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RATINGS: 752   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. aroma and taste is sweet malty, caramel, toffee, nice mouthfeel, decent drop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13442) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draught at Churchkey. Pine, grass and citrus aroma, lots of caramel, good body. Nothing complex, just lots of hops and malt

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns. In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well. The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1831) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Ale Alpharetta. Well this was a fun cellar pull. I honestly cannot believe how hoppy this still is pine, resin hops (faded, but still very much there), caramel, big malty, earthy, some citrus notes. Very good considering the age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1287) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Sample at Ale Alpharetta. Caramel, resin, pine, and some mango in the nose, with a sweet flavor and some significant bitterness through the finish. Heavy body, sticky, and very thick. Considering that the bottle specifically says to consume this fresh, nearly 5 years of age has been very kind to this beer. Still has a good aroma, and a relatively balanced flavor. Much more malty than the description say, but still very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle from the depths of my stash that I *think* I got from HogTownHarry quite some time ago. Hazy reddish-brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is quite oxidized, but with a nice dried fruit character - figs and apricot most notably - along with some dried tobacco leaf, a bit of mint, and surprisingly still a fairly prominent resiny hop note. Flavour starts with the dark dried fruit promised in the aroma, along with some burnt toffee. The finish is a bit stale - the beer is nearly 5 years old, after all - but there’s still enough pine and citrus bitterness to satisfy. I can imagine this being a spectacular beer when it was fresh, but even in this inadvertently aged form, it’s still quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3885) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Poured an amber color with aromas of toffee, caramel, earth and some sugar. Flavors are the same light bozziness in the aftertaste a decent beer from stone.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4284) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Rated on 8-19-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a fizzy tan head with a long retention, transparent reddish brown body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, alcohol, bitter, pine, and citrus hops. The Taste is bitter, caramel malt, earthy, pine, and citrus hops. This beer has a moderate dry finish. The Palate is sticky and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, there is definitely a hoppy presence in this beer. It is a beer for hop heads, too hoppy and bitter tasting for my liking, and worth trying.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Spicy citric oily aroma with earthy notes. Bittersweet earthy spicy linoleum taste with resiny orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, hot mouthfeel. Dry-bitter resiny oily spicy aftertaste with earthy herbal notes. A bit too sharp and busy. (0.65l bottle shared by gr0ve.)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3448) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle in ’10, laid a bottle down for a few months. Poured amber brown with medium head and alright lacing. Aromas and taste of prune, oak, bitter hops, crystal malts, and cereal. A little smokey also, kind of porter-ish instead of American strong. Medium to fuller bodied. Alcohol was not hidden well, more tolerable as she warmed up tho.


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