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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA harkens back to our earlier Anniversary Ales, with abundant hopping at many stages of the brewing process. Appropriately, the aroma is over-the-top, with pronounced piney and resiny hop flavors combined with tropical fruit esters and more subtle notes of toasted malts and alcohol. Our Stone 10th Anniversary Ale weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume (perfect for a 10th anniversary beer), and has a little more color and malt character than our other IPAs. In addition to using the new Summit hop variety in the brewhouse to provide the powerful bitterness, we went back through our records and found some of our favorite hops over the years, and used them to flavor this brew, including Chinook, Crystal, and large doses of Simcoe in the dry-hop to provide a huge, complex, piney, fruity and floral hop character. This is a colossal beer, big in every sense: hoppy, malty, rich, and strong! Right up our alley.

Re-releaase as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Tis like a strong version of Arrogant Bastard. Harsh malts, tanish with nice, off-white head. Aftertaste is sharply bitter, much like AB. The alcohol is nicely masked by the hops, but I wouldnt call this beer balanced. Bottle, 1 pt. 6 fl. oz.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 Fresh bottle.

Pours a rich orange amber with a nice foamy tan head. The aroma is a blast of pine-and-citrus hops, extremely powerful in that regard with almost cleaning-fluid intensity (including a definite alcohol burn even on the aroma), some other fruit notes of pear and mango. The flavor is an intense coupling of sweet malt and citric hops; this could almost pass for a hoppy barleywine. The palate is smooth and enjoyably rich in texture but this beer is very hot, ridiculously hot, to the point that one keeps it off the upper back palate simply to keep the alcohol away from the nasal passages.

I know Im going against the grain here, but Im really disappointed in this one. Its not terrible, but its not particularly good, either. While it improves as it nears room temperature, its just one intense flavor, a very powerful citric pine-resin hoppiness backed by sweet thick malts. If you told me this was the latest Imperial Whatever from Lagunitas, Id have believed it easily (and thats no complement from me, I find their strong beers mostly overly sweet and unsubtle in exactly the hop flavors that dominate here.)

Im feeling like a bit of an idiot for buying five bottles of this on word of mouth and generally good impressions of the previous hop-heavy offerings from Stone. I certainly hope it mellows with time.

(Note added two days later: to its credit, the beer seems to have improved after a couple of days open, or perhaps my attitude improved over the last couple of days. Its not great still, but I can find its virtues now.)

Bottle, one year old

Today some friends and I drank one of these side by side with a Stone 11th. The hope was that this one would have improved with age and thus would give the very nice Stone 11th some competition, but if anything its gotten worse. Even more barleywine character as expected, but not in a particularly good way. Its getting oxidized, presents a cheesy stale-hop aroma, way too sweet, still very hot...we very rarely leave a bottle unfinished and this had 1/4 left at the end of the day. It would have gone potentially as low as 6/3/5/3/10=2.7.

What on earth am I going to do with the remaining bottles in my cellar?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2007
220z bottle: Very hazy light copper color with medium off white head. Aroma has lots of herbal, slightly citrusy hops, slightly soapy, bit of caramel. Flavor is sharp, with slighlty harsh herbal hops, bit of caramel and apricot, with a balanced finish and a noticable alcohol warmth towards the finish. A decent brew, more of a barleywine in my opinion than a dIPA, a bit too harsh in the hopping.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a darker colour of the typical IIPA hue with a normal white head. Nose is malty with background hops. Flavor is very balanced, malty and sweet upfront as the bittering grows and peaks in the finish. The sweetness helps to mask the high alcohol. This was #3 in the 6 IIPA tasting. Thanks to Secret Santa for the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2007
I sampled 2 bottles of this immediately after it was released, and found it to be a fairly messy beer, not at all crisp and hopalicious. So I thought Id age one for a year or so and see how it trended towards a barleywine. I like it better, though I still feel its not up to par for the mighty Stone. Pale amber body, medium head, and a thick, heady aroma. Theres still a potent hop presence, to my surprise, but its more balance than previously, with a (very) sweet malt presence to the fore. But this thing is still too hot and indistinct to me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle @ the wolf tasting. Hazy orange with af film. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, peachy as well as the flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Ive been holding onto this bottle for a long time now and last nights sushi dinner seemed like the perfect time to break it out. It pours a hazy dark orange that has some rustic tones appearing nearly brown. The head is relatively thin and bone colored. The aroma is very complex. Very strong alcohol, fermenting fruits, cherries, grass, and mildly floral hops. The flavor is difficult to really analyze as the alcohol comes through very strong, despite 18 months in the bottle. There are notes of sweet caramel and the ghosting of some ctirusy hop notes. Its hard to believe how hot this beer is after sitting for so long. It really kills the mouthfeel and finish. Perhaps I should have drank this a long time ago...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Bottle shared by mmtmatrix. Poured a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head that left good lacing. Aroma of light hops and citrus, a hint of pine. Strong citrus and malt flavor leads into a hoppy, citric finish with a light pine character that finishes slightly bitter. Smooth, slight bitter bite on the palate. Surely this beer was better fresh, but it was still decent over a year later.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2-18-08 bottle
Thick red amber with big fluffy white head and some lacing. Smell is somewhat weak up front but opens a bit as it warms. Thick and heavy on the tongue. This is more a Strong Ale in my mind. Flavor is alcohol, vanilla and some lemon too.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Received in the Mystery Homebrew Swap, i forget who sent it though! Sorry! Theres definitely some noticable age to it. Malty, caramel malts, with some spicy hops in the nose. Pours amber with a thin white head. Very malty, some caramel, the hop flavor has diminished a little but its still pretty good, and it definitely doesnt taste like 10%! The hops do leave it with a big spicy finish with traces of pine. Good but id love to have tried this very young!


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