Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
Here's a rare one from the deepest darkest parts of my cellar. Stored at 55 degrees in total darkness all this time. As you pour, it looks pale copper. In the glass it is a dark hazy copper/amber, the thin off white head falls quickly to a ring, leaving a good amount of lace.
The aroma is gentle and unified, a sweetly spicy blur with mandarin oranges and toast. Relaxing.
The taste is buttered wood chips followed by a caramel and brown sugar that slowly fade into another vanilla/wood/butter note that finally releases a perfect bitterness. A sweet slightly butterscotch note stays along for the whole ride.
Overall: Medium full to full, this beer has lost something and gaind something as is typical of aged beer. Certainly, since I hade a few when they were young, it was great to taste the changes in this beer tonight. Funny how so many of the stone beers age gracefully, but still keep so much life in them. I only have one of these left now. Even though this one was somewhat oxidized, and looks very different, I love the uniformity the flavors have achieved. This is a great testament to cool dark cellaring. My lower score merely reflects imperfections of time that you can expect in a well cellared bottle. If you find one, you probably don't want one that has been kept in anything less than the best conditions.
06-03-2007 03:57:40 | More by xymyl
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours with a decent white head a quarter of an inch deep; a swirl reveals the beer to be visibly viscous. The liquid seems to be lit from within by its own chemoluminescence, a glowing heavy bronze haze diffusing and blurring the surrounding light. Huge malt aroma like dark, cereally mutigrain bread crusts slathered in honey, with hints of lemon and shortbread emerging with warmth, vies for control with brutal hop bitterness. This is what it must smell like inside a hop cone. Massively earthy, dry, almost pollen-like nosefeel pushes its way clear through to the back of the sinus and practically leaves it black-and-blue. Taste is punitively bitter... something like a sandwich of spruce needles on rosemary bread washed down with a glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice. After ravaging the tongue with this heavy, bodily bitterness, mouthfeel extends well into the gullet. Seemingly endless aftertaste wears out its welcome and compromises the drinkability... some crispness in the finish to cut through the hop sludge would have helped a lot here, IMO. I would have appreciated a bit of restraint with certain aspects of this brew, but when drunk with patience, it was still quite rewarding.
09-08-2004 03:41:45 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
3.65/5 rDev -12%
Can't say I was too blown away by this. It seemed like a weak Arrogant Bastard to me. Lacey head that quickly dissolved. Nice smell, sweet and hoppy. As the beer sat a bit it became very weak. Just lost some of what it had at first. Definitely had a biscuit/maly flavor going on. I didn't hate this but I would prefer an AB.
10-10-2003 21:19:59 | More by Jdiddy
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Glad I found a bottle of this the other day. It pours a brownish gold color with a thick head. It tastes of cascade hops (but not overpowering) and of caramel. There is an interesting smokey or burnt caramel aftertaste that is slightly noticeable. Very interesting and bold malt taste. It's a heavy ale but great for sipping.
01-12-2004 04:12:47 | More by ChappyCubsFan
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Beautiful coral amber in color, a bit murky and very pleasing in appearance.
Floral hops on the nose. A nice combination of sweet and bitter aromas on the nose.
Bold hops accompanied by candied floral sweetness on the tongue followed by starchy malts and well blended ABV. Very well balanced. Increasing flavors with temp.
Very pleasing mouthfeel with long lasting flavors on the palate. I truly enjoyed this.
07-10-2011 05:23:27 | More by Siggy125
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC 10/22/03 2nd Annual VSK
Appearance/Head: Rich amber color. Moderate haze with a nice head.
Aroma: Rich hops, some caramel, malt, and alcohol.
Taste: Sharp, powered, and lingering hops. Some malt flavor, but not enough to balance the hops. Reminds me of a cross between Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Three Floyd's Alpha King.
Bottom line: A great, intense beer for hopheads like myself. The only downside is that this beer isn't very moreish (a term used my Michael Jackson to describe beers whose taste invite another sip), probably due to a lack of balance.
11-09-2003 16:50:47 | More by skar
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Wrapped in a 22 oz brown bomber bottle, the carmel and hop goodness is finally released! Pouring fourth a thick liquid burnt gold color, with a slight, thin crown of white, the brew breathes into the air notes of carmel and a pinch of powerful, potent hop goodness. As I swirl the brew in my mouth I am overcome by it's sweetness and revived by the pure power of hops. Oh, this viscous delight! Sing praise to the gods at Stone... for this truly unique and heavenly experience!
09-29-2003 13:18:00 | More by wofat
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.