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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Super Special Pale Ale. Amber-ish/dark orange color, quite hoppy with a fruity aroma and upfront flavor. There is a hop-bitterness sting on the tongue at first with noticeable malt reminiscent of a sweet pastry, more fruity hop flavors linger and blend into a toasty-malty balance that comes through in the finish. This full bodied ale is placed nicely on the high side of the scale.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (861) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
On tap at brewery for 2011 Winter Storm. Pours a dark orange-brown with a thick layer of white-ish head. Aroma of bready malts, some caramel, some alcohol. There is also fruit in the nose...but not the fresh zesty hoppy fruit notes but more like sticky sweet (barley wine) fruit. Flavor has lots of sweet citrus and dark fruit and lots of booze. There is almost no bitterness remaining in the mouth. Has a dry finish with some alcohol burn. This is only 7.7% but tastes much hotter. The hops have obviously mellowed a lot in the more than seven years since this was bottled, sending this into barley wine territory. Somehow this is still pleasant and drinkable. (308, 456)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9950) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white head which dissipates very quickly. S: The nose is sweet and caramelly with stale hop aromas (primarily oranges) and a touch of toffee. T: Despite the near death of the hops in this beer, it is still quite nice. The sweet and bready malt is the main attraction with some toasted biscuit flavors coming into play. There isn’t much bitterness to speak of, but this isn’t much of a surprise. M: The body is medium with a somewhat light carbonation. D: Despite the disappearance of any real hop character, this beer has not turned into a sweet mess. While I wish I could have tried it fresh, it’s still a decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Dark orange amber color with a small head, fades fast. Some lacing but still some carbonation after 7 years. Never had this one fresh so rating is based on an old bottle. Aroma is stale. Cardboard and caramel with a touch of hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel, earthy, old with light bitterness. This must have been a hop bomb for this much hops to still be present. Actually finishes a little bitter with more stale cardboard. Past its prime I will bet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
On tap at Churchill’s Pub and Grille (San Marcos, CA): Pours out a slightly hazy dark orange topped with a dusting of bubbly eggshell head. Aroma of deep grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, pine, and chewy florals. Flavors of toasted caramel, grains, earth, citrus bitterness, and strong grapefruit sugar. A touch of warmth, and a grainy impression throughout. Medium-bodied, low carbonation on the tongue. Slightly warming. Drinkability: Enjoyable and tasty. Pairing: Great with a bacon bleu burger. Rebuy: Yes. #321 on 02032010, DG.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
On draft at Stone Winter Storm 2010. Poured an orangish color with white head. Taste was similar to that of a barley wine with the caramel/hops thing going on.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13425) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
9th September 2009. Cloudy brown beer. Smooth and soft to start rapidly followed by some aggressive hops. Finishes with a sweet undertone revelaing itself - caramelly port. Better when not to cold from the fridge.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Ohio tasting
buffalohead brought along this which we tasted side by side with the recent 13th Anniversary. This has held up suprisingly well for six years; I was expecting a total mess by now instead of a beer that simply is almost hopless.

Aroma / Appearance - The malts have taken over leaving very little of what must have been hops at the start. The age was evident by the slight flatness and the way that everything mixed together.

Flavor / Palate - Drinking like a barleywine or old ale that has lost all hops it was smooth for the most part with an orangy malt aftertaste. Not totally flat there was a trace amount of carbonation even after all this time. If you have one I would not wait any longer; if you happen across it I would probably pass unless you like beer that is past its prime. Either way thanks Jeff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
22 oz bottle. Consumed 09/11/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with no real head to it. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation. I will rate it *slightly* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing partially due to the age of the beer. But I can certainly see its strengths.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Lots of malt in here, some hops still showing through. Has a bit of alcohol showing through. Certianly past its prime but cool to try none-the-less.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (1581) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Cloudy orange with head. Fruity syrupy aroma. Very sweet orangy flavor. NIce bosy and carbo.


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