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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA harkens back to our earlier Anniversary Ales, with abundant hopping at many stages of the brewing process. Appropriately, the aroma is over-the-top, with pronounced piney and resiny hop flavors combined with tropical fruit esters and more subtle notes of toasted malts and alcohol. Our Stone 10th Anniversary Ale weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume (perfect for a 10th anniversary beer), and has a little more color and malt character than our other IPAs. In addition to using the new Summit hop variety in the brewhouse to provide the powerful bitterness, we went back through our records and found some of our favorite hops over the years, and used them to flavor this brew, including Chinook, Crystal, and large doses of Simcoe in the dry-hop to provide a huge, complex, piney, fruity and floral hop character. This is a colossal beer, big in every sense: hoppy, malty, rich, and strong! Right up our alley.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours deep amber from a bottle today. Still a nice lasting off white head, aroma is definitely subdued hops but has a nice caramel, bread, and toffee malt. Much more like a barleywine now, really smooth slightly piny hops in the beginning leads into a sweet caramel and toffee taste that is still a bit bitter. Not bad in its current state, but with this malt profile it must have been an awesome DIPA in its day. Glad I got to try it!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 I found this at Pletcher’s in State College, PA, and they said it arrived on three days before, though they didn’t have it on the shelves yet. Yes I’ve been spektical about this beer, ever since the first ratings were posted and it jumped quickly thereafter into the top 50. That’s how it goes with special releases which are high gravity, and usually you can count on them disappointing. Combine this with the fact that my fondness for Stone IPA has dropped significantly in the last year or two, and how I never really enjoyed Ruination. However, the Stone 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th anniversary IPAs were all very nice. Stone 10th isnít close, that’s my initial impression. The color is a medium dark amber, and the tan colored head sits on top as a thin film. The nose on this thing is ok, but lacking complexity, lacks juice, and there’s still an issue with the yeast, which I don’t particularily like. It’s a bit too muddy and doughy for my tastes, when it should be more transparent. The honey, cedar and pineapple hop scents are decent, though. The bitterness is subdued, and the palate is almost frothy and creamy. I prefer crispness personally, but creamy is OK some times, as is seen in the first batch of Avery Maharaja (though that’s where the similarities end). Caramel and maple flavored malts are present, but only show up on the tip on the tongue, at the first sip really. After that there’s a chewy pine and cedar hop flavor, with some toffee and dough flavors over the middle, finishing more fruity and lightly sweet. Does this blow me away? No.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Caramel-covered biscuits and citrusy, piney hoppiness starkly seize the palate, as alcohol heats up the back end alongside the rigid hop bitterness. This is an intense and wealthy strong ale, no doubt.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear honeyed amber.
-Fruity honey adds to the caramel malt sweetness.
-Mouthfeel is chewy and well fed, and the soft carbonation makes it obvious.
-Lots of flavors speeding about, but Iím not sure theyíre cohesive yet.

Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours dark coppery with 1-finger sticky head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, some spicy black pepper and fruit notes. Tastes extremely hoppy, with notes of mango, tangerine, caramel malt, and feety earthy notes. Tastes a lot like a mixture of weyerbacher Double Simcoe and 11th Anniversary. Gets a bit hot as it warms, and the malts fall out a bit, causing a slight unbalanced heat, and this one is a true hop bomb. Iíll be doing a side by side with this and Weyerbacher DS and 11th later. Is this a top 50 beer? Iíd have to say no. It is a great IIPA, but Iíve had many that are as good or better. Still, if I could find this, Iíd buy a case or two in a heartbeat. Iím sure this one will age extremely well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle shared by HogTownHarry - many thanks! Orangey amber body witha moderate thick fluffy beige head. Aroma of moderat resiny hops, muted orange citrus notes. Similar flavour, hops with a strange but pleasant earthy notes, not overly bitter and very different from what I expected. Average palate is quite smooth (3+). Alcohol is barely noticable - I did not realise it was so high! This is very good, but I only like it, not love it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the ďDrink for CharityĒ event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. The last of the Stone anniversaries I drank, as I still have the 11th and 12th at home and wanted to save space for other exciting things. Pours a clear brown amber with a thin white head. Plums, prunes, and caramel. Comes off almost exactly like the 9th, though not as oxidized. Light bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
September 9th 2006 bottle with nearly two years of age. This stuff is at its prime. Thick pour leaves a medium sized, rocky off-white head covering a hazy toffee colored body. Nice lacing left by the head. Smells like a nice barely wine with tons of toffee, caramel, plums and some faded hops and alcohol. Wow, taste is increadible, with caramel and lots of it, followed by alcohol then some light and faded citrus hop bitterness and a bit more malt and fruit (fresh juicy oranges mingle with plums, raspberries and rasins) in the finish. Perfectly aged, and at its prime. Light alcohol warming with a creamy mouthfeel and very faint bubbles. A great aged IIPA. I would buy a lot more of this, but I feel it won’t improve much beyond another year. To me, it its current state, it reminds me a lot of Old Guardian, only better!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2008
On tap @ OTH, FL Stone kick off party. Pours orange, with white/beige head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste, sugary, fruity, lightly hoppy with some caramel malts. After taste remains quite hoppy. A good IPA but I saw nothing that would set it apart from all the other CA IPA’s.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
This golden/copper ale poured with a foamy off-white head, eliciting a strong citrus and hop aroma. The complex flavor includes characteristics of pine, grapefruit and roasted malt. These flavors are very pleasant but are, unfortunately, overwhelmed by hop bitterness and alcohol. Hopheads will probably enjoy this beer, but it was just too bitter for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Bottle. Copper color with a big cream colored head. Big orange/grapefruit aroma with some summer/tropical fruits. Big fruity (peach/mango/red grapefruit/pineapple) flavor with backing caramel malt. Slight alcohol warming. Lingering resiny, fruity bitterness. Itís great but could use more resin in the flavor to cut some of the sweetness.


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