Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BattleRoadBrewer:
2.25/5 rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Sorry, but I have to wonder what went wrong here. Did Stone really brew this? They're one of my favorite breweries, hence extreme confusion.
Pours a dark copper, looking like mahogany in the glass, forming a fluffy tan head that leaves considerable lacing.
Aroma is pleasantly hoppy at the bottle top, but turns harsh and plasticky after resting in the glass. It stinks like a homebrew made with skanky extract.
Flavor is charred and cloying, leaving unpleasant characters on the tongue. Negligible hop flavor, believe it or not.
Drinkability is rotten. The last half of this is going down the drain. This beer is a huge disappointment. Last time I brewed one this bad, I never shared it with friends. This tastes like a failed homebrew. Sad that this cost me $7. I'm going to go have one of their terrific Sublimely Self-Righteous to cleanse the palate.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2009 17:59:04 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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3.81/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Told not to cellar, BUT I'M A MAVERICK. I had a few of these fresh a few years back and thought they were quite good, so I saved one for a 5 year tasting. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Dark red with pretty decent head formation. Reading previous reviews, it seems the head does develop over time. The agitator in the Duvel tulip certainly doesn't hurt, I'm sure.
S: I read the 2012 reviews and saw a lot about the alcohol. I'm really only getting a little of that, so I guess the extra 2 years have really helped on that front. Some toffee and sweet malts up front, with a slight hint of currants.
T: Very, very sweet, caramel and molasses dominate. I think a year earlier would've been a better call for this, but I was bound and determined for a 5-year review. That currant/raisin flavor sticks around a bit. Decently long finish - honestly, a minute or so after the last sip is when this beer gets really interesting, with the raisins and molasses dominating.
M: Medium- to full-bodied, surprised the rest of the flavors don't stick around longer.
O: This one was pretty solid fresh (wish I would've reviewed it back then), but 5 years really is too long. I could see maybe 3 or 4 being worthwhile. I don't really get Stone's insistence that you "Do Not Cellar. Enjoy in 2009." I had this as part of a 3-year vertical in 2010, with 2008, 2009, and 2010 anniversaries, and I recall 2009 standing out above the others (and those were pretty solid fresh). I remember thinking I had a gem on my hands but I guess it was just slightly too long.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 03:35:17 | More by jdcollens
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.