Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
The 7th Anniversary pours a ruby copper tone with a nice thicket of foamy cream hued head leaving full lattice forming rings of lace. Aromatics are deep sweet freshly baked doughy bread wih hops arising in a fine stream toward my senses sweet layer of plum and fig tones nice!!! Taste is full flavored smack you in the face wake up but yet not as hoppy as most of their brews mainly just incredibly balanced with a ton of malt and hops this beer brings it to the plate. Deep malty biscuit cinammon tones jut across my tongue wow, this beer is amazing especially as it warms the characteristic Stone flavor is awesome it just blends so well with most of their beers. Hops are citrusy sweet cookie dough esk with maple syrup and pine tones hitting me in several directions wow is this complex, but somehow completely smooth at the same time.
Mouthfeel is creamy as can be with a full body great texture can't beat this one, Stone at their best. Drinkability is bred from the pure fact that the beer is so flavorful and complex that you need another one to come down from the shock, and once you get past two of 'em your just hooked that's all there is to it.
09-05-2003 01:50:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
An amber brew with a rocky off-white head, typical of a pale ale or IPA. Leaves some lace, but settles thinner than I'm used to with Stone beers. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a bit of spiciness and fruitiness along with some grainy malt, the malt reminds me of something English. Nice crisp and hoppy flavor, dominated by rind-like bitterness but balanced out well by sweet grain-like maltiness. Hops are rather spicy and bit floral as well, especially in the middle. Biscuity malt is present as well. Finishes with a good mix of the hops and malt. Very flavorful beer, kind of like a pale ale taken further than usual, as I guess you could expect since this had its basis in their pale ale recipe. I can't wait to get more! Probably only this year too since it's probably not something that will hold up for as long as the previous years' Anniversary Ales. But who knows? The others have done extraordinarily well, so this one may hold up for a while as well, we'll just have to see...
10-01-2003 08:08:01 | More by hyuga
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
Aug. '03 Bottling
Tis a richly golden amber color - clear, gilded butterscotch with a tall, firm cap of foam. The headress falls to a thin film, supported by casual carbonation, the bubbles seeming to enjoy thier rise to the top and subsequent joining the proverbial collective we breathe. Alas, no wistfull spatterings of lace are left on my festidiously cleaned, rinsed and properly air dried glass.
The aroma is an awe inspiring conundrum of deliciousness- honey drizzled over tangerines and smoldering lilac petals . Clean and intoxicatingly provocotive but not overpowering.
The aroma and picturesquness decry bugaboos they do, of what awaits the pitifully unprepared pallet.
This essay in flavorfull balance dances an elegant ballet starring a menage a tois of Malt, Hop and Ethel. Ale fruity candied sweet pirroets around the angry intensity of the Magnum/ amarillo Opus as covert attacks of brandy warmth infiltrates the complexity of this sensory overload.
The body is sexy and veluptuous - tight while at the same time soft and enveloping. Strong bones support the fullness that does not imply heaviness though definition is gloriously smoothed by the subtle and homogeneous blending of accentuated characteristics.
A controlled yet massive cocoction. I disagree with the claim that Stone displays no Ursine behavior as this is truly one Grizzly of a beer, if not a 900 pounder.
It is no insult to either to compare this libation to a Rogue Charlie '87, and to sit w/ one ( or more) of each and share thier profound hulabaloos in simutanious comparison would surely be an occasion to celebrate for anniverseries to come.
Less everything than Double B, more sweet that Ruination, less roast than Arrogant B - this one deserves a Gargoyle of it's own!
02-09-2004 05:25:32 | More by Shiredave
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
I could live inside the fragrance of this beer for a week. It's like perfume. Almost a shame to drink it. Pours with a tall cream colored head on a body of bright garnet. It is clear with little carbonation or lace and no yeast in the bottle.
