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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a very small tan head that leaves no lacing on my Chimay goblet. Stone's website says this is a imperial red ale.

Smell is piny and grapefruit hops and a little sweetness .

Taste is a strong hop bitterness with a sweet malty backbone, like a kicked up Double Bastard. You can taste the alcohol in this one, but it's not too overpowering. Stone says they used more hops in this beer than any beer they have ever brewed.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.

While this is a tasty beer, it's not one you would drink a lot of.

This is what you would expect from a Stone Anniversary Ale, a bit dose of hops with some malts to balance it out.

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

On-tap at Delaney's into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear ruby-amber body topped by a finger of moderately creamy tan head. Decent retention and solid lace. Attractive.

S: Huge wave of piney, resinous hops; moderate spice, and just a bit of malt sweetness. Straightforward and excellent.

T: Follows the nose quite closely, with a constant, delicious, complex assault of rich, juicy hops. THe malt is only present in the slightest bit of background balance. Dry spicy, slightly boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium, slightly sticky body; maybe a bit under-carbonated.

D: Pretty standard for its strength. Hops help keep any potential cloying at bay.

Notes: I ordered this without remembering what style it even was (not that "American Strong" means all that much, though - it tasted far more like a DIPA), as I trusted Stone to deliver again. They did. This awesome, hugely hoppy red ale puts even AB to shame, as far as I'm concerned.


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Photo of Reagan1984
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved the look of this beer. Have to say it certainly reminded me of a more piney Arrogant Bastard. There was something about the malt profile that reminded me of that beer. BTW, it's one of my favorites.

The beer is just perfect looking. Creamy/full light tan head that is able to rise well above the top of the glass. Excellent retention and clumps of lace... Deep maroon, amber/light brown color. Dark, dark color.

Aroma was awesome as well. Pine, fresh floral aroma. Huge hop smack. Sharp citrus at the end...

As mentioned earlier the malt profile really reminded me of Arrogant Bastard. There is a sweet, fruity caramel background. Lots of depth and the hop profile is wonderful. Resin like Pine some sharp citrus.

Just shy of creamy mouth feel. Thick and bold. The hop profile accentuates this.

Wonderfully drinkable for a hop head.

Another excellent effort by Stone. Happy Anniversary.

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

Extremely dark maroon, trimmed in copper, and foamed with a height of sticky and durable beige froth.
Caramelized pineapple, port, wintergreen, white grapefruit, and burnt toffee nose.
It traverses the mouth, first laying a layer of caramelly and bready malt sod. This gathers up towards a more toasted (and almost burnt) graininess. Fruit begins to ooze out with dark grapes and prunes, as well as grilled peaches, pineapples, and melons, as the hops enter the picture. Squirts of citrus and minty wintergreens. The close features a burst of alcohol-forward port wine.
Full bodied and given a bit of airiness with it pesistant CO2 that belies its elevated ABV.
Very barleywine-esque. This is a big ale in the order of SN's Bigfoot with a fruitier hop profile.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown with dark amber hues. Off white head that retained well as a thin cap and beautiful lacing. 4.5

S - rich amber malts, touch of carob, intensely hoppy but more balanced than the Arrogant Bastard. Little hints of grapefruit show through. 4.0

T - heavily malty, reminiscent of DFH 90 Minute with a touch of smokiness and robustness. 4.0

M - medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Wish it was on cask. Now this is a beer that should have switched carbonation style with the Arrogant Bastard on cask. 3.5

D - However, I dig this beer. One more please. 4.0

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

13th Anniversary pours a deep reddish brown color. It's clear and backlighting gives it a very rich red appearance. A very foamy, caramel colored head tops it off. It easily reaches over three fingers deep. It was very slow to dissipate and left thick, sticky sheets of lacing clinging to the glass. Very nicely done.

