Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 10
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall, I found this to be a very enigmatic ale that is far removed from the listed style.
Appearance: Served into an imperial pint glass, the body is a hazy, burnished apricot. The head is a modest sized, creamy, offwhite color that retains well and leaves considerable amounts of patch lace.

Aroma: Surprsingly subdued for a Stone brew, but still now slouch. Spruce pine, orange rind with a hint of marmelade, and a note of husky wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really nice feel, overall, with some inviting hop resin and warm alcohol presence.

Taste: Spruce and orange rind front an assertive hops bitterness that governs over the weak malt essences all the way through. A hint of tropical pineapple and coconut emerge briefly, at room temperature, but are immediately overcome by the bittering hops. Orangerind finish is very dry and bitter, leaving the same aftertaste.

Drinkability: I like this, and will enjoy it again. The style, however, is a mystery to me. No definitive malt presence, no obtrusive alcohol, no signicant wheat influence. This one puzzles me, but it's good...definitely worth a try. I will cellar a bottle and see what it's like in a year, or so.

Photo of carln26
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light copper color, slightly hazy with a think, chunky white head. Subtle stream of champagne bubbles up the side of the glass that refreshes the head. BANG! Big Chinook citrus hop punch when I take a whiff of the beer. Sweet back, maybe a little banana ester. Nice flavor. Sharp sweetness up front. Light caramel, maybe a little mandarin orange. The real grapefruit bitterness comes midway through the drink. A bit of apple pear on the finish along with pretty mean alcohol warming. The mouth feel is full, but slightly slick. Drinkability is good, but not great. The alcohol heat hurts the beer overall. Still, very interesting beer.

Photo of klewis
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark golden hue with a big frothy white head.

S: Lots of hops in the nose, along with some alcohol and aromas of Belgian yeast

T: There's a nice amount of hops in the taste mixed with an interesting pepper flavor. The presence of a slight alcohol taste makes this one seem more potent than its ABV advertises.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and sticky with a nice warming effect. The carbonation is a little agressive.

D: A very nice beer overall, however not stellar. I'd prefer a Belgian strong, but this one is an unusual change.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed back on 12/10/08 during the retired beer reviewing hiatus...

I know this is retired.. I am not trying to influence the rating.. I am just reviewing it because it is there... sorta like Mt. Everest.. Right??!!

22 picked up through Kahn's Fine Wines more than a year ago.. One of a few.. down to a couple.. tonight is the night.

Crystal clear honey orange.. surprising thick head.. meringue like.. beautiful lace.. Head took probably 3-4 minutes to die back...

nose is bready malts with a great smack of caramel.. it still has a confident citric and floral hop aroma.. but everything is melding very well..

Well.. the flavor is where it's at.. so here it goes.. still has a good bitter backbone.. with thick but not overwhelming bready malt and descent caramel notes .. fairly large toasty malt presence.. hop flavors are not really citric.. more of a muted spicy pineapple.. still no oxidation.. everything is very balanced and lends itself to a very mild English BW.. very smooth medium body with a tiny bubble carbonation.. finish is spicy .. reminds me of a BSPA...

really pretty good.. still.. it amazes me... I loved this one.. and I first had it way more than a year after it came out... and here we are.. at least 16 months later.. and this is still a damn fine beer. I like.... I wish I had more than the 1 left.

4-4-4-3.5-4

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber-gold with a finger and a half eggshell white head; Fairly clear, perhaps just a bit of haze. The head fades after a few moments, leaving a nice wall of clingy tiny lace bubbles in its wake, and a very thin but complete covering.

Steaming hot biscuits with fresh honey in the nose, nice and fresh and sweet malts - there's a sleek, subdued but very Stone prescence of hops there too, tart and fruity.

A big tart swirl, followed by a very sleek little dance of honey, butterscotch and biscuits, and a definite hop kick to finish it off, grapefruity and balancing properly with its bitterness. Pretty tasty. The impression that I get is that this is a recipe between Stone's Pale Ale and their IPA - it's hoppy enough to be tasted, but in the end this beer is all about the malts, and they're cool enough to let the hops crash the party.

A slightly syrupy mouthfeel here, just a bit of swishy carbonation to make things interesting; It finishes relatively clean, with a few dollops of lingering honey on the back of the tongue.

