Stone 13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale
723 Ratings
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 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 ABOWMan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma speaks to hops and quite stongly at that. Citrus peel, malt and caramel follow.

The appearance is a surprise for a Stone Anniversary Ale. It's reddish brown and quite hazy with a full two fingers of light tan colored head. The head is relatively long lived, but the lacing is weak although still apparent.

The flavor is amazing. Sweet malt, bitter hops, (nicly balanced)caramelized sugars, alcohol, spice and a bitter hop aftertaste. What's not to like.

The mouthfeel is quite rich and tongue coating, likely from the cloudy malt and yeast in my glass. It's a great beer to chew on. It's neither a hop lovers or a malt lovers dream ... it's both! Full sweet malt and bitter hops in a dark rich colored brew. Who wouldn't like this Thirteenth Anniversary Edition. Nice job Stone Brewing!

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Photo of bminor7
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Savemore Beverage in Clifton Park, NY.
Had it on 10/22/2009.

A - 1 finger head, with good retention and lacing. almost no light coming through, what does yields a deep garnet.

S - like arrogant bastard but with a stronger malt bill, almost like a barleywine but not quite there. wonderful deep sweet hop aromas.

T - very similar to the smell. caramel, balsamic, piney. very sweet. stone hops all the way.

M - perfect blend of carbonation and thickness.

D - good, but accompany it with food.

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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 Psilo707
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new Stone! YAY! And it was released on the day I decided to start drinking again after taking a month off. I poured this into my Chimay Stein, and watched as a medium-length head dissipated fairly quickly but left nice splotchy lacing on the sides. Not as full of head as something like Double Arrogant, but almost there.

Definitely smells like a 9.5% ABV beer. A slightly sweeter aroma eminates off the top of the mug and swirls around in the nose before turning into a malty afterglow. A dark luminescence hangs over the top like a mysterious shadow of invisible flavor waiting to be inhaled.

I take a sip. And I'm BITTEN. WOW, what an impact. This is some heavy stuff. It tastes like traditional Stone Ale going down, but halfway through turns to something exquisite. There is a complex, intricate layer of tastes happening all at once as your mouth attempts to cope with the realization of what you're ingesting. It's all in a good way, but it takes one by surprise. A *very* slight flower and coriander taste remain before being fully washed away by sheer, raw power. This beer is not for the light drinker.

Mouthfeel is creamier than creamy and heavier than heavy. Idling in the mouth, it demands your full attention. It's presence not able to be ignored.

Drinkability is a bit lower due to how serious this brew is in every way. But it still tastes great, smells great, and I could down a few and get the job done.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this years Stone release. It's one of my favorites from them, although I feel like I say that every time.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark ruby with a thick, tan head. Generous lacing and nice head retention.

S - Fragrant hops are the first thing to hit my nose. A very earthy aroma. Hints of barley are strong as well.

T - Nothing subtle here. Floral, piney, and earthy flavors mingle together over an underlying toasty barley flavor. Ends with an alcoholic finish.

M - Full bodied and very creamy.

D - If you enjoy aggressive strong ales, this is a must try. Very drinkable considering it has a 9.5 alcohol content.

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

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip to the 0.3 L line

A - inch of thick tan head, like a stout would produce, definitely a dark brown with ruby undertones

S - besides the initial lemon, grapefruit citrus smell, i pick up bittersweet chocolate

T - lemon and grapefruit are more pronounced then in smell, last a while until the aftertaste which is very complex - some aged dark rum, prunes, chocolate, caramel

M - heavy bodied but not syrupy or thick, good carbonation to allow the flavors to pop

D - the bomber is the perfect size, would have been content with sharing but alas I was greedy with this bottle, says to drink now on the bottle but I doubt cellaring would hurt this beer except to tone down the hop profile

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Photo of slayer3604
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep crimson with a white/beige head, sticky lacing and a swath of bubbles emitting from the depths of the glass.

S-Absolute hop. A stinging sensation on your nose, because of the sheer hoppiness of this beverage. Moist pine bark, the mist coming off of an orange as you peel the skin off, caramel, toffee and a rush of booze.

T- up front malt that levels into a universe of pulsating hop orgies with tawney port, cracked pepper corn, pine, mint, and victory in the background.

M- Lathery, suddy, the glass says it all, the head is stuck to this mother like no tomorrow.

D- This is the fifth time i've had this beer and the first time i've reviewed selling stone beer by far that we've ever carried as well.

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Photo of benz08
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of youngblood
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby with earthier tones near its heart.Solid white head hangs out on top. Fades fairly quickly but leaves a solid ring around the top of the beer. Tons of lacing left on the glass. Awful Perdy.

Smells yummy. Huge pine with some sweeter grapefruit notes. Underneath is a touch of alcohol. Lots of nice caramel hitting up the back with some toasted nuts.

This is nearly a highly hopped barley wine. There's lots of dark fruit going on. Some fig and date and raisins. You've got the other side coming through now, some grapefruit, lemon, orange, and small pine. Heavy on the bitter side.

Sticky and chewy. Nicely carbonated. Finding it pretty smooth here.

The drinkability is good from a "the alcohol is not overwhelming" perspective, but the high bitterness puckers the lips a bit and devastates any other flavors you hope to experience.

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Photo of Recondopf
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wknight167
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a crimson brown with a one finger off white head.

Nose- Piney, caramel, slight citrus.

Palate- Pine hops hit first, followed by citrus. The malt makes a slight appearance in the form of caramel (cystal malt with a hint of roast?) before the bitter comes back.

Mouthfeel- Thick, full bodied.

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

Poured from bomber to 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Very nice deep dark red, almost like cherry wood, very beautiful with no sediment. A 2 finger frothy head that stays.

