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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
2008-08-07. Red brown body with a modest tan head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, leafy, resiny hops. Good amount of bitterness, green leafy hops in the flavour. Supportive malt is muted, but its there. Smooth average plus palate is creamy. Alcohol is less prominent than it could be at 9.5, which is appreciated. Pretty solid. Yumm! Bottle, Shared at Derekís by sstackho

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The aroma is loaded with sticky pine cones, resiny hops and a light prickly, peppery bite. Lots of sweet dark malts on the back, but the even there, the hops really dominate this one. Lightly raisiny maltiness with a bit of sweet brown malt as well. Lots of big pine resin. As it warms, the malts come out more, giving a lightly caramelized sweetness on the back of all the piney hoppiness. Itís pretty tasty here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8904) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Starts out hoppy and goes really really bitter and then goes back to a nice hoppy finish. Incredible, hops on top of hops profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8804) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Vibrant hop nose: burnt oranges, citrus and caramel, some solvent. Harsh, abrasive and caustic. Corrosive citric acid and spicy/tingly peppers, toasted bread and bran. Highly abrasive and acidic. Messy, unkempt, caustic, ridiculous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, 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 - Iíve had much better from Stone. I wonder where the bitterness hails from, and Iím 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 thereís no syllabe on the kind of hops used, PLEASE? Big thanks to both Dirk and Fred W!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8797) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Coniferous hops thrive within caramelized cereals, surrounded by juicy berries, sculpting a bubbly and bitter American Strong Ale for potency lovers.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucent burgundy.
-The hop presence might be over-the-top for some, but itís beautifully done for those who like this alpha arrogance.
-The finishing bitterness is peppery and resinous.
-Alcohol licks the last half of each sip.
-This ages very well, contrary to what the bottle says. A 2-year-old bottle did quite well; maderization fits perfectly with the chosen malts.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (8691) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Toronado. Very deep red-brown pour. Big foamy white head. Aroma is resin, pine, caramel, and hop. Taste is very creamy and malty, caramel and malty. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8318) - 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!

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