Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BenZ:
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I'm glad I read a post here about enjoying this fresh. I didn't even read the bottle and just put it in the cellar. I remedied that situation and chilled it last week.
So, it's pretty dark for a hop aroma like that!
It looks like a light brown ale or a dark amber. Or, perhaps, an American Strong Ale! The head rivals Duvel!
Smell is 2/3 Celbration or Bigfoot and 1/3 Hopslam. Translation: awesome!
More tropical hop flavors and slightly less bitterness would have been appreciated. I didn't even notice the malt until I was nearly done with my glass and it warmed up more than expected.
Nice mouthfeel but maybe just slightly too bitter and hot for a better drinkability score.
Don't think I'll get again as a fresh bigfoot is pretty close to this beer and much cheaper. Overall, a dang nice beer!
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2009 17:39:37 | More by BenZ
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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.
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