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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 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 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 Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney hops, molasses, anise, some fruits and a little tar.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruits with a big piney, charred hop finish. As it warms, the fruits start to overwhelm the charry nature. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty simplistic "black IPA". It's got some good hops and sweet malts. This seems pretty similar to the 11th / SSR Ale. I remember liking that one a bit better.

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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 warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"enjoy in 2009"; yeah, didn't get to it until 10/5/2010

Pours a deep amber with three fingers of head, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell is mostly grapefruit rind and rind, followed by some caramel malt and some quite apparent alcohol.

Still a decent hop punch in the taste, mostly grapefruit and pine. Balanced with caramel malt, and a faint taste of bubblegum. Quite bitter on the aftertaste, and the alcohol makes no attempt to hide itself.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall this is bitter with some obvious alcohol, but still enjoyable even if it was past it's prime.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other Strong Ale's, Stone just dosen't do it for me. The color was of a dark reddish brown and that was good. But, the smell of piney hops just like all of the other beers was like, same ole, same ole. The taste was of piney hops and not much of anything else. Same bitterness as always! It's getting to be that all of there Ale's are starting to taste the same. I guess my palete must be going south. Excuse me for saying, this is a good ale, but for me, just another Above Average IPA!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, purchased for 5.99

Very dark crimson/amber color, translucent clarity, with a high creamy, tan head with excellent retention and streaks of lacing. Aroma is dry and hoppy, citrus and pine, lots of malt, very similar to a barleywine. Body has caramel and roasted malt backbone that attempts to balance out the hop assault in the finish. Flavor in body is fairly sweet and the finish has a drier pine bite. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, with sharp carbonation. Finish also has potent alcohol presence. Reminds me more of Rogue XS Red or Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, more than Nugget Nectar. A solid offering from Stone as usual, but something just seemed off in the balance and the alcohol presence was a little strong. A bargain compared to the Rogue Imperial but overall disappointing for Stone.

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Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, not red. Maybe some ruby highlights if I hold it up to a car's high beams.

Surprisingly robust and long lasting off-white head.

Smells like bitter hops. Maybe some grapefruit in there, too. I don't know ... I was expecting a bit more of a malt or tropical fruit presence .... or maybe a bit more balance. This is kind of like a more subdued tongue buckler in the aroma, when I was expecting a juicier, maltier impy red.

Tongue Buckler is the beer that comes to mind in re: the flavor. Grapefruit/orange rind, bitter piney hoppiness ... maybe a smidgen of lighter citrus ... but it isn't a complex beer. And, frankly, not as good as much of Stone's regular lineup. There's some toffee/caramel malt lingering about, but the hops take over.

It's listed here as an American Amber/Red, and while it fits that style, I was expecting more of a 2006 Alesmith Decadence style Imperial Red, with a f***-ton of sticky malt to complement a complex hops presence. Blindfolded, I'd think this was a perhaps slightly sweeter than normal IPA. You get some balancing agents, but basically, it's a bitter brew.

Smooth and drinkable with a good mouthfeel. Somewhat boozy.

As the years pass, Stone's 10th anniversary IPA shines brighter and brighter.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this in August of 2010, so the brew was not fresh like the bottle says it should be enjoyed. However I wanted to have it and give it a try. The brew poured out as a brownish color with a pretty decent head on it. The smell of the beer is malty and had some nice hops in there also. The taste of the brew was similar to a Barley Wine to me. Sweet, hoppy and dry. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side. Overall not a bad brew, wish I could have had it sooner just to see the difference.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't buy nearly as much Stone beer as I used to but I'm always game to pick up a lone bottle of any one-offs or anniversary beers when they show up. Given that this was billed as the hoppiest beer they have produced I was a little excited to see how it lived up to that claim. It is an unsurprisingly red-amber color, very good head and it sure smells damned hoppy. The flavor is abrasive, brash hops which I can see why some people are put off by the way Stone hops their beers but I dig it. There was also a solid maltiness and the mouthfeel was thick. This was a good beer but nothing beats the 10th in my opinion that stuff was one of my favorite IPA's ever.