Smell - Tons of hops in the nose, nice dark malts can be smelled on the end. A bit of alcohol at the end. Very pungent citrus and piney hops. Smells like a hop bomb all the way. Very Floral.

Taste - Up front I am getting the hops and alcohol, then a bit of sweet caramel malts, chased by some citrusy, resiny bitterness. This is a very complex beer and I will try and say what else I taste. The end is really nice, grapefruit, orange, other goodness. In the malts I taste earthy, grassy, and woody elements, but also darker fruits, the sweetness from the fruits comes through.

Mouthfeel - This beer feels great in the mouth, good bite on the tongue, good smooth feel and carbonated just right.

Drinkability - I could drink the bomber, and maybe do another, its good for a beer its size, but I wouldn't be doing anymore than 2. Gets more drinkable as it warms.

Another great beer from Stone. And I guess my 50th review.

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Photo of ScottyC54
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of beernut
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 gibby
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a case of bombers with ericwo, purchased at the beer yard in wayne, pa for $75 after tax..well worth it.

Pours a very deep red with a thick toffee colored head.You can smell the hops but the cherry smell dominates by far. Taste is very smooth with great carbonation. You get the bitterness of the hops, lot of cherry and toffee. No hint of the 9.5% abv. Very interesting and enjoyable beer by stone. I am really glad I bought 6 bombers right off the bat. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Ruby tinted - thick head

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops.

Taste: Hops, Hops and more hops - best part is after you swallow - you get a roasted caramel, chocolate, to sooth the palate. Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, roasted banana.

Mouthfeel: the best part - tingly and hoppy - bitter, great soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Mild - to Great drinkability. Very enjoyable. Great night-cap or sipper to savor and reflect on your favorite stone brews these past 13 years. Another one in the books for me. a great brew. Oh - MUST let this one WARM UP - all the flavor is hidden when fresh out the fridge.

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

A- Pours a clear deep red, with a light auburn 1 finger head. falls to a ring of small tight bubbles lacing the glass well on the way down.

S- Warm Sandy aroma. Its a tie between caramel malts and big grapefruit hop nose. Finishes with a pine forest of complexity.

T- This a big deep beer. Lots of Citrus and grapefruit meld with roasted sweet malts. Notes of toffee and caramel poke through. The moderate hops leave the palette feeling dry.

M- Full Bodied beer. lots of carbonation. A slight warming from the alcohol.

O- This is an awesome beer. I will be drinking as much as possible before it disappears.

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

22 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled in June 2009.

A - Dark copper body with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

S - Lots of spicy, sweet, caramelized malt character on the nose. Basically a robust version of the sweet smell of malted barley that we all know from when we've visited a brewery or homebrewed. Bold hop character lends nice background notes of orange, pine, and tropical fruit.

T - Stone has a knack for making very well-balanced big beers. I get a ton of malt, a ton of hops, but they work very well together in concert. I get caramel and roasted nuts from the malt, and sweet citrus and pine from the hops. The high-ish alcohol content is very well-hidden behind the malt and hops.

M - Nice job of maintaining an interesting finish without the stickiness that often accompanies big beers. Spot-on carbonation. Very impressive mouthfeel for the style.

D - This is a great big beer, either for quaffing/sipping or for recreational drinking. I'd drink this with a big hunk of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and a soft baguette, or with a grilled cheese. Cheese, bread, and big beer is where it's at. Get your hands on this brew before it's gone.

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

A: Pours a dark ruby red color that allows only a bit of light through. A perfect 2 fingered "burnt" white colored head that leaves some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells like a sweeter AB with more hoppiness. That was the first thing that came to mind, zesty hops and nice clean crisp hop scent. Very nice.

T: (I've been waiting for this one!) Lots of bitter hops here, again sort of a different take on an arrogant bastard, more hop, a little sweeter but the alcohol shines through a bit more than usual for a stone brew. It is a big in your face type of brew but not as interesting as I would have hoped. (I still miss 10th with all my beer soaked liver)

MF:Medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Meh.

D: Sort of down on this one with how high the abv is on top of the fact that the alcohol is ever noticeable, this is a nice to try beer but definitely not your every day or even every week type of beer.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit disappointed, not that it is a bad beer far from it but I was just really hoping for something crazy from the Stone guys this time around. I think 10th really set my expectations way too high.

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Photo of mikel52588
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass from a bomber, Deep mahogany hue with a nice tan 3 fingerlength head with good retention, and a nice soapiness; lacing is slippery slidey moving quickly down the glass in a soaplike way

Smell: Big bitter hoppiness and a strong malty pineness, as you should pickup it very woody scent.

Taste: This reminds me of stones oaked arrogant bastard ale, it's very complex; has a strong bite with woody qualities and burnt malts, and finishes off with your bitter hoppy goodness; once in a while you do get a big taste of alcohol though.

Mouthfeel: For the heaviness of this beer it's rather light and fluffy on the tongue; aftertaste is bitter as you would expect, carbonation is light.

Drinkability: This beer makes its way into a spot that is right between a sipper and a session-er. One would think these whopping 9.5abv's would make it a heavy beast in which you'd have to tiptoe past as this gargoyle goes down your throat, but this is just not true. If you enjoy oaked arrogant I recommend a try.

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Photo of Celt44
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice head. Minimal lacing lasts throughout...

Aroma - Hops strong and up front. Chocolately malts. Sugary

Taste - Pine and hops with an interesting and unique blend of chocolate brownies mixed in. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol burn and a citrus bite.

Mouthfeel - Silky and creamy ...then the bite sets in.

Drinkability - Very good Strong Ale. One of the more unique ones that I have tasted. Definitely one to pick up if you're a hop head like myself...

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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 ericdupont
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 723 ratings
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