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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 751   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6157) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent. A simple, caustic, astringent hop attack, but that’s probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, I’m not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Spicy citric oily aroma with earthy notes. Bittersweet earthy spicy linoleum taste with resiny orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, hot mouthfeel. Dry-bitter resiny oily spicy aftertaste with earthy herbal notes. A bit too sharp and busy. (0.65l bottle shared by gr0ve.)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6087) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
22. Pours a grainy and quite opaque dark muddy brown. It has a gorgeous thick disc of creamy tan mousse on top, but watching the dirty surge of carbonation during the pour, it’s a face only a beer nerd could love. Lesser mortals would start to feel burpy and bloated just at the sight of the thing. Nice big sweet herbal/piney hops on the nose, almost a bright basil note in with the distinct tree-like notes. Thick, creamy body with plenty of tingling carb. Great body. Still tons of herbal/piney hops there on the mid-palate. Yes, Stone, there are toffee and sweet doughy malt notes on the mid-palate, but they’re under a serious pine-hop tsunami. Things start getting really resinous near the end, and there’s a long resiny finish after this stuff heads for the gullet. I’d like to point out that I had one bomber of this stuff and woke up snoring with my mouth closed last night, tilted over on the couch. I’m kinda surprised I didn’t see little bluebirds twirling around my head before I toppled over. This beer hits you like the depraved love child of Mike Tyson and a winged gargoyle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2009
Draft. At Cole’s, Buffalo. Very dark amber, clear, nice tan head. Simple, lush, resin/cedar hop aroma, plenty of roast malt. The taste - same, intense conifer/resin bitterness, moderate alcohol, scorched caramel malt - aggressive, oh so good - I was very disappointed no bottles, I will be buying several. VERY lively mouthfeel, a real interplay of deep roast and fresh pungent pine/cedar hoppiness in the long linger - solid. Very, very solid.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6029) - 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
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
bottle, dark mercurichrome with tons of tan lace, aroma is heavy, malty pineapple, flavors are bready malts with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, nice bitter finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5971) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
My 3300th rating! Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy amber-red with an average size frothy tan head. Nice aroma of resiny, piney hops along with caramel malt and tropical fruit. Flavour of caramel malt and lots of earthy, resiny hops along with fruit and a very bitter finish. Some alcohol but it’s reasonably well hidden. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff!


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