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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

250 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 250
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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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

02-04-2006 13:39:10 | More by Suds
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Wildman

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Aroma: Flowery citrus hops, orange, a definite carmel sweetness. Very West Coast hop and IPA-like.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with yellow edging. A densely carbonated white head and little floaties in the bottom.

Flavor: Pine, peppery, candied oranges, some malt sweetness accentuated with a firm hop punch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and prickly. Just a touch oily on the finish.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable and drinkable. Definitely slanted towards the hop end of the spectrum but very easy and not palate fatiguing. Maybe a year plus has helped settle this a bit. Definitely recommended.

05-14-2006 13:50:17 | More by mattcrill
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Stone 9th Anniversary is packaged in a 22oz bomber with a label containing a whole bunch of words that I don't know, and no description of the beer inside. It seems as if the thesaurus was applied liberally. Upon pouring, it is immediately apparent that the hops were applied liberally as well. Spicy citrus and pine dominate the nose of this golden brew. Taste is very hoppy, but not as aggressively bitter as a Ruination. Malt profile is quite low, perhaps due to the use of wheat in the brew, but this beer is full bodied. Little bit of wheat tang in the finish. Medium carbonation, I little hot in the finish.

As for style,even though it has some wheat, I would probably throw it into the Double/Imperial IPA category. At least, that is what you should expect when you drink it, even if it doesn't technically apply.

09-27-2005 00:25:49 | More by ColForbin
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mochunk

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. 9th Anniversary Ale, September 2005.

Copper orange with arid off white head, good to great lacing.

heavily floral hops greet the nose. slight hints of cloves and barley.

First sip is medium in feel and flows down the throat clean, not quite oily, not quite dry. Tastes of the floral hops, some citrus seems to want to make an appearance but can't quite get through. Spicy clove with a slightly malty barley finish. The hops dance on the palate long after, and there is a bit of a phenol bite, warming all the way down. This almost reminds me a spicier slightly hopped but low abv barleywine. Theres more going on here than I have the vocabulary to describe. Oh@! I got it. Butterscotch. Ok, so I read some other reviews to see if anyone described what I couldn't, and that's what it was. Definite butterscotch note permeates throughout. I'd like to try one cellared another 6 months so it's a year old. I can probably get more so maybe I'll try that.

This is a complex enough brew to please just about anyone yet is quite drinkable. Surely worthy of celebratory anniversary, good on ya Stone. Here's to 10 more.

Besides, how can you not like a brew that uses "antidisestablishmentarianism" in it's labeled description?!

05-02-2006 02:42:42 | More by mochunk
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

02-08-2006 13:39:55 | More by Gavage
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

09-22-2012 03:34:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Gots me a 22oz bomber, with Sep '05 painted on the label.... Into my Imperial pint glass she goes... a striking golden/apricot hued bier... has a touch of haze, but not a whole lot. Carbonation within is voluminous and steady, heading topside. Head it forms is frothy, with a light eggshell color. A few larger sized bubbles are interspersed amongst the plethora of fine foam, which is a solid 1/4" and holding... slowly but slowly ebbs, yet still covers the brew, with very nice lacing being left behind. Aroma has a touch o' toasty malt, with citrussy, rindy notes as well. Overall, a bit light coming forth. Body is a pleasing medium-plus, with a smooth, creamy passage over the tongue.

As far as flavor goes, some sugary sweetness initially hits the palate, with more toasty, yet light, malty notes appearing. Following forthwith are citrus-hop characteristics... plus some fruity aspects encompassing a bit of tangerine and cantaloupe. Has a bit of a resiny component as well, which nicely coats the oral cavity. Tasty stuff. Some alcohol-induced warmth hits the innards of the torso, but doesn't bowl you over. Very pleased by the quaffing of this bier. It works quite well.

Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

882

01-28-2006 22:12:30 | More by Bierman9
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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!

04-08-2006 08:57:51 | More by feloniousmonk
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Zithal

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Stone rarely disapoints and this baby is no exception. An agressive pour resulted in a foamy white head.

Aroma was nice and hoppy with some yeasty overtones. The beer itself is a pale-gold with a slight cloudyness to it.

