Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

 
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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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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4.4
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
I love Stone. I bought a case the day it arrived in the store! Big dark pour with nice one finger thick and chewy head. Huge hop aroma. Flavors of sweet malt and toffee that ends with a robust and balanced hop coating and finish. A mild alcohol aftertaste. Great beer, will drink it as long as I can find it.

4.4
p00lshark95 (3) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009 does not count
Shoprite Hoboken NJ. Bottled. Very nice nose. Pine mixed with cherries and chocolate. Nice head. Very hoppy, although the malts bring out enough sweetness to balanced and contrast the bitterness. Taste is same as the nose just a tad bit sweeter than i would have thought from the aroma. Good Beer!

4.4
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Bomber. Pours a very deep amber color. To light, you can see the true amber color- there is a medium beige head. Aroma is resinous and hoppy. Complex falvor, lots of rasin, nutty malts up front, but it’s backed by a ton of hop bite at the end. The palate is phenomenal, deep, complex, and tasty. The alcohol is hidden well. A wonderful beer This rating, as it should will give me a new top ten.

4.4
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle from City Beer. The best beer I have had from them in a while. Nose is full hops, roasted malt, and imperial red flavors. Color is a highly enticing deep bloody brown. Flavor is so hoppy that it flips around and starts to taste like coffee or roast. What a hot, minerally finish. I will have this again.

4.4
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Poured from a bomber...pours a translucent reddish amber with a large foamy/pillowy off white head that left great sticky lacing. Aroma of this great up front piney and citrusy American hop aroma. Stone always seems to know how to balance out this nicely sweet hop aroma that is just so nice and fruity it’s hard to figure out exactly how they do it. As the hop fragrance fades (which it really doesn’t ever "fade") you get this nice caramel and toffee malt aroma coming through. My guess would be as this beer ages the aroma will become more barleywine like as the wonderful hop aroma dies out. So make sure you open one of these up early so that you can experience the wonderful hop nose. Flavor of caramel and toffee malty notes. Some nuts...but then the hop bitterness comes along with the hop flavor. Pine, grapefruit, flowers and some hints of tropical fruits. Alcohol warmth is there for sure. I noticed some folks comparing this to the Bastards, which I would agree with. I enjoyed this one fresh and while I would be happy to try one of these down the road...fresh might be where it’s at with Stone 13.

4.4
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
bomber... after all the press leading up to this one, I’ve been really anxious to try it - and it really delivers.... a true hop bomb from Stone that is well balanced and really style independent... this almost reminds me of a hoppier Double Bastard or even a more balanced Bigfoot... could be a barley wine, a mean IIPA or an Imperial Red.... call it what you want... it is all about the luxurious hops. drink this one fresh to experience the multiple stages of dry hopping that went on with this one.... I would also like to age a bottle and see what happens.... it pours a deep deep red with a nice 1 inch off white head... which settles a bit and eventually gets lost all together forming a slim clear lacing. huge piney and resinous hops flow out of the bottle and glass upon pouring... big chewy hop driven body with a big underlying malt presence that cuts the bitterness a bit over the tongue... huge burst of citrus hops on the back and through the finish completely annihilating the palate with a layer of thick hoppy resin. absolutely wonderful for the hop heads out there.

4.4
brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Insanely fragrant hop aroma,people across the room could smell the hopping seconds after I opened it,that piney citrus hop just kept blowing out of there,with some minor hints of caramel cake,taste not surprisingly was one of the most bitter beers I’ve ever experienced, a muddled toffee and caramel slightly evident,a little alcohol tingling your nostrils in the swallow. I thought this to be fantastic,one of the major new highlights of 2009,for class A hopheads only

4.4
thornecb (6147) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a Trappist glass. Off-white head recedes to pancake surface. Dark red malts and grapefruit aromas. Deep creamy sweet toffee, caramel malt and resin upfront. Turning to pine and grapefruit in the lasting finish. Akin to a double bastard.

4.4
foundmd (595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours dark ruby brown, almost opaque, with a medium off-white foamy head. Aroma of fresh floral hops with citrus. Big spicy hop bite with rye, caramel, and grapefruit. Complex, yet very easy to drink. Medium-bodied with a slight flavor of alcohol at the finish. Fantastic.

4.4
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2009
22 oz. – The Wine Source. Deep ruby brown, thick creamy lightly tanned head. Aromatic fresh sprucey pine, grapefruit, and melon notes ride a thick undercurrent of molasses and toffee throughout. Tongue numbing wet pine needle and citric hop assault blend effortlessly on whirlpools of caramelized heath bar. Full bodied, medium carbonation, lasting bittersweet finish. Happy 13th, Stone! This is one intense beast…


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