13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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13th Anniversary Ale13th Anniversary Ale

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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 brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep chestnut, mahogany with a few fingers tan creamy head that leave streaky tan patches down the side of the glass.

S - Pine and grapefruit hops with a good amount of bitterness, some alcohol is present, sweet caramel and toffee malts. Some herbal hops notes show up as it warms.

T - A mixture of sweet caramel and bitter piney hops. Rich sweetness but not cloying with bitter, resiny hops. The toffee, caramel flavor has almost a burnt quality to it. Grapefruit and herbal hops start to show up as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a touch of slickness and a nice amount of carbonation. The aggressive bittering leaves a dry lingering finish.

D - A nice bold beer for Stone's 13th but it would be hard to drink more than 1 in a sitting. Congrats on 13 years.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darkish-amber color with a fluffy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of floral and citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malt underneath. Hops dominate the nose.

Taste is a blast of citrusy hops with a good hint of biscuit malt. This baby is all about the hops. Alcohol is well hidden and there's even some biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrusy hop bitterness, which seems to dominate the mouthfeel as well. Very drinkable for the ABV.

I'm going to buy another bottle of this soon. It's easy to drink and the alcohol does not dominate like it would in other examples of this style. Marvelous.

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Photo of beertunes
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 10oz snifter. Poured a deep rich brown with a slight reddish tint when held to the light. Less than an inch of medium tan head dissipated at a moderate pace, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma featured a solidly malty base with a nice mix of spice and hop notes. The flavor was surprisingly shy on the front but featured some slightly roasty flavors to match up with the hop spice and featured a couple of flavors I couldn't identify.

The body was full without being heavy and was nicely smooth while still having a noticeable bite. This beer hides it's 9% alcohol well, making it a dangerously drinkable beer. Overall a wonderful beer that is worth some effort to find and worth drinking whenever you see it.

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

From a 22oz bomber, poured a very dark reddish black with a small creme colored head that reduced to just a trace after a few minutes. My glass might be a bit to blame for this, unfortunately.

Slightly roasted aroma that gives way to more a biscuity aroma very quickly. The smell is very well balanced, with a subtle but deliciously grassy hop aroma to go along with that of the malts.

Much more of the biscuity malt in the mouth than in the nose. The roasted notes are still there, but in the finish rather than up front this time. The grassy aromatics give way to a more resiny hop flavor that lingers a bit. A very pleasant balance, with the heavier malt profile in the nose taking a backseat to the biting hop presence on the palate.

Heavy on the palate with lots of carbonation and almost to the point of being chewy. A very solid feel that I quite enjoy, with a noticeable bite from the alcohol, but nothing unpleasant.

The malt flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms a little bit, evening out extremely well. Definitely even more enjoyable at 50 degrees than 40.

Devilishly drinkable at 9.5% abv. If this was a regular offering and not an anniversary release, I believe I could easily make a session of it, though I would pay for it later. Overall it is simply an extremely well balanced brew and absolutely delicious. A winner from a brewery that will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods, Pasadena, Ca-Arroyo Parkway.

The smell off the bottle is hoppy with a slight apricot smell. Poured a dark red color into a pint glass. Hardly any head and bubbles. The taste is hoppy with a nice back end. Can feel the abv in this pour. Nice. I would drink this again.

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Photo of AlexCuse
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an incredibly deep red. The head has an oily/soapy gleam from all the hop resins. Right after pouring the flavor is raucous, almost overwhelming. Like a war between tastes in your mouth. As it settles it gets calmer though, that is when it gets dangerous.

As with a lot of Stone's brews, it doesn't taste nearly as strong as it is. If my supply wasn't so limited I could really get in trouble with this one. The second glass I poured (from 22 oz bomber) was gone almost as fast as it was poured.

Never really tasted anything like this, but I will be tasting it again. My challenge now is just to have the discipline not to drink it all so I can share with friends :)

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

22oz Bomber poured in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head that doesn't last very long. Smell is awesome, slightly sweet and hoppy. Reminds me of a dark hopslam.

This thing is really tasty. Notes of honey, a good boquet of hops some good malts. It really doesn't feel like a dark heavy beer, looks can be decieving!

An awesome brew one of the best Stones I've had!

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a large off white head.

Scent of strong oily hops, light grain, and alcohol. The hops are nice and strong, but the alcohol is pretty strong as well; a good scent regardless.

Taste of hops, sugars, charred malts, fruit, and alcohol. The flavor itself isn't too bad, but the hop level in the taste is very disappointing. This one fell pretty far below my expectations.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

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

Finally got a bottle of this.
Pours a dark brown in color with some ruby highlights lingering. Nice off white head on the pour and sticks around for the duration.
Smell is very oily, resinous hops. As much hops in the nose as I have ever pulled from a beer. Taste is a brutal hop assault on the palate. Astringent, tongue wrecking hops. There's just enough malt to hold the beer together. The alcohol that does come through in the flavor is very welcomed. It helps take a bit from the hops. Very good beer.
Next to Stone's 10th Anniversary, this is my favorite beer from the series.

