edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s been a while since I wrote an official review. For tonight’s review I am going to give my thoughts on the latest anniversary brew from Stone Brewing. This is the 13th Anniversary beer that was recently released. One thing I noticed on the bottle is that they suggest consuming this now and not aging it. Kind of makes me wonder, what an aged version of this beer will taste like.
The 13th Anniversary is listed as an Imperial Red Ale. It’s pretty unusual to see a big red ale like this but hey I’m game.
Aroma: First thing I noticed is the grassy/piney floral hop character. If I had to guess they aroma hop they used, I would say Simcoe (which when I checked on their site it states they used Simcoe and Centennial). The aroma is a nice surprise.
Appearance: It’s a dark copper/amber color. I got about 1 – 2 fingers worth of head. Outside of a slight chill haze the beer itself is pretty clear
Taste: Immediately you taste the bittering hops (their site states it is Chinook hops) and even some of the aroma hops. However, that is immediately balanced by the sweet malt character. You really get much of anything else in this beer.
Mouthfeel: Two words really bitter and dry. Nothing else is present in the mouthfeel.
Overall impression: I am sort of torn on this one. When I think of an amber/red ale I think more along the lines of Troeg’s Nugget Nectar and Bud’s American Ale. Both are good examples of two extremes of the style. What you have here is a red ale on steroids. This is great to give it a try once having more than that, well that would be hard for me to do.
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium head with some lacing. Mostly hop, piney, citrus aroma with a little bit of sweet caramel. Appearance is a beautiful deep blood red to dark brown. Taste is HOPPY! Lingering hop flavor with a bit of fruit(berries?) maybe even a little bubble gum? Caramel. Good body, a bit creamy. Overall a bit too much of lingering bitterness for my taste but a really good beer.
washoppinin (19) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good balance between the hops and malts, piney citric notes and toffee. Would like to age this one.
yfront (17) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light head with little foam.
Malty, bitter yeast but yet a sweet taste. Loooooong aftertaste that leaves your mouth feeling like blotting-paper.
shadowaeb (17) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose reminds me of hiking in Maine. Pine, not quite turpentine but pushing the envelope a little, nutmeg, general hoppiness, but well balanced. Nice dark mahogony, just barely transparent (or maybe it’s the light...), mine looks a little cloudy, wish it caught the light just a little more. Palate is nice and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation to break through the malts as they coat your tongue. Flavor is hoppy, then malty, then hoppy, rounding out that initial nose of pine quite well. Great beer, just in time for my birthday!
Cannile (15) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle, snifter. A DEEP deep ruby red shimmers through this Stone 13th Anniversary ale (not said, but I consider this an imperial red without a doubt). Moderate lacing, 1-finger lasting tan head, no chill haze, clear. Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, biscuit malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Upon tasting, Chinook instantly pops out, followed by strong hop bitterness, piney and spicy. Caramel, biscuit, and toffee notes, followed by a hint of deeply roasted malts. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste with a slight alcoholic kick (9.5% abv) as it warms your body. Surely a palate-killer. Noted on the bottle "DO NOT CELLAR. Enjoy in 2009." Definitely a beer worth buying over and over again while it’s available. Cheers!!
BarrelRoller (15) - USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another great beer from the "hit" factory. Big,bold,aggressive, just what us SoCal drinkers expect from the Stone brew crew. Hop character is huge but still glimpses of caramel and toffee malt come through. Hop resin lingers on forever....
FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty excited when I heard stone was brewing an Imperial Red. Too bad this taste more like a barleywine. Aroma and appearance are spot on, however the taste is extremely unbalanced and drinks heavy.
chyldking (14) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very Stone, but doing what they do well-- big hoppy high alcohol beer. Not very remarkable, but enjoyable. Pours a deep tobacco red brown, nose is spruce and malt, with alcohol evident. Lingering tan foam, taste is warm grapefuit and pine followed by toffee malt, lingering bitter.
SkateSRT8 (14) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to an nice initial thick head. Pungent aroma of citrus hops and heavy malts. Tasty trace amounts of oak flavors. The citrus hop flavoring adds to a well bodied all around taste. Moderate lacing through the glass. Overall a great tasting beer I much enjoyed.