The taste is wonderfully hoppy with some very minor uncomfortable mouth feel. After tasting, I expected the hops to linger for awhile, but them seemed to quickly subdue.

As the beer warmed, the flavour improved. I know it's listed here as an American Strong Ale, but it tastes more like an Imperial IPA.

In all a very good brew. Happy 9th aniversary, Stone!

11-23-2005 01:43:10 | More by Zithal
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silenius

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a medium amber with odd pinkish highlights. It generates a large fluffy head with nice lacing.

Smell is on the light side with some grapefruity hops and some mapley hops. Not much there at all.

Taste is somewhere around their IPA to me. A little lighter on the hops and a little maltier. A tad on the lean side.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily with nice carbonation. Very pleasant.

Very drinkable.

12-12-2005 03:05:50 | More by silenius
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

10-19-2005 22:45:53 | More by WesWes
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

02-16-2007 01:44:03 | More by Georgiabeer
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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

10-08-2005 01:55:56 | More by dirtylou
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Boilermaker88

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Presented in a 22oz bomber purchased (for $4.69) at A&J's Liquor in Covina, CA. Poured into my handy Pizza Port Real Ale Fest pint glass.
Has a transluscent apricot coloring, a lot of fine carbonation writhing up the walls, and a huge, densely packed and highly durable white head that left masses of thick lace behind.
Okay, I heard this called a variation on a wheat beer, even vaguely compared to Three Floyds' Gumballhead. Just by smelling it, I can safely say "no way". The aroma of this one-timer by Stone is all about the hops; heavy, hearty and all-encompassing citrusy, flowery and pine-laden all at the same time. Also a touch of spice and maybe honey. Smells like an IPA.
Hey, guess what? It tastes like an IPA, too! Not as brazen as Ruination; quite a bit sweeter, in fact. There is a mild, just-barely-there honey flavor under cover of the assertive hops character that keeps this brew from going completely over to the far side with Ruination. The flavors of hops oils, pine needles, and floral hops pretty much sweep aside the malt aspect. I certainly didn't encounter any of the wheat character I expected. The feel was full, lush, and creamy.
I enjoyed Stone's 9th anniversary offering though I don't think I'd call it a strong ale. A double IPA maybe? Doesn't matter too much as I like it more than last year's. A tasty mystery.

09-14-2005 21:14:47 | More by Boilermaker88
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waldowin

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

From a bottle labeled September 2005.

Pours a clear honey color, with an extremely dense, sticky white head almost an inch thick. Good lacing, visible carbonation.

Smells very strongly of bananas and lemongrass. Slightly sweet, not too complex.

Tastes of bananas, mandarin oranges, pears, and grapefruits, with a hint of cloves in the finish. Crisp, tasty, thoroughly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, thanks to the brisk carbonation and hops.

Tasty stuff! Be nice to see where it's at in a year.

05-28-2006 06:55:54 | More by waldowin
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

22 oz bomber from Sept '05, poured into a tulip, a gorgeous glowing golden amber with three fingers off dense off-white head and some pretty nice retention. Smell is fairly big and spicy citrus hops over a nice doughy malt. Taste hits you with hops right away, citrus and grapefruit, gives a hint of a solid biscuity malt in the background and then blasts you with a spicey, bitter, and slightly alcoholic finish. Medium/full bodied with a smooth slightly slick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a nice anniversary ale, but nothing really jumps out about it to make it stand out from the regulars.

04-15-2006 18:10:14 | More by cubedbee
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

hazy orange beer with tight head of foam, some sparse zigzag lacing lines left lingering. aroma is a cute citrus hop.. pink grapefruit flavored candy. some deeper light fruits like apricot and fig. subtle malts. tastes light for a strong ale.. explosively floral like lysol bathroom spray with super fresh herbal hop dominating. sweet without viscosity. something slightly off in the finish.. musky. mouthfeel is light, and bitterness is there, but super fresh and not at all chalky or affecting the beer's texture in a negative way. people seem to think this will improve with age, i really dig the fresh flavors. i'd like it fresh on tap... that would be the ideal 9 situation. once the hops mellow here, i can see the musk taking over and the sweetness way too far in the front of the beer's flavor.

not stone's best, but a decent effort and something i'll have again.

