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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

463 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2006)
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rye726

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich copper brown color with a creamy tan head. The nose is a mixture of aged piney hops, candy malts and ripe fruits. The taste follows nicely. Again a big sweet malt profile followed by a dulled yet delicious hop variety. Full silky body is well carbonated. A fantastic ale that has aged well.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 02:10:34 | More by rye726
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gford217

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of dave12285 poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy copper with a dense tan head that lingers for q while leaving some delicate lacing. Honestly, it looks a lot like an American barleywine...

S: ...and it smells a lot like a barleywine as well. There is an initial citrus hop aroma, but definitely subdued. The smell is dominated by the caramel malts with butterscotch and brown sugar as well.

T: The taste is much like the smell. I never had it fresh, but I imagine there was a huge hop kick in this at some point. Now it's almost all malts with a touch of citrus up front and some earthy hop bitterness in the finish. Lots of sugary sweetness and some dark fruits as well.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, but it is very smooth and sticks to the mouth throughout.

D: This beer has aged very well in my opinion though it's certainly more of a barleywine than an IIPA at this point. Regardless of category, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 23:45:26 | More by gford217
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz picked up a long time ago at Erickson's for $6.. it still has the price tag on it... poured into my Smokestack goblet. I am reviewing this tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project.

1" finger head sticks around for a while and sticks like champ to the sides of the glass.. very nice lacing.. Brew is hazy bright orange.

Aroma is still fairly hoppy, but obviously is showing some age.. citric grapefruit with pale malts and a background brown sugar note.

Flavor is very much like a fairly fresh American BW.. piney and citrus hops with quite a big punch of maltiness and some caramel... finish is long with a sorta floral hoppy/yeasty fruitiness to it. The body is still fairly thick and the carbonation is pretty creamy.

I loved this beer immensely when fresh.. maybe my all time favorite DIPA.. right now, it is still drinking fairly nicely... again, it is much more like a big BW, but I am not complaining.. I am a happy camper.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 08:02:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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kdogg73

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dayton recently had their 10th Alefest. One of the featured, rare brews was Stone's 10-year Anniversary batch. I am trying to get confirmation if this was part of a special re-brew batch for the event or was simply mislabeled. Both the local media, vendor and event pamphlet cited it as Stone 10th Anniversary IPA. Yet, BA claims it was only brewed once. Nonetheless, I will go with the information I have and make my review of it until I hear otherwise. I do have an email in with Stone Brew.

Let me say, this was my favorite of what I had at the event. I did not make it through all that I wanted there, but this I did and was very pleased.

It's tough to make a true assessment of something you only had two ounces of in between other beers, but what I can remember is this:

Color was very appealing, not entirely clear, but of a lighter amber with medium head.

Smell was sweet and citrusy as you would expect from an IPA, yet not strong

Taste was smooth. The hoppiness was there to open the door to it's smooth followthrough that matched it smell.

This very gentle on the palate. The 10% ABV didn't steal the show as does other high alcohol brews.

Everyone I talked to afterward cited this as maybe they're favorite of the festival. I concur.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 20:35:57 | More by kdogg73
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opwog

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Now listening to: Gits - Here Is To Your F**k

Age note: It seems that with the release of the new 12th anniversary that some of the older anniversary beers are slipping out from distributors, as well. I had this back when it was originally released, but this specific bottle is 2 years old.

A- Amber color with a 1 finger beige head that quickly sinks to a thin disc of a head.

S- Not much smell at all to this. Malt...yes, hops...yes, but I have a feeling that this may have been a snout full when originally released.

T- I have to say that this is very reminiscent of the Greenflash Imperial IPA up front. Lots of malt and hops battling it out and switching around. But with thsi beer, that intensity fades quickly.

M- As the flavor fades, the hops start to really bite the back of my throat and actually caused excess saliva (OK, I know...gross, but that is what the mouthfeel was)

D- Even as my only beer of the night, I couldn't finish a 22.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:25:49 | More by opwog
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect 1-2" dulce de leche head. Sparse visible carbonation at first rising from awesome butterscotch/caramel body with slight haze. Gets to be next-nigh perfect on the 2nd pour with decent lacing.

