Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

 
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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale pours brilliant deep red with a light tan foam. Up front, the aroma is all piney, resinous and citrus hops. Upon tasting, the hops are still on the front, and they are balanced with the malty, toffee like flavors contributed from the blend of crystal and amber malts used in the brewhouse. The finish is deliciously bitter, with a touch of warmth provided by the 9.5% alcohol. Bitterness comes in at 90+ IBU.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9977) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
On tap at Sacramento Brewing. This dark brown beer poured with a decent tan head and a plum aroma. The flavor is treacle and spice with, surprisingly, a lot of hop bitterness and some carbonation. This is a very nice recipe which is worthy of anniversary status.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9935) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by Danny. Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a creamy medium sized beige head. The nose has some sweet caramel malts, but is all about the hops. Citrus and floral and pine (Oh my) have me wondering whats next. The flavor does have a base of the moderately sweet caramel malt, but again the hops take over. Citrus and pine resin add flavor and also lend to the bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. I enjoyed this (July 09) and will try one again soon for comparison.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9923) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
22 oz. bottle from shawnm213- thanks, Shawn! I cracked this open on a trip while visiting some friends and was surprised at how well-received it was, especially since I opened it later than the bottle recommended (February 2010). Pours a dark brown-orange-gold color, very odd, with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, nuts, toast, earthy hops, pine resin, citrus (mostly grapefruit), and roast. Flavor was a crazy mix of bitter, sweet, alcoholic, nutty, and roasty. All of the above notes were present and the bitterness finished most prominently. Medium-full bodied, with average carbonation. Very interesting beer, and fun to drink and share. Everyone interpreted this a little differently.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9910) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
pours copper, thick beige head. aroma is hoppy, fruits; grapefruit. flavor, some light spicy hops, caramel, malts. Overall profile had plenty of hops though the beer wasnt overly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9878) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2009
Deep chestnut colour; off-white head, fine, leaving some lace. Dark malts, grapefruit, citrus, bit of strawberry, lupuline. Uneasy bitter-sweet flavour, with a sweetness as from rosewater, mixed with - sorry - horse chestnut or something similar, a weird bitterness. Very slick, near viscous MF, lip-sticking. Strange - Ive had much better from Stone. I wonder where the bitterness hails from, and Im missing depth here. And if somebody at Escondido could explain to me what the Dickens the blurb about the colour painting on the bottle means, not to mention a full page of fairy tale, whereas theres no syllabe on the kind of hops used, PLEASE? Big thanks to both Dirk and Fred W!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Coniferous hops thrive within caramelized cereals, surrounded by juicy berries, sculpting a bubbly and bitter American Strong Ale for potency lovers.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the translucent burgundy.
-The hop presence might be over-the-top for some, but its beautifully done for those who like this alpha arrogance.
-The finishing bitterness is peppery and resinous.
-Alcohol licks the last half of each sip.
-This ages very well, contrary to what the bottle says. A 2-year-old bottle did quite well; maderization fits perfectly with the chosen malts.

Bottles.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Starts out hoppy and goes really really bitter and then goes back to a nice hoppy finish. Incredible, hops on top of hops profile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a thick sticky tan head. The aroma is loaded with sticky pine cones, resiny hops and a light prickly, peppery bite. Lots of sweet dark malts on the back, but the even there, the hops really dominate this one. Lightly raisiny maltiness with a bit of sweet brown malt as well. Lots of big pine resin. As it warms, the malts come out more, giving a lightly caramelized sweetness on the back of all the piney hoppiness. Its pretty tasty here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Vibrant hop nose: burnt oranges, citrus and caramel, some solvent. Harsh, abrasive and caustic. Corrosive citric acid and spicy/tingly peppers, toasted bread and bran. Highly abrasive and acidic. Messy, unkempt, caustic, ridiculous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bottle. Rich copper color with a nice tan head. Big summer fruit aroma. Caramel and sumemr fruit flavor with a bit of grapefruit and pine. Good bitterness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel, sumemr fruit, and grapefruti/pine linger. Nice.


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