Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MountainBeagle:
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This Imperial Red is a mean one! Full of hops, malt and alcohol. It falls a little short for a Stone Anniversary and disappointed a bit for being the "hoppiest beer Stone ever produced."
The hops are there but the bitterness isn't at the levels I thought it would be. I was thinking it would be around 130 or more but it came in at 90, below ruination.
I had the glory of tasting this one at the 13th anniversary celebration. I also had it from bottle 3 days after it came out so I had it as fresh as it gets (for most of us.)
Color is good, taste is good. Brew is just not the cream of the crop like an Anniversary should be. The malt seems to cancel out the hop bitterness that is dear to so many of us hopheads.
It's a good brew don't pass this one up, its rare to have an Imperial Red. Overall though I'd take a 2009 Double Bastard over it and I love my hops.
Serving type: on-tap
11-09-2009 00:50:39 | More by MountainBeagle
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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 714 ratings.