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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 752   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours a ruby-brown color with a slightly tan head. The aroma bursts out with tons of orange, lemon, and plum. The flavor is sharp citrus, sweet caramel, and piney with a massive bitter kick at the end. The fell is crisp and refreshing with a super-dry finish. This is a monstrous beer...easily one of Stoneís finest creations. Seriously, Stone needs to make this part of their regular line up.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours much darker than anticipated. The deepest ruby that I can imagine. Staring at the light through the glass is mesmerizingly beautiful. Huge voluminous head. Aroma is huge, deep, pine/grapefruit/citrusy American hops and the slightest touch of crystal/roasted malt that surprisingly comes through all the hop funk. Very reminiscent of Tasty McDoleís DIPA and of Pliney. Taste is along the same lines. Very few beers can claim the kind of hop depth and intensity that this beer delivers. Beautifully oily and resinous, like eating hops (yes Iíve tried that) without the bitterness. There is a very minute bitter hop kick at the end along with some balancing crystal malts. This is a very well crafted and refreshing beer. Color me impressed by Stone, which doesnít happen terribly often.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2009
I really like this one. Have had out of the bottle and on tap. Surprisingly dark in color considering the bitterness. Doesnít seem to go together, but itís a really magical beer. Very hoppy, full of flavor, something I would definitely seek out again and again!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Dark amber in color with a creamy 3/4" lasting head and wavy lacing. This is a great looking beer. Fresh floral hop aroma providing lots of juicy fruit scents. The hop aroma is backed by some sturdy caramel. I noticed the hops really opened up as the beer sat. Creamy and soothing with a mild malt body and high bitterness. The flavor is a hop assault with a good catty quality followed by sticky pine and big time grapefruit. Biscuits, caramel and honey provide a chewy malt backbone. Itís an assertive beer, strong and hoppy treat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Style & glass: American Strong Ale; Snifter 22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 522 calories (est.) Available at: Joe Canalís for $9.99 aroma is tar and resin, visuals are deep angry ruby under a tan head, taste is citrus, cherries, peach, and a quick turn to pine and resin, feels crisp and bright, overall, a delicious and wonderful brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
This is a big beer that delivers big flavor and a big punch. Pours a mahogany color with a tan head that settles into a fine film. Aroma is loaded with pine and citrus. Flavor was big on pine and citrus hops that were attempted to be balanced by some sweet malts and toffee, but the hops just kept screaming through! Full flavored, medium bodied and a deliciously bitter finish. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours an amber/dark brown/even gave some black notes with a head that reappeared with every swirl poured pretty large. Had a citrus/pine aroma and flavor that was delicious. Solid bitterness to in this one. Flavor had some solid malt profile to, caramel very light roast. A little sweet the hops counter this, nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (4062) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Location: 22 oz bomber from Normís, 7/27/09

Aroma: Huge pine hop nose, lots of citrus (lemon, pineapple, etc), some spice, a bit of caramel, a nice mix here, I found this to be a really nice nose
Appearance: Really nice dark reddish-brown color, and a thick and creamy tan head, and some nice lace
Flavor: Not as good as the nose, tons of initial hops, sweet, and then some more hops, a bit of malt spice in there for some "balance" (I use that term loosely) does balance a bit more as it warms
Palate: Nice mouthfeel, lots of body, a bit of alcohol in the end palate, you could (and I will) call the palate (especially the end palate) a semi-barley wine
Overall Impression: I was pretty excited for this one after hearing it described as a the hoppiest beer that Stone had ever made (by one of the brew masters). I finally found one at a store this weekend (sure, I hadnít looked too hard, Iíd really only been about 5 minutes from home to try and find out, and I only had to go about 20 minutes to a store I knew had it, but still), so Iím admittedly a little late for the party. I was even more excited after pouring this one into a glass, because it is a great looking beer with a really quality nose. Overall, it turned out to be pretty tasty, not often does a beer meet expectations, but I think I liked this one more then most.
What can I say? I really liked it, and I still think Stone is doing a great job of pushing the envelope, even if many of the rest of the beer loving world disagrees with me.
Did I ramble enough? I feel like I should have started this review with Dennis Millerís classic line: "Now, I donít want to get off on a rant here..."

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4684) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Big bottle. Dark brown. Huge dark hoppy brown flavour. Dry hopped brown IPA. Dark, hoppy and fickiní tasty. (I love trying to read my notes after a big tasting)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2009
22oz. Pour is deep amber/red with a huge frothy caramel colored head. Tons of grapfruit and citrus to the nose. The flavor is packed with a huge amount of hops and finishing with a nice citrus hit. If this thing is drinking at 9.5% I must be crazy because it sure as hell isnít noticable. Thanks Stone!


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