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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 248
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%


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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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one a long, long time. Figure I may as well drink it on a hot summer day.

Golden body. Finger of creamy white head.

Nose is a bit stale. Over-sweet malt and hops that once were...

Flavor is still pretty good. Strong but smooth. Marshmallow malt, light citrus, a little spiciness. Interesting blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel is solid, slick, low to moderate carb.

Overall, this is still a solid strong ale. I know that Stone was going for something lighter than their usual anniversary IPA with this one. They succeeded, but I wish I knew what it tasted like when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:41:12 | More by ghostwalker
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MrTopher

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a few of these at a bottle shop in Thousand Oaks (CA), they looked to have a lot of sediment, but I went for them anyway.
Served in a Duvel tulip from the 22oz bottle.

A – A golden orange color, getting close to cooper but not that dark. The beer was very cloudy also, but I wasn’t scared, I was more intrigued. Had a decent off white head that held its retention very well, but wasn’t lacing like other Stone beers.

S – Pine, citrus and a little grass hop smell, shocking because this beer is 6 years old and I was expecting all of the hop smells to have dissipated. There was a mild malt sent also, but also a booze smell, light a higher alcohol content beer.

T – This had a strong alcohol flavor, but doesn’t downplay the rest of what’s going on, a lot of bitterness, some citrus hops, and some floral hops. There was a very mild malt flavor, but it was overshadowed by the hops and the booziness.

M – Good carbonation, which I wasn’t surprised about. Very medium in the body.

O – I never had this fresh, heck I wasn’t even into craft beer 6 years ago. So I have nothing to compare this to. I was impressed at how much of the hop flavor is still present in this beer and it hasn’t gone the path of a barleywine. All in all I am impressed, and for calling this a Wheat IPA (read from the Stone book that’s just been released) I see nothing wheaty about this.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 18:08:58 | More by MrTopher
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Halcyondays

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber picked up at Mr. Kegs, looks like Stone sent them a case, bottled 9/2005, when I was 20,

A: Pours a clear light amber with a medium frothy white head, solid retention, no real lace.

S: Aged malt character, fermented lemons and oranges, still a really lovely smell.

T: Orange and pink grapefruit from the hops. A very light malt component is still there. I can see it's close to its last legs. Tastes thin, although a nice flavour for sure.

M: Still a nice vibrant carbonation, spritzy and biting. Oily. Medium-bodied overall.

O: Having had this in 2006 I can try to make some kind of a comparison. Though listed as an ASA this is really an IPA at heart, so it's impressive that it's held up as good as it has. Unfortunately it doesn't have the malt component to make it really interesting at 6 years. If you have any bottles drink them now, I don't see them getting better.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:37:42 | More by Halcyondays
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch white head. Some retention.
S: Pine, citrus, and grainy hops.
T: Loads of pine, citrus, and bitter grainy hops. Hint of malt...not well balanced.
M: Light feel. Soft and oily at first, then bitter and dry finish.
D: A decent brew, but certainly not up to the typical offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:37:36 | More by mwilbur
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottoe courtesy of , and thanks to Immy! A slight hazy yellow pour pours with a good bleached white froth. Good lacing. Pretty straight forward hop profile in the nose, with some perfume and citrus fruits. A hoppy bread crust flavour is matched well with a mild citrus bitterness. Good pure hop leaf finish, with lots of bitterness lingering.Would do well on the patio in summer. Not complex, but still very enjoyable. A pleasure to try. Thanks so much Tim!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:13:07 | More by mrmanning
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September of 2005, Consumed September of 2009.

22oz bomber pours a slightly burnt orange with honey folds into a pint glass. A khaki 1 finger foam crown appears but shows little retention before receding back into a rocky ring around the top of the surface.

Smell: A very nice malt that is fruity, slightly perfumy, and a touch boozy still. Most of the residual sugars have been depleted and the hops have definitely faded so the fruity quality lacks the vibrant pineapple and the brew lacks the amarillo kick it had when fresh.

Taste: Oh wow this one has blended quite nicely! Subtle pineapple meets a hint of toffee sweet malt and finishes with a wee bit of amarillo hops! This is at peak cellar condition IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful! Crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied, yet a touch oily!

Drinkability: The slightly boozy flavor profile keeps this one at 4.0 but this is a fairly sessionable example of the style.

CRACK EM OPEN AND DRINK EM NOW IF U STILL HAVE THEM!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 16:20:19 | More by koopa
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed deep amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. Nice head retention and lacing on my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose is full of citrus notes such as grapefruit and lemon, sweet caramel, somewhat earthy. Tastes of resinous pine, bready malt, slightly sweet, a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple, some citrus (lemon). Bitter and oily from start to finish. Smooth medium body with adequate carbonation. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 03:50:02 | More by ClockworkOrange
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rowew

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed label with the typical rambling Stone description. Obviously this has been around a while, but it has been kept refrigerated the whole time.

Appearance: Pours clear orange in color, average head and retention.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, lots of piney hops.

Taste: Hop flavors are fairly mellow, but they are definitely there - nice combination of citrus and pine. Malt flavors dominate though.

