MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone’s 13th Anniversary Ale is a very robust and intense beverage. Be prepared for extreme hoppiness and a load of unhidden alcohol! It pours a deep dark red with a tan head. Aroma is of the traditional Stone floral hop variety - quite lovely. Roasted nuts and some smokiness provide some character in the flavor.The yeast left just enough sweetness to make this ale go down smoothly. A very strong, celebratory beer.
09maso3 (70) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours nutbrown with a thin tan heat. very citrussy hop aroma, grapefruit, apricot and orange. Hops are there in the flavour but there is a great malty base. the flavour is more piney than citrus. Theres some roasted notes underneath; caramel, nuts. Individual components very good, but a little unbalanced. wonderful citrus aroma, fantastic piney hop flavour and roasted malty thickness. A great taste experience but might lack a bit of cohesion of flavour.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap Room in beautiful PB, San Diego. Nose is boozy, malty bread pudding, reminds me of the Double Bastard. Appearance is opaque coffee with a minimal french vanilla head. Hits the palate like a sock full of nickels, only they’re not nickels, they’re hops and they’re taking over and setting up shop. Tastes like a special ale, the kind that should come with a loaf of bread and a designated driver. Hops, malt, caramel, and more hops...Stone does it again.
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Rated 09/30/2009] Bottle. Pours dark red with a small head. Aroma is very pleasant, as if it is a just-opened bag of hops. I am giving it the highest rating here, just because I spent 5 minutes smelling it without even having the urge to take a sip -- I just can’t get enough of it. Very nice flavor, too. Surprisingly mild for the 9.5% ABV that it packs. I don’t quite like the hop balance, though. It is much bitter than I expected -- a sharp contrast to the sweet, pleasant aroma -- and leaves a long finish that is just a little too bitter for my taste. The overall impression is still very good.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes: bottle pour into snifter. This beer is not pretty. Looks like a cross between a quad and an oud bruin. Dirty brown-red hue. Smells like a bag of malted barley that has soaked in ethyl alcohol. The flavor is just what I want. Strong, sweet caramel malt body with still present, yet somewhat thinning hops. Butterscotch and navel orange begin coming through as it warms. Tastes beautiful and has held up well.
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogony color, hoppy with a fruity crispness. Enjoyable in that the finish didn’t disappoint. As with most Stone’s, I enjoyed the hoppiness.
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Best beer I’ve had in a while. A delicious, balanced red. Pours an attractive Sedona red color, with nice almost excessive head. Citrus bitter and floral hop but round. Crisp clean finish. Very nicely done.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle demands that I enjoy in 2009, so I obliged. Lovely pour, brilliant red color. Sharp, potent hoppy aroma. Incredibly smooth -- caramel, some biscuity notes -- hops, obviously, citrusy and sweet. Balanced. Could be 5% ABV for all I know, hides the punch like a ninja. Highly recommended, but imagine that it will mellow considerably after a few months (in an undesirable way). Seek, and drink
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap Aces and Ales. A nice reddish brown color. smells of hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is well balance, the malt and the hops are in harmony, the finish is lots of hops pine,resin, and citrus. Another great beer from Stone. Makes me thristy for more.
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65cl. Dark redish. Wonderful sweet aroma with hints of citrus and malt. Powerful taste; burnth caramel, citrus. Great beer.