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Photo of waltonc
1.61/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Had this on tap tonight at the Falling Rock Stone event.

Dark copper color with white head. Smell and taste are hops hops and more hops. Wow, I can't remember the last time I had such a hoppy beer. It was probably the last time I had a Stone beer. Just demolishes the drinkability and flavor profile. After about four sips I had to order something different. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonated.

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

A - Deep brown, copperish color, fairly clear, but dark; poured with half-finger of creamier, light tan head.

S - Pretty strong piney/cedary hop character, backed up with a good bit of maltiness that isn't too sweet.

T - Taste is definitely hoppy up front with the pine notes, not quite an assault because of the strong malt presence. Maltiness is slightly sweet, but not too much. Dryish finish, and decently balanced

M - Pretty hefty; thicker to medium; nice subtle carbonation

D - Really nice drinking, bit of warming alcohol lets you know to treat it with respect

Overall, just another great offering from Stone. Highly recommended!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff finally arrived in my area today! Poured from the bomber into my snifter. Pours a dark red/brown color with nice ruby highlights when held to the light. Slightly tan head was about 1/2 inch thick when poured settles to a very nice surface coating with a nice thick ring surrounding the inside of the glass. Decent lacing. Aromas of piney hops and some citrus, along with a nice malty presence as well. The dry hopped taste immediately hit my palate upon the first sip, with the aforementioned pine and citrusy grapefruit flavor also coming through nicely. The taste is rounded out with a nice roasted caramel malt sweetness. The hop bitterness does tend to dominate though, even as the beer warms up a bit. The hop bitterness certainly lingers as an aftertaste. Wow! Stone continues to blow me away! This beer has a sort of thick, chewy, and oily mouthfeel that coats the palate. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Becomes easier do drink as it warms a bit. I was very impressed!


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Photo of hughesm4
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited for an anniversary Stone, big fan of most of the brews

A. A very nice deep brown red color. Good head with a brownish tint that didn't stick to the glass

S. Terrific. I think I got a hop buzz off smelling this beer.

T. It tastes like pine needles, and I love it.

M. Great. Small amount of carbonation, but it lraves a wonderful tingle in the back of the throat

D. Not the smoothest but very close. If you are in the mood for hops I would recommend very few over it.

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Photo of mwa423
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip, little head with a dark angry red color.

S - HELLO HOPPPSSSS!!! The red sweetness is there too, and adds a lot to the smell.

T - Wow! Fanstastic blend of red spice and different types of hops that create a party in my mouth.

M/D - While mouthfeel isn't something I would usually drink, it is something I want to have over and over again. This is far better than 12th and really rocks my world.

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

22oz bottle, about as fresh as I can hope for it to be.

A: Pouring a clear deep ruby red with brilliant clarity and a gorgeous, finger-thick darkish-beige head, this is a pretty attractive beer.

S: Ah, good old Stone. Dry hopped to hell, this is a treat. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose with a pleasing bitterness, balanced by a rather prominent malt presence as well. Mild herbal/mint character comes through as it warms up. Good stuff.

T: Opening up with a combination of sweeter dark caramel and bitter pine hop flavors, this is very tasty. Flavor profile isn't the most complex, and the balance in the hop character leans towards bittering hops. Coupled with the bitterness, the caramel character tastes almost burnt in a delicious way. Finishes dry with a grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium light in body with a biting hop character, this is great on the palate. The carbonation is rather soft, and the finish, aggressively bitter.

D: I'm enjoying working my way through this beer. Well done, Stone!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish/brown with little to no carbonation. Has a light lacing of foam around the edge of the glass, small head when first poured. When I first poured this beer a savored the aroma it smelled like a pine forest with some citrus, for hop heads like myself, there's no better aroma and it smelled incredible. The first sip immediately pounded my tongue with hops in the middle and the front and the hop bitterness continues to dance on your tongue for a very long time, it dissipates very, very slowly. There's a hint of malt in there to try and balance out the hops but I can't really say this is one of those beers that balances out equally between the malt and the hops. The hops definitely take over and what's left of your palate picks up the hint of malts. Hop heads will absolutely love this beer (I myself am one of them). I don't know of many Imperial Reds out there and this one is very interesting since all the bigger bodied reds I've ever had seemed to emphasize more malty sweetness with the hops to bring it back into check, this one is just the opposite. Mouthfeel is a medium body, very smooth, and very, very drinkable. This is one beer that can easily sneak up on you and it is also one I would hope to see Stone brew on a yearly basis. This is by far the best red ale I've ever had and it pushes the boundary of traditional red ales into the extreme category. I absolutely love this beer.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful, burgundy color to this one and a medium head that slowly settles to a ring around the glass and center dusting of foam. Malt sweetness up front which slowly meld into the hop bitterness and eventually fade into a full residual hop bitterness. Simple, straightforward and not complex. I like it and think (despite their warnings not to) this would age interestingly.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of imagineiii
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

disclaimer: drank this while homebrewing, and ive noticed that smells and tastes that are in the air while homebrewing can effect your palate...

