agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Aroma - bold maltiness, caramel, toffee, floral notes;
Appearance - deep dark amber, almost opaque, fluffy cream head, excellent lacing;
Flavor - hop filled front, balancing malt back, finish has a slight citrus tang;
Palate - somewhat crisp, great body, mild alcohol warmth;
Overall - very powerful flavor, straightforward, not too complex for the style, enjoyable though. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Sybaritic auburn ale lolls seductively underneath, boldly straddled by a wanton blonde foam mane. A harem of hops whirls from the glass… daring pine, graceful grapefruit, sassy citrus… followed by flirtatious caramel and buxom barley... plus provocative glimpses of darting dark fruits and dusky deepest chocolate. Naughty malt binds my tongue in silken flavor, and sealing the knot with a stewed fruit kiss, fondles my taste buds as an athletic hop dominatrix spanks me with vigorous relish. A creamy palate befits the hedonistic excesses, and provides a zaftig counterpoint to the vampish carnality of biting lupulin. I bask in the lingering bittersweet afterglow, a musky memory of earth and spice. An unabashedly brazen brew, tantalizing and masterful, a gratifying challenge of indulgence and prowess. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Spectacular! Hops made me cough and pleased me! I knew this would be fab when I poured this beautiful deep red ale. Can’t wait for my next. halfonit (1398) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Nice deep brownish amber color. Aroma is full of floral hops, roasted barley, slight citrus, and pine. Taste is, well, excellent! Flavor is full of hops, roasted barley, pine, malts, and just a little bit of coriander. Leaves a smooth and bitter barley and hop aftertaste. This is one good brew. Another gem from our friends at Stone Brewing Co. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 13--Thirteenth Anniversary Ale--2009 Release-22 oz. Bottle--9.50% ABV--90+IBU’s. (4.55 / 5.0) Red Ale--Imperial--Thin lace tan head. Clear dark ruby shiny obsidian color. Rich toasted pine fig floral hop front. Cloying rich medium sweet roasted plum fig toffee smooth creamy malty body. Dry rich bittter hop spice balanced crusty end. Complex big hoppy malty Red. Sampled 1/17/2010 & 10/4/2009. $7.00 Each.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2010
This is another classic brew!!Appearance is dark and creepy with a creamy white head....taste is a hop bounty with soooo much malt to back it up!Big winner from Stone here folks!!!Third revist of this beer this year and it still kicks ass!!! slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
"big hop-bomb aroma right when i opened the bottle. i knew this was easily Stone’s hoppiest beer coming in, and being that they are my favorite brewer, expectations were sky high. the aroma was fresh hops with a nice sweet malty balance. the color was darker than i expected (slightly darker than OB Gordon) whch is my closest point of comparison. An imperial red all the way. Big body and a huge (surprisingly so) malt flavor to equal the massive hops. great tasty brew all the way around. at least Gordon’s equal. More blanced and complex."
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Dark ruby red with a khaki head. Hop aroma lets you know you’re in for something special while the flavor takes a strange but welcome malty turn. Reminds me of the hoppiest of red ales. Alcohol becomes evident as the beer warms. Another great anniversary brew by Stone. SDalkoholic (2424) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle from store in Chula Vista: Poured with a thick development of frothy foamed head while the color was a deep shade of mahogany. Hoppy is the aroma with a background of pine and sweet caramelized malts that seem so harmonized in balance with each other. The flavor is rich and sweet with thick molasses syrup like touch caramel malt and strong presence of bitter hops and light citrus. This anniversary is a pure example of the unknown style I would classify as imperial red ale meets American strong ale if that makes sense to anyone. AndyAvalanche (32) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2011
22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Brown in color, if you hold it up to the light there are some slight reddish highlights to it. Has a light brown head with many different size bubbles that erupts like a volcano at first and takes several minutes to work its way back down, and provides excellent lacing. The smell is outstanding, a hope lovers dream. Pine and citrus hops jump out at you, with a slight warm feeling of alcohol blended in. The taste is also excellent. Once again stone has aggressive bold flavors and they do so with the hops here as several of their other brews in the past. Very hoppy but not as crazy as it is on tap and some time to fester in the bottle really helped, pine and citrus hops gives great flavor and blends well with the alcohol, a few earthy tones as well. Mouthfeel is very good, obviously full bodied. Very hoppy finishes bitter and warm, could be a little cleaner, good drinkability as well. Gonna miss this one.
Bought this almost a year ago and let it age. Age did it very well, I know it’s recommended to have enjoyed this one right away but I really think it mellowed out some of the flavors that were slightly too intense and mellowed them out quite nicely.