Scopey (5291) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC. It pours dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. The nose is Christmas pudding, pine, dark fruits, currants, rum, date and cherry. The taste is cherry, date, fig, raisin, dark chocolate, caramel, charcoal, toffee and alcohol warmth, with a long dry-bitter finish. It has a sticky mouth-feel and is well balanced, making it an enjoyable American Strong.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Big 10 pub in Madison. Nice dark brown beer with a small head.
Smells like hops. A little bit of sweetness too.
Taste like hops, hops, and more hops malt is slightly there but not much.
Decent mouthfeel though its pretty strong and not the most drinkable brew.
Another solid hoppy beer from Stone.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep red with a medium tan head. Aroma is piney, floral, rather earthy hops with a touch of sweet malt. Flavor is cherries and other dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, rich malt and plenty of earthy, resinous hops. Thick but not syrupy mouthfeel. Delicious.
sunevdj (3020) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with an offwhite head. Smells of hops and alcohol. Mellow sweetness. Quite hoppy with aromas of spruce and caramel malts. Also hints of grape fruit. Medium to full bodied. dry finish.
mcberko (5219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts and citrusy hops. Flavour of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, with a nice balance of hops. Delicious.
Dixonian (1549) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Leafs93 (1579) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs dark amber with beige head. Aroma is pine hops, caramel and alcohol. Taste is sweet with a bitter and long lingering dry finish. The alcohol povides warming as it comes through quickly.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice reddish dark copper with some good lacing. The nose has a beautiful piney hoppiness and a bit of amber sweet malt. The taste is much the same--there is a nice malt backbone, but the dominant component is piney hops, with a bit of floral and citrus going as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this one quite a bit better than the 12th Anniversary, and was happy to get to try this year’s release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark amber with a creamy off-white head that lasts throughout. Excellent lacing. Aroma is a strong malty sweetness, some caramel, toffee, and alcohol. The aroma has dropped most of the hop character after almost a year and a half in the bottle (not really a bad thing, at all). Flavor starts off with a grapefruit, piney hop bitterness that has hung in there over the months and carries long into the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a big, sweet caramel and toffee maltiness. Slightly warming. Full bodied. Still a very tasty brew.