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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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BrewMaster

California

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

Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz bottle to a Duvel tulip glass. The beer is a clear copper/orange with dancing carbonation. The head is a stiff white with excellent lacing and retention. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: The aroma is definately hoppy, fruity, and a bit bready. Some dry apricot too.

Taste: Light bitterness opens the flavor but it grows into a blast of floral hop bitterness. That bitterness gives way to a sweet and soft maltiness. That maltiness then fades to release a more potent hop flavor than the first. The end is very long and fruity with a slight spritzy citrus flavor. The aftertaste is sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and clean. Sticky and a medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good but not great. I will sit on a bottle for a while and see how it ages. It's pretty well balanced but I could see the hop flavor mellowing out to give a more sweet and fruity character.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 05:12:50 | More by BrewMaster
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat unaware of the hoopla that surrounded the release of a new beer from Stone, I picked one up for no other reason than it was the first one that greeted my eye as I wandered through John's Market. I'm not a huge Stone fan -- they sort of seem like the Yankees of microbreweries -- but I'm always game for something new. Upon first impression, it's a mellower beer than I was expecting... is this a wheat beer? There's a nice wall of lace on the inside of the glass. It's got a sharp citric hop tweak, and some cutting bitterness, but it is short and over with quickly. There are some bready malts with peach and orange fruit flavors, Scottish shortbread, and what seems to me like a wheaty tang. There's also an underlying metallic quality that could be the sharp hops riding tandem with the excessive alcohol. I have to say, I don't see any way that the high alcohol helps this beer; it would taste much better without the "dead zone" that a high abv creates. There is almost a spoilt-Ringwood sour apple taste too... This is all too bad since my first impressions of the beer were totally favorable. The smell is still pretty good. And there's still a pleasant malt-and-hop interplay on the tongue before you take a wince-inducing swallow. But Jesus. This alcohol is too much. It makes the beer entirely unappealing.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 07:31:14 | More by Thrasher
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OStrungT

California

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden orange witha fluffy white head. The head has slight orange tints in it. It fades slowly leaving a lot of laces. The first aroma I detect is hops. Lots of hops. It is slightly piney. Also, it has a good citrus aroma. Behind the hop aroma, I detect a very subtle, almost non existant malt aroma. This beer tastes a lot like it smells. It is quite hoppy, but not over hopped. It tastes piney. It definately has IPA like qualities. It has a refreshing citrus taste to it as well. Not much malt flavor, but some in noticable if you really look. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavor or the aroma. It is hidden quite nicely. This beer goes down smooth leaving a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well. This beer might not make the best session beer because it is just a little high in alcohol. I think this is another great produst from Stone. If you get the chance, you need to try this one. You wont be sorry.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:47:37 | More by OStrungT
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altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon this today at Once Upon a Vine. Kind of surprised no one has reviewed it yet, so I thought I'd jot down some notes.

This lists as an American Strong Ale, the same style as Arrogant Bastard, and it is definitely reminiscent of that Stone signature brew. Lighter in color, a golden yellow as opposed to the much redder Bastard, with a frothy white head that leaves some pleasant lacing in the glass. Like the Bastard, the hops are there but incredibly well balanced with what must be a ton of malt. Maybe a bit more of a piney nose than AB.

Slightly more alcohol than AB, but well hidden. You could session this if you didn't know any better. Strikes me as slightly lighter in the mouth, but that could just be mental because of the color difference.

This is another excellent beer from Stone and definitely worth picking up (what Stone isn't?). I'll probably be going back for more tomorrow, as well as for some AB to do a side-by-side comparison, just in case I'm completely misremembering and this review is all bullshit.

UPDATE: Finally got around to having this side-by-side with Arrogant Bastard, and while there is some similarity, these are definitely different beers. AB has a much more subtle hop profile than this, and the alcohol in AB much better hidden. The coloring is night and day (almost literally). Much harsher hops and alchohol. I still think this is worth picking up, but I don't think you need to lose any sleep if you miss it. Certainly far from undrinkable though -- I'm not sure what was up with the beer Jason sampled.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 23:43:36 | More by altctrlsdelete
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a brown sugar flavor as well. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 03:34:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 23:02:30 | More by FosterJM
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HopHead84

California

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

3.5-3.5-3.0-3.5-2.5

02/08/2011

On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.

A: Golden yellow with a frothy white head. 

S: Sweet bready malt with candied notes. Evident oxidation with some raisin and date. Alcohol has a decent presence here.

T: Moderately sweet with a prominent bready malt profile. The sweetness has a candied flavor to it. There's a little date and raisin. No hop character to speak of. This has a lot of oxidation, which seems fine at first but it gravitates a bit too far in the direction of cardboard near the finish. 

