13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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13th Anniversary Ale13th 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 saintwarrick
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brick red with a foamy, slightly-tan head. Aroma is full of brilliant hops, citrusy and somewhat piney. Taste has a strong bitterness, mixed with some dark and bitter sweetness. The hops rule this brew, making it a bit unbalanced, but that is not at all to its detriment. Sort of reminds me of an insanely hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Very Tasty.

A very good treat for any hophead.

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Photo of damienblack
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep (but clear) amber. Big poofy head from aggressive pour. Decent if not amazing retention, but not a whole lot of lacing. Smells like amazing dry-hop glory. Rich, piny hops, a bit of grapefruit and soapiness, and some malt just itching to be released. And as the beer warms, the malt does just that, rising to meet its full potential. This is the perfect mingling of rich, full hop flavor with a great malt backing. The malt doesn't fight with the hops, the piny hops take the forefront and the malts balance it out on the back palate. No bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Nice and slick, I think it is Stone's house yeast strain that gives their beers that slick, yet hinting at creaminess, mouthfeel. For the ABV and bitterness, sublimely drinkable. This is just a great offering from Stone, and I will be sure to try more before it is gone!

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Photo of techcommdood
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clean with a solid finger of head. Decent lacing on the glass but head retention was fairly short. Beautiful deep mahogany color.

Smells of caramel and very grassy, spicy hops. Little bit of citrus zest coming through.

Incredibly hoppy taste with an almost peppery bite to it. Heavy citrus zest coming through then mellowing against some solid malt notes. Not too sticky sweet, not too dry.

Mouthfeel is full but not overpowering. I definitely get that "this is not a session-strength beer" feeling but there's hardly a bite from alcohol at all.

Despite the heavy hops this is quite a drinkable beer. I've been trying to pace myself because this is, after all, a 9.5% ABV beer, and it's a bomber.

Overall I'm very pleased with this beer and will be looking for more while it's widely available.

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

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The ale is dark, a deep wooden brown that could easily pass for a crimson red color. A full two fingers of head have laced around the glass.

S: Dark caramel malts set the stage for lots of hops. Both citrus and pine are in strong supply with a resiny pine finish standing out.

T: Damn, this is one bitter beer. The hops are so thick and concentrated, sharp and developed, that it is hard to believe that the ale isn't twice this strength. Hops are grapefruity and full of peppery spice. Pine and alcoholic heat follow, all of the flavors are full and rich. A deliciously hoppy ale. The dark caramel malts are reminiscent of the beautiful Stone XI and add a great deal of balance.

M: Blindingly hoppy, this ale is one lively sucker. The dark malts provide a richness that pairs nicely with the bold flavors.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a formidable ale without considering the incredible hop profile. My palate may never be the same but I'd glad for it.

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

22oz into DT tulips.

A- very dark brown, with a light khaki head.

S- very fruity, grapefruit and cherries lead the nose, backed by berry aromas and a hint of malt.

T- sweet fruitiness leading directly into sharp, bitter hops, which is backed by a bitter-and-sweet malt. Swallow is creamy and thick with malt, but not very sweet, finish is long and hoppy and dry.

M- thick and creamy. Not too much carbonation, but not too little.

D- ignoring the ABV and the price, very high. Taking those both into consideration, I will buy another bottle or two, anyway.

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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 kirok1999
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Stone did it again with another great anniversary ale. Very dark amber/copper color with a nice, wispy head and lots of lacing.
Juicy citrus hits the nose first with a lot of herbal and grassy notes to follow.
Hoppy as hell but lots of nice dark malts to balance it out. When Stone advertised this as their hoppiest brew ever, I was a bit nervous. This is dense, creamy and exceptionally well balanced. All the hop smells show up on the palate where the herbal taste plays well with the citrus and malts.
Very, very drinkable. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep crimson mahogany with a tight caramel head that retains excellently. Some rings of lace on the glass.

S: Hugely and brashly hoppy. Tons of citrus, herbal, and piney hops. There's also a good deal of complexity here: fruitiness, alcohol, caramel, and burnt brown sugar. Intense, complex, and excellent.

