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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
As has been a tradition, we have “Anniversary-ized” a recipe from our history by cranking it up, making it stronger and more assertive. With this year’s Anniversary we decided to look back at a wheat beer that we released a couple of Spring/Summers a few years ago: Stone Heat Seeking Wheat. While it was a plenty tasty beer, we ultimately decided that it wasn’t that reflective of what Stone was all about, and we unceremoniously dropped it from our lineup. For the Stone 9th Anniversary Ale, we carried some of the characteristics from the Stone Heat Seeking Wheat --- clear, not hazy; hoppy, not yeasty; combining a delicious hop bitterness and wheat tartness --- and made some…well…adjustments.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Golden, like an Arizona sunset. Bitter w/ a hoppy taste that will send you into a euphoria. Let your mind and palate obambulate, as this potation is a phonistery. Better towards the beginning of the experience than the end of it. Put on a cup, and take a sip, because it may kick you in the nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2005
I went to the doctor a few weeks back and he told me I am going to die. Of course I am; everyone does eventually die after all. I was also told that my Liver Enzymes were elevated and needed to be evaluated. The solution: drink no alcohol for 1 month and get re-tested. Me being the good patient that I am, I complied. The re-test results came back and my Liver Enzymes were even more elevated than before (alcohol 1 = medicine 0). Segueing back into a normal alcohol consumption schedule for 3 weeks and then getting a 2nd re-test lent much better results, normal Liver Enzymes(alcohol 2 = medicine 0)! However, while laying off the bottle I lost 10 pounds (alcohol 2 = medicine 1). Thus in the end, according to my specious argument, alcohol is better than medicine by a 2 to 1 margin for what ails you.

Oh yeah the beer, I almost forgot it has been so long. Stone 9th. Another “imperialized” beer, this time a wheat. The pour is quite nice, clear golden-amber with a lovely lacey white head. The aroma is dripping with piney hops and faint nutty wheat. The flavor is marred in a rather serious way by a staggering amount of alcohol flavor. Not warming but medicinal, and if there is one thing you will have learned by now it is that alcohol beats medicine: what does this say about medicinal alcohol? That is left as an exercise to the reader. Smells and looks better than it tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Pours a cloudy orange with a big thick foam. Aromas are nasty with cheesy piney grassy hops but nothing floral or sweet smelling to blance the major phenols mixing with the hops. A really horrid smelling beer. Not infected, but might as well be. The body is med. The flavors are lightly sweet with a hodgepodge of spices, lemon peel, cloves, banna and a descent amount of sharp phenols. Finish is sweet and uneventful. One of the weakest American strongs I have had and the weakest beer I have ever had from stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
shared with my brother. Semi hazy golden pour with lots of floating bits. Generous white head that melts away to a thin film. Hoppy, pineapple armoa. Semi-sweet, PNW hops. Raw, harsh beginning. This seems more like an IIPA. Needs to slumber in the cellar for a couple more years to meld the flavors and mellow a bit. Finish is sticky sweet with a nice balance between the malt and hop. Beginning is too young.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Dominant citrus hop signature - grapefruit, orange, pine, resin, spruce notes with some underlying malted wheat and sweet pale malts character. Hazy golden body is topped by a generous white head that recedes fairly rapidly to ring with some patchy lacing. Citrus hops battle with very strong alcohol and plenty of rough bitterness in the short, sharp, tangy flavour. Orange, grapefruit and pine-like spiciness linger on the tongue. Light body with fairly strong, large bubbled carbonation that dimples the tongue. Snifter. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (Half Time, Sep-05).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
desurfer (1283) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Doesn’t seem to match up with their description on this site. Instead of a jacked up wheat beer, it tasted like a strong Scotch ale. Moderate hoppiness with an overwhelming, intense malty character. Very alcoholic. Maybe this one was sitting out too long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2898) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
Quick thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S., amongst others. Served up at backyard patio temperature at a small tasting here in Perth.
Poured a hazy, sunny gold with very fine, very tight carbonation. Innocuous, flaccid white head that didn’t last long - minor lacing. Well lubricated, butter, pine-nut and spicy, prickly alcohol aroma with a bleak showing of tropical punch. Smooth, doughy, dry and yeasty in the mouth. Lighter, dustier malts show, as does some more pesky pine and a lick of solventy alcohol that doesn’t quite hold well. Pineapple and pear, maybe a little passionfruit give it a subtle tang and linger in the aftertaste. Good piney and warming length down south. Pretty average stuff. Not awful, not a complete unit. Just a beer, really. (1 pint, 6Fl.Oz, date unknown)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
I was very excited to try this new creation from stone... I promise! However, I was let down! It pours a clear yellow/straw color with a heavy yeast aroma and floral hints. I did not enjoy the flavor or palate at all. The yeast was way to much for me to handle on top of a warm feel through-out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Floral mandarine/lemony bright hops shine amidst the sweet, bready, not very flavorful malts. Shining bottle-conditioned golden robe. The head is white, foamy, diminishing a bit fast for a wheat containing beer, but less fast than most other Stone beers. A very perfumey big weizen where the wheat comes out nicely, but the final result feels less exciting (lively, fresh) than say a gumballhead, yet I’d rather drink gumballhead. Light bodied, high crisp carbonation. Well contained alcohol, clean fermentation. Easy to drink, but a bit too bitter for what it is, though there aren’t the malts in there for the beer to be any interesting without that bitterness. Ultimately, it leads into a rather astringent, abrasive hop finish that brings back alcohol fumes. A vicious circle that, glad they tried something different though. A pale ale next year?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle shared at the O Town Throwdown. Pours a goldish amber color, small white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, soap. Medium bodied. Finish is citrus, with some sourness present. Like my fellow UM fan gumby, I was not a huge fan of this brew.

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