1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 8
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone 9th Anniversary Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 218 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright golden-orange in color. Partial haze. Good carbonation allows the bubbles to organize a fluffy white head.

Smell: Sharply citrus notes yield to a dominating bitter aroma. There's some contrasting sweet fruitiness, but its got a somewhat sour twang to it.

Taste: Predominant floral hop bitterness shadowed by some sour, pear-like flavors. The already sparse malts are squashed by the astringent bitterness. Finish is initially dry, but warmth brings forth some displeasing medicinal qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sleek with a light oiliness.

Drinkability: Not overly so, as it was a bit hard to supress myself from grimacing at the end of each swallow. It takes three times as many muscles to frown as it does to smile. My face is definitely worn out by now. I'll admit I found last year's anniversary ale to be infinitely more appealing...

ChainGangGuy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks like glue to the glass,oh the Amarillos oh sweet Jesus this hop varietal has made me a hop head fresh herbal hop hits the nose and wakes the senses.This baby has a kick alcohol with big herbal and citrus notes no aspirin here.Somewhat sweet but not overly so to me this would be the Amarillo hop fans dream and Iam one of them I will get more I have a few more to share with friends but I will try to get more.

oberon, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance, it has a copper orange slightly hazed hue forms a nice billowing off white cream head, leaves behind nice full even lacing not bad atall. Aroma here is somewhat of a Hop bomb I noticed Amarillo hops with the strong citrus grapefruit and hints of pineapple / insert tart tropical fruit here tones. Malt base is compromised of some wheat tones but overall plays second fiddle to the somewhat brash hop profile. Flavor consists of lingering hops with levels of hop bitterness and flavor intermingling with an undertow of a malt base brings a tart mildy sweet tone to the whole thing, interesting. Mouthfeel is medium body with some of the chunky hop character making it feel a bit oily at times the lively carbonation helps things move along. Drinkability if your big on hops and you like Stone give it a try, but it's not the most easy going drinkable brew your going to encounter pretty challenging to the senses, I think I liked it.

WVbeergeek, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber with a 9th Annv. label denoting the year it was brewed in.

A- Deep mildly hazed golden orange glow, amazing head ... good retention.

S- Dusty white pepper, light citric, white pepper aroma. Big citric show. Orangina?

T&M- Medium body, creamy smooth. Suggestions of steamed grape leaves, boiled citric zest, white tea and a lingering aspirin bitterness. Heady alcohol throws gobs of fusel alcohol at the taste buds. Maltiness rolls out a light maltiness middle to end.

D- Just for shits and giggles I tried this brew again ... sorry, game over. This one just does nothing for me. I love Stone Brewing but they went too far with the god damn hops ... and you know what hops I am talking about. Better with age, and not so bad on tap. Beer geeks cheer because there is more left over for them.

Jason, May 29, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick, off-white head, which remains for a good amount of time, but doesn’t leave very much lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong, but you detect citrus & malt first, then you get a decent whiff of hops.

T: Hops flavor and bite prevails from beginning to end, not a lot of sweetness but there’s a bit of malt and citrus and it definitely has the Stone signature. Seems like an IPA, but I’ve yet try Stone’s IPA to compare it.

M: Very crisp, medium body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: Let’s face it, this beer is from Stone Brewing Co. so you really can’t “forget” that you’re drinking beer. However this beer is drinkable from the standpoint that you KNOW that you’re drinking good beer.

I enjoyed this beer, but like I mentioned previously I haven’t had the Stone IPA to compare it to, nor have I had any of their other anniversary ales to know if they trend towards the IPA realm each year. That being said, I’ve never been disappointed by Stone.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thiss sept 2005 version poured with a bubbly white head & retention to spare with impressive lacing down the glass. Slightly hazy honey color, suggests higher ABV

Smell: Some maltiness attempts to break through the hops assualt (grapefruit & pines

Taste Hoppy lemongrass &pepper& maltiness on the tounge competing with all the hops

MF Too bitter/carbinated, which in turns slows down the enjoyment.

Needs to laid down for a year or two,,,Where's the curry??

russpowell, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer leaves glass and fills my chalice with a peachy-hued, opaque liquid, only shadows seen through, 'neath a solid cap of lace-leaving foam, thick, solid, puffy white...very, very attractive, quite nice.

Aroma is pleasing, rife with citric, hoppy flavors, and plump in yeast content, farmshouse-esque, and plenty funky, too. Lemon and straw, with a generous blast of spice.

Taste is full and fruity, evenly balanced, nicely split between herbal, hoppy, malty quarters...wait, that's only three...let me get back to you...tangy, snappy, a big bounce on the palate...liking this...zesty, beautiful, just gritty enough to give and take pleasantly in the mouth.

