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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 252
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)
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Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Travisnin, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of djaeon
5/5  rDev +30.2%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden hue with a pure white thin head that holds surprisingly well. Thin random spots of lace.

Nose is floral and fruity hops. A lot more hops than I expected a year and two months after release. Bubblegum and maybe some peaches sneaking into this aroma. The wheat is there but hidden by tons and tons of hops.

Is this Stone 9th or Gumballhead? Wheaty with TONS of hops. Is Stone sure this one is only 50 IBUs? Lots of fruit and floral hops rocking the mouth and palate. It finishes dry (hoppy) and spicy (maybe from the wheat?). Gorgeous beer.

Many thanks to Mschae1017 for sharing a bomber of this bad boy. Mmmm mmmm mmmm.

timtheenchanta, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of MisterClean
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

MisterClean, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of oelergud
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge off-white/orange fluffy and rocky head. Good retention and lace. Translucent orange copper body. Low carbonation.
Smell of strong harsh malt and honey, grass and hops.
Very sweet and hoppy, well balanced. Grass, floral flavors, honey and some caramel, not much change in the aftertaste which is long and pleasant.
Moderate full body and good coating, rough feel yet slick.
Highly drinkable. I could not put it down. So good and satisfying.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange amber with slight chill haze and a nice fluffy white head that leaves decent lace.

Fantastic lemon-orange intense citrus notes backed up by a nice caramel malt presence. Exceptional.

Sweet and bitter up front, melts into a smooth honey caramel midtongue. Leaves a hearty bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Smooth carbonation coats the tongue. Very drinkable despite it's status as a strong ale.

nortmand, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of maskednegator
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

maskednegator, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a little lace on the head, it LOOKS like it's going to be a great beer.

S - Awesome smell of cascade hops and a fruit basket, the sheer amount a fruit is amazing.

T - Hoppy and incredibly refreshing, a stronger hop was anticipated but drew parrallel with the smell. Very light and clean taste with the slightest bitter at the end.

M - Super smooth and very clean, the fruit and cascade hops keep you very fresh, about as good as it comes with the mouthfeel.

D - I almost want to cry that it's both a one-ff and that we can't buy it in Illinois, I would be drinking this as a substitute, to well, fluids. At around 7% ABV and the refreshing character of this beer, drinkability is very high.

I need to find more of this beer, I may have to go to Three Floyds again, and grab a ton more of this on the way out of Indiana. I insist that everyone try this if at all possible.

Bumpon10s, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

ppoitras, Oct 31, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

theminutemen, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of dgfair
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

dgfair, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice carbonation, this beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. Pours a cloudy orange peach color with a creamy light tan head.

S: Butterscotch candy, vanilla, tangerine and with floral notes.

T: Begins buttery with orange marmalade sweetness. Hints of lemon juice and minor grapefruit along with the orange add a mellow floral-like citrus personality. Continues on with more butterscotch and very caramely. There is some bitterness tingling the tip of the tongue but not nearly as much as I remember. Finishes sweet and spicy with a low level lingering dirty bitterness.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Only a touch of prickly carbonation.

D: With only a year under its belt, this beer is turning out really nicely. This one has at least two more good years before it will start going down hill.

Westsidethreat, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of david18
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

david18, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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

Floydster, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Boto
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: I found this in the back of the fridge, and was surprised that I hadn’t rated it yet. It pours an almost clear, darker golden color. Maybe a twinge of orange in it. The aroma is very good. A big shot of hops, like you would expect from Stone. Mainly grapefruit and pine, but also some grassy notes. The taste was solid. A fine malt body behind the beer, although perhaps a bit more delicate (for lack of a better description) than most of their other brews. Decent balance to the hops. I could drink a few more of these.

Boto, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to bust this one out. Released September 2005.

Pours a dirty golden color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Active bubbles. Lots of lace. Looks great.

Caramel and candy sugar greet the nose first, followed by a kind of medicinal, menthol heat, most likely from the high-ish alcohol %. And the hops? Yep, they're dying to whip your tastebuds into shape.

Sweet candy-like flavors--caramel, peach, pear, peppermint, butterscotch, molasses--mixed with hot spices, sizzling hops and sharp herbs. A unique flavor that seems to have a lot going on, and somewhat hard to pin down. Tastes a little different each sip.

Like all Stone stuff, the mouthfeel is superb, this one being hefty, buttery, tingly...just right.

Overall it has a kind of Frankenstein-ish feel, seems to be a little bit of everything: sweet and spicy like a tripel, syrupy like a barleywine, hella-hoppy like a Double IPA, and as dangerously drinkable as a good lager. My hat's off to Stone. Again.

