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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7797) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - 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 doesnít smell or taste like the hoppiest Stone brew. Maybe they meant happiest. IMO there are a couple I thought were hoppier. Maybe itís my changing palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7631) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Pours dark red brown with a beige head. The aroma is way hoppy, with floral and citric notes, as well as some sweet and light roasty malt notes. The flavor is slightly over the top hoppy, with floral and piny notes. Light roasted malts and sweet notes of toffee sit in the background. Very good, but a little too over the top for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7522) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
I donít mean to cause you harm, and i wonít ... pours a dark tan ruby . . decent low head . average lacing . . pretty nice bracing bitterness. . abv is well done . . itís enrico palazzo! . . rusty pine hops, fyoo! thatís an adult beverage for ya!! its a cheers!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - 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 (7470) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7384) - Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at Proof in a pint glass. Pours dark red with bright red highlights. The aroma is big hops all the way, mainly of the citrusy, pee, and almost sweaty variety. The flavor is big sweet up front with good fresh and citrusy hops, followed by some bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (7247) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a frothy, well-lacing beige head. Big aroma of fresh resiny grapefruity hops and a good amount of sweet toasty caramel. Starts with good fullness, fine carbonation and rich sweet maltiness well-balanced with juicy grapefruity citrusy flavor hops and pine sap before a drier, crisp bittersweet finish. Very fresh, hoppy and enjoyable. I hope they turn this into an annual brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 A Mes rate: bottle BIG thanks to Greg.
Very dark amber with a thin off white film topping. Clearly Stone on the nose. Huge hoppy bigness, some faint but delightful petrol / ethanol in a "oh fuck this is gonna get me drunk" type way. Lots of caramel in the flavour but balanced beautifully with the big bitterness. Surprisingly straight forward. But itís not a bad thing. Itís just all rather effortless. Big and powerful yet somewhat soft and elegant. Great beer.


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