Loads of caramel malt - floral hope take time to emerge with warmth - lisghtly soapy at first. Mild grapefruit rind. Alcohol bite is blanketed with sweet caramel tones.

While the hops may be fading it still has a powerful bite - a little piney at first (maybe the effect of more than expected carbonation) but then floral tone emerges with more strength. Caramel, caramel-apple and alcohol are quite profound at first. Powerful stuff.

Raw and rustic brute force meets velvety finish and slight carbonation tingle. Mild burn from alcohol in back of mouth is not a bother. As this warms the soothing caramel, butterscotch and apple heft coats nicely in n extremely long finish.

OK, it's not sessionable but 1 of these a day would be even better than an apple.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 08:03:07 | More by IBUnit63
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just dragged this guy up from the cellar. Let's see how it goes.

Appearance - Nice, beautiful copper with a solid half inch of head. Some real nice lacing to boot.

Smell - Real nice hop with some definite fruit, almost orange and some candy apple.

Taste - Comes up with that hoppy goodness up front. Followed by some sweet maltiness with a serious alcohol kicker. This shit will get you drunk. Frankly, this is reminiscent of a good barleywine, which is hardly a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - Creamy goodness with lots of nice carbonation. Pretty thick but not heavy.

Drinkability - I like it, I even quite like it, but I'll call it a day after this one bomber. Plenty of kick, that's for sure.

Overall this was a pleasant experience. This is solid, hoppy, serious IPA-ness. If you are looking for a good IPA, this should be on the short list.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:10:48 | More by callmescraps
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this last night at Stone. Drank a glass today. Poured it into my Old Guardian Barley Wine glass since I heard it was drinking like a BW.

Appearance: poured like a barleywine with little head but some good lacing.

Smell: Smelled of bananas and citrius it smelled awesome

Taste: tastes like a barley wine with a slight thickness and smoothness but intense and sweet at the same time.

Mouthfeel: slightly thick like a barley wine and feels like one as well

Drinkability: could not drink this stuff all night but it was very good but could prob drink no more than two glasses.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2008 02:09:11 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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abankovich

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this out of a 3 liter bottle split with my roommates. No way in hell I could drink this by myself. Review on the way:

Note ahead of time, this bottle is the 10th anniversary with no bottled on date. I have some 11th anniversary in the fridge, so this bottle is at least about 1 1/2 years old.

Appearance is a cloudy amber/orange with a very respectable lacing. For a 10%, "aged" beer this one really did leave a decent sticky lacing all the way down.

Getting ahead of my notes, the smell has more hops present in it than the taste does. That said, I am thoroughly impressed with the hop presence after the aging of this bottle. Definite sweet/caramel malts present as well, more prominent than the hops.

As mentioned, the hops are more noticeable in aroma than in taste. However I admit they are impressively noticeable in the taste considering that this beer has been waiting to be opened for about 1 1/2 years. Sticky and sweet are the two defining taste characteristics of this beer.

Medium bodied, smooth yet biting sourness are what I'm getting from the mouthfeel.

I only drank 1 liter of this 3 liter bottle, so I'm reviewing this drinkability based on 1 liter of the 10th anniversary. Definitely strong at 10%. I honestly would drink another (whether or not that would be advisable). The malt sweetness after a year+ of aging is still not too overpowering for an IIPA. I'm very impressed with this IIPA for holding strong this long.

I've got to thank my roommate for buying this 3Liter for my birthday. Excellent present and a great chance to taste a fantastic beer. Cheers to stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 00:59:31 | More by abankovich
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k3n

California

3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3L Growler stored in my cooler, and opened 5/24/08, aged approx 2 years.

I remember having this fresh, and enjoying it immensely, this being the IIPA that introduced me to just how fruity/citrusy an IIPA could be. Let's see how's it's held up...

A: Mostly clear, dark amber-gold. Not too much head, but I think asking for the growler to hold all the carbonation for 2 years is asking a bit much. Looks inviting nonetheless!

