Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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: 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:
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 Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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 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 weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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. 

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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?

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

September 2005 batch. Poured with good head, soapy foam, dense orange in colour. Mouthfeel hits first as smooth water undertone then amarillos take over leaving a coarse and chalky finish. Aroma dominated mostly by the Amarillos. A good finish. Fairly light and unagressive. Crisp and warming. This sample has had some time to sit and it has settled quite nicely into what I would consider a great 'social pint' ... (though you might wanna watch it at nearly 8%)! Ultimately, I couldn't find much to say but plenty enough to enjoy. Thanks Grub for the pleasent surprise!

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" off-white head above the dark golden brew. Head holds steady, with nice sticky lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, with malt evident as well. Taste is palt malt sweetness upfront, and nicely balancing citrus hops that soon take over the show, in a good way. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. This would seem more a DIPA to me, what with little to no obvious alcohol character apparent, although I'm sure it's in there... A yummy treat.

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 DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with a faint haze, this beer poured with a white head and produced a fair deal of lacing. The aroma was mostly citrus and pine, a bit of powdery hops, with mild wheat and orange character. Bitterness was assertive without being overpowering. It had some grainy wheat malt sweetness tempered by resinous hops. Earthy character grew into the finish. Overall it had a very clean yeast profile and orange flavours became more apparent as it warmed. Medium body with a slight stickiness, the carbonation was perfect for creating a pleasant smoothness of texture. Great tasting, nice balance - exactly what I expect from the good people at Stone.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright golden, small white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is grapefruit, floral and citrus hops, with wheat, caramel, and alcohol notes. Taste is citrus and caramel, then floral hops, and some wheat. Very hoppy beer, nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, tastes like a stronger Gumballhead. Thanks DrJay!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange-gold that is semi-clear and produces a good sized head that fades fairly rapidly leaving lacing around the edge and in the center.

The smell is very fruity(grapefruit) mixed with a strong hop aroma.

The taste is more of the grapefruit with some malt tones but this brew has a decidedly bitter flavour that I don't find all that attractive.

I'm a fan of many of Stone's offerings and I'm glad I tried this one but once is enough, thank you.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Great light amber, more like morning honey hue. Great, small bubbles come forth with a steady pace amidst some very light suspension. Great two finger head after pour with a strong film throughout.

Smell- Aroma of spring with some holly hop, hopping. A little sweet but overall a slight piney hop aroma.

Taste- Makes me think of hops and honey. Mostly hops though. A light heavy hop bitterness with some caramel, honey sweet malts mixed with this pungent hop juice. A springy brew for almost wintertime. Fresh tasting hops for a beer thats a year old.

Mouthfeel- A little drying but still great with the slightly coating hop syrup. More like a hop honey.

This beer is more of an American Double IPA than an America Strong ale in my opinion.

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 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

Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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 tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly smeared medium golden yellow color with a medium white cap of froth that breaks down into a landscape of bubbled rockyness. Big sheet of lace coats all around the glass. This looks damn nice.

Hmmm...not a typical waft from Stone, a bit restrained here with a melony citrus of orange and lemon and some light wheaty snap behind it.

Taste is broad and withstanding in a short bittering but long oily hoppyness. Quite exquisite really. It seems quick at first but begins to lay the groundwork for a full-on citrusy construction on your palatable property. Orangey fluff, peels, piths, and pulp skip quickly into a short entrance of the wheat malt that seems very high rendered in flour, dryness, and partially parched in chalkyness. Thankfully and craftly, that area is just as brief as any other in this brigade of quickly happening nuances. Wow! The oily stuff, as mentioned above, begins to float forward in the finishing areas after every sip. So danty, yet obvious. Citrusy oils, hop squeezed bite, and peel-like girth, substain for a long duration of hinting grasses, more so hinting citrus pith, and high grain malt. Wonderfully complex hop profile along its length; which seems short at first, but alas, it grows and grows, from sip to sip. Somehow drying, yet oily and pungent. Sublime.

Feel is about medium, if not all together a slight lightish; somewhat. But man does it grow on ya quickly. Yeah, quickly as its very own hoppy characteristics and dryly set base of citric hops and malting. What a strangely awesome beer? Like Clint Eastwood, it's every way but loose. Tightly set in hops with drying parchness, hop citrusy tricks, and a fairly calm bitterness that just suits its overall ride through finishville.

I could drink this for a good long while. Everything about it screams...have fun, enjoy some hops, and get pummeled by our strategicly placed alcoholic punch. Uff-da, Stone knows me too well. Fine stuff!

Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orange in color and was very thick. The head was orangish white, stubborn, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Man, this is straight floral hopping up the nose. I think it’s Amarillo, but whatever they used they did it in spades. This is supposed to be an extreme version of the failed wheat beer that they did, but I’m only finding a hint of wheat and maybe imagining that.

Taste – Yes, a little more citrusy wheat finds it’s way to the taste, but this is classic Stone hoppification. The Amarillo is all over the place. I’ve had this hop flavor mostly as a compliment to other tastes, but here it’s on steroids and defines the ale. The flavor is beyond classification, so don’t compare this to other ASAs.