T&M: Boatloads of piney, herbal, and citric hops dominate up front. Later, some fruitiness (apples), caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate are all noticeable. Finish is very, very long. A monster of a beer. Can get a bit boozy at times. Big body with a big-bubbled, yet strong carbonation. Definitely would be interested in trying this one out of the bottle, as sometimes that can subdue the alcohol flavor a bit.

D: Definitely one to savor and enjoy. Not quaffable in the least, this is a big beer that demands your attention. It's a little bit boozy on tap, but still a great beer.

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

A no brainer to snatch off of the shelf, this yearly treat from the heavy hitting brewers of Stone. $7.49 @ Deciccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours mahogony amber, initially a large dark mocha head rises, then oh so slowly squirms down to a thick film, leaving worthy thick sheeting and then strands of lace. Grapefruit peel and dark malt in the nose. Bold and flavorful (suprise) with big meaty notes of more citrus, rum, plenty of dark malts, and then the hops kick in! Pine resin, citric and quite drying. Roll it all together, add in a well hidden 9.5%, and it adds up to yet another homerun. Go get some. I would guess this would age pretty well, despite the label's command to "Enjoy in 2009"

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

22oz bottle pours dark blood red with full tan frothy head and lace. very nice Deep pine aroma. Taste is very good. nice mix of both Malt and hops and sweetness. pine resin stickiness really comes out as I found myself licking my lips after each mouthful. pleasant bitter aftertaste

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Photo of TommyW
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, dark-red and brown with a tan head that has nice retention.

S- Citrus and tobacco from the hops but also some doughy notes from the malts and yeast.

T- Citrus, grapefruit mixed with some hop oil notes fade into the malty backbone with has some nice caramel malts and fruit flavors. The hops come back in on the end with some pine notes creating a bitter and dry finish.

M- Medium to full feel due to the strong malt body. With a good carbonation level.

D- The hops and high abv make this one a sipper for sure, but a very fine one. Despite the high hop level the beer is kept fairly balance by a full malt body. This one really is a treat.

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Photo of Taverner420
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark amber not unlike Double Bastard, with a frothy tan head. Nose is pine, malt and ether. This is an excellent hop bomb, and yes, drink fresh. Flavor has notes of pine, malteds, grapefruit and a slightly smoky note. After a diversion into that chocolate stout mess, its good to know that they are going back to the basics - not one you age, but one that tastes really good right NOW!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave (d0b) for ordering one of these bad boys for me. Served in my Pisgah pint glass. The first hoppy Stone Anniversary beer that I've gotten to try fresh.

A - Two fingers of creamy-looking tan foam that dissipates pretty slowly - not a ton of lace is left behind, just a few isolated patches. Dark hazy amber red-brown body. This is far beyond amber ales like Nugget Nectar and somehow exudes strength and intensity.

S - Hops galore in this one - big grapefruit citrus smell with a touch of pine and earth in there. Well-balanced with light caramel and burnt sugar malts. A touch of the 9.5% ABV peeks out, but it's not harsh. The smell is huge, but I wish there was a bit more depth to it.

T - The taste is more malt heavy, with a copious amount of bread and grain, a touch of cocoa, some spicy esters, and some sweet citrus flavors at the back end. The taste ends very bitter and lingers for quite a while - this is definitely a palate-bruiser.

M - Big thick body that supports the ABV well. Moderate carbonation with a bit of zing to it. Chewy, but smooth, with tons of oil and resin left behind after swallowing. There's a bit of warmth that starts to show in my throat after a few sips. It's pretty much exactly what I want from this style.

D - This is an intense brew, and I'm beginning to regret opening the bomber on my own. I'll persevere of course, but I think this is a beer for sharing. The bitterness is intense and the ABV higher, so this certainly isn't for sessions, but it's a lovely treat all the same.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown/red color. 2 finger light tannish head that dies down after a little while. Nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Doesn't get much better than this.

