Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BirdFlu:
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is very dark. Sort of surprisingly dark for how hoppy the aroma (and flavor) is. Cloudy dark brown ruby with foamy cream colored head. Smells very strong of hops like an iipa and is quite boozey smelling. Strong alcohol and sort of a sweet dark fruit with a bit of caramel. Taste is very much like American barleywine; strong fruity and floral hops with sweet undertones. Fairly tart with deep sweetness like molasses and a nice strong booziness. Mouth is full-bodied and well balanced. Crisp carbonation with boozey warmth. Again, very american barleywine-ish. Its overall quite delicious though its strong alcohol and potent flavor could be a bit much. Also it could stand to bump up the sweetness just a touch to be a bit less iipa-like.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2009 23:35:34 | More by BirdFlu
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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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