Overall impression: I suspect this may be a very different beer than it was fresh, but it is great aged - smooth and drinkable despite a high abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:32:44 | More by rowew
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hops (pine, grapefruit, lemongrass), wheat, grass, and, well, hops. Taste is very similar. Loads of the citrus hops along with pepper It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long resiny hop finish with alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 20:00:51 | More by magictrokini
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 08:45:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a cloudy orange with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, bitter hops, and slight dark fruit presence. Flavor is quite fruity- lots of tropical fruits, mango, apple skins, pear, and citrus. A little alcohol too, oddly. Quite sweet and fruity. I don't know what this was like fresh, but it's quite delicious right now with all those ester notes. Yum!
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 23:04:19 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 9/2005
Drank 12/2007
Reviewed 8/2008

Pours a nice reddish-orange. Clear at first pour but nicely cloudy afterwards with a 2" tan/red head. Dissipates to a thick film within a minute.
Smell is malt, hops/resin, orange peel, spice and hints of oak.
Taste is malt, alcohol, hops, orange & spice, oak with a hint of smoke/peat.
Medium full body, light effervescence, slightly dry finish with a mostly hop aftertaste that has a light malt note. Slightly warming in the throat. Very good brew, though the weakest of the Stone line I've had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 16:07:24 | More by PorterLambic
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baos

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 02:33:02 | More by baos
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Wildman

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

The beer poured a light red amber and formed a huge off white fluffy head that left lattice lace as it slowly subsided. Medium carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, caramel and a buttery aspect as well. The flavor was of hops, caramel and butterscotch. A very sweet beer. The body was medium light and the finish was sweet. A good beer as always from Stone, but a little sweeter than I would like from this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 20:42:24 | More by Wildman
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 00:52:26 | More by ffejherb
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in a cooler...imagine someone keeping this in a cooler for 3 years!
Pours a nice hazy light rust color with a beautiful, fluffy white head that laces like mad.
Smells a little mellow, flower and citrus hops and a slight spice note.
Taste is really nice, almost like an IPA yet there's that little funk note that leans it toward a strong ale. Dark malt notes and a lingering bitter hop finish. It has held up well considering it's age. I would love to have tried it fresh.
Feels really thick and rich, very smooth and creamy.
Good all around beer, I could easily drink this on a cold winter night or a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 01:23:38 | More by kirok1999
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t0rin0

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the 11th anniversary and then out of the bottle last sunday at winter storm. I think I am going to go against the grain with this one. It was a decent/good beer but it was very mild and not overly impressive.

The appearance was a bit hazy and reddish (almost a bit orange in the light). The color was neat but the lack of head and clarity were a bit distracting. This goes for both bottle and keg.

The smell was nice but very mild. I'd say even milder than the 8th anniversary. It was sweet and fruity but not from actual fruits. I'd guess it comes from the dark malts they use, probably similar to the ones used in the arrogant bastard. If you tried this beer recently and have ever tried an aged double bastard you'll know what I'm talking about. There was also the slightest touch of hop aroma here.

The flavor was very soft and pleasant. Here I could taste more of the fruity flavors that were noticeable in the aroma. There was a little hop flavor and bitterness but its diminished over the past couple of years. There was really no alcohol flavor to speak of which was nice, but there wasn't any kind of bite either.

Overall a very smooth very drinkable beer but lacking in some areas.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 20:57:12 | More by t0rin0
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with autumnaldave! Cheers

Poured this brew into my glass and a massive head exploded. As I wait for this head to die down I will watch some football.

okay, well a full five mins later and its ready to release its drink.

The smell of this 2 year old beer is so rich and strong. It smells of sweet fruits and a little bit of alcohol.
I think this brew is or has developed a creaminess thats rich and full. I really enjoy this beer. Compare to a year before (8th Ann) this beer has really stepped up.

Overall this beer is still full of flavor, creamy notes, and a little booze. Its super drinkable and I would love to have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 01:52:44 | More by iconoklaztor
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Floydster

California

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 06:31:53 | More by Floydster
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Overlord

California

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always sad when you know you're extraordinarily unlikely to ever try a beer again. I picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port a few weeks ago along with several other anniversary editions. Doubt another will ever cross my path again.

Golden color with a slight haze. Maybe a faint orangeish hue. Smells fainly of hops and grapefruit. Taste is ... unexpectedly complex. Some sweetness balancing out the hops, more tangerine/orange than grapefruit. This is really excellent, and displays a bit more balance in terms of the "hop bomb" effect one sees from a lot of Stone brews. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 08:17:28 | More by Overlord
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle in trade from UncleMeat - many thanks!

Slightly hazy, gold color. Lots of orange in there. Large, off white, creamy head which dropped fast. Very still, but not unexpected given age.

Sweet and malty. Bananas? Fruits, mainly tropical. Coconut. Not much in the hops department. Some earthiness.

Sweet more than bitter, initially and overall. Hops still shine through a bit in the aftertaste, grassy and herbal. Caramel and biscuity. Alcohol and medicinal notes.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Relatively dry. Very smooth in texture.

Interesting, enjoyable, gone...

This was bottled just as I was getting into craft beer. Glad I was able to reach back and try it. Get some if you can!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 17:51:00 | More by
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yourunclewalt

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 05:07:55 | More by yourunclewalt
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 18:05:14 | More by Goldorak
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boelker62

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Monk's Cafe's "Everybody Must Drink Stone" Tasting 5/22/07...

A - amber color with a thin, white head. Slightly cloudy, especially being this old.

S - an appropriate hop bite right up front with some pine tinges in the background. I didn't pull the maltiness out of it as some other have commented.

T - you don't notice the alcohol at first, but when you do, you pay no mind, and just keep it going. The hops are well-pronounced without dominating this brew. I couldn't pull any citrus notes from the hops, as they are long gone from this one. No worries though. The mature taste remaning fills the void.

M - Lower levels of carbonation that are appropriate to the style, and a nice alcohol warmth.

D - moreso than some of the other offerings from Stone, just pace yourself, as with most.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 19:23:14 | More by boelker62
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 02:15:44 | More by dgfair
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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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