S- Big pine hops come marching through the nose. Some citrus hops detected along with some sweeter caramel malt in the back of the nose. Hops is where it's at in the nose though.

T- Right off the bat with this is big hoppy piney resin goodness. The citrus hops take a backseat to this beer along with a underlying sweeter roasted malts. Hops are where it's at with this ending with a bitter piney hop bite to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Big hop resin over everything in your mouth. Good carbonation makes this beer crush your palate in a clean and quick way. This beer is just hops and more hops. Good stuff for sure!

D- I would like to drink this all the time if it wasn't 8 a bomber where I live. Plus it's getting hard to find sadly. Boo to that.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep ruby red color with a thick beige colored head that leaves tons of sticking lacing all the way down.

S- Whoa. You can tell that TONS of hops AND malt have been shoveled into this baby. Strong scents of pine, ruby red grapefruit, orange peel, and caramel.

T- This is one hoppy brew. Strong crash of hoppy bitterness initially with mostly a pine flavor. Some caramel malt flavors throughout with a roasted feel. A snappy bitter finish. Hops are a bit one dimensional with only pine flavors coming through and not really as much citrus as was found in the nose. Alcohol is easily detectable.

M- Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Chewy and slick at the same time.

D- Alcohol is a somewhat brash and the flavor is bit one sided with an abundance of bitterness but not quite as developed of a flavor as I was hoping for. Still a nice brew, just expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Tromba
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet (Dogfish "signature glass"). A: Darker than expected - a deep red/brown. Good clarity. S: Hops! Almost as good as raw hops. Very floral. T: Cirus and pine notes up front with a "ruining" bitterness at the end. Think Ruination Ale x 2. M: the strongest aspect of this beer for me. Despite the high ABV, it is not too thick. The head is dense and creamy - almost as if it came from a cask. D: I found this was better without food. Other flavors seemed to make the beer's bitterness overwhelming. To it's credit, the 22 oz. was easy to get through, despite the high ABV and bitterness. Great Beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 13 sits in the glass with a dark but clear crimson body and a dense, long-lasting rust-colored head. The nose is hoppy but balanced, the tobacco and grapefruit of the hops playing nicely off of the caramel and old leather malt backbone. The taste is initially rich and malty, but the grapefruit and pine hop attack takes over mid-palate, leading into an intensely bitter and resiny finish. This is a pretty easy-drinking beer despite the high ABV and moderate sweetness, and the mouthfeel never gets excessively heavy. Basically, it's exactly as advertised; an imperial red ale, not just an overhopped barleywine or dark DIPA. Good stuff, a huge improvement over the lackluster 12th anniversary stout. This one is going to fade fast though, so drink it fresh.

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

Very clear deep red colour. An inch high cap of fine beige bubbles fell very slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind quite a lot of lacing on the glass. Good head retention after the initial settling. Intense hop aroma, pine resin and grapefruit, with rich caramel malt in the background. Bitterness started strong and continued to grow through the finish, lingering for a long time on the palate along with the flavour of hop resin. Sturdy malt backbone, but it was no match for the hops. Medium to full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation. Some dryness from the hop resin. Alcohol flavour (a bit spicy, peppery) and warmth were present, but not overpowering. I liked this one. The big hoppy punch was balanced just enough by the malt and alcohol was well controlled.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to a freshly washed pint glass

Poured a dark amber w/ a slight chill haze. Two inch thick off-white head, substantial lacing with some "legs".

Smells of fresh ground citrus rinds and pine needles. I can also detect some cinnamon and spice, slightly. The citrus hops are dominant on the nose.

Taste is a very fresh citrus melded with cinnamon, raison and dates. A good lingering acidity and heat from the alcohol. A slight burbon quality. Very complex and morphs a bit towards a Strong American Amber as it warms w/qualities of caramel and varieties of malt.

This is a mouthful. Very complex and righteous!

This is a careful drinker. Enjoy it and move on o something of less impact. Perhaps a Stone IPA?

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

P: Dark amber with a very thick and creamy crown that stands 2 fingers tall. Showed decent retention and formed a thick collar on top.

