops. I think I'll stick with their Arrogant Bastard and Double Arrogant Bastard Ales.

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

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

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

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

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

Drinkability: Not a beer that disappears.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky #13! My favorite number. I've loved the Stone Anniversary beers in the past, so hopefully this one will continue that trend. 22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass. Split with fellow BA Infestaxion.

A: Dark Ruby Red brilliance with a small amount of head. This is one damn good looking beer. Let's hope the carpet matches the drapes!

S: I'm not getting much from the XIII, even as it warms up. The hops and malts seem to even each other out, yielding some faint caramel/fruit fragrance.

T: Malty smoothness upfront is shattered by the heavy handed hops which dominate the finish. Not only that, but they linger around. As I work my way down to the bottom of the glass, I notice the malt backbone a bit more, but the hops are still prevalent. Virtually no sweetness at all.

M: Average carbonation with a medium body. Nothing crazy here.

D: I suppose it's decent for such a hopped up red. The 9.5% ABV is hidden pretty well. Not sure if I'd drink a whole 22oz of this, the bitterness definitely fatigues the pallet.

One of my least favorite offerings from Stone, and somewhat of a disappointment. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more malt presence and sweetness to balance the massive hops.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first impression when pouring this brew into my glass was that it looked beautiful. Nice, light creamy mocha head that had decent lasting power. Then I smelled it. Not good. Not bad. Interesting, for sure. Kind of hard for me to place. Sort of a decaying vegetable smell to it when the head is thick and fresh. Not wholly unpleasant, just different. Certainly fades quite a bit as the head shrinks down. Settles into a pretty common dark strong ale scent. Hops and alcohol.

Rather malty when it first hits the tongue and is finished with the typical Stone Ale bitterness that so many of use love about their brews. I am very middle of the road on this one. It is worth a try, interesting to describe, but not much of a drinker. I am glad I only bought the one bottle. Nice try fellas. Can't wait for the 14th Anniversary.

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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 Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/31/09

A - Dense brown, with plum highlights. Poured 2 fingers of billowy foam. Sure looks good. Good retention with spotty lacing.

S - Potent floral hops with some fruit notes (something in there comes across as raisin-like). Marginal malt characteristics present.

T - Good hop character & bitterness: floral, earthy & lingering. There is a burnt malt taste that seems a bit too forthright. Something that strikes me as medicinal also hangs around on the finish & has a numbing effect.

M - Medium-bodied. Wet at the onset & dry on the finish. The tingly numbing sensation mentioned above does not subside.

D - This one is strange to me. It's decent enough - and worth a shot - but it has some aspects that seem unbalanced & rough around the edges. Maybe that was Stone's intent.

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Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours from the bomber a deep mahogany brown color with a 1.5 finger head. Phenomenal retention, and reasonably nice lacing.

S- Big time hop forward in this one... Bitter grapefruit, and a touch of pine. There is also an odd woodiness, that almost resembles citrus pith. Dusty, almost mildewy malt aromas are present deep in the back.

F- Bone dry from front to back, with no residual malt sweetness. Very little malt character at all. Firm, assertive hop presence, with a smooth bitterness that isn't harsh, but lingers for quite some time. Fairly one dimensional, but well made.

M- Aggressive carbonation helps lift the hop flavor and aroma, but leads to a slightly thinner mouthfeel that I'd like to have.

D- Quite good considering the alcohol. There is some warming as the beer coasts to room temp, but nothing to be concerned with.

Overall, pretty good, but not as sublime as many of Stone's other beers. It is well worth trying, at less that $8, but personally, I won't be rushing out to buy a case.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always interested in what Stone's offering. Giving this a bid.

Appearance - Very deep ruby color. Almost black, but the light goes through it nicely. A couple of inches of nice, solid head. Very good looking beer.

Smell - Surprisingly hoppy up front. A real nice, floral with a hint of grapefruit. But the back seems to have some coffee or malt. Definitely a roast quality lingering in the background. Also a real hint of booze. Interesting, to say the least.

Taste - Follows the nose. It's got some nice hop up front, but it's followed by the roast malt taste. It gets very bitter, almost burned on the end. Also some real pine hop flavor. The aftertaste is not making friends with me.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy. Decent carbonation. Seems to sit a little heavy.

Drinkability - Not the best. That roast aftertaste is sort of dimming my enthusiasm.

Didin't know what to expect with this beer. It's interesting, especially on the nose, but in the end it just didn't do it for me. Not quite sure what they were going for with this one, not clear that they knew either.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a deep, slightly murky red color with a creamy light khaki-colored head that leaves a nice layer atop the glass. The aroma is grapefruit rind, burnt toast, caramel malts and resinous hops. The flavor is sticky hops upfront, some dried fruitiness, more resinous hops and some faint hints of malt. Its bitter and sweet with a lasting bitterness and a hot alcoholic finish. 13 has creamy mouthfeel and is medium-bodied. This beer is very sweet and would most certainly be considered a hop bomb. Its pretty good at being a hop bomb but definitely would hope for just a little more complexity. All around, an enamel peeler.

