Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by phisig137:
3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A- Pours from the bomber a deep mahogany brown color with a 1.5 finger head. Phenomenal retention, and reasonably nice lacing.
S- Big time hop forward in this one... Bitter grapefruit, and a touch of pine. There is also an odd woodiness, that almost resembles citrus pith. Dusty, almost mildewy malt aromas are present deep in the back.
F- Bone dry from front to back, with no residual malt sweetness. Very little malt character at all. Firm, assertive hop presence, with a smooth bitterness that isn't harsh, but lingers for quite some time. Fairly one dimensional, but well made.
M- Aggressive carbonation helps lift the hop flavor and aroma, but leads to a slightly thinner mouthfeel that I'd like to have.
D- Quite good considering the alcohol. There is some warming as the beer coasts to room temp, but nothing to be concerned with.
Overall, pretty good, but not as sublime as many of Stone's other beers. It is well worth trying, at less that $8, but personally, I won't be rushing out to buy a case.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2009 00:18:49 | More by phisig137
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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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