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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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Photo of rowew
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed label with the typical rambling Stone description. Obviously this has been around a while, but it has been kept refrigerated the whole time.

Appearance: Pours clear orange in color, average head and retention.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, lots of piney hops.

Taste: Hop flavors are fairly mellow, but they are definitely there - nice combination of citrus and pine. Malt flavors dominate though.

Overall impression: I suspect this may be a very different beer than it was fresh, but it is great aged - smooth and drinkable despite a high abv.

rowew, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of maskednegator
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

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 magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hops (pine, grapefruit, lemongrass), wheat, grass, and, well, hops. Taste is very similar. Loads of the citrus hops along with pepper It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long resiny hop finish with alcohol burn.

magictrokini, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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

JohnGalt1, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of PorterLambic
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Brewed 9/2005
Drank 12/2007
Reviewed 8/2008

Pours a nice reddish-orange. Clear at first pour but nicely cloudy afterwards with a 2" tan/red head. Dissipates to a thick film within a minute.
Smell is malt, hops/resin, orange peel, spice and hints of oak.
Taste is malt, alcohol, hops, orange & spice, oak with a hint of smoke/peat.
Medium full body, light effervescence, slightly dry finish with a mostly hop aftertaste that has a light malt note. Slightly warming in the throat. Very good brew, though the weakest of the Stone line I've had thus far.

PorterLambic, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Says retired but I just bought one at a liquor store on south 31 by borders and white castle.

A: Nice. This is basically your run of the mill stone beer with that nice hoppy orange-zest-beeswax-pine resin-kind of yummyness. I think its a very good beer and you should try one on for size it be yummy.

D: This one goes down really smooth and it ain't too strong. Go ahead and quaff me all night, I won't treat you too badly tomorrow.

baos, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Wildman
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.

Wildman, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Been holding onto this for over a year. I finally decided to crack it open tonight. 22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/22/08.

A - Poured a very clear light amber/orange body with 1/2-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin, patchy film. Sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Left some pretty decent lacing around the glass.

S - Strong caramel malt sweetness with some baked bread aroma. Hops are primarily citrus, but are quite subdued, probably due to the age of this brew. Some piney/resiny hops in the back. Whiff of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness is apparent immediately, followed by some oily hop bitterness and a faint bready maltiness with some alcohol tang.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a syrupy texture and prickly carbonation on the tongue, along with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter, leaving some oily, sticky hop residue on the palate.

D - While I'm sure this has mellowed quite a bit since 2005, this still has a nice flavor and aroma, and a very smooth mouthfeel, making this quite easy to drink.

ffejherb, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
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.

kirok1999, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Tried this on tap at the 11th anniversary and then out of the bottle last sunday at winter storm. I think I am going to go against the grain with this one. It was a decent/good beer but it was very mild and not overly impressive.

The appearance was a bit hazy and reddish (almost a bit orange in the light). The color was neat but the lack of head and clarity were a bit distracting. This goes for both bottle and keg.

The smell was nice but very mild. I'd say even milder than the 8th anniversary. It was sweet and fruity but not from actual fruits. I'd guess it comes from the dark malts they use, probably similar to the ones used in the arrogant bastard. If you tried this beer recently and have ever tried an aged double bastard you'll know what I'm talking about. There was also the slightest touch of hop aroma here.

The flavor was very soft and pleasant. Here I could taste more of the fruity flavors that were noticeable in the aroma. There was a little hop flavor and bitterness but its diminished over the past couple of years. There was really no alcohol flavor to speak of which was nice, but there wasn't any kind of bite either.

Overall a very smooth very drinkable beer but lacking in some areas.

t0rin0, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Received this in a trade with autumnaldave! Cheers

Poured this brew into my glass and a massive head exploded. As I wait for this head to die down I will watch some football.

okay, well a full five mins later and its ready to release its drink.

The smell of this 2 year old beer is so rich and strong. It smells of sweet fruits and a little bit of alcohol.
I think this brew is or has developed a creaminess thats rich and full. I really enjoy this beer. Compare to a year before (8th Ann) this beer has really stepped up.

