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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Red Wine Barrel

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Red Wine Barrel
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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
When we first set out to brew the Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, our intention was to flatter our British predecessors with an IPA honoring the style’s storied origins. Were we trying to refine our usual brash and unapologetic approach to beer making? Nah. We simply thought it would be fun to brew an IPA using nothing but imported English ingredients (admittedly, we had a tough time trying to import several thousand gallons of English river water, so we improvised with the local supply instead). What you’ve got in this bottle is a supernova of flavor with an extra layer of complexity from the beer’s soujorn in red wine barrels. You’ll be dazzled by the heady fruit and spice notes of the East Kent Goldings and Target hops, the bold flash of hop sweetness, and the alarmingly persistent bitterness. The beer’s brilliantly clean, dry finish may make you feel like you should drinking it with your pinky sticking out, but please don’t. Your British forebears didn’t do that, either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a very murky, dark golden orange, almost brown color with slight tangerine edges and a half finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Slightly boozy red wine barrel aroma. Very vinous with lots of oak and dark fruit followed by boozy sweetness, sweet malt and earthy hops. Strong alcohol presence with dry toasted oak, red wine, grape and dark cherry. IPA notes are kind of faint at this point with slight earthy pine needle. Lots of ethanol and red wine character. Slick medium body with a prominent red wine barrel presence. Boozy with lots of dry toothpick/toasted oak followed by subtle vinous fruit, sweet malt and bitter, earthy hops. All barrel and booze up front with strawberry, dark grape, cherry and currant. Sweet malt flavor underneath with sherry like sweetness, toffee and caramel. IPA are present than in aroma but the barrel notes and booze are really strong, slightly overpowering the other notes. Very vinous and boozy with bitter, resinous hops in the finish .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
whoisghost (193) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours a deep gold with a bright white head. Looks clean. The aroma is a super sweet red wine/rose smell. Red wine dominates the flavour - it definitely soaked up those barrels. Underneath that it’s still quite a light IPA, clean and bright. Coats the mouth well and is nice and dense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a nice white head. Aroma of pine, citrus and fruit. Flavor was bitter & hoppy with citrus, lemon zest, exotic fruit and some caramel with a bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine (Jan 2013). Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has some big IPA notes, sweet malts, caramel, musty, light vinous and wood. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, musty notes, red wine, wood, lemon peel, dry moderate bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
Bottle @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, CA. Pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy woody wine aroma. Sweetish malty woody weak vanilla hoppy flavor with weak hints of wine. Has a fruity malty woody hoppy bitter red wine finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle @ Oakquinox 2013. Murky reddish/amber pour with a white head. Grass and lots of lemon on the nose. Sweet malt, oak, red wine, a hint of vanilla, and some feet. Lightly tart on both the aroma and flavor. Heavy lemon rind flavor, some sweat, grass, and a touch of pine. Light tartness, red wine, and oak. A bit of sweet malt, vanilla, and grape.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (665) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Really different and tasty. It is far sweeter than the 14th when it was fresh. There is a nearly brandy like aspect to the aroma and flavor. Dark cloudy orange,light carb. Huge flavor a bit too sweet for my preference. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5402) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Hazy Orange amber, with a small white head. Sweet malt, smooth toffee, light grape, fruit, oak, and some hop bitterness. Really smooth easy drinking. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured cloudy ruby color with a minimal to average fizzy white head that was mostly diminished with fair to no lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet hop, wood and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with dry slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet and wood flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
500ml bottle, shared by b3shine. Hazy orange yellow color. Minimal white head. Good dots of lace. Earthy caramel hop nose. Bigger body. Smooth light carbonation. Dry finish. Red wine barrel is subtle, but you get vinous note is very nice and well blended. Not over sweet, not at all cloying. Light bitterness. Very enjoyable. Nice and smooth complex flavor, and a nice lightly vinous nose. Awesome

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