Everything about this beer is exquisite and refined. The mouthfeel is abundantly round. The flavor is sweetish with an aromatic infusion of hops that suggests bitterness, but only as a mime suggests being trapped in a phone booth. This is truly one of the best damn beers I've ever had though I wouldn't classify it as a pale ale. It is nectar. Like liquid silk.
03-13-2004 00:39:10 | More by RedDiamond
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
Presentation: 22oz. bomber with a plethora of prodigious pontification screened on the bottle.
Appearance: Poured a hazy dull orange in color. Absolutely incredible sheeting action of descending froth on the side of the glass. It looked like a freshly-pulled Guinness! Just a never-ending cascade of sheeting action. Unreal. Immensely-thick and inhumanely sticky head dominates the top of the glass. S-T-I-C-K-Y lace covers nearly all of the glass. Easily of one the best-looking beers I've had in a long....LONG time.
Smell: Hops, baby! Freakin' HOPS! Citrus and spicy hops bludgeon the nasal passages. Malty sweetness rides shotgun to this juggernaut of aromas. You can hear it coming from miles away and it's everything you imagined.
Taste: (OldFrothingSlosh bows in front of the bottle, repeatedly chanting: "I'm not worthy!") Stone tees off and hits the long ball ("He's a big hitter, the Llama...long.") Avalanche of "You will respect my authori-TAR" flavors beat you about the head in a flurry of flavors. Amazingly balanced. The malts battle fiercely with the hops and manage to hold their own. The fierce and imposing wizard Humulus Lupulus fires lightning bolts of flavor across your palate, only to be countered by the high priestess Carmella Sugar. A battle to be remembered for all of time. Death squads of bitterness roam the battlefield once the main players have departed, only to be picked off at random by the crack sniper squad of the Sweetness Squadron. The human palate was not intended for this god-like battle and you can only hope to live long enough to fully savor the contents of this bottle.
Mouthfeel: Two huge flavor profiles wage a contest of supremacy on your palate. Despite the epic battle, this beer manages a very dignifed level of balance. Very, very smooth and definitely on the creamy side. Your palate abases itself for the little lady...and enjoys every minute of it.
Drinkability: One wouldn't think that a 77IBU, 7.7% ABV beer could be called "session", but that's exactly what I thought. Honestly, I could drink this all friggin' night, day, week, month, and love every drop. Must get more of this. Seek this out and try it, I beg of you.
Once again, I raise my glass to the true BA AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.
11-09-2003 01:51:02 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Appearance This is a gorgeous, deep, dark orange body with a beautiful orangish head that comes up slowly but will not go away.
Smell The beauty of the Ruination hops are in this bottle along with a malt body of some type. Theres also a very fine orange sweetness to this one. It seems to be very complex.
Taste This has the big, beautiful, hoppy Stone flavor that we know and love. Add to this a quality effort at balancing hops and a huge, perfect, fruity orange finish. This is the pale ale to end all pale ales.
Theres not a hint of alcohol in this one. The balance is perfect. These hops, which are just awesome, mix incredibly well with the malt backbone. Then comes the oranges. The finish here is sensational. My wife happened to be drinking a Ruination when I popped this, so I did an impromptu taste test and actually prefer this to that. Unbelievable.
Mouthfeel Fairly flat in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale that fills the mouth and refreshes the pallet.
Drinkability Are you kidding me? They cant make this fast enough for me to drink. I hate to seem like a band wagon jumper but this stuff is incredible.
Comments I picked this up at Bottleworks in Seattle. I chose it for my 200th review, and boy was it deserving.
09-22-2003 03:45:37 | More by RoyalT
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Oh yeah... 200th review! Hops to it! This is not a pale ale! This is a damn good ale! Hoppy as you may expect from Stone. Mmmmm hoppy! The taste is quite the nice and smooth. Such the great mouthfeel which moves me to suggest that Greg and co. got it right again. How do they make it happen like this? Gotta love them hops!
08-30-2003 06:15:20 | More by scottum
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
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.