Mouthfeel – This fella is well bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldn’t call it full. The carbs are light but mature. It’s not overly bitter or dry at all but it does manage to refresh.

Drinkability – If Paul Bunyon was mowing Montana and wanted to take a beer break, this is what he would grab.

Comments – I originally had this at release in 2005, but skyhand brought over a cellared ’05 that we popped in May 2006. She is the Cellar Queen so I knew this was rightfully aged.

This was so much better after a year in the caring hands of skyhand. The body was a beautiful glowing orange, the hops at the nose were completely opened up, and the malt flavors just melted in your mouth. This was medium-bodied, well-balanced, and a terrific example of how a beer can improve under the right conditions and the right care.

I'm raising most of my ratings up by 0.5 and officially considering this a Stone classic.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

9th Anniversary Ale, September 2005 - Sampled at 1 Year Old.

Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 7th and 8th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the last few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.


Appearance: Top marks for the Catwalk looks, the off-white head is thick and crusty. High conditioning levels keep the head at least ½” throughout whilst leaving some clinging lacing that swirls in clotted patterns. The hazed orange body looks murky but the Marmalade frontage is nice enough.

Nose: Sharp, edgy, angulated and musty with a funky odor that reminds me of finding a three month old shriveled up Orange behind the Sofa. Shady yet pungent oily hesperidia are dominant and even repulsive at times.

Taste: Aggressive stance, like a swaggering drunk looking for any excuse for a fight, its hostile nature and “I want to fight you if you catch my stare” is hard to avoid. Incredibly astringent bitterness and sharp cutting hops are now distinctly way off balance…..the malts are sticky, the orange saturated hop oils are horrid. Heck this reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, yeah it’s that bad.

Mouthfeel: Like that dive-bombing Bee around your head in the Summer, the bitter-orange astringency just will not go away…..not matter how hard I try to swat it…..that awful orange-bitterness runs rampant through this one. Euugrghhh.

Drinkability: I worked through it, but I think this is my last bottle of the 9th. Despite having a couple more left, I’m in no rush to try them, and I may just fob them off as Crimbo presents to people that I don’t like. If I can’t rid my self of my last bottles, I may very well have my first drain pour from Stone if I decide to stray into one in the future.

Overall: One Year and this still looks good, but much beyond that, nothing remains to keep a long term interest, or even hint at any “improvement” given time in its glass prison. It fades quickly, the nose is arid and unfriendly, and the tangy overtly pungent “orange sting” is very off-putting. It’s not “gone bad”, moreover it has just faded - the balance was never really there to start with IMVHO and now its sadly floundering like a Fat Elvis way past its best. This is not so much aging as just becoming annoyingly messy and a scattered collage of constituent elements.

By a mile, and several kilometres, the least favorite of the Stone Anniversaries to date for me, and I’ve tried them *all* from the 3rd up. I think Stone went in the wrong direction with this, and I’m glad to know that the 10th Anniversary DIPA is sat in my fridge right now, ready, willing and immensely able to get me back to my traditional hoppy Stone fix…..as well as getting Stone back to what they do best. The StoneWall is a truly great idea and highly commendable, the Stone folks are great people, and the Wall is the epitome of Stones heart felt passion for life and supporting all that is good - but the next StoneWall should be built at the top of the path that led down to the 9th, they really should not go back down this road. Chalk this one to experience, a bad experience.

Photo of blackie
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour creates a moderate, off white head in the snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy, pale copper/amber color.

smell: Up front there's a big resinous hoppiness and plenty of tropical fruit. Nice mango, pineapple, orange, and sugar cookie aromas. Hop oriented, but with enought malt to keep it interesting. Smells most like a DIPA to me.

mouthfeel: The carbonation smooth, between medium and low. The body is just slightly less than medium.

taste: The hops seem like the dominant flavor, but there is just enough light maltiness to keep them in good balance. All of the flavors are subtle, yet the combine to form a good flavor. The malt character is light. A green, leafy, resinous...yet well conserved...hop bitterness starts just after the swallow and continues into the dry finish.

drinkability: definately full of character, and drinkable

Enjoyed half a 22oz. courtesy of dirtylou during my visit in Madison. The other half of the bomber met with a less than noble fate.

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 Suds
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, with the usual wordy print. Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick head. Pretty highly carbonated, with a notable haze. Huge aroma of alcohol, toasted malt, and citrusy, oily, resiny hops. I love the smell of this brew, especially its intensity. The taste is powerfully complex…lots of fruit (orange, peach, apple), toasted malt, alcohol, spice, sugar, and a subtle woodiness. Plus, lots and lots of hops…this brew gets seriously bitter by the mid taste, and had a no-nonsense bitter finish. The aftertaste hangs around forever. Considerable alcohol warming. Medium-full mouthfeel. Nice balance, although tilted toward the hops. Very drinkable. The alcohol on this one can give you a kick. All in all, this one is a keeper.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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)

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