Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Nice coppery color-good carbonation level though no real head. Some malt/hop aroma but nothing really to note.The flavor on the other hand is right there in your face.Big big hop flavor.Almost comes across as an Imperial PA.Big,malt flavor with a slew of hops bleeding thru it-silky smooth in flavor and mouthfeel.Nice, oily body.A very quaffable beer-bigger then your average US Pale but then again it IS a Stone product.This one is a year old and a real humdinger.
08-27-2004 00:38:37 | More by lackenhauser
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Released into a pint from a signature style painted STONE double-deuce with a "can't get any bigger" number seven on the front indicating, in case you couldn't guezz? 7.7% ABV. Pours a clear golden coppery hue with a scant bubble here and there, capped by a sticky looking off white thin but prescent head that leaves tight lattice lace. A few swirls erupt a quickly dissapating froth.
Ripe red apple malt aromas and other sweet mixed fruit scents i.e. peaches and bananas, round out this STONE nose with plenty of olfactory offering. As a bit of warmth enters in, awl-kee-hawl esters are released.
First swigs: Bold complex cornicopia fruit scents and sticky acidic sizzle. Plenty of STONE house flavors. Massive malts and huge hops blend big. Bitter citrous tongue with plenty of varying flavors that make this an interesting taste. Caramely malts blend well with those STONE signature orange grapefruit slices flavored hops. Notes of raisins, fruit cake and mince meat pie.
Seven's syrupy savoring becomes a bit cloying. Tons of tongue sizzle, remeniscent of even Ruination.
Last swigs: Palate pummeler. Despite the well built style, Seven is a bit too sizly and bold to be a session offering. Personally, a different beer over another one would be my choice. An adventurous choice for my first beer of the day. A twinge estery and malty, but beyond that, it gets my wallet vote.
Beer is good. Happy big bold California beering.
08-25-2004 01:53:14 | More by blitheringidiot
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a hazed amber to copper color with some orange highlights. Beige head is minimal, but leaves good lacing. Big biscuity and caramelly malt and piney, citrusy, and hoppy nose. Blast of ruby red grapefruity west coast hops backed with malt sweetness and subtle notes of caraway seeds, molasses and anise. Carbonation is fair, but introducing a higher level of carbonation would probably produce a metallic twang consistent with carbonic acid. Just the right amount of bitter to sweet. Very enjoyable and unique. Can't say it's really an APA, more like an souped up English IPA with west coast American hops. A bit of iced tea-like tannins as it warms. One year later and it's cellared nicely.
08-17-2004 17:54:30 | More by crookedhalo
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Opening this bottle, I was very stoked. I happen to love what Stone has to offer, especially their little write-ups about their beer on the bottle..always make me laugh.
As I poured it, it poured an amber color which left very little head. It did give some nice lacing on the glass, but not much to it. The scent was by far the most impressive part of this ale. As I sat a good foot away, I could get good hints of caramel and a bit of fruit (undistinguishable to me however). Also, the hops were apparent in odor as well. I could definitely taste the caramel on the initial sip, and the hops also hit well towards the back of the sip, which was a nice thing! The malty caramel taste stands out the most to me. Carbonation was not overbearing, especially drank at room temp, and mouthfeel was pretty good...slightly creamy to me somehow....
Overall, this beer I rate as good...not the best ale I have ever had. I'd much rather have an Arrogant Bastard though.
08-16-2004 03:28:22 | More by Fish113d
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Hazed pumpkin-amber with almost no visible carbonation. The head is generous in size, orangish ecru in color, dense, pitting and sticky. As with most Stone beer, 7th Anniversary Ale looks great in the glass. The super-stiff head stays at a solid one finger for the life of the bomber, growing larger with each pour. The lace is laid down in not-quite-solid sheets and is beautiful.
The nose is full of both citric and earthy hops, matched step for step by toasted caramel malt that is more prominent than expected. Upon drinking, it's readily apparent that the nose did not lead me astray. There's a huge amount of malt in this beer, a rock solid backbone with big, meaty ribs. I hope that the ten months that the bottle spent in the back of my beer fridge didn't weaken the hops significantly, but I fear that it might have.