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Photo of Chambic
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: rich, deep mahogany; head dissipates quickly

S: oaky

T: boozy, lingering finish; heavy malt and maybe some cigar flavors

M: pretty smooth for something that seems heavy, with more carbonation later

Good-bye, Stone 13. Had to share my last bottle of this case. I have no more, and the bottle says to drink it fresh, so this is probably my last dance with this beer.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of red ales, some of the hoppier ones have been decent, this being one of them.

Appearance, looks a lot like ABA, but with the touch of red. In fact, while I'm mentioning ABA, this beer essentially tastes like a blend of ABA and Old Guardian. Aroma, robust, like the ABA. Taste, very sweet, like the Old Guardian, and like OG, it is alcoholic, hops are somewhat of an afterthought (for Stone).

Mouthfeel, loses more hop presence the deeper you get into the bottle. Not very drinkable, kind of challenging to plod through it.

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Photo of everetends
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle that I picked up on the way out of Hop City. I think the bottle ran about $5.99, not too bad. Always game to try a Stone Anniversary beer. Served this one up in a standard, shaker pint glass.

A: Pour creates a nice brown body. Its a medium brown and is pretty clear and I am not seeing much carbonation at all. On the pour, the light hits it and really lights this beer up and makes a nice red color. Held to the light, you get a nice brown, light brown with a good red hue. Pour got me a little over two fingers of head. Head is incredibly light brown in color. The head creates a really nice sheeting effect but it doesn't have much stick to it. The head slides easily back into the glass. Very nice red ale and looks damned good.

S: This brew has a good hops aroma. Its very aromatic and very pleasing for sure. Got a good amount of pine kicking in here. Behind that you get some good citrus, grapefruit meat. This does create a bit of a medicinal aroma that is bordering on iffy, but it works out. Has a light caramel malt in the background, and it actually has a decent amount of roast on it. This makes it sweet but also has a touch of nuttiness and bitterness here as well.

T: Light sweetness up front from the malts. Has a light chocolate profile, but most of it is a caramel flavor. The roast does darken up the flavors a bit, bring out some nuttiness and a light smoked bitterness. Quickly replacing that sweetness (and I mean quickly) you get all that hoppiness. Very much a pine resin presence, but it borders on too much. Its almost an industrial, pine-sol type flavor. Light citrus hops come out, bringing up a bit of grapefruit and orange. Behind that still is more hops, grassy and floral aroma that makes an almost perfume type presence. This is a bit wierd and I don't know if this is a mess or good.

M: Medium in body, this has an unexpected creaminess going on in here. Nice wieght to it that really has some coating to it. Carbonation is low, a lot lower than expected. This is a pleasant suprise, further helping that creamy presence. Pretty bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is pretty much all those hops lingering. Sometime they meld well together, sometimes not so much.

D: Well, this was interesting. Some good suprises and some not so great. The feel and appearance were very nice and enjoyable. The flavor on the other hand was just off to me. It just seems that the flavors didn't always mesh well together. I could see where this beer was planning on going, but I don't think it quite got there. Too much dry hopping was probably the culprit. Still not bad, and I'd have another if just for further curiousity's sake. Interesting, to say the least.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle dated June 2009):

Pours a clearish reddish brown color body, small light tan colored head, somewhat lasting. Malty bitter aroma, hoppy grapefruity. Very bitter, dusty. Malty grapefruity taste, dusty. Good aftertaste, balances the hoppiness up front.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A soft pour still nets me an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber-red color with brown notes to it that when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue. The aroma is sticky with candied hop notes; lychee, candied orange zest, sugar coated pine and spruce tips are followed & boosted by caramelized crystal malt flavors, toasted (almost roasted even) malt and a nice cracker / biscuit grain note towards the finish. Other, more herbal hop notes lend an almost dank, hemp-oil like character and perhaps a touch of green onion / garlic chive towards the finish. After a bit I start to notice a touch of cinnamon like hop character that mixes in with the sweet citrus notes. The nose of this beer is definitely quite hoppy, though given the hop-talk from the brewer I was actually expecting this to jump out of the glass with an expressive hop character. It doesn't quite do that, though it certainly is a hop focused beer, but there is a solid, underlying malt contribution here; it is overwhelmed by the hops in the aroma, but you can tell this beer has a lot of malt richness to it as well.

Somewhat creamy textured and full in the body, the beer still has quite a bit of a prickly carbonation; it would probably be better without quite so much carbonation. There is enough hop character here that the overall beer effect seems dry. There is some residual malt sugars here, even a substantial crystal malt sweetness, it just isn't that noticeable because of all the raw hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering, bracing bitterness that really stays on the palate long after the beer has left my mouth and even has some raw, green-hop astringency. Herbal hops are apparent as the beer first hits my tongue. There is also a solid fruity-hop character here, it just clearly plays second fiddle to the herbal hop notes. Hop notes of grapefruit zest, tangerine, lychee and kumquat are joined by notes green raw hop notes (that are almost a bit vegetal at times), substantial peppery pine notes, Towards the finish, after it loses the fruit notes, the hop character get piquant with notes of menthol, pine, peppery herbs and a resinous hop character that just fills the palate. The finish has some warm, almost hot alcohol character to it that accentuates the biting hop character.

