Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
Near perfection. Had this on-tap at Stone's Winter Storm. My favorite beer I had that night. And I got to try many.
The taste was incredible. The hops had mellowed obviously, revealing a toffee like sweetness that was perfectly mated to the incredibly smooth, rich mouthfeel. It had basically turned into a dessert beer really. In a way. Well, it is definitely a beer I would love to drink after a nice meal.
Anyway, if you EVER have the chance to try this on-tap, do it. Yeah, I know the opportunity to do this now is not exactly possible for most people, but if it ever happens to pop up for some special event, shell out whatever cash is in your wallet and enjoy perfection.
01-27-2007 08:57:01 | More by rallison
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm
A: Slightly hazy cider colored brew with a generous creamy off white head.
S: Caramel, minor red fruit, pine cone, butterscotch and vanilla.
T: Begins like vanilla custard with hints of butterscotch and loads of honey. Lots of toffee and caramel, the trademark of an aged ale. Then a buttery citrus expression pops up, but the citrus has been muted over the years. The bittereness remains though and is a constant reminded what this beer was years ago. Finishes desert like with long lingering toffee
M: Medium body with a silky mouthfeel. The carbonation has chilled over the years.
D: This beer has aged remarkably well for a pale ale. This is a good example of what a hop bomb can become with some time on its hands.
12-29-2006 05:54:24 | More by Westsidethreat
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
A nice shade of amber. Somewhat cloudy and difficult to see through. A very large head that is foamy and thick leaves a sticky large rounded lace behind. Very nice.
Very nice sweet malty aromas. Some hop is still present as well. Floral and somewhat fruity. Hints of toffee, and some nut accents as well.
Still drinking very well. I'm surpised it has held up this well. A burst of malt at the entry with a very thin yet fruity, flowery mid palate, finishes fairly short with a hoppy bitterness that dries the tongue significantly. Some diacetyl is present as well.
Mouthfeel I think is the big hit. The lack of any mid palate presence along with the thin body really hurt it. However it is still enjoyable and drinkable.
10-16-2006 22:09:19 | More by mcallister
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
The beer was 3 years old (had it 10\06)
A- Thin off white tan head that went to basically nothing. Bit darker orange cloudy color.
S-Big citrus smell. Hints of alcohol and malts that were hiding in the back. Grapefruit and orange are pretty strong.
T-Bit stale taste but the grapefruit hops still very present after 3 yrs. Alcohol comes through and a malt background is also in there. Has lost most of it's bitterness but the citrus taste was still very present. Light bitterness in aftertaste.
M-Smooth, low carbonation, medium/full body, and a bit oily.
D- Pretty good but couldn't see me drinking a couple bottles of this. Wish I would of tried it when it first came out. I was surprised at how much the hops were still there though.
10-09-2006 20:28:47 | More by BlindPig
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
7th Anniversary Ale, August 2003 - Sampled at just over 3 Years Old.
Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 8th and 9th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the next few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.
Appearance: Wow, this one is still as cloudy as ever it just never seems to clarify. Ever. This has been in my fridge quietly settled for well over 3 months in anticipation of own little Stone Anniversary 5 year Vertical tasting. With all that time this pours like muddy murky pond water. Light brown body fuses with a candy orange when backlit to produce a shining rust bloom torso. Head is lively and forms a dirty off-white rocky mass. Carbonation is high, no loss at all, and a gentle swirl reinstates a cracking looking ½ thick head that laces nicely. Despite the turbid body this ones still looks good, especially when backlit, the deep orange sunset hue adds depth and style.
Nose: Oily hops have a thick toffee background. The hops punctuate the nose, but the caramel malts coat them before they escaped in their elemental format. Chewy stuff for the nasal passage!
Taste: Malty start with a lightly toasted feel that quickly gets consumed by a rich Devon toffee middle. Hefty caramel coated hop oils leach into the cheeks and weight the tongue down. Finish is bitter with some pine residue which has a minty freshness. Bitterness has some coniferous liquorice tones which seemingly linger around for ever. Quite strange but nonetheless very appealing.
