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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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1420) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark reddish-orange pour with a thick and creamy off-white head. BIG citrusy, pine, and grapefruit hop aroma. Awesome bitter hop flavor; bitter grapefruit, grass, pine, and some brown sugar for sweetness. Some alcohol warming, but not too much. An awesome beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Pours a dark red color with brownish tints. Has a full rich complex aroma that is a mix between pine/hops/and herbs. Sits very well in the mouth. Taste is a little bitter, but very enjoyable. A good sipping beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2010
22ox bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma is of sharp citrus and resin with some roasted malt. The appearance id dead on, with a beautiful dark amber color with an ample tank head that leaves serious lacing. The taste is pure Stone....that being a hop bomb, but nicely balanced. This is like Double Bastard in many ways, but a little more refined. There is a nice warming from the alcohol, too. Perfect for autumn. Palate is full body, creamy texture with lively carbonation and a wonderful bitter finish. Overall, this beer is pure joy. Love Stone, and this is up at the top of the list.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from notes. I get bitter pine hops, burnt malt, caramel and loads of dark fermented fruits. I want more.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
I love Stone. I bought a case the day it arrived in the store! Big dark pour with nice one finger thick and chewy head. Huge hop aroma. Flavors of sweet malt and toffee that ends with a robust and balanced hop coating and finish. A mild alcohol aftertaste. Great beer, will drink it as long as I can find it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
p00lshark95 (3) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009 does not count
Shoprite Hoboken NJ. Bottled. Very nice nose. Pine mixed with cherries and chocolate. Nice head. Very hoppy, although the malts bring out enough sweetness to balanced and contrast the bitterness. Taste is same as the nose just a tad bit sweeter than i would have thought from the aroma. Good Beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Bomber. Pours a very deep amber color. To light, you can see the true amber color- there is a medium beige head. Aroma is resinous and hoppy. Complex falvor, lots of rasin, nutty malts up front, but itís backed by a ton of hop bite at the end. The palate is phenomenal, deep, complex, and tasty. The alcohol is hidden well. A wonderful beer This rating, as it should will give me a new top ten.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle from City Beer. The best beer I have had from them in a while. Nose is full hops, roasted malt, and imperial red flavors. Color is a highly enticing deep bloody brown. Flavor is so hoppy that it flips around and starts to taste like coffee or roast. What a hot, minerally finish. I will have this again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Poured from a bomber...pours a translucent reddish amber with a large foamy/pillowy off white head that left great sticky lacing. Aroma of this great up front piney and citrusy American hop aroma. Stone always seems to know how to balance out this nicely sweet hop aroma that is just so nice and fruity itís hard to figure out exactly how they do it. As the hop fragrance fades (which it really doesnít ever "fade") you get this nice caramel and toffee malt aroma coming through. My guess would be as this beer ages the aroma will become more barleywine like as the wonderful hop aroma dies out. So make sure you open one of these up early so that you can experience the wonderful hop nose. Flavor of caramel and toffee malty notes. Some nuts...but then the hop bitterness comes along with the hop flavor. Pine, grapefruit, flowers and some hints of tropical fruits. Alcohol warmth is there for sure. I noticed some folks comparing this to the Bastards, which I would agree with. I enjoyed this one fresh and while I would be happy to try one of these down the road...fresh might be where itís at with Stone 13.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
bomber... after all the press leading up to this one, Iíve been really anxious to try it - and it really delivers.... a true hop bomb from Stone that is well balanced and really style independent... this almost reminds me of a hoppier Double Bastard or even a more balanced Bigfoot... could be a barley wine, a mean IIPA or an Imperial Red.... call it what you want... it is all about the luxurious hops. drink this one fresh to experience the multiple stages of dry hopping that went on with this one.... I would also like to age a bottle and see what happens.... it pours a deep deep red with a nice 1 inch off white head... which settles a bit and eventually gets lost all together forming a slim clear lacing. huge piney and resinous hops flow out of the bottle and glass upon pouring... big chewy hop driven body with a big underlying malt presence that cuts the bitterness a bit over the tongue... huge burst of citrus hops on the back and through the finish completely annihilating the palate with a layer of thick hoppy resin. absolutely wonderful for the hop heads out there.


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