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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 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 taez555
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from Notes, sampled 11/07/09

This beer pours a dark mahogany body with a thick off-white head.

Nose has a strong mix of chocolate, caramel, citrus, fruit and putrid garbage. It smells like a great Stone beer mixed with a homebrew slightly gone wrong.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a strong rich caramel malt flavor. Huge dark citrus hop resin with even more liquid hop resin. Malty, Malty malty. Big rich malt and tons of high alcohol. A slight infectious flavor drifts throughout the whole thing.

It's basically a mellow double bastard light that is slightly infected. It's odd, and kind of drinkable, but at the same time kind of gross. Sorry, I love you Stone, but this is a pass.

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Photo of drinkslinger028
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at the wooden keg in Hagerstown Maryland . super knowledgable peeps there.I myself find this a bit malty fir my taste but I'm a hop head at heart so my rateing may not compare with yours, keep your mind open and give it a try....

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Photo of beerbutcher
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks smells and acts like the arrogant bastard, but is some how bigger and more that way. talk about exhausting... lots of hops, malt, alcohol, and body. theres not shyness here, no lack of complexity or flavor. too much beer for me but it at least has balance. perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the nose. split a bottle with someone.

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

Bottle into big red wine glass.

Pours deep brown-red, quite hazy, with a very thin, fine-bubbled khaki head. Nice legs as every sip leaves a solid wall of lacing, though the actual lacing that sticks is actually pretty sparse.

Nose is big caramel, citrusy hops, candied orange rind, nice alcohol bite in there as well.

Taste is the high point of the beer. Taste is seamlessly melded - sharp hop bite at the beginning is big, piney, pungent, bitter orange rind coming through, and inseparable from the underlying big malt body - sweet caramel malt with toasty notes and even a bit of cocoa coming through. The malt never really emerges from the hops, though the hops are never free of the big malt body underneath either. Close to a 4.5, but doesn't quite make it.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, full bodied, prickley both from the sharp carbonation and the hop bite. Quite nice.

Drinkability is decent, but the beer feels pretty green. Hops are a bit rough, and some age I think would turn this into a first class, super-balanced beer, perhaps even in the vein of a nice barleywine.

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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 billab914
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one still on the shelf in a recent trip to Buffalo. Had it fresh out in California when it came out but wasn't able to give it a review so I picked it up.

Poured from a 22oz into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some citrus from the hops but also a sweet caramel and chocolate malt presence. The hops have definitely faded some comparing to my experience when fresh, but still a very good complex aroma.

Taste is a lot like the nose, the hops give it a citrus and pine flavor and the sweet malt gives a good caramel and chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, especially for the high abv.

Overall this was very good both fresh and now, enjoyed a lot both times I had it.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass with an almost milky character. Thick and rich. Frothy tan head sit on a dark red and slightly murky beer. The smell is a smooth yet husky grain aroma upfront followed by an array of piny and citrusy hops. It has a very mellow taste for being 9.5%, but the hop bite probably has something to do with covering up the booze. There is a deep malty backbone to this one, with a ton of hops upfront. Tastes like cascade and chinook. I'm sure there are a few more in there. After a few drinks the hoppiness starts to accumulate in your mouth. If you press your tongue to the top of your mouth after a gulp it is pure alpha acid. This beer is 3 things. American, West Coast, and Bold.

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Photo of jaluria
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at one of my local spots in CT.

Pours a semi-opaque ruby-brown color with a strong tan colored head. Tons of lacing is left behind in my goblet following a few sips. Aromas of dark fruit, alcohol, licorice, and sourdough seem to come out. Quite powerful in it's scent and lingering aromas. The taste follows suite and is dominated by sweet malt flavors that leave behind a smoky flavor on the back of my throat. To me this tastes like a winter warmer with sweet bready malt character and high alcohol content. A few sips in and I'm feeling the alcohol especially the warming sensation that often follows the high ABV beers.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer especially while the snow is falling outside and the temperature is dropping. However I don't plan on having this again as it seems more singular in profile and taste.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color. Nice head that holds a very appealing fine foamed head. Supper lacing. Smell is all over the place. First sniff is strong belgian ale, then it morphs into strong barleywine. Big caramel malt sweet smell, with some alcohol in there too. Piney resinous hops. Big is the easiest way to describe this thing. Taste complexity matches the smell. Nice bitter finish that seams to contradict all the malt that is in there. Full mouth and very heavy. Definately a sipper to be respected. Stone never lets down with their aniversary ales and this one is no different. I always pick up a case and enjoy occasionally for a year. Each one of these will be a pleasure.

