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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8962) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8957) - 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.

Bottles.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8813) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (8748) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
Draught at the Horse Brass. Dark brown with a huge red tint and a sliver of lace. Fruity gumball aroma with cherry and chewy malt flavor. Fragrant and complex with huge bitterness coming very late. Iím not usually so impressed by Stone, but this was great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8663) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
pours copper, thick beige head. aroma is hoppy, fruits; grapefruit. flavor, some light spicy hops, caramel, malts. Overall profile had plenty of hops though the beer wasnít overly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8598) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This dark brown beer poured with a decent tan head and a plum aroma. The flavor is treacle and spice with, surprisingly, a lot of hop bitterness and some carbonation. This is a very nice recipe which is worthy of anniversary status.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by Danny. Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a creamy medium sized beige head. The nose has some sweet caramel malts, but is all about the hops. Citrus and floral and pine (Oh my) have me wondering whatís next. The flavor does have a base of the moderately sweet caramel malt, but again the hops take over. Citrus and pine resin add flavor and also lend to the bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. I enjoyed this (July 09) and will try one again soon for comparison.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (8020) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a medium creamy light tan head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine, citrus, and light malt. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hops with caramel and pine. Alcohol present but not too overpowering, a good American strong ale from Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
[2428-20090807] 1pt6floz bottle. Grapefruit sweet hops and pips aroma. Clear, red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Tasty evergreen grapefruit flesh flavour with some hops-infused citrus rinds. Medium-full body is very bitter. Super hoppy, super bitter.
(c/o Sean, w/ others)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle. Rich copper color with a nice tan head. Big summer fruit aroma. Caramel and sumemr fruit flavor with a bit of grapefruit and pine. Good bitterness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel, sumemr fruit, and grapefruti/pine linger. Nice.


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