Mouthfeel: A hefty brew, big, brash, overweight almost it drinks way above its stated 7.7% strength. The texture is chewy and toffee like, the feel is of a slightly rough edged IPA with some warming malts to keep things balanced.
Drinkability: Tends to suffer from a raw feel at times, even after 3 years the earlier harsh character is still here, but it is diminished and the Drinkability is still an easy 4. That said, one 22 ounce bottle is more than enough for me.
Overall: Amazing to think that this is now 3 years old. It started a tad rough with raw edges but the toffee malts have rounded out and the oily hop aspects have mellowed a little, but the strength of the flavors is definitely not diminished. The superb conditioning also means that this feels as fresh in the mouth now as it did 36 months ago. Not one of my favorites, but a solid brew nonetheless.
08-24-2006 06:42:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
A huge thanks to Warroirsoul for picking this one up for me after the horror show I had in finding it myself.
A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange copperish color with an intial cream colored one finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a slight film on top.
S: An orangey citrus smell is noticeable at first. Slight bready notes also fill the nostrils. Spicy smell too.
T & M: Huge spicy hoppyness taste up front with a sizeable malty background. Bitterness is also noticed here. Gritty and resiny mouthfeel sticks to the roof of the mouth. Gets softer on the plate after it warms up a bit. Abv is noticeable in the spicyness.
D: Drinkable beer, but I wouldn't sit on it any longer. Seems to be losing some ground so if you've got this one in your cellar, drink up!
06-18-2006 20:55:39 | More by bjohnson
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Fairly clear orange colored body with a small white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Nice citric hops jump right out at you with a base of sweet caramel and fruits. Hops are still fairly strong for the age of this. Flavors of sweet fruits with a solid bitter citric bite start this off. Some caramel before it finishes with more bitterness. Pretty thick stuff, almost like a light barley wine at this point. Great drinkability here, I only wish I got to try this fresh because its tasting pretty good right now.
03-24-2006 18:02:23 | More by meathookjones
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance - a mostly dulled orange pour. One heavy finger of foam, creates a ring of lace at the top of the Belgian glass, leaves off-again on-again lace elsewhere. There is a very thin surface of bubbles around the edge of the glass, and a thicker pile in the center where the beading is concentrated.
Aroma - sweet. hoppy, boozy. Smells like a big beer. Settles to a sweet, boozy aroma.
Taste - starts out sweeet and citrusy, the fruity side is intense. On the swallow, it turns decidedly bitter with grapefuit and pine becoming dominant. The flavor level stays constant as the flavors develop and change, very nice. Alcohol magnifies the flavor further, a very enjoyable beer to taste. The aftertaste is still ruled by the bitterness but some sweetness is there too. Finishes with a little orange burst. Quite the APA.
Mouthfeel - first sip is fairly viscous, but appears to thin out as my mouth adjusts. Definitely heavier than average, active carbonation keeps it lively and enhances flavor.
Drinkability - tastes stronger than 7.7 abv but still a fine brew even two and a half years after release.
02-25-2006 04:31:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Reddish-golden cloudy amber body. One finger of thick white head. At first it looks like the head won't last long. But it sticks around persistently through most of my first pint.
Nose is sharp and hoppy. A touch of the piney, woody bite of a barleywine. Agressive!
Flavor is huge. Is this really only 7.7%? It has the massive bitter hop profile of an unabashed barleywine. Plenty of malt up-front to balance the hops, but without producing overwhelming sweetness. There are plenty of sweet notes present, though. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, it's in there. It's really, really good. Reminds me a little bit of SN Bigfoot (Lite, if such a thing existed). They should produce a regular product from this recipe, I would buy it.
Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, even chewy, but still smooth.
Drinkability is very good. The huge flavors please the palate, while stopping short of being overwhelming. I wish I had more of these, I will have to ration my last 3 bombers carefully.
