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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
From notes: bottle pour into snifter. This beer is not pretty. Looks like a cross between a quad and an oud bruin. Dirty brown-red hue. Smells like a bag of malted barley that has soaked in ethyl alcohol. The flavor is just what I want. Strong, sweet caramel malt body with still present, yet somewhat thinning hops. Butterscotch and navel orange begin coming through as it warms. Tastes beautiful and has held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15524) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
Bottle, 9.5%. Hazy very dark amber with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, pine, little citrus, medium sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17823) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
2009 vintage. Hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - old hops. Flavor is quite sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish. 100412

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16989) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are bitter hops, burnt caramel, fruits and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Sweet hop-aromatic scent with a floral tone, a bit stale (the hops?). Taste is big with plenty of hops, very flowery with a distinct bitterness. Very nice beer... But! Unfortunately, the alcohol is too prominent, and the flavor also has a sweet, vaguely stale and slightly buttery flavor that I do not really like!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
vintage 2009 bottle opened in march, 2012. Pours a very dark mahogany, with a one finger foamy head. Sourish aroma, likely from the Cellaring that the bottle says not to do. Taste is extremely malty. To the point where every malty beer Iíve had before is blown out of the water. Slight sour finish, but very slight.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2696) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Notes from 8/2009 on tap at la Cave du Vin, poured into a tulip glass a: deep amber color, 1/2" off white head with good retention, lacing rings the glass on the way down s: clean piney aroma, hint of carmalized malt t: caramel malt quickly overtaken by sharp bitterness and piney hop flavor. slight alchohol as it warms. Very nice. m&d: medium to full bodied with light carbonation. slightly slick mouth feel, finishs slightly dry. Very drinkable beer for such a monster. Awesome!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2143) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
Bomber from WInooski.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with medium foamy brown head.
Aroma : Big sweet rich malt with big caramel. Resinous hops. Piny with some raisins. Very rich.
Taste : Big resinous and piny hops with sweet and rich caramel. Finish is a bit warm. Light oxidation but nothing to worry about.
Overall : Very big bold and rich yet fairly well balanced. An American Strong like Stones does them well. Big hops, big malts. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
[Rated 09/30/2009] Bottle. Pours dark red with a small head. Aroma is very pleasant, as if it is a just-opened bag of hops. I am giving it the highest rating here, just because I spent 5 minutes smelling it without even having the urge to take a sip -- I just canít get enough of it. Very nice flavor, too. Surprisingly mild for the 9.5% ABV that it packs. I donít quite like the hop balance, though. It is much bitter than I expected -- a sharp contrast to the sweet, pleasant aroma -- and leaves a long finish that is just a little too bitter for my taste. The overall impression is still very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (3374) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2012
Stored cold so even if itís way past itís best before date it hasnít aged a lot. Still a big nose of pine and grapefruits and bitterness. Sweet and oily mouthfeel. Lots of pine and grapefruits and bitterness which makes the finish rather dry. A massiv beer that survived the long cellar existence very well.

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