Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
Lost this in the cellar when it explicitly says not to.
A - Big thick, brown, looks full bodied. Not much head formation, but when did appear was mocha in color with little lacing.
S - The age probably muted the hops here, as all I get are a strong malt backbone. Nutty, caramel, sweet. What hops are there are trademark stone, the dark dank and hefty type.
T - Starts off malty and sweet. . Caramel malts are in charge. Mid-stream gets more balanced, bitterness appears. Then a hint of citrus and resin from a unadulterated hit of hops appears. In the finish the bitterness becomes very strong. The oily texture comes through.
M - Full bodied, moderate to light carbonation. Sticky and clingy at times, and then oily at others. Alcohol warmth sneaks in.
O/D - A nice "strong ale" that tries to bring in all the attributes. Certainly the bitterness came through, while other parts perhaps lost it with age. It really reminds me of Arrogant bastard, which sadly to say in this day and age is more balanced than it used to be. This beer carries that design a little further.
12-01-2012 20:42:48 | More by katan
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark caramel color that is pretty hazy. Highlights are a bright ruby red. Head is a huge three fingers. Root beer colored and about as creamy. Lace is super sticky.
Smell is ultra sweet. Caramel, taffee, some wood and still quite a bit of alcohol.
Taste is sweet. Virgin white oak and caramel. Alcohol hard candy.
Mouth is quite creamy, carbonation is bright and the finish is long, wet with quite a bit of alcohol burn.
Overall I am reviewing this 3 years out but I do remember this one fresh and am going to review this with the memory of it fresh too. I think this is still drinking pretty good. More of a barleywine now. I really did enjoy this fresh and older.
08-11-2012 04:54:24 | More by azdback
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a very dark red color, head was super creamy and frothy. The aroma is unique and beyond complex. Caramel up from, slight mint, spicy hop remnants, leather, chocolate, and earth. There's a big caramel, almost chocolaty note up front on the taste, some earthy, spicy bitterness still lingering from the hops, sweet malts, and a leathery finish. Full bodied on the feel, creamy.
"Do not cellar".
I never noticed that on my bottle until I decided to crack it...3+ years later.
I haven't had it fresh, which would have been nice, though I was just getting into beer at that time and Stone entered Louisiana the year after. But, this was a nice Strong Ale. Though the said "Don't cellar", I think they knew this would hold it'd own to father time.
07-27-2012 00:41:26 | More by EgadBananas
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Bought a ton of these back when it hit shelves. Drank half then, took notes, drank some more now to compare.
Appearance- Thick, hazy brown/red. Looked almost like blood at first, until the carbonation settled. A nice, thick, fluffy head with a bone-ivory color capped off the pour. Nothing about the appearance changed over the three years.
Smell- (Fresh)Enough hops to punch you in the face. Aroma is ripe with cut grass, citrus hop, grain-alcohol(you can smell the booze on this one), and lighter notes of charcoal, peat, and tobacco. (3 years later) Much of the grassy hop is gone, leaving warm and spicy hop aromas, sour grapes, biscuit, and warm leather. The charcoal is still there, but muted.
Taste- (Fresh) A metric ton of hops, maybe too much at once- Not bad or bitter-for-its-own-sake, just a LOT of different hop flavor. Caramel and raisins mask a lot of the strong alcohol, and the same smoky notes of charcoal and leather round out the finish. Aftertaste is a lingering combination of burnt biscuits and sour fruits. (3 years later) The hop punch is gone, leaving earthy, musty hop flavor without most of the bitterness. Cut wood, mushrooms, sour cherries,and lemon zest, with a streak of caramel sweetness straight down the middle of the tongue. Aftertaste is that of muted hops with pangs of zest and leather.
Mouth feel- Definitely carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. Thick, with enough residual sugars to keep the beer present long after the final sip. The higher alcohol warms the throat. Nice. Nothing about the mouth feel changed over the 3 years.
Overall- Wow. What a killer beer. I still have about a case left. At first, this beer was a little much- so much going on, and the wall of hops was almost too much to take in. This beer held up incredibly well to aging. 3 years later and it is an almost entirely different, yet equally wonderful beer. I save these for special occasions and get together- goes nicely with Cohiba Red Dots, late nights, and dimly lit poker games.
06-26-2012 02:55:24 | More by MasterChef
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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