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Photo of thryn
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark reddish-brown. Lets a fair bit of light through. light tan two-finger head.

tons of piney hops and some biscuit in the nose. Also a bit of raisin.

this is a pretty hoppy beer, but it's balanced too. hits hard up front, with piney and grapefruity hops that get very bitter, but that bitterness is then tempered by the roasty and sweet notes coming through. some caramel and biscuit.

sticky finish.

light to medium body and some sharp carbonation.

worth a try for hopheads, but not my favorite Stone.

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Photo of hobojon
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Aroma- very off putting. smells like medicine I had to drink as a child. grass. bubblegum. alc. lots of hop and malt i have never smelled. interesting.

App- red with some brown. tan head.

Taste- very resinous. noticeable chocolate malt, too much. fruity, grapefruit, grape. artificial tasting. soy sauce. alc in throat and stomach is too much.

M- low carb, dry, clean. huge resin aftertaste. viscous. alc burn.

D- not very good for Stone. aroma is offensive to my personal taste, otherwise unique beer.

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

I respected this brew, I appreciated it, but I'm not sure how much I liked it.

A - Po' up is a very dark translucent mahogany, with good head that sticks around for a bit, but not much lacing.

S - The aroma is a large malt presence; it smells a bit like rye and grapefruity hops, as well.

T - The dark, rich, roasted malt flavor is strong. There is a strong grapefruit hop, a big black licorice flavor and again
a suggestion of rye. Long whiskey burn on the finish. Everything about this beer is noticeably strong.

M - The feel is quite akin to bourbon and soda, except dry.

D - It is quite a strong and flavorful brew, but a bit heavy-handed in some ways that I do not put great value on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark hazelnut brown with about two fingers of brownish white head with good retention. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel and sweet malts. Also a tiny hint of hops and booze. Was expecting more hops to jump out in the smell.

t - Tastes stronlgy of sweet malts again. Also tastes of caramel and toffee, as well as a little bit of booze.

m - Medium body with a little carbonation and a littler creamty. Also a little bit hot from the alcohol.

d - Overall I thought it had a nice sweet malt taste to it, but was a little too hot. I was expecting more hops than malts, but the malts still smelled and tasted good. An above average strong ale.

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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 jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

13th pours from a 22oz brown bottle a little on the thick side of things. The beer seems slightly syrupy and is the color of the bottle it came in. Deep brown with garnet highlights and slightly hazed. The head is thick, fluffy and khaki coating everything it touches.

The nose is a lesson in citrus hop aroma. There is a touch of pine and resin with hints of caramelized grains but nothing surpasses the lemony grapefruit nose that dominates. All in all the nose isn't one of my favorites. It gives the impression of a boozy beer that is rough around the edges.

The taste confirms my impression from the nose. A rush of sweet caramelized grains fades into an overly bitter tartness. Don't get me wrong I am all for a bitter beer but this flavor and feel is a little rough on the palate. Slightly boozy with a pine sap and citrus cocktail. Not bad but those flavors compete and don't compliment each other.

The finish is the best thing about this beer in my opinion. Once the bitter astringency fades the coating of flavors lingers awhile. Deep meaty malts with sweet caramelized sugars. Awesome finish to an ok beer. I feel this one needs a little more time in the bottle or dare I say less bittering hops. That change or age should let it meld and jive just a bit more into something really nice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 zplug123
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle:

A: Dark red-brown, cola-like color. Solid head with persistent retention.

S: Strong hops smell followed by malt, aroma is pleasantly appropriate for a strong ale

T: Bitter throughout with undertones of smoked malt. Pine-citrus taste is apparent and sticks to the tongue

M: Dry finish, leaves the typical resin feel at the end. Medium body with mild carbonation

D: Definitely a beer to sit down with and explore. Wouldn't have it for anything other than a special occasion.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with a grassy feel and deep caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some grassy earthy hops with some deep caramel malt and a light toffee aftertaste. Body is a bit thin for the style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done though maybe a tad too one-dimensional.

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