Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
If you liked the Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard Ales, you will love this beer.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown, much like the Double Bastard Ale. Really impressive color, but the head was unimpressive and did not lace for some reason.
S: Really strong malt smell here. The predominant smell might be considered to be a "molasses-like" smell. The hops are nearly buried by the malt presence, to be honest, but they're there.
T: The way I would describe this beer would be that it has the offensiveness of the arrogant bastard ale at the double bastard strength level. This beer is simply between those two in flavor but very strong overall. Frankly, most people would not like this beer and I've been disappointed to read reviews on here of people complaining about the strength of this beer when that's simply Stone's style, that is, a bombardment of roasted malt and hops...which I happen to love.
M: A little overcarbonated but still really great.
D: Not the most drinkable on the block, this beer comes out behind the Double Bastard in drinkability.
Final statement: If you don't like the Arrogant Bastard Ale, you will not like this Ale, so leave it on the shelf for people like me to enjoy instead.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2010 03:51:58 | More by JohnL9013
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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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