A: poured into my duvel tulip. Dark brown in the glass, but BRILLIANT ruby in the light. eggshell head, several fingers thick. excellent head retention. color steals the show.

S: chocolate jumps out at me. roasted barleys. almost some espresso. hops dont show thru in the nose as much as you might think. malts rule the nose. some alcohol at the end.

T: tastes are very much inline with the nose. chocolate and coffee acidity dominate before the hop bitterness kicks in; and boy does it kick in. hop acidity cleans away almost all of the bitter and sticky malt flavors. exceptional balance considering the "size" of the beer. hops linger only slightly longer than you want them to. raisins and BOOZE join the hops in the aftertaste as this beer warms.

M: wonderful mouthfeel as this beer changes so much on your palate. carbonation is great, creamy on the tongue.

D: This beer loses on drinkability but it was probably intended that way. Theres way too much going on on the palate to keep this beer going down smooth. Beers this complex shouldnt be drinkable, however...

Overall, one of my favorite stone brews, exceptionally well done.

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Photo of jmalex
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13 already? It seems like 10th was just the most current one. Oh well, bottoms up!

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Victory willibecker a dark reddish copper. A 2-finger high cream-colored head forms on top and shrinks slowly to an undulating, large-bubbled cap.

SMELL: Though subdued, an excellent balance of malt and hops. The hops are resinous and sticky citrus and pine. Signature Stone. The malt is rich with deep caramels and a touch of roast and breadiness. Really, it's like a mini Arrogant Bastard.

TASTE: The hops come first in the same form as they did in the aroma. But they're presence in the forefront is short-lived as the bready malt asserts itself as the dominant flavor in the beer. As it crosses the palate, it only becomes more rich, but without any cloying sweetness. The finish is all roastiness and deep caramels, now with a bit of sweetness, ending in completely the opposite fashion of how it started.

MOUTHFEEL: Pretty significant in body, perhaps a bit much. Though it isn't terribly slick. The carbonation is at an average level.

DRINKABILITY: Good considering how beefy this beer seems to be. It does suffer from the same things that AB does in that all the flavors are so intense that you need to almost pace yourself with it. Still good though.

Not a bad choice, but the previous few anniversary ales have been so good that this one doesn't measure up. It's good to have a couple more bottles though.

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Photo of t420o
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Ruby red/ slightly brown. 1 1/2 finger creamy mocha colored head that lasts througout.

S) Beautiful friut smell. Kind of makes me feel like im smelling wild cherries.

T) EXCELLENT. Has a slight wine taste like a cab. Fruity and slightly musty but still has the classic Stone hops.

D) Even though it is strong, once you start to drink it, the beer is remarably smooth and easy to drink.

Another great beer by Stone. Great brewery.

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Photo of froman694
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i found this beer to be a typical stone beer. the color was more of an amber color, something simular to hopback by troeg. the taste was quite hoppy with a clean finish. the several different hops used created a wonderful layered aroma. personally i was disappointed by this beer, being a stone limited release project i wanted more than what i got. that being said this a wonderful expression of what good hops can do in a beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking ale. Pours dark amber with a thick tan head. Great lacing and retention.

Nose has lots of citrus and floral hops over a creamy malt profile with some apparent booze tones.

Taste has bitter, resiny hops up front and through the finish. Caramel, toffee and more bready malts round this out well.

Full body is well carbonated. Strong Ale or Imperial Red, tasty stuff. Big American hops, right up there with the Dub Bastard.

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Photo of grayburn
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark burnt caramel of a color with a big tan head on it's shoulders. Lacing and retention are both decent, the good pour I have come to expect from stone. The only problem is, another one of Stone's signature marks is the beer's achiles...big beer, big flavor, but not much blending. Everything kind of fights for the spotlight, quite aggressively I might add. The smell and taste are both dominated by grapefruit and caramel notes, they don't blend together as well as one would hope. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but by no means overly syrupy, with a good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is alright, I wouldn't crack open another bomber after finishing this one though. Overall, a pretty good beer, but nothing groundbreaking.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone's 13th Anniversary Ale pours a beautiful deep chestnut color with red highlights capped by a fluffy tan head. The aroma is mostly hops with some caramel and maple syrup thrown in there.

The taste starts off sweet but is quickly bowled over by spicy hops. There are some caramel notes from the malt and maybe just a bit of chocolate but the hops dominate with lots of bitterness that lingers forever. The mouthfeel is quite full with medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer reminded me of a cross between Arrogant Bastard and fresh Bigfoot. It was good but not as original as I thought it would be.

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Photo of admiralcrunch
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A) Deep ruby red, tannish/creamy thick head.

S) Smells h o p p p y.

T) My tastebuds are under attack. The hops... the hops...

Seriously though. What a delicious hop bite.

M) Pleasantly malty; somewhat surprising how much considering all of the hops. Overall a balanced brew.

D) Gonna take my time with this one, absolutely an ale to be savored.

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