ChainGangGuy (4750) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours clear very dark red with off white head. Aroma is the best part of this beer. Pure pine and citrus hops. I could smell this all night long. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor needs some time to develop. I only get alcohol dominating. Behind the alcohol is a sweet caramel malt backbone with a dry hop finish (pun intended). This is a solid brew. Reviewers that said this is a homebrew experiment gone bad are idiots. How do they think beer is started in the first place?
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma has lots of grapefruit and piney hops, along with some caramel and sweet citrus notes. It pours a transparent reddish-brown with a small off-white large-bubbled head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and light fruit. The finish has lots of citrusy hops, lighter pine hops, and slight toasty notes. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber from Julioís in Westboro. Pours a deep amber, faint slightly tan head. Aroma is straight up hops. Flavor is a very, very nice hops flavor. Sweet and delicious. Alcohol is very well masked. To me itís more of a double IPA Right in my wheelhouse, I love it. Stone is unparalleled.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Bomber. Pours a very deep amber color. To light, you can see the true amber color- there is a medium beige head. Aroma is resinous and hoppy. Complex falvor, lots of rasin, nutty malts up front, but itís backed by a ton of hop bite at the end. The palate is phenomenal, deep, complex, and tasty. The alcohol is hidden well. A wonderful beer This rating, as it should will give me a new top ten.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009
June 2009. - "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009."
7/02/2009: I would call Stone 13th Anniversary Ale an Imperial Pacific Northwestern-style (Red) IPA... After popping off the cap, the nose is seduced by a wall of deep, fresh citrus and spruce hops. The tons of pine, resin, and earthy hops carries through into the flavor and is supported by a substantial, sugary malt base. This beer was a wonderful bittersweet character to it and despite the massive amount of hops, it doesnít seem overly bitter. It also feels thick and sticky in the mouth like sap! Overall this is a great beer and I think that it will be even better in 3-6 months after it has had a little more time to mend together more...
1 pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 9.5% Alc/Vol) shared by Danny at The Party Source. Thanks! Rating #28 for this beer. Rating: 8/4/8/3/15=3.8
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June 2007 Vintage
9/08/2009: Stone 13 Thirteenth Anniversary Ale... Aroma: Some sugary toffee maltiness paired with quite a bit of citrusy-pine hoppiness. Appearance: Polished amber-orange color that has clear complexion and a 2.5-finger deep dense and rocky dark beige head that is long-lasting and great puffy lacing on the glass; there is a flood of tiny carbonation bubbles. Flavor: There is definitely quite a bit of maltiness, but it is slightly reserved and not sugary or anything; the hops dominate and that is a good thing; there plenty of great grapefruit and pine/resin hop flavors and an aggressive level of bitterness; I like the oily pine in the finish; long-lasting flavor and bitterness long after the beer leaves the mouth. Palate: Full, extremely smooth and mellow. Overall: Quite tasty and it has definitely smoothed and melded a bit already. However, this beer really isnít over the top or anything particularly special.
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 9.5% Alc/Vol) from The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. Rating: 7/4/8/4/16=3.9
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Iíve been waiting to try this one since I first heard about it. Pours a deep red brown full of bubbles and a medium light brown head. Nose is full of earth toned hops. Flavors of very bitter earth toned hopes, nice malted background. Some nice sweet cinnamon, toffee and caramel notes too. Very bitter beer, through the whole drink and through the long finish. A really good beer, not sure if itís up there with the 8th, 9th, and 10th crowd yet. We will see how I feel after a few more tries.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a deep reddish brown with a good sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Very piny nose with some toasted malts. Flavor has good hop bitterness with lots of sweet and toasted malts. A descent beer from Stone.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Decent looking brew...deep dark burgundy...off-white frothy suds atop. Nose was pretty much all hops...but with a certain amount of depth, showcasing some notes of winter pine, mint, and alcohol...in fact, its fairly strong in the minty character. Flavors are dry and bitter and pretty much concentrated on heavy notes of grapefruit rind with a touch of crushed mint. There really isnít much of a malt background at all. In fact, the more I drink this, the more I realize that this beer does not taste very good and its certainly not refreshing in anyway....even if I try real hard to like it...it doesnít really seem as though much thought went into it .
The more I drink these anniversary ales and the vertical epics and pretty much every Stone beer for the last 5+ years, it occurs to me that these beers taste like nothing more than one-off homebrew experiments...I was thinking that BEFORE I read the rating before mine..there really isnít anything special about this beer and I guarantee that I never purchase another one for the rest of my life. It simply tastes like an unbalanced and severely overhopped nothing with an intense alcohol warmth. In fact, its like Stone went back in time to when over-hopped strong IPAs were first coming out and people were in awe because they hadnít tasted anything like this before and they seem to be trying to re-create what made Stone a stand-out brewery to begin with. Unfortunately, Stone doesnt seem to have realized that beers have seriously evolved from that day, and that this beer is nothing but a neanderthal...and that Stone itself has pretty much turned into an old timer, completely out of touch with todayís reality.
STONE IS THE METALLICA OF BEER
re-rate per Dr. Billís request: sorry, man...this shit tastes like hop infused vodka. Hot, way too bitter, not nearly enough malt backing, I took a few sips but Iíve got drain pour the rest, I do not like this at all...and need to decrease some of the numbers too.