Definitely drinkable. There really isn't anything about this beer that would make me pick it out over any other of Stone's various creations, but it's certainoly a tasty seasonal.

Photo of becktone
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I have been blessed two days in a row, yesterday I drank Delirium Nocturnum and today I am drinking Stone 9th. The beer looks extremely good as it sits in my glass. It pours a dark straw gold with a beautiful creamy white cascading head. Excellent lacing, color and head retention combine in this beer to give it a very appetizing appearance.

The nose of this beer speaks of floral hops. There is also a sweet malt presence detectable behind the forefront floral aroma. Would like a little more from the aroma its good but I think that something more complex could have been achieved. As the beer warms alcohol becomes more apparent.

The taste of this beer is unique. I really do like it. The first thing to hit my tongue is the hops, a boquet of floral tastes first hit my tongue and continue to linger into the aftertaste. What makes this beer interesting is that there is a very noticable sweet malt taste(caramel) that hits the front of the tongue after the inital floral hop taste. It lingers for a moment and nicely balances the previous and still present floral taste before quitely slipping away just as suddely as it appeared. Again I think something more complex could would benefit this brew. Alcohol is somewhat evident in the taste. I definitely prefer Arrogant Bastard over this when it comes to strong ales.

9th Anniversary is a medium bodied creamy beer in the mouth and feels real good. This is a beer I would definitely drink more of, however this is the only bottle I have and it being a limeted edition release that would not be possible. Its too bad really this is quite a good beer. I feel though that as I keep drinking this beer the hop taste that was somewhat aggressive to begin with is less and less aggressive with each sip. I think that the floral taste is easily wearing out my palate. Seems like with every sip it tastes different than the one before. I know that many beers flavor profiles change as the beer warms, however I have never had one change so much as this one. I think my palate is getting worn out from the hops. It makes it hard to determine the flavor profile of this beer. The high use of hops in this beer deteoriating my palate make this beer harder to drink than it should be. It feels like I am drinking a new beer each time I take a sip.

Photo of Goldorak
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque orange, very thin lacing and soapy bubbles. You'd get a bit of head on it only after significant swirling. For something that's been sitting a while in the cellar, it's nothing unusual.

Smell: Speaking of unusual, the hop signature you usually get from Stone isn't quite there in this Beer, so it came off as a bit of a surprise. Sure, the citrus and pine were there, but it was way more mellow, there definately had some cheezy element and some kind of corked character that I enjoyed. Another after-effect of the aging process? Perhaps.

Taste: Carbonation was just right to leave some room for the malt and to prevent the hops from taking center stage, but obviously they keep the leading role. The pineyness of the hops came out the most, another surprise for me as I'm used to more of a grapefruit finish, and there definately had some yeast action going on as well. It went down wickedly smooth and I enjoyed it. Note to self: keep aging your Stones!

Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Guess this years Stone Anniversary could be called a like or dislike it beer, I found it drinkable, certainly not as good as the past versions, but likeable at any rate.

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce brown bottle a deep gold with a nice chill haze, the head ponderous and a creamy light tan, after its demise, the lace was a thick coating to conceal the glass. Nose had a pleasant hop floral spiciness, sweet malt, crisp and clean, hints of orange peel and maybe some coriander, start was sweet, the grain profile delightful, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish was striking in its acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy presence, and a touch of alcohol bitterness also present, very dry lingering after taste, I liked, the best, certainly not the worst beer I have tasted.

Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1096th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- A caramel brown with ambers and orange intermixed. A small 1/8" head of small tan head and zero cling.

Smell- Smelled just like a BW. Big malts with a lot of citrus and very smooth aromatics.

Taste- A bit of a good mix. Malty, spicy, and very DIPA like fruits. A bit peppery.

Mouth- A good medium bodty with a medium carbonation level. A good malty and citrus residual flavor.

Drink- I enjoyed this. Strong ales are pretty hard to mess up. This one was just a touch old for me.

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been holding onto this for over a year. I finally decided to crack it open tonight. 22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/22/08.

A - Poured a very clear light amber/orange body with 1/2-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin, patchy film. Sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Left some pretty decent lacing around the glass.