The nose is intriguing and very good. It's undoubtedly hoppy. Saying this is a 'hop bomb' is an understatement. It has a deep, diverse hop profile. They're primarily piney, floral, and a little earthy. There are some citric qualities that are apparent through the grapefruit and pineapple scents, but they are secondary. There's no shortage of malt here. Caramel malts are easily noted and smell sweet. They're here, but it doesn't smell very balanced. To a lesser degree, there's a little dark fruit, tobacco, and just a whiff of alcohol. I was anticipating a little more alcohol presence, but this is blended well. This is a good smelling beer. Very good actually. Special? It falls just a little shy of that.

The flavor profile is equally as good as the nose, but no better. A sweet caramel malt flavor kicks it off. But, hops waste no time attacking the palate and attack they do. This is a seriously dry, bitter beer. The hops are very piney and floral. I'll even go a little resiny. There are some light citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors, but they're mostly overshadowed by the piney and floral aspects. There's more than enough malt here, but it doesn't do much to take the bitter edge off. As a hophead, that's fine by me. It is earthy and a little herbal. A hint of tobacco and light spices are noted. Dark fruit flavors are secondary and subtle, but are effective in adding depth. Alcohol is a little more noticeable here. It is nearly 10% abv. What were you expecting? It finishes bitter, very dry, with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. The flavor here is very good, but never quite comes together enough to drive it to the next level.

13th Anniversary has a medium body that leans thick. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is light and helps smooth it out nicely. Not quite creamy, but smooth. Drinkability is good. It's a little limited by its strength and aggressive flavor profile. Nonetheless, I'm enjoying the bomber and will have no trouble polishing it off.

Stone 13th Anniversary. I always look forward to this annual release. Is it good beer? No doubt. Very good. But, I was honestly hoping for a little more. I can't help but recall my encounter with Tongue Buckler and compare the two. Frankly, I think Tongue Buckler's a little better. This one isn't quite as aggressively hoppy as Tongue Buckler, but I prefer Tongue Buckler's primary use of citric hops. It just has a slightly better hop flavor. As for this one, it's damn good. If they strong piney, floral hop flavor gelled with the sweet caramel malt just a little better, it just might be special. As it is, it's another very solid anniversary release from Stone. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of kwjd
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently I was supposed to drink this fresh, but whatever, I just bought this a couple days ago. Pours a ruby-brown colour with huge off-white head. Lots of lacing, great head retention. This smells incredibly sweet, like brown sugar, vanilla and burnt sugar. Flavour is really sweet as well, slight bitterness too. Aftertaste leaves the burnt sugar flavour (in a good way). Smooth mouthfeel. This is really good even in 2011, so I wish I had it when it was fresh.

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

a: into my piraat snifter with a frothy two-finger beige head, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color, nice retention and light lace

s: first is an onslaught of green pine backed by fresh tropical fruits - monstrous West Coast C-hops, notes of grapefruit and fresh pine bough being most dominant with some mango and passionfruit, malts try to make a stand but ultimately skulk in the background providing smooth nutty aromas and dark toffee dusted with cocoa, mild ethanol peeks out only after warming considerably

m: smooth carbonation around medium level, medium-full body

t: almost all hops on the tongue - big tropical flavors turning towards pine bitterness almost immediately, the malts are felt more than tasted - lending some dark sugars and flavors of nut-roll or dark breads, a wonderfully oppressive bitterness lingers in the long finish, too unbalanced for a higher score but a great experience for the hop fiend within

d: an easy sipper but one that demands respect, a nice beer overall but I would like to see some more malt coming through the wall of hops

bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA

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

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown color. There was a small tan head that doesn't linger long, but does leave some lacing. The aroma is quite good. Pine and citrus hops are up front, but you can tell they are being masked somewhat by the malt. Some caramel and toffee, as well as a bit of breadiness. The taste is bitter, with the pine and citrus hops up front, but malts trying to mask them. I get some bitter chocolate, toffee, spice and some others that can't quite get to the top. Very nice. I missed drinking it in 2009, since it got shuffled to the back of the fridge.

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

34th review on BA
Bottle to Stone pint glass

I'm reviewing this with an open mind. Bottle says to drink in 2009 and don't age it. It's almost 2011 and I just got a bottle of this from a little liquor store who I doubt knew to sell these fresh.

