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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Consumed January 2007. More than 3 years old. Matte melon orange color with a thin white head of lace. Aroma is sweet and malty with just a touch of matured hops. This beer is past it’s prime, but still very drinkable. A touch oxidized, just a little too old.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bomber @ Falling Rock vintage beer sale poured a hazy copper with a disapating amber head. Aromas of light oxidation, light fruitiness and a hint of carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of light oxidation, carmel, vanilla and a hint of apple with a dry lightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
tap at bistro. aroma has citrus but is more sweet malt. flavor is fruity, citrus, and basic malt sweetness. prolly not as hoppy as it used to be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2007
The hop bitterness has mellowed over the last couple of years, but the ale is still very nicely bittered with a fruity taste to the beer. Still a good beer, but I wish I had it fresh. Had it on tap at the Brewery

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
10 oz glass @ Stone Bistro. Bartender described this one as an "Imperial Pale Ale". Tasted like a pretty standard IIPA. Floral hops, some sweetness, medium mouthfeel, and a fair amount of malt in the foreground. Overall, another fantastic beer from Stone that I am very happy to have had the opportunity to try.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
This had a nice inviting hop floral aroma.Full-bodied,but way too sweet for me.The Stone brews tend to be too sweet.This tasted alot like the 9th anniversary,but not as good.Had on tap at brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle shared with Blair @ Hamilton’s his bottle from his personal cellar, shared with Bartzilla and Naven as well. Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose had caramel and brown sugar in it. Taste was sweet with an array of muted hops and a lot of caramel in it. The original 7.7% seems to have jumped in the 4 years since this brew was bottled. Its become much more of a barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours out a nice brownish oranger color with a very small thin head. Aroma is very malty and sweet. The flavor was very m uch the same. Their was little hops in the flavor. I guess the 3 years aging did this brew well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Another bottle from Matt (drbayern) Thanks! This is a real shock for me to be able to try this beer now, 3 years after it was released. The hops are still pretty active in this, and now it has mellowed to the point that it is very close to a barleywine. Very malty tasting and very enjoyable. I can only imagine what this was like once it was released. I would say this has aged very nicely. Interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a hazy orange caramel body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is quite malty. Caramel, sweet malty goodness. Smells like a barleywine. Light orange peel. The flavor is pretty malty like a barleywine. Very well balanced and malty. Some lingering hops. The palate is medium-full bodied. Nice texture. A pleasure to try this.


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