12-02-2005 23:39:55 | More by ghostwalker
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Thanks go to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.
Appearance: A hazy honey brown pour with a densely carbonated and soapy tan head.
Smell: Carmel, brown sugar, and light citrusy hop notes. The hops are definitely muted on this but I'm guessing this would have been a "punch in the face" when it was fresh.
Taste: A strong malt backbone, brown sugar, carmel, maple syrup, and finishing with a bitter hop edge.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability: This tastes like an American Barleywine. That being said, it should continue to age well. This is still a great beer. It reminds me of Old Guardian in that if I keep drinking it, I keep thinking "barleywine". It's not that powerful but it's more along the lines of a BW. I'll continue to try it as long as it's available. Strongly recommended.
11-06-2005 13:36:37 | More by mattcrill
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Ahhh...my lone bottle of this brew. I've been holding onto it for long enough and am ready to enjoy it. Pours from the bomber a viscous deep opaque dark orange with hint of dark red. A nice inch of eggshell foam forms and then leaves some spotty lacing in its wake. Aromas are deeply malty upfront with sweet caramel, raisins, citrus and dark fruits. Sticky pine bough hops are resiny and forward. Subtle alcohol. Sweet candied bread. Wow...after over 2 years the nose is still enchanting...reminds me of a barleywine.
First sip brings a big massively caramel maltiness upfront. Notes of citrus and dark fruits abound. Hints of raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Flows down with a big helping of piney, resinous hops that leave a nice bitter trail. Alcohol is there as well but does not detract from the overall brew. This has really aged quite nicely. I wish I could have tasted it fresh! Rich and tasty.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a nice stable carbonation that works well. Fills the mouth and takes hold...I like that. I wouldn't mind having another bomber lying around here. I have no clue how this will age from here on out but I'd say it's pretty tasty right now! Well worth trying if you can still find it or if you still have some lying around. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to sample this one.
09-29-2005 02:23:34 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Another brew from Stone....to be honest my expectations were high to start, considering the wide variety of unique beers Stone has put out. The bottle is marked August 2003. It pours a reddish amber color with a solid one finger head. Little dissapation of the head and nice lacing on my new Ruination mug. Time to take a smell...wow! There is so much in the aroma. Hops, sweet bread, honey, brown sugar. Incredible...I wish they made an air freshener out of this. The taste is similar...sweet and sugary, bready malt, hoppy bitterness, some flowery esters. There is warmth from the alcohol, but the actual booze taste is fairly well disguised. Very full, heavy mouthfeel, very nice. I fully recommend this brew.
08-05-2005 03:53:47 | More by ILiveOffHops
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
An outstanding beer for New Beer Sunday. Bottle has been cellared for quite a while and been in the fridge for about a month.
A: Cloudy murky orange/tea color. Head was about 1" initially (using an oversized wine glass for the aroma) Now just a collar that is leaving wispy traces of lacing.
S: Pine sap hop aroma explosion. Alcohol smell promises a nice warmth. Less malt aroma than I'd like, but what is there is a faintly sweet doughy aroma.
T: Big hoppy flavor, nice piney hop flavor that isn't too over the top, maybe due to the aging. Nice solid malt base. There's a very interesting spicy flavor going on that's hard to pin down. If I had to describe it, I'd describe is as a hot cassia bark flavor (cassia being the more macho manly tree bark version of cinammon). The flavors on this beer have melded beautifully. Yayy for aging! Aftertaste is just a quick flash of bitterness.
M: Carbonation is low and this beer is a bit full in body, lending it a mouthfeel that is almost cask-like in it's smoothness. The carbonation is there but seems almost soft if I may call it that. Nice big alcohol warmth here, this beer feels like one brewed to give you that warm fuzzy feeling and make you happy and life more lovely.
