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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 753   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2009
Deep chestnut colour; off-white head, fine, leaving some lace. Dark malts, grapefruit, citrus, bit of strawberry, lupuline. Uneasy bitter-sweet flavour, with a sweetness as from rosewater, mixed with - sorry - horse chestnut or something similar, a weird bitterness. Very slick, near viscous MF, lip-sticking. Strange - I’ve had much better from Stone. I wonder where the bitterness hails from, and I’m missing depth here. And if somebody at Escondido could explain to me what the Dickens the blurb about the colour painting on the bottle means, not to mention a full page of fairy tale, whereas there’s no syllabe on the kind of hops used, PLEASE? Big thanks to both Dirk and Fred W!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours turbid deep brownish copper with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is heavy caramel malt, earthy, piney hops, tangerine, feety Simcoey wafts. Tastes rich, caramel malty, with earthy, resiny hops, brown sugary notes, figgy fruit notes. Very complex, very rich and hefty on the tongue, with more late pineapple and tangerine, but a solid malt bill that stays with the hops well. The repour has floaties, and this one finishes like a hybrid IIPA/barleywine. Another very solid effort from Stone, but this one will knock lighweights on their asses and send them crying for their mommas.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
20 oz bomber...6th rating. Pours with a large tan head over a pretty ruby body with tons of citrus and pine hops in the aroma. Some bready caramel as well and a sort of nostril stingy, sticky bitterness/alcoholness. Taste is burnt brown sugar, orange, light alcohol, medium to high bitterness and a long butterscotch finish. Light carbonation and creamy. A excellent imperial red. I am realizing that my Arrogant Bastard inspired homebrew is much closer to this than it is to AB.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7626) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (7511) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2010
650 ml bottle. From Malmö, Sweden.
Dark red colour with small off-white head. Dark hoppy aroma, very Stone like. Dark dry hoppy very bitter flavour with dark chocolate, resin and grapefruit.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts and citrusy hops. Flavour of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, with a nice balance of hops. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle from Pamplemousse, Salem MA, 22 October 2009. Deep red colour. Nice condition. Complex aroma. Obviously , big resinous hop is in the forefront but it is backed up by plummy fruit, juicy malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Sweetish initial impact on the palate with powerful, pungent hop attack. Gooseberries and fruity marmalade contribute to the flavour. Developing citric bitterness leads in to a bittersweet, somewhat astringent finish and lingering aftertaste. Full, rich mouthfeel but fresh and vibrant too. However, the alcohol is rather hot and, coupled with the intense bitterness, induces a slightly harsh edge. Might soften out with some time but this is not a beer to age and mellow - the brashness of youth is a key element in its appeal.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Bomber. Poured a lovely shade of clear, deep garnet with a well-retained cap of beige head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of resiny pine and grapefruit over thicker, syrup-ier caramel and molasses.. the base came across as good and juicy. The flavor found was tangy and bitter the whole way through, opening with pine tar and a bit of citrusy tartness.. the same caramel and molasses from the nose provided a sweet base.. pine, grass, floral, and citrusy bitterness washed around the mouth and stuck until well after the finish.. thick, warm, and bitter at the end. Heavier-bodied with too much emphasis on the hoppage.. I dug the way the malts came across, but they were too hard to get ahold of.. still a mighty good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009

Rating #2500.

Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours deep clear amber with nice tan head. The aroma is full of hops with sweet citrus moving into pine and grassiness and with some sweet maltiness in the background. The taste is much the same with a full base of malty goodness that gets crushed by a boat load of hops. I get pine and grassiness with some citrus in the back mixing with a modest level of malts and a thin layer of caramel. It doesn’t smell or taste like the hoppiest Stone brew. Maybe they meant happiest. IMO there are a couple I thought were hoppier. Maybe it’s my changing palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7156) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Poured dark amber with red tint. Head was tan. Aroma was pine with undertones of malt. Flavor was very hops but the malts help to control them and develop throughout with a bit of alcohol.


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