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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Haven’t 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 (241) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Nice dark brew, heavy on roasty flavors well-balanced by bitterness of malts. Very full flavor, leaves one’s 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 (256) - 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 (3928) - 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 didn’t disappoint. As with most Stone’s, I enjoyed the hoppiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yemenmocha (658) - 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 there’s 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 (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
Bomber from Brilbeck’s (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 (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
Stone Week sampler at Finnegan’s, 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 I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle, bought Systembolaget, Malmö.
Pours brown, holding it up in the light, it gets a lovely dark red colour. Relatively large creamy to frothy, beige head. Good duration. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, fruity, peach, grapefruit. Fine chocolate and roasted malts background. Medium carbonation, lovely dryness and fine creaminess. Flavour is rather vinious at first, lots of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate. Heavy dry bitterness in the end. Good piney, light citric, good peach. There is a slight hint of a metallic edge in the dry and warming aftertaste that detracts a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
Had not intended opening this on such a bright a sunny day. I bumped it when shifting stuff and when the cap started hissing, I knew that I had no choice. Pour is clear dark reddish-brown with a dense rich tan head. Nose is ginger, molasses and the unmistakable floral hops. Initial sip is rich and coats the mouth and the teeth evenly. Slight sweetness which immediately turns to bitter. As I swallow the bitter subsides again revealing the sweet with bitter finishes. Rolling it around brings out a slight sourness. Rolling it also brings out tar and tobacco. A big beer which I think would have been better on a winter day. Good but I generally like a little better balance, not quit such a tug of war.


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