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RATINGS: 751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2009
22 oz. bomber from Julioís in Westboro. Pours a deep amber, faint slightly tan head. Aroma is straight up hops. Flavor is a very, very nice hops flavor. Sweet and delicious. Alcohol is very well masked. To me itís more of a double IPA Right in my wheelhouse, I love it. Stone is unparalleled.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadowaeb (17) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Nose reminds me of hiking in Maine. Pine, not quite turpentine but pushing the envelope a little, nutmeg, general hoppiness, but well balanced. Nice dark mahogony, just barely transparent (or maybe itís the light...), mine looks a little cloudy, wish it caught the light just a little more. Palate is nice and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation to break through the malts as they coat your tongue. Flavor is hoppy, then malty, then hoppy, rounding out that initial nose of pine quite well. Great beer, just in time for my birthday!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Nice dark brown color. A lot of grapefruit in this aroma, maybe some pine too. Wow is this bitter. Hoppy, sweet, piny, a very tasty excellent brew.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2009
One of the most over-the-top offerings yet from Stone, and thatís saying quite a bit. I thought the IBU count would be ridiculous but only 90? Try to imagine something like the Arrogant Bastard but with more pronounced Barley Wine character. The aroma is that of a pungent Stone-like IPA. The appearance is that of the Bastard. The flavor seems to remind me of Founders Devil Dancer except that beerís official IBU count is off the charts. Consistency is syrupy and sticky.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmmbeer (1241) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2009
The LAST TIME I had a Stone Anniver., I got a ton of hate mail, for no good reason. So... letís crack this puppy open!!! 1 Pt. 6 oz. bottle served in trappist glass- poured a near non transparent blood dark maroon with held to a light source (non transparent dark brown at ground level). Zero to no carbonation, solid ring of tan for a head. Hearty aroma of candi sugar from when I opened the bottle and let it settle, let 15 minutes pass- aroma of pine and grapefruit from the hops, with notes of fig, caramel, and yeast in the background- guess they just threw in the kitchen sink on this one, which isnít a bad thing! Hits the mouth with a wide enough body to taxi a 737 through, malt is there along with allspice, hard ginger, well, spices up the yin-yang for short! MIddle is where the hops kick down the door for a usual Stone party (kiss your girl, poop on the floor, steal your beer, THEN LEAVE!), finish is acidic, lasting, bitter, and magical. They beat 12 by a mile, it just makes me wonder what 14 will be... oh, by the way, HOME RUN!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peterlemonjelo (42) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Beautiful dark ruby color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma/taste is very intense hops (citrus/grapefruit) but amazingly balanced for such a hoppy beer. One of my favorites. I would have a hard time thinking of a beer I enjoyed drinking more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours turbid deep brownish copper with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is heavy caramel malt, earthy, piney hops, tangerine, feety Simcoey wafts. Tastes rich, caramel malty, with earthy, resiny hops, brown sugary notes, figgy fruit notes. Very complex, very rich and hefty on the tongue, with more late pineapple and tangerine, but a solid malt bill that stays with the hops well. The repour has floaties, and this one finishes like a hybrid IIPA/barleywine. Another very solid effort from Stone, but this one will knock lighweights on their asses and send them crying for their mommas.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Yet another awesome anniversary ale from Stone. This one pours dark burgundy with a lacy head. Mouthfeel is full of texture, yet not sticky. Hops are bold with flavor and aroma. Rich pine and tart citrus. Fruity alcohol provides a nice warmth. Malts are toasty, with just the right amount of toffee and caramel to cleave off the bitterness. Speaking of which, the lingering bitterness offers hints of coffee and chocolate. I love this stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (3712) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2009
June 2009 Bomber. Dark red-brown with a lasting quarter-inch of creamy head. Big hoppy aroma of resin, dirty earthy tea leaf and grapefruit. Flavor is the same with some caramel and oak. Medium-heavy body is slightly watery so as to be dangerous, smoothly carbonated, hop-tingly and slightly warming.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeratarian (88) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Stone never lets me down. This one is what american hops are all about. Color is dark and taste is almost all hops? Finish is dry as hell. Over the top hops like Stone does it. Must try! Cellar for a year or two and it will probably do a 180 and turn into a bitter malt bomb. Thank you STONE!


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