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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 754   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (1920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Deep brown, copperish color, fairly clear, but dark; poured with half-finger of creamier, light tan head. Pretty strong piney/cedary hop character, backed up with a good bit of maltiness that isnít too sweet. Taste is definitely hoppy up front with the pine notes, not quite an assault because of the strong malt presence. Maltiness is slightly sweet, but not too much. Dryish finish, and decently balanced. Pretty hefty; thicker to medium; nice subtle carbonation. Really nice drinking, bit of warming alcohol slides in

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Havenít enjoyed a good Stone brew in a while, so we were really looking forward to this one. Pour a gorgeous dark red-orange, hazy, with a thick creamy almond head that retains until the finish and leaves ropy lace all the way down the glass. It looks like perfection in a glass. Aroma is very rich and toasty, lots of sweet malt and spicy fruity hops. Very enticing! Flavours of burnt toffee (crust of creme brulee), tangerine peel, resin, subtle sweet spices. Chewy and full-bodied. Awesome bitter finish. LOVED IT!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnbuck100 (245) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Nice dark brew, heavy on roasty flavors well-balanced by bitterness of malts. Very full flavor, leaves oneís mouth a bit numb with hops. I bit heavy for memorial day but I am not complaining!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Pours a nice dark amber burgundy color with a light tan head. Strong hoppy aroma. Fresh grass and pine with a hint of malts poking through here and there. Nice lacing. Balanced flavor that I think leans more to the hop side. Medium bodied malty smoothness is covered by carbonation, spices and sharp citrus. Finishes all hops, harsh, slightly bitter, hangs in the back of the throat. A well done blend of malts and hops, a little more hops that I would prefer though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Deep brown in color with a large off-white head. Aroma is of pine, grass, and hops. Taste is of hops, lightly roasted malt, and pine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Mahogony color, hoppy with a fruity crispness. Enjoyable in that the finish didnít disappoint. As with most Stoneís, I enjoyed the hoppiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
Dark amber color from the pour with little to no haze, tan head, and overall very handsome beer. Nose has mixed berry & citrus aromas with some light pine. On the palate thereís a wallop of both malty and hop flavors that intermingle well, with some dark fruits, dark chocolate, and uber herbal flavors. Finish is long and herbal sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3212) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
Bomber from Brilbeckís (Syracuse) shared with Lubiere, served cold in a goblet. 14MR10.

App.: Very deep mahogany/brown with a frail, light mocha head. Aroma: BIG. Tons of molasses, licorice, a touch of brine/soy sauce, vanilla and cocoa notes, dank, piny, woodsy hops, some C-hops, citrus, lovely. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly still. Flav.: Richer, friendlier malts in a way, lots of dark dried fruits, brown sugar and molasses, the more severe pine/resin/licorice notes are softened nice caramel, licorice, hops in the finish, sweet and quite bitter with some alcohol and harshness.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
Stone Week sampler at Finneganís, Plainfield. Deep brown color, not quite like a porter, more an English brown. Still has a big hoppy nose, but a bit of fruity ale to it. Serving was a bit too cold for the beer, I think, but it still had a lot of hop burn, and more warming alcohol, with more ale esters. After that, the taste has yet more IPA bigness. Almost too much to handle after all the other heavily hopped samples Iíve had.


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