S: The malt has definitely over-taken things here. Plenty of caramelly goodness, but there's a distinct honey tint to the aroma as well. That's interesting. The citrusy hops are still there, but just in the background now.

T: It's pretty much a barleywine now. The maltiness is a really nice, mellow caramel/honey sweetness. This is followed by a bit of citrus rind bitterness/dryness, and a hit of raw alcohol on the finish. The fresh fruitniness I remember from the fresh bottle is gone. Sadness.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent. Even with a lower carbonation, the beer coats the mouth nicely, and provides an excellent fullness.

As an IIPA, I'd say this one is definitely past it's prime, but as an experiment in aging beer, it's pretty damn interesting.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2008 05:43:17 | More by k3n
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HalfFull

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber red in color with off white lacing that doesn't hold, head dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells of coriander, grapefruit and pine, very hoppy on the nose.

Tastes fruit forward but this is quickly overtaken with a slightly sweet malty finish.

Interestingly complex beer with a great feel, I'm still chewing on it in fact. Good drinkability matches its hop/malt makeup.

This beer is apparently about 18 months old, released from Stone's cellar. I hadn't had the opportunity to taste it near its original release date.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 00:47:30 | More by HalfFull
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throwitallaway

Alabama

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass. Amber color with a thick white head. Smells incredible with notes of pineapple, mango, pine, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is similarly complex, starting with a very obvious pineapple taste, that fades into bready malts, caramel, and piny, hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only some warming in the throat. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Very drinkable for such a big beer. This is definitely Stone's best creation, and one my favorites in general.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2008 22:37:27 | More by throwitallaway
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JDV

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of DrJay on BA. Pours a rich amber color with a big offwhite head and some light lacing. Smell is malty with caramel like sweetness along with some sweet citrus. Little to no hop prensence left. Taste is caramel, alcohol, and candied orange peels. Somewhat surprised that the hops have basically entirely faded and that the alcohol is still this present. Decent, but not what it was intended to be any longer, I'm guessing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:23:44 | More by JDV
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Papago Brewpub and Stone Brewing for putting on a Stone showcase including this amazing beer.

Gorgeous appearance; dark orange with good tan head. It throws out a powerful pine/citric aroma, and offers up an outstanding, pepper-tinged flavor that showcases the full body.

This beer is a huge hop bomb, without losing any more drinkability than necessary. It's a treasure, and deserving of its reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 02:01:00 | More by BretSikkink
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Look: Stored on it's side, the bottle showed a noticeable ribbon of sediment down one side and I uncapped and poured it. As expected from that sediment, the beer was faintly hazy with a toasted orange color. The pour was viscous, as the 10% ABV would have you guess, and the head formed in a slow but powerful uprush of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, rising to a sticky, off-white head of two finger thickness. Lacing comes in sappy, iridescent bubbled, concentric rings that multiply with each sip and go nowhere. Looking good!

Smell: Citrusy west-coast American hops, leaning toward sweetly juicy, in the vein of a ruby red grapefruit drizzled with light honey. Not much to report in the malt department other than the detectable sweetness. Some florals; crisp and fresh.

Taste: Well rounded, medium bodied maltiness helps this beer begin with a very nice sweetness that's not overdone. The almost unhideable alcohol comes in without pause in the middle, setting up the hop whipcrack on the back of the tongue. The finish is quite dry and the aftertaste is that of wet hops. An all around pleasant journey for a DIPA, when you put aside the heat from the alcohol.

Feel: Slick and slightly syrupy on the way in, with a good puffiness and tingle on the tongue shortly thereafter. The swallow is slick and sticky, leaving hop residue all the way down, and ending with embers in the belly.

Drink: Well, there is no doubting that Stone's hop-bomb beers are all very well crafted and quite tasty to boot. They've certainly gotten that aspect of their craft down, along with a penchant for keeping the ABV pumped up. This beer is no exception, even though personally, I think DIPAs are a little overplayed in the game of "extreme brewing". Nevertheless, this beer is easy to drink, and a nice treat for your bitter taste buds. Happy Anniversary, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:52:42 | More by EPseja
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for the chance to try this!

Commemorative Label #9 of 10: "I'm not worthy" haha.