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

Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
appearance - dark brownish red.
smell - hoppy! According to their website "We used more pounds of hops per barrel than any beer we've ever made."
taste - hoppy! Good stuff, but I guess I'm not the hop monster this guy targets.
Stone lists this as an Imperial/Double Red Style.
They also write that the hops are balanced by "malty, toffee like flavors"....I'm not so sure balanced...maybe slightly cut.

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

A - orangey light brown, head went away quickly.

S - flowery, perfumy smell at first ( like persian ice cream..well you get the idea) then you can feel the alcohol in your nose

t-bitter and hoppy. After drinking it for a while, appears more complex. tastes like barley wines i've had.

m- mouthfeel is fine. Perfect for a beer like this. Not watery but not heavy. Not very carbonated.

d- I would order this in a bar if I came across it! Not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but I enjoyed drinking this one. This is the 2nd bottle I've had. I did age the first bottle for 6 months, which likely lessened the hop flavor considerably, and I found the 2nd bottle refrigerated in a store just now ( Dec. 2009). Fairly strong alcohol content, which can get you by surprise.

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

A: The pour is deep, deep amber. Slightly hazy with a rather small, but still beautiful off-white creamy head that after a long time dissipates leaving nice lacings.

S: The American floral hops almost knocks me out: pine and pineapple, citric notes as well. Sweet malt, lightly roasted, in the back - with a sence of dark dried fruits.

T: American hops, like in the taste, but in the taste also lots of bitter hops. Lots of maltyness as well, a bit smoked. Dark dried fruits. Not as sweet as the smell implied.

M: A great after-taste, long and in almost perfect balance between sweet and bitter. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate with only really small bubbles.

D: A really nice beer, but in my taste it's a little to much hops and to little malt. But a really nice beer...

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Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into a goblet at Smith's Billiards. Dark red with a small creamy off-white head that looks decent the whole time. Smell I'm getting big scents of fruity hops. Taste is typical Stone Strong Ale greatness, pine, caramel, dark fruit, good balance of hops + malts, creamy, a little grapefruit. Alcohol is definitely detectable, especially by the end. That and extreme hops may kill this over time, but as usual, a great beer from Stone.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 9.5% ABV, June 2009 "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009".

Thanks go out to the wonderful Sweemzander for this bottle. Lucky numero 13.

A - If the color weren't a lightly hazed, muddy brown amber, this would be perfection in a glass. A moderate pour puts out a four-finger tan and cream colored head. The retention is astounding! The lace left over is equally as impressive. Simply beautiful.

S - Hops are pungent in this one. Deep, damp wood, pine needle and resin, and spicy herbs. Very aromatic. There is a toasty malt nose hiding behind the hops that has a hint of honey and caramel sweetness. Tons of hops over-run everything else though.

T - The hint of malts on the nose comes out a bit more in the flavor with a honey-like sweetness and toasted qualities. The hops are even more unforgiving in the flavor. It's a lupulin kick to the teeth packed with woodsy flavors of damp wood, intensely resiny hops and pine, and a spicy herbal finish. The percent of alcohol is also noticeable in the flavor too. Spicy and warm and only a slight bit fusel-like.

M - Dry as the damn Sahara, this thing is drier than dry wine. It's resiny which gives it an incredibly light gritty feel on the tongue (which is not as bad as it sounds). The finish is more bitter than an old, unfriendly hag. The alcohol warms the end a bit too. Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

D - Holy she-it, if this is this powerful now at six months old, how is it fresh? I could actually see aging a bottle for a little longer to see if the malts develop any more. Either way, it's another great brew from Stone, a brewery I'm convinced can do no wrong. That being said, the 22 oz bottle to myself will be a bit of a task. One glass is enough.

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Photo of cvanderwerff
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S- Bomber

A - Dark brown, when held up to the light a nice dark amber color.