Metalmonk, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of kgotcher
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange color with some head a lacings, nothing spectacular.

Of course its Stone so super hoppy right away on the aroma but still a huge base of malt in there. Reminds me of a Chirstmas tree also some Citrus/grapefruit with a strong sweetness of grainy malt.

Medium to full body, quite syrupy with no bitter aftertaste, hides the alcohol very well, no alchohol warming really to speak of. Taste is big on malt AND hops, no hiding what is going on in there. Quite tasty and for a strong ale and I would say quite drinkable. However for the asking price of $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber I would have to limit my intake.

kgotcher, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, released in September '05 - dry-hopped with Amarillo and Crystal; 50 IBUs. It pours into the tulip a very lightly hazed/sedimented topaz with medium carbonation and is topped with a two finger, fluffy, off-white head that is nice and sticky. The aroma is pungent yet nice, with notes of tart and nutty wheat backed by citric, American hops. It is similar on the palate with tart/nutty wheat, medicinal phenols, some orange, and a big bitterness - strong, yet pleasant with a candy-like sweetness. The body is medium, almost full, smooth, drying, with medium carbonation and finish. I rather enjoyed this one - I wish I had another bottle. But I would call it a wheat wine as opposed to the more generic term strong ale, especially because Stone, on their website, describes it as an amped-up version of Heat-Seeking Wheat.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of hero27
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. September 2005.

Pale gold. Off white head that holds pretty well and leaves nice lacing. mmm, hops that would make Amarillo, Texas proud. Floral & citrus hops are laid on pretty thick..and there is a biscuity malt flavor that helps smooth things out. Great hop character and nice smooth finishing bitterness. Finally an Anniversary Ale with some up-front hops..the pale malt is there to provide some support, but it knows who the boss is, and it's not Tony Danza (or even Mona) in this case.
I thought this was right on par with their 8th Edition, and I'll be looking forward to their Decade release.

hero27, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice shade of hazy orange with a huge super creamy head that left so much lacing down the side it looked like meringue.

Smell as full of nice citrus hop odor.

Taste had a great balance of slightly sweet malt flavors and sweet orange citrus taste mixing in with a just a touch of alcohol taste and then finishing with a huge grapefruity hop finish..

Mouthfeel had a very heavy creaminess to it with a bit of oilyness as well.

Overall extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

bashiba, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- ½” just off white head, head has good retention and the lacing is about ¼” thick and sticks to side of glass. Golden orange color and is a bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation (when poured 2nd glass I poured it a bit to hard and got head of about ¾ of the glass, it was a really rough pour though)

Smell- Hops and a bit of orangey smell. Has a malt background. Seems like a mix between citrusy and floral hops.

Taste-Hoppy up front. Can taste the different levels of alcohol on back and mid tongue. A medium bitter aftertaste. Has a nice bitter bite at front of tongue. Fruity flavors which I think is orangey. Was also sweetish like the same kind of sweet you get from a sweet orange.

Mouthfeel- big body, medium carbonation, with a heavy feel to it.

Drinkability- I like it! First beer I like when I can taste alcohol in it, since it doesn’t give that warming feeling in back of throat to much. Nice complex beer that seems to be easier to pick apart the flavors.

BlindPig, Jul 24, 2006
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 scooter231
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy slightly rusty golden color- tons of off-white creamy looking head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells hoppy and lightly lemon. And oh yeah- hoppy. And just in case you're confused- hoppy. American Strong Ale? Not an IPA? Okay, if you say so... now, to taste...

Hoppy, once again. Sliiiightly muted hops- not too intense, but certainly hoppy. Similar to their IPA and Ruination IPA- in a blind taste testing I would have sworn this was an IPA. As an IPA, lovely. As an ASA? I don't know... it's... NOT one.

Mouthfeel is good- a tad too watery for me, but overall easy to swallow. I am definitely hunting this down again- they need to make this stuff in 6packs. I'd be a happy, happy girl.

scooter231, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of jhammerly
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this special elixir into my Arrogant Bastard glass from a 22 oz. bomber.Deep golden liquid filled the glass about half way, then an off-white head shot up the rest and retained its composure for a little while. A light citrusy aroma hit my senses as I stuck my nose to the edge of the glass. I attempted to take a sip while waiting out the head to settle down and as I got a little bit of nectar...I let out a big sneeze (hoppy beers always make me sneeze). I knew that this was going to be an experience. The beer wasn't as hoppy as I anticipated, but it was still bitter to the end. There wasn't much lingering afterwards either. A very nice balance of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is sort of medium, kind of chewy, but very drinkable despite its 7.8% alcohol. Hopefully I can get my hands on their tenth anniversary release.

jhammerly, Apr 16, 2006
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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.