Pours a murky golden/brown/red color, little head with little lacing. Second pour gives much more head, more frothy looking, with slightly more lacing.

Smell is not as hoppy as I expected, although there is a decent deal of hops, a strong fruity aroma is present with some citrus, very inviting.

Taste is a little different than other DIPA's I've had, pretty unique as I've sure it's mellowed out since bottling and matured. Piney hop bitterness is highly melded with the malt and a fruitiness (most likely orange as I'm picking up some orange peel). It's also fairly syrupy with low carbonation.

It would have been interesting to have tried this when it was first released as the hop presence has certainly decreased. It seems as if this DIPA has crossed style barriers as it seems more like a barleywine now.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:25:48 | More by deltatauhobbit
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drseamus

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

A: Rich red body with a nice off-white head. Pours a bit syrupy.

S: The aroma is still pretty strong, even with a year plus on the bottle. It's very sweet with piney notes and a touch of citrus.

T: The flavor is pretty sweet as well with decent bitterness. The hop flavor is mostly piney with a hint of orange though. It leaves a lasting bitterness.

M: Pretty heavy on the tongue. It is a bit syrupy and there isn't much carbonation left.

D: Not too shabby, but probably on the downhill.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:53:12 | More by drseamus
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rxdrewthejew

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Stone on Saturday.

A: I was worried about cabonation so a fairly aggressive pour which revealed a slightly syrupy but clear deep orange with a tiny bit of red/brown in the middle. Big fluffy white three finger head that slowly dissipated into a thick film.

S: Mild tropical malts, somewhat reminiscant of Double Bastard but not nearly as strong, with a mild citrus and pine hop scent. The smell is really not overwhelming, not nearly as strong as some of their other brews.

T: Sweet tropical esters come on strong and linger to the finish. Soon after the sweet malt base comes a mini hop blast. Mostly pine and not the typical Stone citrus.

MF: Carbonation is not really a problem, although it's very mild for an IPA. I do wonder if this was more carbonated a year ago, or even right off the tap. Syrupy and thick with a strong alcohol flavor.

D: This is quite good, but not nearly as strong as I had expected. At this point, it's quite similar to Double Bastard, although the flavor is toned down quite a bit. Really a pretty mellow beer flavor wise. I guess I would call it a malty IIPA, reminds me a bit of the summer Yulesmith. The drinkability is a bit deceptive because of the flavor, and I think it would be easy to put away a few pints of this before realizing that you were pretty messed up. Glad I got to try this, but the 11th was better, IMO.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2008 03:50:17 | More by rxdrewthejew
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t0rin0

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I still have a case and a half of this beer and enjoy one every now and then. Its interesting that since my bottles have been sitting in my closet they taste different than the one I had in the bottle at the brewery at winter storm. Their bottle still has all the nice hop goings on that it did when it was new where as mine is more of a barleywine. Either way, I love it.

The beer pours a brilliant red color thats moderately clear, it does get a little hazy when its cold. Theres some nice white fluffy head that doesn't last long. I gave the appearance a 4.5 because of that really cool red color.

The smell is of sweet carmel malts. Its not as complex once it starts loosing the hop flavor. The bottle from the brewery still had all the floral hops that smelled wonderful. The beer has slowly become a barleywine over the course of a year. Its become very sweet and still has some bitterness. Its only fault is that it has a lot of alcohol flavor to it when its warm. I actually really enjoy this drink. When its fresher it is closer to a DIPA with a moderate hop flavor and even a little citrus.

I can drink this stuff all day and will contiune to do so for another year or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 21:25:55 | More by t0rin0
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dac

California

3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA

Golden Amber color, slight chill haze.

Earthy & floral hop aromas with hints of biscuit and caramel malt.

Flavors are definatley tipped to the malt side. Toasted and caramel malt flavors with a certain "graininess". Hop bitterness backs the malt, however it is lacking up-front hop
flavors and the impact of a big hop nose.

This beer is full bodied and almost goes down like oatmeal. Alcohol is evedent and warming
which is this beer's most redeeming quality.