D&N: Soooo glad I have one more precious bottle of this godly elixir in my cellar. Smooth but with a punch, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Wonderfully tasty. I don't have Seventh Son in my play list (sorry Venom, a good album, just don't have it at the moment to compare it), but it is matching up quite nicely with the first album. As I sit here swirling the last few milliliters in my glass, I'm glad that a bomber doesn't fit in it, so I have a little more left. Do I recommend it? Of course, but it may be a little hard to find. Worth the effort, though.
07-17-2005 17:03:01 | More by JackTheRipper
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle aged damn near two years.
Nice APA pour from a cool bottle. Dark orange with a nice head.
Smells of big hops and yeast. Lots of bread with hints of pine and dough. Bold.
Tastes even bolder. Raw bread dough upfront, followed by spices and pine, ending in very dry hops. Tastes like a double pale ale, more than anything.
This is a tounge killer. Incredibly hoppy, lots of complexities. Goes down smooth despite its high ABV, too.
(Thanks to beerislove for the trade)
07-15-2005 04:50:09 | More by mynie
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Has there ever been a more gimmicky beer? ... 7.7% abv, 7.7 fonts on the bottle... I'm just surprised they didn't release it on July 7th like the Vertical Epic beers! Greg cracks me up. BUT, and this is a big BUT, this beer rocks! It's not just about gimmicks and a collectable bottle... it walks the walk!
Although it's almost 2 years old, it still pours a cloudy orange-amber body (must be the hops!). In fact, it looks like a hefeweizen except that the head is limited to a creamy 1/8" of off-white foam. What is there, however, holds quite well and leaves superb wide rings of lace about the glass with each sip.
The nose is subtly caramelish and a touch piney, but the flavor is much bolder than that!
It may have lost some carbonation in the cellar, but it's now gently crisp with a dextrinous, medium-full body that's creamy and smooth across the palate.
The flavor delivers a lush, but not quite rich, softly caramelish, delicately toasty, and sweetly bready (think the innards of a Cinnabon without the cinnamon) malt that's oh-so-perfectly balanced by piney and lightly fruity/citrusy hops and a stiff bitterness. It finishes dry but with some short lingering sticky malt that fades to leave piney hops and bitterness behind.
I never tried this fresh so I'm not sure if it's mellowed and rounded, but I'd imagine the hops were a little bit more agressive 23 months ago. And if the alcohol was noticeable before, it's not now! So if you've got it, drink it.... I don't think it's going to get any better than this!
IN CONCLUSION - - - - - - - - -
In my best Spicoli voice: All I need right now are some tasty waves and a pizza to go with this beer and I'm righteous! I mean dude, I so totally regret not buying more of these bodaciuos brews!!! (slaps forehead) Gnarly!!!
07-04-2005 21:02:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Imported from Indianna by cja711. Bright orange ruby pour with a 2 finger ivory head falling to a thin film and lacing. Aroma hop resin, pine needles and malt supporting the hops. The malt base is toasted, and biscuity. The pungent and resinous hops near perfect balance with bitter lingering and nice malt character in finish. A great pale ale with highest drinkability factor. Shared with 2 other BAs and we would have liked a half case for the remains of the evening.
06-12-2005 18:59:15 | More by karst
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Cloudy amber with a nice jewel like glow. Large rocky light tan head.
Sweet pine candy and caramel malts in the nose.
Medium body with a sticky mouth coating. Big snap from the resinous piney hops and lingering alcohol. Malts are caramel sweet and juicy.
Was that a pale ale? Not if you ask me, but I wouldn't mind it if other PA's were as assertive or complex. Thanks Joe (aka cja711).
06-09-2005 01:51:04 | More by Shultzerdugen
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours into a tumbler with a very murky orange-brown color, opaque towards the center. Just a small tan head forms, little lace and a small ring of suds.
The nose is full of zesty orange and various other sweet citrusy aromas. The overall effect of the malt and hops is like marmelade on well done toast.
The taste.. is this a pale ale? May-be. But it is the fullest tasting pale ale that I've ever had. Rich, rich malt coats the palate. Starts fairly sweet, but ends very clean and dry. The hoppiness has become subdued, it shows some stand alone bitterness here and there in the taste briefly.. but it has become mostly a citrusy element.
