jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Deep amber body. Tall, light brown, frothy head, long lasting. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and resin which forces other scents to the background. Hints of caramel, toasted grain and unsweetened strong black tea. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter and moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture that turns sticky in the finish, lively carbonation. A heavily hopped version of so many beers in this non-style ó bitter grapefruit on top of thick, unrefined malts. Lots of alcohol in the finish along with some astringency.
jgb9348 (5122) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hazy brown coloured body with a chewy look and a thin fast-dying tan head - decent. Aroma of fresh grapefruit hops, caramel, alcohol, malt and a bunch of fruits - once again, decent. Full-bodied; Strong alcohol and hops up front then fading fast to grapefruit, malt, toffee and fruits. Aftertaste shows a flat hop flavour, alcohol and a strong good bitterness. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special, and frankly - what is expected from Stone. A production of a not-special beer, that matches with 99% of all of their other beers - a large hopped beer with a ton of alcohol...nothing new here. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half-Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 27-November-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 26-January-2010.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Decent looking brew...deep dark burgundy...off-white frothy suds atop. Nose was pretty much all hops...but with a certain amount of depth, showcasing some notes of winter pine, mint, and alcohol...in fact, its fairly strong in the minty character. Flavors are dry and bitter and pretty much concentrated on heavy notes of grapefruit rind with a touch of crushed mint. There really isnít much of a malt background at all. In fact, the more I drink this, the more I realize that this beer does not taste very good and its certainly not refreshing in anyway....even if I try real hard to like it...it doesnít really seem as though much thought went into it .
The more I drink these anniversary ales and the vertical epics and pretty much every Stone beer for the last 5+ years, it occurs to me that these beers taste like nothing more than one-off homebrew experiments...I was thinking that BEFORE I read the rating before mine..there really isnít anything special about this beer and I guarantee that I never purchase another one for the rest of my life. It simply tastes like an unbalanced and severely overhopped nothing with an intense alcohol warmth. In fact, its like Stone went back in time to when over-hopped strong IPAs were first coming out and people were in awe because they hadnít tasted anything like this before and they seem to be trying to re-create what made Stone a stand-out brewery to begin with. Unfortunately, Stone doesnt seem to have realized that beers have seriously evolved from that day, and that this beer is nothing but a neanderthal...and that Stone itself has pretty much turned into an old timer, completely out of touch with todayís reality.
STONE IS THE METALLICA OF BEER
re-rate per Dr. Billís request: sorry, man...this shit tastes like hop infused vodka. Hot, way too bitter, not nearly enough malt backing, I took a few sips but Iíve got drain pour the rest, I do not like this at all...and need to decrease some of the numbers too.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
A simple, caustic, astringent hop attack, but thatís probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, Iím not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ Sacramento Brewing Company. Pours a dark, clear cherry-cola color; creamy, light-tan head with good retention and lacing that coats the glass; great pour. Very basic, resigned aroma of dark dried fruits and earthy bitterness; lax. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: overly chewy, sticky crystal malts, candy sugar, and maple syrup notes; slightly astringent hop character with a very sticky core, and a bit of alcohol showing to boot; just a messy, goopy beer. Lengthy finish of burnt candy sugar and maple syrup; still sticky.
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color is a deep very dark amber with good carbonation and a nice tight tan head. Aroma is a big pine like hop scent. Taste is very hoppy. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a sharp fizzy feel. Finish is all hops with pine and a bit of citrus then just the lightest touch of malt coming in. After taste is almost dry with a big bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Unfortunately this brew is very one dimensional, its all hops and seeing how Stone is saying its an Imperial Amber I would think there would be more malt.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A style of beer I love in theory and have mixed emotions about in reality, too often these red part of these big hoppy red ales tends to get a little too cloying. Stone 13 is a good example of it, the pour is sexy, the aroma was sexier, but the residual sweetness and ethanol notes as it warmed up really turned me off
SSSteve (3972) - - JUL 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear deep copper with a large frothy beige head. hoppy citrus, a bit of alc, caramel malt aroma. bitter citrus hops and alcohol flavors. the caramel malts shows up a little. hints of licorice. chalky mouthfeel. warm finish. unbalanced and astringent. i donít like it.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, deep ruby cherrywood colored body with a thin layer of small bubbled tan foam. Aromas of thick caramel and a subtle toasted malt quality, supplemented by a vigorously resinous hop aroma with a strong alcohol presence. Very piney and pithy. Medium full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a thick, chewy texture. Lots of caramel malt flavors up front on the palate, making it sweet and thick, but also deep in terms of a slight toasty quality. The hop bitterness quickly starts to merge in to "balance" the malt sweetness, but the hop flavors are so strong and bitter I feel like I should be picking hop matter from my teeth. While this could be interpreted as a good thing in some cases, itís not here, as the only real descriptor I can find is harsh. Or perhaps brash would work too. Grapefruit skins (not zest) and pine needles. This hop assault gives way to a scorching alcohol presence that further enhances the perception of bitterness. Way too thick and crystally for my tastes, and the hop and alcohol characters render this bottle undrinkable to my palate after the first two ounces. I will give this credit for being a clean, well executed beer in terms of what itís trying to be, but this recipe doesnít work for me.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle courtesy(?) of DaSilky1. Pours a plum color with an eggshell color head that makes a nifty design as the head fades. Smells like hops, pine trees, hospitals and a strong alcohol nose with fruit underneath...not pleasant though. Mouthfeel is silky and very dry. Flavors of pine trees and bile after puking from an all night whiskey binge, warming alcohol finish...not pleasant at all...Iím going to pour this into DaSilkyís glass and make him drink it just for giving this vile creation to me.