App-This beer poured a dense, thick, rich chocolate brown color. It had a nice tan creamy one finger head.

Smell- It was a complex mess to say of smells on this. You get dried fruit, you get the alcohol, you get some caramel and maybe some other roast in there.

Taste- This is where I think a fresh bottle would come in handy. I don't know how to compare it to a fresh bottle but its like drinking a baby RIS. I saw that because you get so many flavors but the big flavors stand out with the coffee and chocolate of the RIS coming to mind.

Mouth- It's a complex beer and demands to be sipped and enjoyed while flavors go to work on the palate.

Drink- One and done for me. It was like sipping on a fine wine to be enjoyed and remembered.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a mahogany color with a tan head.

S: Smells strong like almonds and some hazelnut with some light hoppiness and, strange enough, garlic. It sounds disgusting, I know, but it’s not. The aroma is really inviting, if a garlic scent can do that without being in an Italian dish.

T/M: You can immediately taste chocolate in the back of your throat, light traces of hops and nuttiness throughout. Biscuity malts and marshmallow round out the finish. It’s very rich and very good.

I know this wasn’t their intention, but this beer must have gotten better with age. Either that, or I may have peed my pants in ecstasy if I tried it in 2009. Old beer won’t make you sick will it? I hope I don’t get collera or lupus or something. Eh, I don’t care, it’s worth it.

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

Poured from the bottle a deep clear mahogany giving two fingers of frothy tan head.

Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, molasses, roasted caramel malts, and a slight medicinal tinge.

The taste brought forth grapefruit, roasted caramel malts, vanilla, dark berries, and molasses. Nice balance of hops and malts. The 9.5% alcohol was present and gave a touch of warmth to the tongue. The finish delivered a bitter bite.

Rich and creamy with a light carbonation.

A fine Strong Ale as one would expect from Stone.

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

Pours reddish amber orange with a very impressive 1.5 inch creamy fluffy tan head that stuck around for over a minute with great lacing that clings to the glass; smells very hoppy, malty, sweet, with orange peel, cinnamon, grapefruit and delicious spices. Very impressive nose and appearance, this beer started off looking and smelling great.

Nice hoppy, malty and toffee flavor combo that's slightly sweet with a dry finish; sweet malt, caramel, rum or raisins, dark fruits, a touch of flower and/or grains, floral and piney hops, and then spices which end this tasty brew. You can't taste the alcohol, but you can feel it after drinking this beer for a while. Medium bodied, this brew actually has a silky smooth mouthfeel that's a little chewy, and even though it has light to medium carbonation, it gives off a creamy flow and goes down pretty easy considering the high ABV.

It seems to be a hybrid between a barleywine and a strong ale or DIPA, but it works well as an aggressive powerful beer. It aggressive, but not overbearing and it brings enough flavor and complexities to make this enjoyable rather than just a strong ale. Overall an excellent beer that was quite complex and highly drinkable!

Drinking Notes: I had this beer on tap several times and from a bomber and it was always an exceptional beer. It was better on tap over the summer of 2009, and I am glad that I had it on several occasions until the bar ran out of it. It gets better as it warms, but it was great right after being poured and had exceptional qualities, such as a great aroma, appearance and taste. Any fan of the Stone line of beers will be able to appreciate this beer. I'm looking forward to the 14th Anniversary Ale!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red color, head was super creamy and frothy. The aroma is unique and beyond complex. Caramel up from, slight mint, spicy hop remnants, leather, chocolate, and earth. There's a big caramel, almost chocolaty note up front on the taste, some earthy, spicy bitterness still lingering from the hops, sweet malts, and a leathery finish. Full bodied on the feel, creamy.

"Do not cellar".

I never noticed that on my bottle until I decided to crack it...3+ years later.

I haven't had it fresh, which would have been nice, though I was just getting into beer at that time and Stone entered Louisiana the year after. But, this was a nice Strong Ale. Though the said "Don't cellar", I think they knew this would hold it'd own to father time.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark amber hue that is actually as much brown as it is red. NIce tall tan head, bubbly and vicious. Good retention with nice lace.