S- Hops, Fruit, slight alcohol smell.

T- Great taste. Intense fruit notes from the hops, Nice acidic after taste

M - Light body, super smooth. long after taste. a beer to enjoy over time, not all at once.

D- This is one to sip over dinner or with friends. Great one to share. (or to keep to yourself) Does not hide the alcohol immensely but still has decent drink ability.

A great beer to try at least just once, one of my favorite ales. and glad i was able to pick one up when it did.

Oh I opened this one up early to share with my older brother who just got engaged!

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

Poured from bomber to SA Pint reddish brown when held up to the light with a cream inch of foamy head. Good retention that gives way to heavy lacing, looks fantastic. Has a big hoppy nose up front with grassy grapefruit and a malty backbone. Big Stone flavor. I love this brewery. Heavy citrus hop and big malty flavors. Has a sticky mouth and the 9.5% is well hidden. Very easy drinking despite the APV. Who says 13 is unlucky?

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

Reviewed 8/30/09. Deep brown color. Light barely able to peak through. Thin almost frothy head.
Toasted malts strong up front on the nose. Hints of hops peak through.
Heavy on the toasted grains, some toeffy flavors show up. Hops come through to shore up malt flavor. Slight alchol burn at he end. Flavors remind me of a marzen.
Nice full bodied mouthfeel. Heavy when aggitated in mouth..Solid.
Great segway brew from summer to fall. Definatly enjoyable all through the winter months as well. As always a solid offering here from Stone!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-21-09
Bottled in June 2009

Pours an extremely cloudy deep red color, with a sizable tan head that lasts forever. Great lacing adds to the thick and flavorful appearance.

Smell is all strong hops, with big malt to back it up. Almost a little aged, very smooth and fruity, with a kick of alcohol.

Taste is huge fruity bitterness followed by malty smoke flavor. The finish is very bitter and tart, with just s hint of booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, perfect for the thick hops.

Drinkability is decent, If you're in the mood for an ass-kicker.

Overall, a strong Arrogant Bastard. Good, but nothing special.

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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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Photo of Dewey0603
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany with some crisp red colors and a smallish tan frothy head. A nice strong pungent aroma with bread yeast,alcohol,roasted malt,carmel,and molasses. The taste is strong with alcohol,bread yeast,roasted malt,pine hops,brown sugar,and some citrus hop flavors. The m/f is strong and heavy with all the flavors mixing well,although the bitter hop aftertaste is a bit much. A nice solid hearty beer,you won't go wrong trying this brew.

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Photo of Fnord
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown with a medium tan head.

Smell - Alcohol, oak, pine, molasses, caramel.

Taste - Much like the smell. Sweet malty beginning, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Notes - Hoppy, but balanced by a malty sweetness. Reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, which shouldn't be surprising. Probably closer to Double Bastard, actually, but not as harsh.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale has a body that is a mix of red orange and brown; there are just a ton of active carbonation bubbles moving around in there. The head is at least two fingres tall and is a light tan color. It is thick, creamy looking and has some great retention. Some big, sticky lacing is left behind.

The nose is packed with resiny, sticky smelling pine and grapefruit and sweet malts. Stone 13 smells like it means business, that's for sure.

Right from when the beer first touchs your mouth, the hops jump. A ton of citrus with grapefruit and orange peel coming together with more juicy sweetness than actual bitterness. Some pine resin in there also. The hops are king here, but the malt bill does a little bit of balancing work with a slightly sweet, slightly toasted flavor. The finish is slightly bitter. Overall, I'm impressed with how little bitterness Stone 13th has despite being packed with hops.

The mouthfeel is certainly full bodied, just as you would expect from a big strong ale like this. There is also some moderate to high carbonation that really brings out the flavors.

Considering the ABV, this one is pretty drinkable. As usual, when Stone does a hoppy beer, it is HOPPY (and good).

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

Dark reddish amber, mild head, great lace. Smells of fresh grainy dark malts. Taste the strong hop and barley up front, lends itself to a toffee caramelized notes . A bit boozy, but smooth with pine sap and perfect carbonation. This is an above average beer, and about average with Stone's higher end brews.

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