Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Krevee:
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Reviewed from notes
Poured into an 8oz glass at Stone Brew Co on-tap
A - Came to me with a nice tan head. The appearance was dark, but good looking, though I am not sure what color it was because I was sitting on the back patio at Stone, but from what I could see it was good.
S - Fruit notes in the smell, along with roasted malt and yeast. There is also some hop smell at the end.
T - The malts are definitely much stronger in the taste then the hops. The malts have a roasted, caramel, and bread taste. And at the end the beer has undertones of hop that add sort of a fruity and light citrus notes. Nice balance that leans towards the malt side.
M - The mouthfeel is medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy with an oil that lingers in the mouth.
D - I had an oz glass with dinner that went nicely it was hard to pace myself and not drink faster. It was an east beer to consume even at the ABV it is, but I don't think I would want to drink to many glasses of this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
05-22-2010 04:18:12 | More by Krevee
More User Reviews:
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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