S: Lots of malt up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Hints of roast and a big blast of hops. There is lots of gooey pine hops with an equal assault of grassy green hops.

T: Very much like the aroma. Malt sweetness up front. Caramel and molasses mostly. The roast is there to provide depth, before the hop assault takes place. All hops are represented. I picked up a bit of sweet pine up front. It really played well off the sweet malt. Things bitter up in the middle with citrus pushing forward. The finish is big, bold, grassy green, and bitter.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Rich, sweet, with long bitter finish.

D: Pretty good. It's a nice big beer that lends itself to kicking back and sipping the night away.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Rather dark amber maple syrup body with a dense inch and a half of light sandy head. Great lacing. Delectable nose of pine sap, herbal resinousness, pineapple, and minty hops. Substantial fruit, cookie, and rum backing.

Herbal, numbing hop bitterness right up front. Aggressive and tasty. Undercurrent of fruity, rummy malt mounts a defensive against the hop dominance. Sticky, and slightly sweet, the malt still can't balance the hop bitterness. Piny and resinous all the way through, with flashes of mint and citrus in the finish. Dry and numbing to the end. Reminds me of SN Bigfoot, but with more hops! Medium-full body with a creamy feel. One of Stone's better Anniversary beers.

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

22oz bottle.

Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as not having much direction. Up front some roasted caramel flavors, followed by rather harsh and nondescript hopping that finished with a broad, bland bitterness. Not bad, but discordant and unbalanced. Better luck with next year's edition.

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Photo of Florida9
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served in a pilsner glass with about 1 finger of thick, tan, creamy head that stuck around for the whole beer. Tons of lacing, practically sheeting along the side of the glass. Clear, dark brown in color.

S: Huge floral hop noes mixed with pungency of alcohol.

T: Caramel malt and alcohol followed by grapefruit bitterness. Long complex finish.

M: Creamy and voluptuous. Medium-heavy in weight with medium carbonation.

D: This is a big beer not for the faint of heart. High malts, high hops, and high alcohol, however, all are balanced nicely.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brownwith a reddish tint. Clear as crystal with a creamy looking tan head. Nice retention with good lace.
Smell is malt, floral, pine, hops.
Taste is hops, malt, floral and pine.
Medium/full body, smooth with some alcohol in aftertaste. Slightly warming in throat. Very good but only want one a night.

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

Very excited to try my third Stone Anniversary Ale as I soak in the wonderful sentiment expressed in the essay on the back of the bottle.

Beer pours a deep, almost candied red with a thick and foamy head that leaves a lacy film on the glass as it recedes.

The smell is a big hoppy aroma, which is expected from Stone beer and packing an added citrus sweetness to the usual hop pungency.

All is as expected, until the subtle flavor kicks in. This beer is mellow and soft on the palate, refraining from the massive hop wallop of brews like the Double Bastard. Don't get me wrong, the hops are present and still resonate, but in a different way, without the tongue scraping, which has been replaced by an uncommon smoothness. The heavy 9.5 ABV is well disguised, making for a very smooth and drinkable beer experience.

This subtlety and complexity is new for Stone and it's good to see that one of the best breweries in the US is still trying new things.

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Photo of david18
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i wasn't sure if this was a new beer. Sounds like it is. I was very surprised to see this was consider a red/amber ale. It's nothing like any of the beers in that category. It's much like a couple of the previous dark dipa anniv. ales release by stone.

A little hot but the malt is oustanding.

Tried this again in a bottle and I think this is their best Old Ale yet. Not as strong as the double but more than the regular Arrogant, this beer has excellent color, flavor, aroma and drinkability.

I changed my rating from the original review above.

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Deep brown color with a creamy tan head that stayed as a cap and left streaks of lacing.
The smell is strong piney hops with a hint of dark fruit sweetness in the background.
The taste is borderline on being too hop heavy but there's just enough malt to make me want more.
Medium/Full bodied with a smooth feel on the finish.
Enjoyable brew.

Happy 13th Anniversary Stone, Many More!

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