milewide (2315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Beautiful blend of malt and hops. Dark brown color. Filtered. Aroma is fruity hops. First taste is sweet, roasted malt. Finish is hop bitterness! Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pine, Pine, Pine. Sharp thirst quencher. I think the malt is overtaken by the hops and for me that is a good thing. BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - FEB 1, 2010
One of the best 10 beers I’ve tasted. Silky smooth with with the sweetness of light fruit and butter with the hints of citrus from of good hopping. Pours orange-brown with a big thick and frothy head. pilsnerrogge (2995) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2010
Bottled:mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pours deep red-ish amber with a slight haze. Head is large and thick, leaves a lot of lacing. Orange marmalde, lychees and perfumy hops on the nose. Flavour is a steady malty, chocolately background quickly followed by an aggressive grapefruity bitterness. Great stuff!!
Dark burnt amber with nice foamy head. Very woodsy, herbal and slighlty sweety on the nose. Woodsy taste, with a bit of ripe fruit and some tartness. Also caramel, toffee and roast from the malt. Alcohol is slghtly warming, doesn’t taste like 9.5% Warming, bitter, and tart finish that lasts a while. Taste more along the lines of a hoppy barley wine. Amazing beer, great until the last drop. Never got old or overwhelming like other strong full flavors can be. One of my new favorites, Hall of fame all the way. Too bad this is only an anniversary beer.
generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns. In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well. The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.
shadowaeb (16) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Nose reminds me of hiking in Maine. Pine, not quite turpentine but pushing the envelope a little, nutmeg, general hoppiness, but well balanced. Nice dark mahogony, just barely transparent (or maybe it’s the light...), mine looks a little cloudy, wish it caught the light just a little more. Palate is nice and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation to break through the malts as they coat your tongue. Flavor is hoppy, then malty, then hoppy, rounding out that initial nose of pine quite well. Great beer, just in time for my birthday! cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2009
One of the most over-the-top offerings yet from Stone, and that’s saying quite a bit. I thought the IBU count would be ridiculous but only 90? Try to imagine something like the Arrogant Bastard but with more pronounced Barley Wine character. The aroma is that of a pungent Stone-like IPA. The appearance is that of the Bastard. The flavor seems to remind me of Founders Devil Dancer except that beer’s official IBU count is off the charts. Consistency is syrupy and sticky. mmmbeer (1429) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2009
The LAST TIME I had a Stone Anniver., I got a ton of hate mail, for no good reason. So... let’s crack this puppy open!!! 1 Pt. 6 oz. bottle served in trappist glass- poured a near non transparent blood dark maroon with held to a light source (non transparent dark brown at ground level). Zero to no carbonation, solid ring of tan for a head. Hearty aroma of candi sugar from when I opened the bottle and let it settle, let 15 minutes pass- aroma of pine and grapefruit from the hops, with notes of fig, caramel, and yeast in the background- guess they just threw in the kitchen sink on this one, which isn’t a bad thing! Hits the mouth with a wide enough body to taxi a 737 through, malt is there along with allspice, hard ginger, well, spices up the yin-yang for short! MIddle is where the hops kick down the door for a usual Stone party (kiss your girl, poop on the floor, steal your beer, THEN LEAVE!), finish is acidic, lasting, bitter, and magical. They beat 12 by a mile, it just makes me wonder what 14 will be... oh, by the way, HOME RUN!!! Peterlemonjelo (42) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Beautiful dark ruby color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma/taste is very intense hops (citrus/grapefruit) but amazingly balanced for such a hoppy beer.
One of my favorites. I would have a hard time thinking of a beer I enjoyed drinking more.