Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hoplover82:
4.6/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
A-Pours a deep dark (not see through) ruby red color that boasts a creamy, thick, medium sized espresso crema colored head that has really good retention and very sticky, spotty, lacy lacing.
S-The aroma is BEAUtiful indeed. It wafts pungent pine hops to the head. Then as it warms, morphs into this strong caramel and toffee aroma that is so pungent! Wow... it's pretty straight foward, but good and pungent, like really pungent. Also as it warms, and with a swirl of the glass, I get a blast of sweet candied grapefruit, then when I looked for it, I also get lots of dark fruits underneath.
T-The flavor is much of the same with loads and loads of toffee and caramel malts and pine and grapefruit hops with some dark fruits underneath. Oh, and I can't forget the hop bitterness that punches you in the face. There is definentely a presence of alcohol there, which is to be expected. But it's not really hot perse. So it's not bad.
M-This is a huge beer with a creamy thick mouthcoating feel, that leaves any true beer lover satisfied.
D-I gave the drinkability a 3.5 only because of the abv and noticable alcohol presence. But it's not like it doesn't go down well, cause it does, but I don't think I could have more than one of these over the coarse of a night. I have to sip on this slowly, which is not a bad thing. I highly suggest getting this one if you can find it!
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2009 03:47:38 | More by hoplover82
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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