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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale pours brilliant deep red with a light tan foam. Up front, the aroma is all piney, resinous and citrus hops. Upon tasting, the hops are still on the front, and they are balanced with the malty, toffee like flavors contributed from the blend of crystal and amber malts used in the brewhouse. The finish is deliciously bitter, with a touch of warmth provided by the 9.5% alcohol. Bitterness comes in at 90+ IBU.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours very dark brown, nearly black with a dense off white head. Smells amazing, strong hops, pecans, cranberry, pine and juniper. Taste is roasted nuts, pine, chestnuts and english tea on the after palate. nice lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle. I have heard people categorize it various ways, but I feel it defies categorization. Having said that, I think it resembles an Imperial ESB. A moderate bite from spicy hops that is balanced well by the malts. Nicely crafted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mezr (100) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a tan head. Surprising amount of hops that I didn’t expect. As others have pointed out, the alcohol seems very evident. It’s a good ale, but I must admit that I was looking forward to something more and was left slightly disappointed. Stone makes so many great brews, but this one, while still a several cuts above most, fell short of their other standards ... like Arrogant Bastard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
its stone so you cant really go wrong. dont age it doesnt get any better just drink it if you still have it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
[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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2009
I liked this beer, sort of...great aroma from the massive dry-hopping...everything else is just okay for me...Tastes very much like a homebrew I made, and I don’t mean that as a compliment........................................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - AUG 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
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.

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