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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a dry-bodied ale thats powerfully spicy with an earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness and a light biscuit flavor making a brief appearance before a long, complex and decisively bitter finish. There is one thing decidedly San Diego about this beer, and thats its aggressive dose of hops. 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is brewed to enjoy fresh but true to its origin, ages especially well on a six-month long ocean voyage.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a hazy, golden orange appearance with two finger orange/cream colored head. Slightly juniper-like and quite citrus-like hop aroma with some underlying pale malts. Slightly piney hop flavor thats quite citrusy with an exceptional orange flavor along with a pale malty body. Somewhat bitter, piney hop finish. Exceptional citrusy DIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10451) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2010
Cloudy golden with a large white head. Plenty of hops in the nose along with fruity and piney notes. Flavour was bone dry with plenty of hops, pine and grapefruits. Finished dry and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10370) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle (mit grtem Dank an Grima!): Golden, hazy, bigger stable off-white head; solid grapefruity-piney nose with a light pale-malty background; solid bitter-sweet flavour, almost full bodied; slightly vinous, but mainly dry bitter-sweet finish with lingering hops. Impressive stuff......

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottles from Capones and Frank Smiths. Pours hazy canary with 3 finger white sticky head. Nose is mangoey, spicy, floral, with malt, very fruity, with berry, and sweet. Very complex nose. Tastes malty, very assertively hoppy, reminds me a bit of a sweeter version of Southern Tier Hoppe mixed with Gemini. Theres a lot of hops here, a lot of fruit, some cloying notes, and a very earthy, spicy overall flavor. Very good, with minor late heat, and very unique. Id love too stack this against some of Stones historically great IPAs/IIPAs. Well done, Greg.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
2011-01-08. Lightly hazy golden pastel body with a small fluffy white head. 3+ Pleasant bitterness throughout, light fruity character, lemon grass as it warms. 7+ Pleasant hoppy aroma, sweet lemon, dry lemon accents. Smooth average bodied palate. Very enjoyable, alcohol is barely noticed. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

"But then it hit your gut and ricocheted!"

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9920) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Very hazy gold, enormous frothy gold-tinted head leaving clingy lace. Intensely piney, slightly vegetal hop aroma and flavour. Sweet, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Intensely bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9891) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap at Buckeye on our way to RBSG. Pours a hazed grey to brown with a medium sized beige head. Toasty and nutty, hoppy citrus and toast. Spicy, subtle and complex. Does have a bit of a strawberry flavor, the very seedy ones. Nutty and juicy. Light alcohol, long tannins and grapefruit bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9866) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
650 ml (bomber) bottle, thanks to ekstedt!
BB 2011-04-30, sampled on December 15, 2010
Hazy hay colored yellow color, medium though lasting off-white head. Sweet, sugary, hoppy, berry, alcohol scent. Hoppy at first in the taste, though quickly move on to maltys weet mixed with sweet alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, warming alcohol. Medium hop bitterness, but a dry alcohol bitterness is very evident.
8/3/5/3/11=3.0

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Rated in a blind tasting
650 ml bottle thanks to Mats (not on Ratebeer)!
Sampled on December 17, 2010
BB date 2011-04-30.
Cloudy yellow color with yeast particles, smallish off-white head. Sweet, a bit of stable scent, also cheese. Hoppy, red berries, apricots, sweet, dry taste. Very dry aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, high dry bitterness.
6/2/7/3/12=3.0

Bottle is too big, even when shared with 3 the first time and 5 the second, most of it still got poured out.

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Bottle thanks to larsniclas! On February 4, 2011
Cloudy apricot color with floating stuff in it, white head. Sweet, caramel, hoppy scent. Malty, cream, bitter, hoppy, grainy taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium dry grainy aftertaste.
6/2/6/3/11=2.8

Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Slight bit hazy yellow color, medium sized white head. Grainy, malty, some white pepper, sweet scent. Sweet, malty, bitter, grainy, hoppy, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Grainy and alcohol aftertaste.
Like it better on draught and less fresh than the bottles Ive tried in the past.
7/3/7/4/14=3.5

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phaleslu (9788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
200th rating for this beer and it wont be as high as the others. 22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jims. Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with an initially large eggshell white head that fades. Stinky aroma of pine hops, sour milk, sweaty socks, grass, straw, and pale English malts. Flavor isnt as bad, with a ton of malty sweetness, piney hops, straw, and grass. Overly sweet, and finishes bitter. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. This seems like a misfire to me, and easily the worst Stone beer Ive ever tried.


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