Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davexisxrabid:
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A fresh 2 liter growler fill compliments my buddy Cesar for my birthday present. We brought the growler back and cracked it open the next night to share with some guests...
Dark mahogony red/brown color even when held up to the light. Opaque. Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass with a lively tan head about 2 inches thick. Great retention and lacing during the drinking period.
Very piney hop notes with a burnt caramel afterthought floating around in the aroma.
Smooth caramel flavor with a grassy hop bite but not overpowering or palate wrecking as it transitions into a citrus flavor on the tounge. Interesting that this isn't a hop bomb as I was expecting from the aroma. Pretty good balance from the complex flavor.
Full bodied with decent carbonation. A light citrus flavor remains on the palate for a while after each drink.
Good drinkability but this brew might put you on your ass if you're not careful. I had about two glasses worth of the stuff in a short period of time and started feeling that familiar alcohol warmth creep up on me. Good beer!
Serving type: growler
08-24-2009 21:13:46 | More by davexisxrabid
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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.