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. DocLock (11103) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
One of my favorites. I would have a hard time thinking of a beer I enjoyed drinking more.
Pours turbid deep brownish copper with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is heavy caramel malt, earthy, piney hops, tangerine, feety Simcoey wafts. Tastes rich, caramel malty, with earthy, resiny hops, brown sugary notes, figgy fruit notes. Very complex, very rich and hefty on the tongue, with more late pineapple and tangerine, but a solid malt bill that stays with the hops well. The repour has floaties, and this one finishes like a hybrid IIPA/barleywine. Another very solid effort from Stone, but this one will knock lighweights on their asses and send them crying for their mommas. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Yet another awesome anniversary ale from Stone. This one pours dark burgundy with a lacy head. Mouthfeel is full of texture, yet not sticky. Hops are bold with flavor and aroma. Rich pine and tart citrus. Fruity alcohol provides a nice warmth. Malts are toasty, with just the right amount of toffee and caramel to cleave off the bitterness. Speaking of which, the lingering bitterness offers hints of coffee and chocolate. I love this stuff. nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2009
June 2009 Bomber. Dark red-brown with a lasting quarter-inch of creamy head.
beeratarian (239) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Big hoppy aroma of resin, dirty earthy tea leaf and grapefruit. Flavor is the same with some caramel and oak. Medium-heavy body is slightly watery so as to be dangerous, smoothly carbonated, hop-tingly and slightly warming.
Stone never lets me down. This one is what american hops are all about. Color is dark and taste is almost all hops? Finish is dry as hell. Over the top hops like Stone does it. Must try! Cellar for a year or two and it will probably do a 180 and turn into a bitter malt bomb. Thank you STONE! zizzybalubba (1887) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark reddish-orange pour with a thick and creamy off-white head. BIG citrusy, pine, and grapefruit hop aroma. Awesome bitter hop flavor; bitter grapefruit, grass, pine, and some brown sugar for sweetness. Some alcohol warming, but not too much. An awesome beer. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Pours a dark red color with brownish tints. Has a full rich complex aroma that is a mix between pine/hops/and herbs. Sits very well in the mouth. Taste is a little bitter, but very enjoyable. A good sipping beer. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2010
22ox bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma is of sharp citrus and resin with some roasted malt. The appearance id dead on, with a beautiful dark amber color with an ample tank head that leaves serious lacing. The taste is pure Stone....that being a hop bomb, but nicely balanced. This is like Double Bastard in many ways, but a little more refined. There is a nice warming from the alcohol, too. Perfect for autumn. Palate is full body, creamy texture with lively carbonation and a wonderful bitter finish. Overall, this beer is pure joy. Love Stone, and this is up at the top of the list. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle from notes. I get bitter pine hops, burnt malt, caramel and loads of dark fermented fruits. I want more.