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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Best beer I’ve had in a while. A delicious, balanced red. Pours an attractive Sedona red color, with nice almost excessive head. Citrus bitter and floral hop but round. Crisp clean finish. Very nicely done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mezr (60) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a tan head. Surprising amount of hops that I didn’t expect. As others have pointed out, the alcohol seems very evident. It’s a good ale, but I must admit that I was looking forward to something more and was left slightly disappointed. Stone makes so many great brews, but this one, while still a several cuts above most, fell short of their other standards ... like Arrogant Bastard.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2009
The bottle demands that I enjoy in 2009, so I obliged. Lovely pour, brilliant red color. Sharp, potent hoppy aroma. Incredibly smooth -- caramel, some biscuity notes -- hops, obviously, citrusy and sweet. Balanced. Could be 5% ABV for all I know, hides the punch like a ninja. Highly recommended, but imagine that it will mellow considerably after a few months (in an undesirable way). Seek, and drink

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Oct.09 on tap Aces and Ales. A nice reddish brown color. smells of hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is well balance, the malt and the hops are in harmony, the finish is lots of hops pine,resin, and citrus. Another great beer from Stone. Makes me thristy for more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle 65cl. Dark redish. Wonderful sweet aroma with hints of citrus and malt. Powerful taste; burnth caramel, citrus. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Aroma: hoppy, piney. Appearance: dark amber, almost brownish, medium beige head. Flavor: wow. big hops, pine, orange. Hops flavor grows significantly from start to finish. Lingering hops, alcohol heat. Definitely 90-100 IBUs easy. Palate: dry start and just gets dryer toward finish. Overall: If you love big hops this beer is for you.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Darker than the Bastard. Thick tan head that diminishes within a few minutes to a thin skin. Hopy, piney, citrus aroma but can smell cozy malts, too. I even smell a faint scent of celery in there. Tastes of crazy amount of hops accompanied by some sweet malt flavor in there for a second then the hops comes in and runs it off. This is like a very hopy barley wine almost. Thick and chewy. Hop heads should love this one. I know the bottle says not to cellar this, but I might try it anyway.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Peterlemonjelo (42) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Beautiful dark ruby color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma/taste is very intense hops (citrus/grapefruit) but amazingly balanced for such a hoppy beer. One of my favorites. I would have a hard time thinking of a beer I enjoyed drinking more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2009
A 22 tasted dry in my mouth like a dry wine had a bitter finish, light sweet taste, hops seemed to have gotten lost in the mix of flavors

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Another great beer from Stone. A challenging one to decipher. I think some were scared of this one, but I loved it.


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