Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mezr (100) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
its stone so you cant really go wrong. dont age it doesnt get any better just drink it if you still have it.
IvoR (92) - 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.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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........................................
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 (72) - 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.
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.