Full bodied, long, citric, hoppy finish...Good beer, here.
Ah....I'm liking it!

feloniousmonk, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

drabmuh, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a floral hop aroma that adds a fine balance to the aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt flavot that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly warm. It's not as intense as a double IPA, but it packs a decent punch. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but it's not the best these guys offer. It could use a bit more body to go along with the heavy load of hops. All in all, a good brew.

WesWes, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

mdfb79, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold/orange. Impressive white head with very nice lace left on the glass.

As typical of the Stone brewery, wonderful fresh hop smells are the major component of the aroma. I also detected a spoiled milk aroma on the initial pour, which was a little distracting.

Hop heads rejoice: here's another sampling from the finest heavy-handed hop brewery in the US. Malt, we don't need no stinking malt...malt is simply there to deliver the bitter hop wallop. Let's see, first sip: bitter hop. Mouthfeel: Hoppy fullness. Swallow: Yep, hop. Aftertaste: some dry hoppy bitterness that lingers a very long time. OK, I can find some of the oiliness of a heavily malted beer, but not much of the taste.

If your heart is into IPA's or double IPA's, you'll love this one. As a strong ale, the malt is overwhelmed. I still enjoy this, but that is my inclination.

smcolw, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color with a two finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is sticky with citrusy, fruity hop notes that remind me of grapefruit, tangerines, candied orange peel, apricot and a backbone of herbal pine. The beer is lightly sweet up front, and the finish is long with a note of herbal astringency and a bit of alcohol. This beer is of course dominated by the fruity hop notes that is dominated by candied notes of orange peel and apricots. This beer has a sharp bitterness that follows this beer from start to finish. The candied note that is in this beer is quite prevalent, really the apricot note is becoming more apparent as this beer warms up a bit. At this point (about a quarter done) this beer is definitely a bit one dimensional in its aggressive hoppiness; this is all good for someone who likes hops. The alcohol is the one detracting note at this point, though it is not that noticeable and in fact actually begins to become quite a bit more tame as the beer warms up. This beer actually probably needs another month or so to calm down and let the hops really shine.

Gueuzedude, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy orange color with yellow highlights on the glass edges. Thick 2" fluffy white head. A few tiny bubbles slowly rise from the glass bottom.

Smell: surprisingly mild citrus and grass tones. Nice, but not up front.

Taste: very malty, balanced with strong fruit tones and floral bitterness. Green grapes, apples, pears, oranges, and tart grapefruit are all noticeable on my tongue. Some grassiness lingers in the background. Alcohol lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. Medium-heavy in body and this beer seems to leave a thick coating feeling on the tongue after swallowing. Flavor tones last long into aftertaste.

Drinkability: Decent, but this beer leans towards enjoying one bottle in a session.

Gavage, Feb 08, 2006
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.

GClarkage, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#500 review...WOOHOO!
Appears a hazy light orange with a foamy white head that retains nicely and fades into a hearty white collar. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the inside of the goblet.
Smell is of biscuity sweet malt, along with vanilla cream with orange and pine hop resin jumping out and drawing my attention.
Taste is of the same aromas but not as enticing. A bit of bitter pineapple and pear seems more apparent.
Mouthfeel is slightly bitter and sweet but seems to be dragging out a little long. Not a bad thing. Definitley different but pleasant.

weeare138, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of orangesol
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

orangesol, Aug 17, 2014
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.

Billolick, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Georgiabeer, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm coppery-orange body that is clear with a light airy off-white head. It has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of sweet malt and a hint of graham is balanced with a faint hint of green floral hops.

T- The taste of pale malt has a slight toasted quality to it and a faint sweet orange hint. The bold green hops taste and bitterness finish the sip. The soft hint of tangerine or more apricots are very faint but more noticeable as it warms. The taste of hops in the finish has a slight honey character to it but it is not sweet and it is not a fermented honey taste.

M- The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full but there is no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- The complexity in this beer is very subtle but very nice. It has a soft malt character with a nice hop finish, but it is the fruit qualities in the middle that really give it its nuances. From what I hear this is what a Brewing Colophon should taste like?

rhoadsrage, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is hops, prominent citrus scent with pineapple as a strong secondary note. Lemons, faint pine, and mild malt round out the scent.

Taste is nearly nothing in the first taste two flavor notes canceling out each other. Bitterness and sourness hit your tongue on the second sip. Woody flavor and tongue numbing starts soon after. Flavor hits your tongue hard and then disappears except for a lingering bitterness. Citrus flavor appears after your tongue adapts a bit. There is a strong sourness in the hops here I have not encountered before, not really offensive, more alien like a language I can't identify. After about 5 minutes you can taste the sweetness of the malt. This is a beer that is all about hops and is a Hop Sadomasochist wet dream; this beer really beats you up!

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability isn't really in this one. A powerful kick your ass beer here but I can't really call it drinkable...yet. I will age the others and see what this beer becomes by next year. As it is right now it is a knife fight with your tongue.

Zorro, Sep 16, 2005
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.