A: All the usual suspects you would expect to find in an Imperial Red. Caramel malts, pungeant citrus hops, oily piney hops, toffee, and a little booze. Hops make this one a little one-dimensional. Reminds me of a weaker version of Tongue Buckler.

T: Intensely bitter right out of the chute with big blasts of resinous pine, and bright citrusy hops that smell like grapefruit and orange rinds. It has a nice, sturdy toasted caramel malt bill that supports and tries valiantly to provide at least a little balance. I was expected a bigger, chewier malt presence than this to be honest. As is, it just tastes a lot like a really bitter DIPA from Stone; I know, not that ground-breaking, huh? A little boozy on the palate with that same vodka-type quality that I find in fresh Old Guardian. It warms you up, that's for damn sure!

M: Medium-full bodied but still achieves a nice, thick, creaminess about it. Just not as much as I would have preferred given the huge hop bill, as a bigger malt presence would have added that chewy, lush smoothness to it that really would have tickled my fancy.

Notes: All in all, this is a pretty decent brew from one of my favorite breweries, even though it's really one-dimensional. Nothing spectacular about it, as it doesn't quite reach the greatness you would expect to find in a Stone Anniversary brew. The ethanol rears its ugly head a bit too much for me and the malt bill seems way overloaded by the hops. Maybe 6 months of age will do this one some good.

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Photo of beerman207
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a light brown head that was about 3 fingers high in the glass - wow.

S - Pine, citrus, malt, dark fruit, possibly even some licorice.

T - Very interesting - Dark fruit definatey present - perhaps figs? Has a nice hop profile with a bitterness that is quite mild. The finish brings through the alcohol which has a nice warmth to it.

M - Nice balanced carbonation

D - I would have to ding this one a bit on he drinkability. I like the taste but the ABV is a bit high and Im not sure that I could have too many of these in a row.

As always, an impressive beer from Stone. Definately worth trying for $6.99 a bomber.

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Photo of cdpike
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Sam Adams glass.

Pours a dark brown with just a bit of red. There's a very modest but tight and lasting foam with little lacing. Nose is hops, hops, hops! This is definitely an exciting smell for me and it hits before I've even raised the glass. Aaron Tyrell of Stone was actually just at a tasting I attended and he said that it was about the hoppiest beer they've ever made. Taste is the big heavy-hitting Stone bitterness with some lingering pretty chewy malts. There's a touch of roasty toffee hiding behind the big bitterness. Also masked behind the huge hop flavor is the alcohol, in fact it's difficult to detect really any at all. I must say that the color throws me a bit with this one, but it is really quite delicious. I'm not getting a lot of strong ale, just a lot of double IPA--which is OK for me, but maybe not for some others (although I suspect you know what you're getting into with this brewery). That said, I'll definitely be sad when this one is retired.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bomber pours a slightly hazed dark garnet body with creamy tan head that stands two fingers tall. Good retention and some island chain lacing.

Aroma is bold, with pungent cedar, grassy hops, a whiff of grapefruit, and some boiling toffee.

Mouthfeel has a creamy medium texture with a resinous hop bite and satiny carbonation.

Taste opens with a pine hops bitterness that lasts to the finish. Toffee and toasted caramel malt backbone struggles to match the hop bitterness and ultimately caves in. Hops develop a myriad character midway through that has earthy, leafy, and citrusy elements. Finish is long and bitter, with a resinous aftertaste.

This one has hints of Old Guardian, Double Bastard, and Arrogant Bastard woven throughout, but manages to hold on to a distinct Stone identity. Very well done.

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

On tap at Max's in Fells Point Baltimore.

A - Dark dark clear reddish amber with a tan to off white foamy head and plenty plenty of lacing. I love it when beers look like this.

S - Rich grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet, but not much here.

T/M - Taste is more piney than the smell, but with the same grapefruit character. Very rich and bitter, but fresh tasting. Very clean and juicy mouthfeel.

D - Not very, but enjoyed it thoroughly. Very delicious, but a bit much to drink alot of.

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