Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Dark, ruby red/garnet with a touch of haze. Massive 4+ finger head colored somewhere between gray and beige. Excellent retention; 13th Anniversary still has a decent sized cap even after sipping on this beer for 30 minutes or more. Thick, great lacing as well.
S - Big ass piney hops. Pine pine pine. There's also small notes of earth and spice, with a secondary aroma of sweet fruit; apriocts and apples sprinkled with grapefruit zest. Quite reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard or Sublimely Self Riteous but still excellent smelling.
T - Lots of pine from the nose with some tea and bitter herbs thrown in as well. Fruity sweetness swells near the beginning though exact flavors are difficult to pinpoint; for some reason I'm picking up a slight grapey taste. By mid palate the sweetness is mostly swept away and replaced with salty grapefruit juice while the bitter herbs and pine flavors crescendo. Strong medicinal notes peak mid to late palate ushering in the full onslaught of bitterness. Earth and citrus carry the bittersweet (but mostly bitter) flavors into the finish, with a long lasting citric bitterness. Although I'm finding this beer extremely bitter, the reasonably large ABV is hidden very well.
M - Medium bodied leaning towards full. Carbonation is over all low but concentrated on the front in with a bit of prickliness.
D - Although this is a great beer, part of me is thinking "another big hoppy Stone thing." It isn't really terribly unique, but it is good. In the end the intensity and the fairly high bitterness makes this a little difficult to finish the whole 22 oz in any reasonable time, but smaller servings of this would be great.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2009 08:12:51 | More by PatrickJR
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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