Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark reddish/brown with little to no carbonation. Has a light lacing of foam around the edge of the glass, small head when first poured. When I first poured this beer a savored the aroma it smelled like a pine forest with some citrus, for hop heads like myself, there's no better aroma and it smelled incredible. The first sip immediately pounded my tongue with hops in the middle and the front and the hop bitterness continues to dance on your tongue for a very long time, it dissipates very, very slowly. There's a hint of malt in there to try and balance out the hops but I can't really say this is one of those beers that balances out equally between the malt and the hops. The hops definitely take over and what's left of your palate picks up the hint of malts. Hop heads will absolutely love this beer (I myself am one of them). I don't know of many Imperial Reds out there and this one is very interesting since all the bigger bodied reds I've ever had seemed to emphasize more malty sweetness with the hops to bring it back into check, this one is just the opposite. Mouthfeel is a medium body, very smooth, and very, very drinkable. This is one beer that can easily sneak up on you and it is also one I would hope to see Stone brew on a yearly basis. This is by far the best red ale I've ever had and it pushes the boundary of traditional red ales into the extreme category. I absolutely love this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2009 01:39:10 | More by jzeilinger
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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.
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