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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bomber. Pours deep dark mahogany with a one finger beige head that has slick lacing that doesnít really stick. The nose is citrus, pine and caramel. The taste is tart citrus, caramel malt and a big pine bite in the finish that lasts. Medium mouthfeel. Good stuff Ė nice and hoppy and the 9.5 ABV is hidden nicely!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep, burgundy pour with an offwhite, thick head sitting atop. Citrus aroma with some sugary malts, a bit of cedar. Big hop bite, some pine and a light mintiness. The caramel malts attempt in vain to balance this out. This is a strongly bitter, full bodied, monster of a strong ale. CaryThedude called the arrogant bastard without the arrogance. I guess Itís a tad one dimensional, but you know what youíre getting into when you see stone on the label.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
My 200th review. Itís always interesting with Stone. This is more brown than red upon pour - huge lush head that just stays there... Aroma is not overly noticeable - a little piney and hint of caramel. Malt balance is very good for an imperial red - probably the best Iíve had in the styel. Hops are really strong. Doesnít quite have the citrus flavor of a DIPA (which it is not, obviously). Good one, Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Aroma: hoppy, piney. Appearance: dark amber, almost brownish, medium beige head. Flavor: wow. big hops, pine, orange. Hops flavor grows significantly from start to finish. Lingering hops, alcohol heat. Definitely 90-100 IBUs easy. Palate: dry start and just gets dryer toward finish. Overall: If you love big hops this beer is for you.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Dark garnet red with a fizzy tan head. Huge citrus, pine, and resin aroma. Sticky thick oily palate. Big hop oil, grapefruit, slight sugar, and caramel taste with more hops lingering in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Deep amber, long lasting creamy head, clear. Aroma is resiny pine and grapefruit citric hops with a toffee caramel malt component. Flavor matches - sticky malts, bitter hop finish with notes of pine, grapefruit, and faint anise. Not the "fresh" hop flavor I really dig from what I like best from Stone, but a good brew nonetheless. Touch of alcohol on the finish. Might have enough malt to go barleywine with time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle from BevMo Redlands..Pours a dark red with a creamy off white head.. Aroma is pine hops and lots of them with a slight caramel sweetness.. Like Bretupdegraff said when this one warms it gets alot better. As it warmed I got alot more of the malty sweetness with citrus hops. Long lasting grapefruit bitterness. Another crazy ass beer from Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Yum! Aroma is piney, grassy hops. Taste is very hoppy and earthy with a nice malt undertone mix. Well balanced. Gets better as it warms. Drink this one slowly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullockís in Marietta, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a clear, though a very darkened reddish-brown body with a frothy, light khaki-colored head. Smell: Essentially, the nose is generously hoppy with the brash scents from the dry-hopping being very evident. Strong, steadfast notes of grass, citrus pith, and pine. The malts are present, but you have to nasally dig for them as they are buried beneath six feet of hops. Taste: Initially, it starts off as a malty mix of pale, dark crystal, and the hints of color-correcting chocolate malts with a light sweetness. Though, as the bitterness expands and slowly accumulates on the tongue, it starts turning irrevocably towards the bitter hops. Some noticeable alcohol warmth. Hops present a potent mixture of citrus fruits (with a particular kick of orange oil), distilled pine resin, and fresh-cut natural grasses with a very bold bitterness. Finishes dry with a very long bitterness that rides out well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Itís big and itís indeed hoppy, but, itís Stone, people, so thatís not much of stretch. Starts as a greedy gulper, but as the hops take hold, it turns into a slow, cautious sipper. A solid anniversary brew, but, sometimes late at night, I wake up longing for their 10th.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a light hazy brown with a thin tanned beige head. Big pine hops with a thick malt backbone. Nice caramel notes, and perhaps even a hint of barleywine-esque plum/dark fruit. A little bit on the thin side of medium. Malty and sweet, but well balanced, finishing with a big grapefruit and quinine bitterness.


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