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and slightly syrupy.

Overall: Not one I'd drink again, but not a bad beer. 

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 03:49:11 | More by HopHead84
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david18

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 22:12:03 | More by david18
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle N Hum earlier tonight.

Light orange, dense white head with good retention and lace. Nose has plenty of fruity oxidation, with golden raisins, plums,candy and a little citrus. Palate has a lot of oxidation with raisins, plum,cardboard and almost fatty, rancid mouthfeel. Flabby and loose, the finish is sweet with fruity oxidation. Medium in body with moderate carbonation , this decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 08:54:58 | More by DefenCorps
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Churchkey for the Stone tap takeover. Beer is golden in color but has no head, no carbonation, so of course no lacing.

Its mostly malty in the nose, minor fruit notes.

Beer is medium to light in body and no carbaontion follow up in the mouth. Its sweet with caramel but overall its really mild. This beer is a minor disappointment, I wish I could have had it fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 18:27:07 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey for their Stone Total Tap Takeover.

a - Pours a clear golden color with
no head and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, citrus, fruity malts.

t - Taste follows the nose; mostly caramel malts, sticky sweet fruit, and some citrus.

m - Medium body and low carbonation; goes down very easy.

d - A decent strong ale. It was very easy to drink and I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 17:48:39 | More by mdfb79
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a good looking bright tangerine color with a tiy bit of a brownish hue. Thin why'd head and some lacing. Nose brings forward some sweet caramel along with a bit of citrus rind. Taste is about he same without much sticking out. I would say this is past its prime. Feel is okay with a medium body and some carbonation to carry what flavors there are. Drinks okay, but I think this one is done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 11:55:49 | More by Thorpe429
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: The nose is sweet with caramel, mild grapefruit, and orange aromas along with some toffee and bready malt. The signature of a once hoppy beer...

T: The flavor has retained some of the signature Stone hop bitterness, but it is somewhat tame. The malt is now the primary flavor component, giving the beer a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a light-to-moderate carbonation and a touch of lingering bitterness.

D: Obviously well past its prime, but still some good flavors going on here. I would have loved to try it fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 18:09:16 | More by womencantsail
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MisterClean

California

4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grad.

A - Light copper, 2 fingers of off-white head, and nice lacing.

S/T - Grapefruit, citrus, flowers and carmelized honey.

M - Moderate-full bodied, hop dominated, very sweet, and slightly dry finish.

D - Great overall. Really fing good. Wish they brewed this one more often.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 06:26:01 | More by MisterClean
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone winter storm 2010.

I have no idea why this beer only recieved a B+. It's drinking amazing right now.

Pours a very beautiful yellow. With a nice sticky white head. Nice lacing.

Smells wonderful for it's age. A lot of hop aroma going on for such an old beer. Pineapple, peaches, lemon and orange peel. With a nice sweet malt smell in the background.

Taste is awesome. All the same flavors above with a nice bitter finish. Nice sweet maltiness in the background. The hops are runnin the show here. But not without help of the malt.

Mouthfeel is actually a little under carbed but good still.

Overall I wish I could bring some of this home. If you have some drink it because this is at it's peak.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 17:58:22 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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maskednegator

California

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, yellowish orange. Thin head.
Smell: Grapefruit rind, baking bread, chamomile tea.
Taste: Toasted malts, citrus, pine needles, apples, crackers. Finishes clean. Sublime.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, strong carbonation.
Drinkability: Otherworldly. 3 snifters in a row and I wished that I had had the time for 6 more.
Verdict: Fuck the haters, I loved this beer. Limited quantities of this are rarely on tap at the brewery. Good luck, suckers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 18:46:24 | More by maskednegator
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rallison

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a growler filled at Stone's "Winter Cleaning" growler fill. Or something like that. Don't really care what it was called - I just care I got to try this!

A: Cloudy amber/golden color with a nice fluffy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells of piney hops, alcohol and just a bit of sweet malt.

T: Interesting. For sure. Even after a year and a half, the hops are on the forefront. Piney hops at that. There is also quite a bit of alcohol warmth, which works nicely for this beer. Behind that, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, with a nice bit of spice. Finally, there is a bit of a wheat character, but it is very much in the background. All around, quite unique, and nice.

M: Nice and full, with a low to medium level of carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth.

D: Altogether, pretty drinkable - not the most sessionable of Stone beers, but still pretty good.

Recommended, if you can actually get your hands on this.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2007 05:24:40 | More by rallison
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Dmann

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2005 10:07:49 | More by Dmann
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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.