I like that the nose strikes a decent balance between citrus hop notes, more dank, herbal notes and with a subtle, but somehow substantial malt character as a backbone to the nose. This is definitely a sipping brew, with all it malt character and alcoholic strength, not to mention the aggressive hop character. Stone puts this as part of the nebulous Imperial / Double Red style of beer. To my taste it is a cross between a rich, malty and thick Barleywine and a hopped up Double IPA. This is an unbalanced hoppy beer for sure, but it still needs some balance to it; the hop character can get a bit too harsh here at times and the hot alcohol doesn't help things. Still not a bad beer, just could use a bit more finesse and perhaps just a month or two of age to mellow and better integrate the harsh notes; I'll have to get another bottle of this to do just that.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of northaustin
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.pours a dark red with a finger of whiteish brown head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves good lacing.

smell: piney and citrusy hops. also a bit of the yeast in the nose. no alchohol heat. the hop smells are very powerful but i just dont feel like theyre blending very well.

taste: tastes like an extra hoppy oaked arrogant bastard. not bad theres just not alot of complexity. a bit of heat in the taste but for the most part is masked very well.

mouthfeel: very good considering the style. not sticky. if anything a bit oily from the hops. doesnt overwhelm the palate by any means.

drinkability: definately another hit from the stone brewery. costs about as much as ruination and is by all means worth it. gets you feelin good too.

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Photo of billyshears
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Cloudy dark brown, amber on corners. Slightly yellowish off-white head; sticky lacing.

smell: Aspirin with a hint of grapefruit; ethanol smell.

mouthfeel: Good, smooth mouthfeel; perhaps a bit thick.

taste: People say this is complex, but I feel like this kind of is in a bad way. It tastes a bit muddled to me. There's a sharp sting of piney hops, but I'm not content with it. I feel like nothing really takes charge in the flavor and it ends up feeling not as pronounced as it should be. Maybe the malts are a bit too dark or just not as strong as they should be.

I just feel like there is something missing here. I love Stone and they're one of my favorite breweries, but I do feel like they occasionally slip on their special brews. This is one of them (Self-Righteous Ale is not).

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Photo of adamette
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought about 6 months ago for $6.99 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio into my Stone Levitation Ale silver rimmed goblet. No oberved "best by" date.

A Light brown meringue like head that leaves spottty lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. Body is a nice, pleasing mahogany that is dark but lets some light through. 4.0

S Earthy/leafy/organic hops over a light to medium roast malt with the sense of some rock candy or light caramel in the background. Intriguing smell. 4.0

T The earthy/leafy/organic hops are there but surprisingly there is also a tart/grapefruit/harsh hops taste that I did not pick up in the smell. Any sweet malt is eclipsed by the many layers of hops which really dominate the taste. In fact, the hops bitterness stays with me well into the aftertaste. There is also a pungeant soapy taste (a consipracy of the hops and malt?) that I do not very well like. 3.0

M This is a big beer with all of that hops taste and the warmth of the 9.5 ABV to make the feel rather "rough." I do like this type of feel, even if I was not enamored with the taste. 4.0

D Only fair with that bitter hops well into the aftertaste. 3.0

Notes: Hops lovers will appreciate this beer more than I did.

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Photo of ToddT
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Medium brown in color and topped with a large beige head. Head falls very slowly and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S- Big nose of hops mostly pine and grassy. Hard to pick much else out through the hops but some roasted malt and caramel is hiding in there.

T- Big blast of floral hops right away that lasts through to the finish. Hops change in character from floral to bitter at the finish. Some notes of malt, chocolate, and caramel at the finish as well but hidden behind the bitterness of the hops.

M- More than medium in body and a little oily and syrupy. Carbonation is decent. Finish is astringent, boozy and with the lingering feeling of the hop oil.

D- Not an easy drinker or sipper. If the secondary flavors could peak out from behind the blast of hops it could provide more balance and counterpoint. The 9.5% ABV is apparent at the finish

Normally I would hope cellaring would mellow this one out but the bottle clearly states not to do so and to enjoy it in 2009. Tried this one on draft as well, at a tasting, and I remember it being sweeter and better balanced but have chosen not to review it on tap as it was a tasting and a 4 oz. sample. Happy anniversary Stone I love your beers but the 10th Anniversary has been my favorite so far.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. A touch of iced tea too. Flavor is super hoppy--more citrus and grassy hops with a bitter finish. A solid malt base too. Heavyish palate with the 9.5%. It started wearing on me by the middle of the glass...In the end, boring and heavy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Before there was Pataskala, there was this red ale. This was brown and red. Aroma was hoppy, but not as citrus sun drenched as Pataskala. Came off like arrogant bastard a little bit.

Its boozy, its heavy C hopped, bitter. Wasn't the greatest, pretty strong, bomber format, I only had one of these when it came out.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
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