09-22-2005 04:16:44 | More by goodbyeohio
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ejquin

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

App: Cloudy orange with thick white head, little lacing.

Smell: Yeasty and bready. You can smell the hops as well and some orange peel. Almost pilsner like.

Taste: It's balanced decently for a stone brew. Lots of hops. Clean dry finish. Touch of citrus. Not bad.


Mouth: A bit lighter than I'd like. Low carbonation but works well.

Drink: Decent. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste for a 7.8% abv beer.

Ovr: Not a bad offering but I don't think it's anything too special. It's blanced well, but a bit one dimensional.

09-18-2005 01:03:00 | More by ejquin
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altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

The beer poured into the glass clear pale golden amber with an off-white, frothy, and moussy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and strongly fruity and floral with a citrusy hop aroma coupled with an earthy hop component. The malt aroma was caramel and some slight spicy alcohol phenols.

The flavor was nicely malty with an aggressive bittering that immediately caused the malt character to fade to black. The bittering was extremely well done however and though impressions of citrus, earthy and slightly spicy hops were present, they never became overpowering or harsh. Some alcohol bite was present, but to me it did not detract from the beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering long into the aftertaste which faded after a few seconds to a nice bittering impression. The body was medium full and nicely done. If this is wheat, it is more of a wheat wine than an American Pale Wheat and more of a barleywine crossed with an IPA than anything else. I like it quite a bit, kick the tires and give it a whirl.

22 ounce bottle, purchased at OUAV for $5.80.

09-12-2005 20:51:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale
22 oz brown bottle
September 2005
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy light orange color with a great head. Thick, foamy head on top of this brew. Signficant trails of sticky lace.

Floral hop aroma with freshly sliced citrus fruits.

Sweet blend of oranges and grapefruit. Puckering hops with a twangy citrus profile, mainly grapefruit juice. Resin and oil flavors. Interesting mouthfeel that reminds me of a wheat beer. Cool yeast flavors too.

My only concern is on the finish. There are rough flavors left on my tongue after I complete a sip. My tastebuds are spent with a strange rubbing alcohol kick.

Stone brewing has there own unique taste and brewing style. Another high quality offering. This beer will only age better as times passes. I may have had it premature.

11-23-2005 22:05:40 | More by Hibernator
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Glossy pineapple with a significant contribution from juicy orange. Lazy, superfine bubbles eventually make their way up to a tremendous looking cap of cream colored foam. Although the glass isn't completely coated with lace, it's pretty damn close. Stone beer usually looks fantastic in the glass. 9th Anniversary Ale is no exception.

The nose isn't the Amarillo-fest that I hoped it would be. Even though it isn't overwhelmingly hoppy, it's hoppy enough to suit me. I'm reminded of a less ingredient-intensive DIPA. If the aroma is any indication, the flavor profile will be relatively well-balanced between malt and hops.

That's exactly what it is too. Sturdy pillars of sugar cookie-like pale malt support a moderately bitter tropical fruitiness (pineapple, orange, grapefruit) that comes close to being considered resinous. The thing that keeps me from absolutely loving the beer is the incompletely masked alcohol. A little aging would probably do wonders, but I couldn't accept the inevitable fading of the hops.

Along those same lines, the flavor itself, while good, is a little too raw and unrefined to be considered anywhere near great. I'll test my theory that a mellower 9th Anniversary Ale is a better 9th Anniversary Ale by buying another bottle and stashing it away for a year or two. Balance is maintained throughout the lengthy finish, despite my hope that the hops will throw off their malty shackles and dance a little jig on my tongue.

The mouthfeel, which is medium-full, lacks any creaminess whatsoever. It's more like highly polished, finely cut crystal than it is creamy, silky or lush. I like it just fine, but like the rest of the beer, age is needed to bring about some amount of softening.

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale is good beer without a doubt. I only wish that one wasn't forced to choose between drinking it too early (hoppy, but brash) or too late (mellow, but probably hop-deficient). Perhaps there's a magical nexus when all elements come together to produce a transcendant ale. I doubt it, though. It's a tribute to Stone that with all of my misgivings, I still enjoyed the hell out of the bomber.

11-21-2005 22:38:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Dmann

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

09-29-2005 10:07:49 | More by Dmann
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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