S - Strong caramel malt sweetness with some baked bread aroma. Hops are primarily citrus, but are quite subdued, probably due to the age of this brew. Some piney/resiny hops in the back. Whiff of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness is apparent immediately, followed by some oily hop bitterness and a faint bready maltiness with some alcohol tang.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a syrupy texture and prickly carbonation on the tongue, along with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter, leaving some oily, sticky hop residue on the palate.

D - While I'm sure this has mellowed quite a bit since 2005, this still has a nice flavor and aroma, and a very smooth mouthfeel, making this quite easy to drink.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle of Stone 9th Anniversary ale does not mention what type of beer you will be drinking, but once poured into the glass it's quite apparant. The beer pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thick creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring and sheet on the beer. Before each sip a strong hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit citrus greets the nose.

This thick bodied beer is smooth and chewy on the palate with a mild carbonation fizz throughout. The flavor is mainly citrus hops with some nice pine, grapefruit, apricot and apple flavors mixed in. There's a hint of dry malt and alcohol in the background. It finishes bitter leaving some citrus flavors behind.

Stone likes hops and this beer is no exception. It's not quite a hop monster, but comes close.

Photo of budsboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and golden with a fist-sized mound of white foam.

Smells like a Stone brew. Piney, citrusy hops and citrus fruit, but a more mellow, dark fruit laying low.

Hoppy flavor from the start. Some puckering lemon/acidic flavors, then finishing with a punch of alcohol and acrid bitterness. Interesting enough, and if you love Ruination, as I do, you'll like this one.

Thinner than I expected, but still smooth and nearly creamy.

I was hoping for this one to lean more toward Stone's Old Gaurdian than Ruination, but there it is. It's hoppy and good and I'll get some more to cellar, but it's just fine and dandy as it is right now.

Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer with an identity crisis. It seems to not know if it wants to be a IPA or a wheat beer, and as it is it falls somewhere in the middle. The beer looked great with a nice thick white head and a nice golden color. The smell was quite hoppy but not in the traditional Stone way, and had a very citrusy tropical scent to it as well. The flavor was nice and pretty complex so I think a couple more tastings will be needed to figure this one out. There was a nice hop bite but that tropical sweetness tried to come through at the same time, coupled by the alchohol flavor. I think over time the alchohol flavor will fade farther into the background and this beer will be much better than it is today. Still recommended.

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bombers at Colonial while in the Acton area...
Pours a clear golden amber w/ a full two fingers of bright white head, which sticks around for quite a bit...lacing is thick.
Tons of scents going on here...juicy fruit hops up front w/ some spice, citrus and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is very enjoyable...hard to believe this is a wheat beer at first, but as you get further and further into this bomber, it becomes more and more apparent.
A boatload of hops bittering this one up...w/ a nice malt backbone to add that sweetness. Alcohol is also noticable in the taste and the finish is quite bitter...Orange rind comes to mind as it warms.
Mouthfeel is above average and the drinkability is decent, but I would think twice before drinking this one all evening.

Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper colour, with an off white head. Aroma is full of sweet fruitiness, citrus peel and tangy, piney hops. Mouthfeel is on the thick side with low carbonation. Lacks smoothness, but still pretty pleasant to drink. Finish is dry and bitter. Overall a pretty good ale.

Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome beer from stone. Thanks to Liquid Solutions for providing the bottle. Pours to a light golden, semi hazy with a huge fluffy white head and an active carbonation. Poured into my weizen glass the carbonation caused a tornado effect while the head cascaded up the glass. Looks beautiful, and the head has some serious staying power.

Smells very hoppy, definitely amarillo. Very huge citric nose with a nice accompanying sweet malt. With enough sniffing, the alcohol becomes apparent.

The taste is quite bitter and citric the whole way through. Strange malty flavor, almost a belgian funk quality to it. The alcohol flavor is a bit much. Has a good bite to it. The hop flavor doesn't linger in the finish, though a dry bitter mouthfeel as well as some residual sugars stick around for a while. I really love those hops.

Drinkability would be much better if not for the strong alcohol presence and slight unexpected funkiness. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and would drink it again if offered a bottle.

