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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber beer with a lot of chewy sweetness. Some sweet fruitiness and some heavy, almost clunky malty sweetness. More stickiness on the back. Still isn’t all that good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. This was a mess, and has not aged gracefully at all. Thankfully this was the last heavily oxidized hoppy beer I had to drink that day. Wet, soggy, cat piss aroma has some redeeming notes of licorice/anise. Orangey flavor, with a complete lack of character and personality. Considering the different ages, I’d say this is the worst ager of all the Stone anniversary beers.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Stone 7th anniversary. Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. No hops left. Old prune and plum aromas, and old malt. A little better than the 2nd through the 5th, but still I’d imagine nothing like the beer it once was.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours a honey orange body with a thin white head. Oxidation, tobacco, paper and moth. Plumy with a hint of fruit esters.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Part of my ebay haul. Pours hazy orange with a white head. For how old the beer is, I thought the hops held up relatively well in both aroma and flavor. Citrus flavor but still mild. Having both the 2004 Epic and this tonight, I liked the 2004 Epic better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bomber. Poured slightly hazy medium orange with a dusting of eggshell head. The aroma picked up deeper grapefruit meat and semi-sweet caramel surrounded by floral and piney notes.. still bright and engaging. The flavor found grainy, toasted caramel and grapefruit meat at the core with earthy and citrus bitterness surrounding.. the finish left some grainy grapefruit sugars and just a splash of warmth. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. broken down a little bit, leaving a grainy impression on the finish.. decent flow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 Had on tap at Stone Winter Storm 2-13-11 Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange with a creamy, retained white head.

Aroma: tangerine.

Taste: Lemon, sugary malt, bitter hops, slight cardboard. Finishes better and warm.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, full bodied.

Overall: Not that bad, way better than the bottled counter part I tried 2 years prior. Night and day difference. =================================== on tap at Stone Winter Storm 1-25-09

6/10-3/5-6/10-4/5-12/20 = 3.1 Light tan, no head. Not much aroma. Bitter hops and sugary malts. Medium Carbonation. Not impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Pours a warm copper color with a trim off-white head. Smells and tastes of orange rind, yeast, hops, caramel, and malt. Balanced, but unambitious next to a lot of other Stone beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pours a golden amber color. Caramel, sweet malt, bitter hops, and hints of fruit and citrus. It’s alright.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm. Orangeish color with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, must and spice. Flavor of flowers, yeast, spice, earth, fruit. A bit strange and couldn’t get a good read on alot of it. That being said, it was still an interesting and nuanced beer.


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