The hops are grapefruity, but not bright and juicily grapefruity. They're more caramelized brown sugar-covered grapefruity, a flavor that always makes me think Columbus, maybe even a little Chinook. There's also a significant amount of pine sap to go along with all the fruit. I'd much prefer a throttling back of the sweet, caramel-toffee flavor and a ramping up of the hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is impressively long thanks to a body/mouthfeel that is full, sticky and slick.
Stone 7th Anniversary doesn't drink like an APA at all, but like a big ass IPA. I'm enjoying it a great deal even though I keep wishing that the malt-hop balance was tilted more heavily toward the good guys. Again, age probably has a lot to do with it, but I had a reason for waiting until today to crack the crown. Even though this is yet another solid beer from one of the best breweries in the country, I won't shed any tears over the fact that it's a limited edition.
I would like to dedicate this bomber of Stone 7th Anniversary Ale and this review to my dad (the only hero that I've ever had) who died 7 years ago today. R.I.P.
08-05-2004 16:39:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
1 Pint, 6 Fl. Oz. bottle that says Stone 7th Anniversary Ale August 2003.
OK I have to be honest, I poured this one into my "Big Ass Beer Dick's Last Resort Glass". I'm a bouncer there and the glass was free, and tonight it was clean...what's a BA to do?
Light amber/ copper color with a nice head that took its sweet time to fizzle down to the liquid below. White, bubblly rings lace the glass while a thin white tarp remains over the beer.
The smell...it got me right away. The smell screams Stone Product and is one of the reasons I'm a fan of their beers. That sweet, malty aroma draws me in every time and this Anniversary Ale delivers big time.
Even though the hops in this bad boy punch you in the mouth as they journey down your gullet there is a nice maltiness in there as well that is somewhat comforting as you can actually taste something other than hop oil (not that one needs to ever taste anything more than hop oil mind you).
Feels good in the mouth and going down. Very smooth and tasty, but leaves you smacking your lips after it's made its way down to your innards.
No way I'm going to drink more than one at a sitting, but I'd love to have another, and soon. The fact that I drank this a year after it was put out didn't seem to diminish it's taste and certainly not my love for this beer.
08-04-2004 02:06:43 | More by fdrich29
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
This one was a beautiful mahogany colour was a decent head floating on top. The nose was a not as big as I expected but the taste was dead on for such a special beer. This is very hopped ale with a nice rounded finish that sits this brew somewhere between Old Guardian and Double Bastard in flavour. What impressed me about this beer was the refined aspects which show Stone to be true craftsmen.
07-15-2004 03:36:45 | More by canucklehead
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: Pours a copper amber color wiht a fluffly white head. Head recedes fairly quickly but has a very nice lace.
Smell: A nice nose of citrus hops, caramel and bread malts, and a slight sugary sweetness.
Taste: Notes of caramel, a little biscuit, and other sweet malts dominate the profile of this beer initially. At the end this beer finishes with a citrus hop flavor and a slight spice, followed by a nice lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A full bodied beer that is almost chewy with a nice medium to light carbonation.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty damn big for an APA but for its size is still drinkable. I would have liked a lil more of a hop kick for how big the malts are.
07-10-2004 04:11:21 | More by bigbeerdrinka
4.65/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: Rosey malt colored, pinkish tones. Almost orangish. Cream colored retentive head.
Aroma: 'Stone-y'. Hard core citrus hop aroma. Heavy malt smell. Aroma is a bit floral. Buttery crackers in the aroma, to go along with the heavy caramel smells.
Taste: Heavy malt, with tingly hoppiness. Balanced beer, with a nice mouthfeel. Sweet up front, with tingly hops kicking in in the middle. The grapefruit jumps in early with hints of a vegital hop taste during the finish of the beer.
Notes: Balanced bliss. This is a super big quality IPA. Unfortunately it's probably all gone on the store shelves. Steal one of these bottles from a friend or enemy if you can.
06-15-2004 02:01:22 | More by beerinator
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.