Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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86
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-29-2005)
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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dgfair
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle served in my Double Bastard specialty glass (mix between tulip and snifter)

A - Beautiful golden orange color with a very nice fluffy white head that dissipates to a thin layer, but leaves fine lacing on the glass.

S - Peach, apricot and both piney and floral hops. A little bit of sweet malt and orange zest followed up nicely by a little more citrus spice.

T - Piney hops with a touch of bitterness and quite a bit of sweet hop flavor. Surprising with more than a year and a half of age on this one. Impressive. A touch of alcohol with an interesting spicy sweetness. I really think this tastes like a mix between arrogant bastard and ruination, and that's not a bad thing.

M - Perfectly creamy and well carbonated. A nice balance of dry stickiness at the finish.

D - Overall impressions are that this beer has aged very gracefully. Anyone sitting on a bottle or two of this would be well advised to drink it right now, as it is significantly improved from the young version.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice carbonation, this beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. Pours a cloudy orange peach color with a creamy light tan head.

S: Butterscotch candy, vanilla, tangerine and with floral notes.

T: Begins buttery with orange marmalade sweetness. Hints of lemon juice and minor grapefruit along with the orange add a mellow floral-like citrus personality. Continues on with more butterscotch and very caramely. There is some bitterness tingling the tip of the tongue but not nearly as much as I remember. Finishes sweet and spicy with a low level lingering dirty bitterness.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Only a touch of prickly carbonation.

D: With only a year under its belt, this beer is turning out really nicely. This one has at least two more good years before it will start going down hill.

Photo of david18
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a draft of this at Rattle and Hum in Manhattan's mid town. It was among the many beers I hadn't tried. Among the many unique beers at this place, I'd have to say that a keg of the 9th anniversary was the most surprising. I had to ask two or three times to make sure this is what they were serving. Anyway, it was very good and had aged quite well. Great dark color, low in carbonation with a very complex flavor, mixing the typical Stone malt and hops.

Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber picked up from Stuffed Sandwich a couple weeks ago during their Stone Days promotion where I had 8th Anniversary on tap

The bottle cost $16.95 plus tsx, but was worth every penny

This brew was probably even better when it was fresh and the hops were still all around

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

Color was a golden orange with a white foamy head, close to an inch thick, left lacing almost the entire time

Sipped on this beer for over two hours while catching up on some missed television shows, got even better as it warmed

Smell was great and comprised of mainly bananas and spices, a little citrus, maybe grapefruit or lemon, hard to tell, also reminded me of their 2004 Vertical Epic, just not as fruity

Taste was very good, nice fruity taste at first that fades into a bitter spicy herb, could not say what it was, then a nice dry finish, like a strong Belgian, sweet malt,I want to say caramel, but again hard to say, sweet then dry made this interesting and the taste lasted a goof fifteen to twenty seconds afterwards

Could have drank this all night if I wanted to, but will probably never get to drink again because next year it will go in price because it will be considered more vintage and not many bottles will be left around

I was a little skeptical about drinking these beer a little over two years after it was bottled, but the hops and mellowed and the malts really came out, making it yet another fantastic Stone brew

Look forward to trying their 11th Anniversary tomorrow night, the hyped Black India Pale Ale

If you ever get a chance to drink this beer, do not hesitate, but the sooner the better, because the hops will just keep disappearing and it will start to become sweet after a while

Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: I found this in the back of the fridge, and was surprised that I hadn’t rated it yet. It pours an almost clear, darker golden color. Maybe a twinge of orange in it. The aroma is very good. A big shot of hops, like you would expect from Stone. Mainly grapefruit and pine, but also some grassy notes. The taste was solid. A fine malt body behind the beer, although perhaps a bit more delicate (for lack of a better description) than most of their other brews. Decent balance to the hops. I could drink a few more of these.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to bust this one out. Released September 2005.

Pours a dirty golden color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Active bubbles. Lots of lace. Looks great.

Caramel and candy sugar greet the nose first, followed by a kind of medicinal, menthol heat, most likely from the high-ish alcohol %. And the hops? Yep, they're dying to whip your tastebuds into shape.

Sweet candy-like flavors--caramel, peach, pear, peppermint, butterscotch, molasses--mixed with hot spices, sizzling hops and sharp herbs. A unique flavor that seems to have a lot going on, and somewhat hard to pin down. Tastes a little different each sip.

Like all Stone stuff, the mouthfeel is superb, this one being hefty, buttery, tingly...just right.

Overall it has a kind of Frankenstein-ish feel, seems to be a little bit of everything: sweet and spicy like a tripel, syrupy like a barleywine, hella-hoppy like a Double IPA, and as dangerously drinkable as a good lager. My hat's off to Stone. Again.

Photo of kgotcher
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange color with some head a lacings, nothing spectacular.

Of course its Stone so super hoppy right away on the aroma but still a huge base of malt in there. Reminds me of a Chirstmas tree also some Citrus/grapefruit with a strong sweetness of grainy malt.

