Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

 
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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2009
22 oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a bright copper/amber color with a massive beige head and lots of sticky lacing. A strong, sweet aroma; some caramel, rich and fruit hops jump out, and a strong alcohol note that announces this as a young beer. A sweet taste of rich caramel malts, lots of bitter hops dominate early then they give way to the sweet earthy caramel malt. Very nice. Stone is quality.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
[2428-20090807] 1pt6floz bottle. Grapefruit sweet hops and pips aroma. Clear, red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Tasty evergreen grapefruit flesh flavour with some hops-infused citrus rinds. Medium-full body is very bitter. Super hoppy, super bitter.
(c/o Sean, w/ others)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8511) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Draft at Coles in Buffalo. Pours dark red brown with a beige head. The aroma is way hoppy, with floral and citric notes, as well as some sweet and light roasty malt notes. The flavor is slightly over the top hoppy, with floral and piny notes. Light roasted malts and sweet notes of toffee sit in the background. Very good, but a little too over the top for my taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009

Rating #2500.

Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours deep clear amber with nice tan head. The aroma is full of hops with sweet citrus moving into pine and grassiness and with some sweet maltiness in the background. The taste is much the same with a full base of malty goodness that gets crushed by a boat load of hops. I get pine and grassiness with some citrus in the back mixing with a modest level of malts and a thin layer of caramel. It doesnt smell or taste like the hoppiest Stone brew. Maybe they meant happiest. IMO there are a couple I thought were hoppier. Maybe its my changing palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (8235) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle. Deep reddish brown with a rather large tan head that stays around for quite long time. Refreshing aroma of pineapple, floral, earth and some perfume. First sip was heavily bitter, grape, raisins, hops, grass. Aftertaste was bitter with some licorice and caramel. Body was medium, not so much carbon dioxide. Nicely balansed. A very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8178) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
I dont mean to cause you harm, and i wont ... pours a dark tan ruby . . decent low head . average lacing . . pretty nice bracing bitterness. . abv is well done . . its enrico palazzo! . . rusty pine hops, fyoo! thats an adult beverage for ya!! its a cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
On tap at Proof in a pint glass. Pours dark red with bright red highlights. The aroma is big hops all the way, mainly of the citrusy, pee, and almost sweaty variety. The flavor is big sweet up front with good fresh and citrusy hops, followed by some bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
20 oz bomber...6th rating. Pours with a large tan head over a pretty ruby body with tons of citrus and pine hops in the aroma. Some bready caramel as well and a sort of nostril stingy, sticky bitterness/alcoholness. Taste is burnt brown sugar, orange, light alcohol, medium to high bitterness and a long butterscotch finish. Light carbonation and creamy. A excellent imperial red. I am realizing that my Arrogant Bastard inspired homebrew is much closer to this than it is to AB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7852) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark dark red body with head that disappears quickly. The aroma is pine hops. The flavor is sweet malt, sugar, and a complex arrangement of hops. The beer finishes with a slight alcohol sting, but the hop complexity goes far beyond to make up for it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Had a chance to try this twice on back to back days. I was more impressed by the bottle version than the tap version. Pours a deep, blood red, almost like a piece of red velvet cake with a thick, lacing, white head on top. Aroma is nice, very inviting and a bit surprising for a beer of this color, pine, lemons, grapefruit, candy. Hops really hit the tongue hard at first, lemons, pine, spice, herbs. Malts come in at the end, sweet caramel, slightly doughy. Finish is dry and bitter. Definitely not for cellaring. Reminded me a bit of winter Yulesmith but not as balanced.


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