Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deanhead:
3.98/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ruby-Garnet color poured a brilliant voluminous head. Eventually reduced to subtle lacing around my glass.
Sweet, hoppy and pungent with guava, and passion fruit in the aroma along with grapefruit and pine needles. The aroma in this beer is outstanding.
Taste is spicy, bold, yet subtly alcoholic, although I know better. This bitch is big.
clingy, resiny finish for this dank delightful beer.
Very strong beer, strong taste with a remarkably well balanced malt backbone that keeps this beer somewhat in check of what would seem like an otherwise runaway train.
The Simcoe really shines through with this beer and adds that special dank dimension to the citrusy joy of the Centennial hops in this beer. In two words...big hoppy. not papi, but hoppy.
Did I mention this beer is hoppy?
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2009 00:56:02 | More by deanhead
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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 715 ratings.