This is a very fun example of the style. Usually I'm looking for an APA that is a bit lighter in body and taste. But considering the magnitude of the rest of Stone's offerings this one makes sense as their American pale ale. I still can't believe how much meat there is on these bones!
My thanks to Nick at Bauer Wine for the hook up.
05-30-2005 04:55:20 | More by MrSeth
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Sampled May 2005.
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.
05-21-2005 04:13:52 | More by Gueuzedude
3.43/5 rDev -17.3%
Poured a slightly dark amber, but with a great looking filmy head. The aroma is of hops, but becomes across as very piney. The taste reminds me of holiday Christmas brews. The taste is also very Christmas-like, but the hops hops are more mellowed with the malts than what I expected. It is a bit over-carbonated though. While this is definitely a good beer, the piney flavor kind of takes away from the overallexperience for me.
02-12-2005 01:43:26 | More by MuddyFeet
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
hazy copper/orange, almost pumpkin pie or apple cider colored with a thin tan head. big malty toffee aroma, with brown sugar, resinous citrus hops, and a dark fruitiness. faint alcohol. apple cidery aromas pop out as it warms. as for the taste the maltiness has attained an almost grainy texture. toffee and caramel maltiness, with molasses, spices and a rich candied fruit flavor. subdued but omnipresent earthy grapefruit hop bitterness. pretty damn complex. nice smooth and full bodied with crisp carbonation. very enjoyable, i feel like this beer has been softened with age, i wish i had had a chance to try it when it was new.
02-11-2005 01:38:50 | More by kmo1030
3.9/5 rDev -6%
I had been saving this one for a while and is probably past it's prime, but it is still pretty good! Pours a clouded copper to amber color and makes a very thick offwhite head. Aromatics are mostly of buttery toffee. The flavor follows the suit of the smell, rich buttery toffee and caramel malt, moderate bitterness up front. Very subdued hops from the aging of this one but there is a tiny presence of orange zest hiding in the background. Alcohol bite is rather noticable. Mouthfeel is medium to full, thick, creamy and leaves a very sticky coating on the throat. Too strong to be a session drinker and too aged for the style to really grab my attention, however it is still fairly enjoyable.
01-24-2005 02:50:11 | More by kmcnair
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Dull copper to amber color, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head that settled quickly, and became a light clingy lace. The aroma is a toffee hops smell with a mild doughy character. Hops do show up mildly in the form of a bit of citrus in the aroma. This is a fine APA smell. The flavor has more of the doughy taste, caramel toffee flavors from the malt along with an interesting mix of hop bite an alcohol warming. This definitely has more alcohol than many APAs Ive tried. It doesnt overpower, but it does change the character some. The mouth feel is slightly slick, not much carbonation, still this is very drinkable.
01-12-2005 00:38:20 | More by carln26
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
This one pours a nice amber color with a tinge of red with a finger of head that falls quickly. The nose is very earthy, both in the malt and the hop. The flavor is very nicely balanced between the roasted malts and the earthy hops. I like it. Mouthfeel is very thick and very nice. Drnkability is good. I could easily finish one of these. This is one of my favorite Stone offereings I've had recently.
09-28-2004 01:37:28 | More by kmpitz2
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours out a hazy orange color with a nice head that stays awhile. Some lacing was left on the glass when finished. Smell consisted of hops blending in with some fruit aromas with the malts hiding in the background. Some citrus tones also in the background. Taste was hops with full force hitting your taste buds and palate and ready to knock you out. But in the middle was some malts and citrus tones to balance this bad boy out. It's a tug of war between the hops and malts with the hops winning. The bitterness is all over the place and can be felt into the aftertaste and then some. Your palate will get a full blown work out from this beer. Luckily I saw a bottle of this stuff in MA and have to pick up a few more when I got back up there. Good stuff.
09-10-2004 00:02:39 | More by necoadam
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.