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pale yellow colour with a thick white head. the head falls fairly quick, but leaves tons of thick lace behind.

aroma is very hoppy. rich and floral. citrusy, but more orange than grapefruit.

taste is good. it's nice and hoppy. floral and orangey citrus. nice finish of hop bitterness. just a hint of pine comes through in the finish.

mouthfeel is good. not too big and fairly nice.

drinkability is high on it. it's a fairly light and easy drink, but i found it a little one-dimensional.

Photo of metallistout
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color, with a creamy white head, that actually stuck around for a while considering its alcohol content.

Smells of hops, citrus,malty, a little piney, maybe a wheat aroma.

Good mouthfeel, and taste of malt and hops and citrus, just like the aroma.A couple other spices I can't recognize, maybe a spruce and sage? Very good taste

I would drink this beer anywhere and anytime. I like another Stone brew!

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/21/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. No freshness dating, but the 9th anniversary pretty much tells you what year it's from. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden hued liquid pour. Gleaming white 3/4 inch head with above average lacing.

Smell- Smells like a tropical fruit hop bomb. Peaches, oranges, sweet malt and grapefruit hops.

Taste- Lots of tropical fruit flavor. Orange zest in particular. Pretty heavy in the hop dept.as well. Spicy with some confectioniers sugar and maybe a touch or corriander. Maybe on the lines or a tripel? Although, this is a tad similar to El Toro Yo, which is a Strong Ale, so maybe it's correct.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation, not a real long aftertaste. Alcohol warms fairly quickly.

Drinkability- I like it. Not as much as their 8th anniversary, but drinkable and tasty. Recommended.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber dated September, 2005. Sampled on 2/12/07. Poured a very cloudy golden, almost hefeweizen in color with a white head that dissipates immediately. The smell has notes of wax, earth, apricot, and a light bitter hops smell. The taste has more waxiness, and a somewhat faded hop bitterness. Some floral hops are still there as well as some cherries and toast. Spicy notes as well. The aftertaste has notes of wax, bananas, and apricot jam. This has changed quite a bit since it was fresh. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated and coats the mouth a bit, but has good body. Interesting flavors have developed, definitely worth drinking if you can find some.

Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says retired but I just bought one at a liquor store on south 31 by borders and white castle.

A: Nice. This is basically your run of the mill stone beer with that nice hoppy orange-zest-beeswax-pine resin-kind of yummyness. I think its a very good beer and you should try one on for size it be yummy.

D: This one goes down really smooth and it ain't too strong. Go ahead and quaff me all night, I won't treat you too badly tomorrow.

Photo of BabaJohn
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9th anniversary produced a strong citrus and hop nose. The color was really fascinating, as it appeared a somewhat vibrant shade of orange. There was a subtle, but smooth and pretty head with visible specks of sediment in the beverage itself. Citrus remained strong in the flavor, but there was still that characteristic Stone hop punch. There were many buttery, candy-like flavors as well, some of which I couldn’t quite put my finger on but were intriguing nonetheless. Mouthfeel was also buttery and quite pleasing. Good stuff, Stone.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head. Thin and stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, spice and hops. Light, zesty body with a crisp and peppery character. Grapefruit, hops and spice flavors dominate but there is a bit of sweet malt in the background too. The finish is spicy with more citrus. Pretty good hodgepodge style beer.

Photo of HokieNoPokie
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The light amber color of this one was a bit of a surprise. Sediment was suspended in the brew. A nice, thick head went away pretty quickly. A great hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol and fruits of some sort - perhaps tropical.

Complex. I like that.

The taste is astringent, hoppy, alcoholic, and leaves the flavors lingering in your mouth. Almost Belgian, but not quite.

Overall, a very unique and well done offering from Stone.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber obtained as an "extra" in a trade from Px2GrafX ...Definately an unexpected treat

appearance: pours much lighter than I anticipated, a pale grassy peachy orange, a little hazy...some nice lacing in there

smell: grassy, heavy citrus aromas, peaches, some nice citrus hops in there

taste: grapefruit, peach, tangerine, a little alcohol, some fierce citrus hops, nice sweet malty backbone. definately a close relative the double IPA genre

mouthfeel: a little dry in the finish, quite hoppy and bitter

drinkability: i dont see the issue with the drinkability on this one

I actually really liked this, DIPA with a twist

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.