I tried this same beer from a 22oz bottle about a year ago and I remember it as having much

more hops flavor and aroma. Now without all the hops going on it is much less intersting.

It is still a decent beer, but there are many better ones.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 01:47:15 | More by dac
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, about 1 and 1/2 years old at time of tasting, I'm estimating,

A: Pours a pale brown, amber, if you will, with a small white head, with some lacing into a pint glass.

S: Pine hops, citrus, caramel malt, some alcohol and brown sugar.

T: As Gabe described, this beer, at this point in its evolution, is a lot more like a barleywine than a Double IPA. There is a major malt character that wasn't there before, when this beer was a hop bomb in 2006. Nice caramel and toffee flavour arises after aging, this is the major character, good, solid pine and citrus character from the hops. It's molded into a beer that's reminiscent of English Strong Ale, quite complex.

M: Smooth, resiny, oily, medium-bodied, nice hoppy feel in the mouth and in the aftertaste.

D: A nice, drinkable beer from Stone. It is interesting to see how this beer evolves from year to year. Hopefully, I'll be able to try it next year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 04:40:29 | More by Halcyondays
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is different. I mean that will all respect to Stone.
This beer looks and smells great, however, the taste is a little different. The taste is a little stale and odd. It's spicy but its stale. I would have loved to try this and the 9th ann fresh. I really wish I had been of age to try these brews fresh.

Overall, I this this brew would be good. I really think I had a bad bottle. Fresh or aged (properly) this brew should and is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 01:54:23 | More by iconoklaztor
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely bright copper amber color with nice off-white head, some lacing in streaks and fingers. The nose is full of fruity esters, more barleywine nose than IPA. I imagine the the last year has mellowed out the nose quite a bit from any hop bomb, but even still it has nice pine citrus notes.

Taste is delicious. Warm and inviting, a full body and divine carbonation, its a thick and tasty brew, full of malt and hop both. They just roll over one another, sweet sticky malts full of orangy hop juicy goodness. Don't know what it was like fresh, but I have a habit of having these Ani. ales a year old, and that seems to be how I like them.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 04:51:58 | More by objectivemonkey
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tulip glass served at the Blind Tiger's Stone 12/12/12/12 day. Yes, this is the 10th Anniversary.

A: The ale has a brilliant amber color, showing off bright highlights when daylight pours through it. There is little head but thie beer doesn't need a head to shine.

S: The nose is American barleywine, full of thick grains and equally (if not greater) hops. The vinous scents wafting off the glass are incredible; the year has done wonders for the overall aroma even if it diminished the hops.

T: A sip, so exquisite! Thick malts emerge, struggling with thick hops for attention. This beer has taken on a new dimension, losing some hop kick but picking up a deliciously thick grainy body. The flavors have taken on a barleywine-like profile, with the intensity of the malts finally managing to equal the intensity of the hops. Further sips reveal that the hops are still a presence, adding a piney sweet flavor that seems to be full of sugars. The bitterness from those hops has eroded a bit but it still leaves a lasting presence.

M: Oh so delicious, this keg has withstood the test of time. The flavor profile has evolved but will not disappoint a fan of the original creation.

D: The intense flavors make more than a glass or two difficult, but if you happen to stumble across this beauty on tap, by all means get a glass. The dimensions that the beer has taken are impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 14:22:54 | More by akorsak
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle via jasonjlewis

A: Pours a deep amber/copper under a creamy white head. OK lacing, good retention.

S: Hoppy with a nice malt backbone which gives way to some caramel. Hops are more piney than citrusy, but have obviously faded because the malt is so easily picked up, but that's not to say the hops are any where near gone. The hop character does fade with temperature and gives way to more hints of alcohol.

T: A nice sweetness up front with a piney hoppiness to finish. Good amount of bitterness and slightest hint of alcohol. Taste has a medicinal quality to it that throws it a little off between beginning and end.

M/D: Feel is pretty thick, medium to high medium, and a little oily. Carbonation is a tad high on this one. Drinkability is good. I didn't have this one fresh, but it seems to have held up reasonably well.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 00:05:04 | More by NCSUdo
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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