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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
refreshing aroma of spice, herb, and citrus; cloudy, deep brown body, barely any highlight, and lasting tan head that dissipates into an airy and frothy layer; very sharp flavor - itís almost intrusive, and to get past it, a lot of sugar shows itself as another obstacle, but fortunately, after a third of it is gone, my tongueís adapted to taste what flavor is actually there and thereís flavor; however, I donít care for it, though itís just enough to be good - itís almost only like a bittersweet, carbonated tea... Iíve tasted an energy drink like this, I swear.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maddog (390) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Not overly impressed by this anniversary beer from Stone. Pours a deep, dark, clear amber, this beer has flavors of big malt, toffee and a whole lot of spice. Almost overly spiced with the hops to the point of being a tad harsh. A bigger bodied beer, lots of power, just not my favorite.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
pours a beautiful deep mahogany color, hint of red, nice tan head. Aroma is of abundant spicy hops. The flavor is a strange mixture of spicy hops, hop bitterness, dark roasted grain, and alcohol. Thia beer just doesnít do it for me. It is bitter, but not a good bitter, almost too spicy, along with the alcohol it just seems harsh to me. The roastiness seems to mask some of the hop flavor which leaves the hop bitterness unbalanced.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5794) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Clear deep garnet color with a tan head; beautiful pour. Big piney hop aroma with toasted caramel. Medium body. Almost harsh pine and grapefruit hop flavors on a sharp caramel malt base. Bitter raw alcohol taste to finish. Yikes !

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This beer is big. And big is fine if you can keep it balanced. This beer, however, did not seem balanced to me. Tons of rich, heavy malt and a bunch of hops that are prevalent, but overwhelmed by the richness of the malts. The alcohol content is also too prominent. I knew immediately that I was drinking something in the 10% range.I like it better when the alcohol doesnít make itself known. Happy 13th Stone. I usually love your beer, but this one was a miss for me.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
( 22oz bottle) Pours dark brown with ruby hints, great lacing and oily tan head. Nose of pine, caramel. Taste is a pine bomb! Lingers that way too. Finishes creamy with an oily body, but this hop attack it bitter citrus and not much else. Not my cup of tea.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bomber. Deep amber body. Tall, light brown, frothy head, long lasting. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and resin which forces other scents to the background. Hints of caramel, toasted grain and unsweetened strong black tea. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter and moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture that turns sticky in the finish, lively carbonation. A heavily hopped version of so many beers in this non-style ó bitter grapefruit on top of thick, unrefined malts. Lots of alcohol in the finish along with some astringency.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Nice hazy brown coloured body with a chewy look and a thin fast-dying tan head - decent. Aroma of fresh grapefruit hops, caramel, alcohol, malt and a bunch of fruits - once again, decent. Full-bodied; Strong alcohol and hops up front then fading fast to grapefruit, malt, toffee and fruits. Aftertaste shows a flat hop flavour, alcohol and a strong good bitterness. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special, and frankly - what is expected from Stone. A production of a not-special beer, that matches with 99% of all of their other beers - a large hopped beer with a ton of alcohol...nothing new here. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half-Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 27-November-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 26-January-2010.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20295) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2010
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Ruby colour, small head. Aroma is hops, sticky alcohol, more hops and alcohol. Flavour is rather much the same. Very Stone-like hoppy super IPA, but sadly I donít like this type of hoppyness in a beer...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6187) - 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 thatís probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, Iím not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.


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