Overall this beer is still full of flavor, creamy notes, and a little booze. Its super drinkable and I would love to have another.

iconoklaztor, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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 Overlord
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Always sad when you know you're extraordinarily unlikely to ever try a beer again. I picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port a few weeks ago along with several other anniversary editions. Doubt another will ever cross my path again.

Golden color with a slight haze. Maybe a faint orangeish hue. Smells fainly of hops and grapefruit. Taste is ... unexpectedly complex. Some sweetness balancing out the hops, more tangerine/orange than grapefruit. This is really excellent, and displays a bit more balance in terms of the "hop bomb" effect one sees from a lot of Stone brews. Could drink this all day.

Overlord, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

22oz. bottle in trade from UncleMeat - many thanks!

Slightly hazy, gold color. Lots of orange in there. Large, off white, creamy head which dropped fast. Very still, but not unexpected given age.

Sweet and malty. Bananas? Fruits, mainly tropical. Coconut. Not much in the hops department. Some earthiness.

Sweet more than bitter, initially and overall. Hops still shine through a bit in the aftertaste, grassy and herbal. Caramel and biscuity. Alcohol and medicinal notes.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Relatively dry. Very smooth in texture.

Interesting, enjoyable, gone...

This was bottled just as I was getting into craft beer. Glad I was able to reach back and try it. Get some if you can!

, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured into a snifter

A - One finger creamy eggshell head on a hazy orange / yellow body; looks like a belgian with whisps of carbonation and little visible sedement

S - Tangerines, sour pears, candy malts

T - Stark alcohol presence - vodka, candy / belgian malts, a touch of brown sugar and phenolic notes finishing

M - Creamy into a thin, carbonated bite

D - Whew, lots of alcohol present on this one; definitely a sipper. Aged well, paired this well with a robust cigar and good conversation.

yourunclewalt, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Goldorak
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Opaque orange, very thin lacing and soapy bubbles. You'd get a bit of head on it only after significant swirling. For something that's been sitting a while in the cellar, it's nothing unusual.

Smell: Speaking of unusual, the hop signature you usually get from Stone isn't quite there in this Beer, so it came off as a bit of a surprise. Sure, the citrus and pine were there, but it was way more mellow, there definately had some cheezy element and some kind of corked character that I enjoyed. Another after-effect of the aging process? Perhaps.

Taste: Carbonation was just right to leave some room for the malt and to prevent the hops from taking center stage, but obviously they keep the leading role. The pineyness of the hops came out the most, another surprise for me as I'm used to more of a grapefruit finish, and there definately had some yeast action going on as well. It went down wickedly smooth and I enjoyed it. Note to self: keep aging your Stones!

Goldorak, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of boelker62
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Served in a pint glass at Monk's Cafe's "Everybody Must Drink Stone" Tasting 5/22/07...

A - amber color with a thin, white head. Slightly cloudy, especially being this old.

S - an appropriate hop bite right up front with some pine tinges in the background. I didn't pull the maltiness out of it as some other have commented.

T - you don't notice the alcohol at first, but when you do, you pay no mind, and just keep it going. The hops are well-pronounced without dominating this brew. I couldn't pull any citrus notes from the hops, as they are long gone from this one. No worries though. The mature taste remaning fills the void.

M - Lower levels of carbonation that are appropriate to the style, and a nice alcohol warmth.

D - moreso than some of the other offerings from Stone, just pace yourself, as with most.

boelker62, May 24, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

rallison, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of dgfair
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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 Boto
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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 Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer was sampled and reviewed in March 2006. 22 oz bottle.

This beer poured a hazy, peach color with tall, creamy, off-white foam that persists a while and clung a bit as it settled. The smell was fruity and malty. A very nice aroma. The taste was hoppy with flavors of mangoes and slightly astringent "aspirin" from the hops (Amarillo). There was a good, balanced malty backbone behind the hops. There was a pleasant bitterness coupled with a fruity tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation. The finish and aftertaste had lightly sweet malt and tangy, fruity hops lingering. This was quite an enjoyable beer! Among my favorites from Stone.

UncleJimbo, Jan 12, 2007
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.