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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2703) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that left good lacing. Hoppy aroma of pine, caramel, citrus, and alcohol. Flavor was lightly sweet and hoppy with caramel malts, toffee, pine, light citrus, dark fruit and a hint of molasses with a bitter and dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Somehow they had this one sitting in a fridge at a store in Indiana....it was strong enough so I figured what the hell. Was pretty good! Pours dark brown lots of carmel and has a bitter dry finish. Not really any hops left, but I enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bomber. Very hazy garnet with reddish highlights under a tall dusky tan head. Curtains of lacing all the way down the glass. Huge citrusy, piney aroma. Aggressively hopped and unbashful about it. Grapefruit, toffee, white pepper and caramel. Strong toasted malt rails. Surprisingly soft texture and a short, bitter astringent finish. Another really nice brew from Stone.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3176) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Appearance is a translucent amber. Hoppy and slight malt backbone. Minor cardboard in the finish. Pretty darn good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7221) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2173) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7744) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3264) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
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.


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