Medium to full body, quite syrupy with no bitter aftertaste, hides the alcohol very well, no alchohol warming really to speak of. Taste is big on malt AND hops, no hiding what is going on in there. Quite tasty and for a strong ale and I would say quite drinkable. However for the asking price of $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber I would have to limit my intake.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, released in September '05 - dry-hopped with Amarillo and Crystal; 50 IBUs. It pours into the tulip a very lightly hazed/sedimented topaz with medium carbonation and is topped with a two finger, fluffy, off-white head that is nice and sticky. The aroma is pungent yet nice, with notes of tart and nutty wheat backed by citric, American hops. It is similar on the palate with tart/nutty wheat, medicinal phenols, some orange, and a big bitterness - strong, yet pleasant with a candy-like sweetness. The body is medium, almost full, smooth, drying, with medium carbonation and finish. I rather enjoyed this one - I wish I had another bottle. But I would call it a wheat wine as opposed to the more generic term strong ale, especially because Stone, on their website, describes it as an amped-up version of Heat-Seeking Wheat.

Photo of hero27
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. September 2005.

Pale gold. Off white head that holds pretty well and leaves nice lacing. mmm, hops that would make Amarillo, Texas proud. Floral & citrus hops are laid on pretty thick..and there is a biscuity malt flavor that helps smooth things out. Great hop character and nice smooth finishing bitterness. Finally an Anniversary Ale with some up-front hops..the pale malt is there to provide some support, but it knows who the boss is, and it's not Tony Danza (or even Mona) in this case.
I thought this was right on par with their 8th Edition, and I'll be looking forward to their Decade release.

Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice shade of hazy orange with a huge super creamy head that left so much lacing down the side it looked like meringue.

Smell as full of nice citrus hop odor.

Taste had a great balance of slightly sweet malt flavors and sweet orange citrus taste mixing in with a just a touch of alcohol taste and then finishing with a huge grapefruity hop finish..

Mouthfeel had a very heavy creaminess to it with a bit of oilyness as well.

Overall extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of BlindPig
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- ½” just off white head, head has good retention and the lacing is about ¼” thick and sticks to side of glass. Golden orange color and is a bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation (when poured 2nd glass I poured it a bit to hard and got head of about ¾ of the glass, it was a really rough pour though)

Smell- Hops and a bit of orangey smell. Has a malt background. Seems like a mix between citrusy and floral hops.

Taste-Hoppy up front. Can taste the different levels of alcohol on back and mid tongue. A medium bitter aftertaste. Has a nice bitter bite at front of tongue. Fruity flavors which I think is orangey. Was also sweetish like the same kind of sweet you get from a sweet orange.

Mouthfeel- big body, medium carbonation, with a heavy feel to it.

Drinkability- I like it! First beer I like when I can taste alcohol in it, since it doesn’t give that warming feeling in back of throat to much. Nice complex beer that seems to be easier to pick apart the flavors.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its been in the bottle a year now and today seemed like a good day to try it again and review it. Pours cloudy dark peach, light tan fine head, with good retention, leaving ungodly amounts of fine sheeting. Nose is of sweet, fruity, spicy goodness. Tasty, fruity, yeasty, spicy brew, with a year in the bottle, its now soft, rounded and complex. the spice is still there and there is pleanty of intrigue and interest. Bold and favorful with notes of lime, perfume, gin and pepper. I'm a big Stone fan so it's hard not to use all the usual superlatives, but this is some tasty beer! Seems a year in the bottle has done this one well, the complexity and subtleness is better then I recall 6 or 9 months ago.

Photo of scooter231
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy slightly rusty golden color- tons of off-white creamy looking head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells hoppy and lightly lemon. And oh yeah- hoppy. And just in case you're confused- hoppy. American Strong Ale? Not an IPA? Okay, if you say so... now, to taste...

Hoppy, once again. Sliiiightly muted hops- not too intense, but certainly hoppy. Similar to their IPA and Ruination IPA- in a blind taste testing I would have sworn this was an IPA. As an IPA, lovely. As an ASA? I don't know... it's... NOT one.

Mouthfeel is good- a tad too watery for me, but overall easy to swallow. I am definitely hunting this down again- they need to make this stuff in 6packs. I'd be a happy, happy girl.

Photo of jhammerly
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this special elixir into my Arrogant Bastard glass from a 22 oz. bomber.Deep golden liquid filled the glass about half way, then an off-white head shot up the rest and retained its composure for a little while. A light citrusy aroma hit my senses as I stuck my nose to the edge of the glass. I attempted to take a sip while waiting out the head to settle down and as I got a little bit of nectar...I let out a big sneeze (hoppy beers always make me sneeze). I knew that this was going to be an experience. The beer wasn't as hoppy as I anticipated, but it was still bitter to the end. There wasn't much lingering afterwards either. A very nice balance of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is sort of medium, kind of chewy, but very drinkable despite its 7.8% alcohol. Hopefully I can get my hands on their tenth anniversary release.

Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber back in September for $4.79 from AJ's. Brew poured a golden color with a nice 2 finger head that is sustaining very well. Nose is malty and of floral hops. Taste starts with a good dose of malts and finishes with a blast of hops. The style was initially hard to put my finger on it but I have concluded this is a turbo charged ESB. Mouthfeel is full and nice and lively on the palate. Overall drinkabilty is very good as the abv is very well blended. This brew is a nice change of pace from one of my favorite breweries!

Photo of jakester
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Nice painted label says September 2005.

Pours a hazy light copper/orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. Looks effervescent. Head is sticky, and there is great lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong grapefruit, lemons, and tangerines, kind of piney, and yes, a little bubblegum. Amarillo hops. After a while, you can smell light toffe malts, and later some alcohol.

First flavor is grapefruit, very bitter, followed by lemons and tangerines. If you don't like Amarillo hops, this one isn't for you. There is a decent amount of residual sugar here, balancing this out nicely. It's pretty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is bitter, citrus, and sweet toffee. I like this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with soft to medium carbonation. Bitterness in the throat, sweetness and hop resins on the tongue, and an alcohol warmth late.

I still like Amarillo hops, so this is very good to me. Well made beer, well balanced for the style, and quite yummy in my tummy. I could drink this all day long.

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a big, thick, dimpled dirty white head of small and medium bubbles. Loads of staying power with gorgeous lacing. Beautiful burnt gold with ample carbonation streams rising to the surface. The smell is big and hop-filled, piney and citrusy, juicy hops with hints of alcohol underneath. There are some citrus notes up front, but mostly the mouth is initially loaded with alcohol, and I find myself asking "where are those hops I just smelled?" Then they surface in the finish, fighting their way through the alcohol. Seems to gain balance as the bottle is consumed, and there is plenty of pine and citrus lingering, coating the mouth and off-setting the alcohol. It has a big mouthfeel, but relatively light body with vibrant carbonation keeps everything moving. Plenty drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yea, of course it is a strong ale; Stone brewed it. It tastes more like an IIPA. It has plenty of earthy, grassy, pine-ey and herbal spiciness--enough to justify the IIPA. It has a healthy helping in the malt character too. Big syrup flavors from the barley--enough to offset the hopping. I also detect a modest level of wheat that adds to the body, head retention, and slightly murky appearance. It is complex with over-ripened oranges, mangos, and a hint of bubble-gum. Complex spiciness and hop flavor. Not as dry as expected through the alcohol and hops. A tasty beer. Another good job Stone.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light tangerine color with a good amount of frothy, white head. Spectacular pour and head retention.

The nose was strong with roasted malts and grapefuit.

It tasted similar to the nose, very roasted with heavy malts and hops. Quite a refreshing beer for a full bodied strong ale with very like alcohol detected. In my opinion, it tasted more like a DIPA.

I enjoyed this beer, keep up the fantastic work, Stone...

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle Pours a nice clear golden color, some carbonation, thick huge head, tons of lacing throughout. Scents of hops and a grassy hint. Awesome sweet tasting brew with a real nice hoppy bite. Medium body. When I first poured this I thought it was an IPA, still think it is, but what do I know. Very drinkable at the ABV, I really like this brew, another awesome brew from Stone. Would highly recommend.

Photo of nephlim
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a one pt bottle. Colour is a hazy pale light orange. A Very nice head, and the smell is wonderfull. First taste was somewhat surprising, as it was a bit more bitter than I had expected. Though, I could live off of Stone's Ruination, so that's not exactly a bad thing.

Nice finish, leaves a bit a of a coating, much like a nice Spanish red will. Very lip smacking, and easy to drink.

Here's to 9 awesome years, and many more to come!

Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy, apricot colored beer with an off-white head. Wonderfully hoppy, piney odor. citrus undertones. Taste is dry, bitter, a bit malty, but mostly hoppy. Grapefruit-like citrus flavors too. finish is more hops. An aggressive, bitter drink. Want to have another but i would get smashed.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of Beerhandy.

Pours a golden coper color with a fluffy slightly off-white head. Lacing and retention are very good.
Smell is caramel, toffee, mild hops, which is kind of surprising because this one looks like an IPA. Plums, pears, green apples, etc. A very well rounded aroma.
Taste is similar to aroma. Loads of caramel, toffee, and fruity flavors. Hops are dialed up quite a bit in the flavor (as to be expected from Stone), and balance out the sweetness quite well.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing to complain about one bit here.
Overall, a very drinkable and highly enjoyable beer from Stone. I really can't find much wrong with any of their beers, and this one is no exception. It strikes me more of an English IPA than an American Strong Ale, but hey, what's in a name? Still a damn fine beer.

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - One finger creamy eggshell head on a hazy orange / yellow body; looks like a belgian with whisps of carbonation and little visible sedement

S - Tangerines, sour pears, candy malts

T - Stark alcohol presence - vodka, candy / belgian malts, a touch of brown sugar and phenolic notes finishing

M - Creamy into a thin, carbonated bite

D - Whew, lots of alcohol present on this one; definitely a sipper. Aged well, paired this well with a robust cigar and good conversation.

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.