9th Anniversary Ale
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9th Anniversary Ale9th Anniversary Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
255
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Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  10
Gots
  5
SCORE
87
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.59/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

9th Anniversary Ale, September 2005 - Sampled at 1 Year Old.

Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 7th and 8th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the last few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.


Appearance: Top marks for the Catwalk looks, the off-white head is thick and crusty. High conditioning levels keep the head at least ½” throughout whilst leaving some clinging lacing that swirls in clotted patterns. The hazed orange body looks murky but the Marmalade frontage is nice enough.

Nose: Sharp, edgy, angulated and musty with a funky odor that reminds me of finding a three month old shriveled up Orange behind the Sofa. Shady yet pungent oily hesperidia are dominant and even repulsive at times.

Taste: Aggressive stance, like a swaggering drunk looking for any excuse for a fight, its hostile nature and “I want to fight you if you catch my stare” is hard to avoid. Incredibly astringent bitterness and sharp cutting hops are now distinctly way off balance…..the malts are sticky, the orange saturated hop oils are horrid. Heck this reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, yeah it’s that bad.

Mouthfeel: Like that dive-bombing Bee around your head in the Summer, the bitter-orange astringency just will not go away…..not matter how hard I try to swat it…..that awful orange-bitterness runs rampant through this one. Euugrghhh.

Drinkability: I worked through it, but I think this is my last bottle of the 9th. Despite having a couple more left, I’m in no rush to try them, and I may just fob them off as Crimbo presents to people that I don’t like. If I can’t rid my self of my last bottles, I may very well have my first drain pour from Stone if I decide to stray into one in the future.

Overall: One Year and this still looks good, but much beyond that, nothing remains to keep a long term interest, or even hint at any “improvement” given time in its glass prison. It fades quickly, the nose is arid and unfriendly, and the tangy overtly pungent “orange sting” is very off-putting. It’s not “gone bad”, moreover it has just faded - the balance was never really there to start with IMVHO and now its sadly floundering like a Fat Elvis way past its best. This is not so much aging as just becoming annoyingly messy and a scattered collage of constituent elements.

By a mile, and several kilometres, the least favorite of the Stone Anniversaries to date for me, and I’ve tried them *all* from the 3rd up. I think Stone went in the wrong direction with this, and I’m glad to know that the 10th Anniversary DIPA is sat in my fridge right now, ready, willing and immensely able to get me back to my traditional hoppy Stone fix…..as well as getting Stone back to what they do best. The StoneWall is a truly great idea and highly commendable, the Stone folks are great people, and the Wall is the epitome of Stones heart felt passion for life and supporting all that is good - but the next StoneWall should be built at the top of the path that led down to the 9th, they really should not go back down this road. Chalk this one to experience, a bad experience.

Aug 25, 2006
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BabaJohn from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9th anniversary produced a strong citrus and hop nose. The color was really fascinating, as it appeared a somewhat vibrant shade of orange. There was a subtle, but smooth and pretty head with visible specks of sediment in the beverage itself. Citrus remained strong in the flavor, but there was still that characteristic Stone hop punch. There were many buttery, candy-like flavors as well, some of which I couldn’t quite put my finger on but were intriguing nonetheless. Mouthfeel was also buttery and quite pleasing. Good stuff, Stone.

Aug 06, 2006
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber dated September, 2005. Sampled on 2/12/07. Poured a very cloudy golden, almost hefeweizen in color with a white head that dissipates immediately. The smell has notes of wax, earth, apricot, and a light bitter hops smell. The taste has more waxiness, and a somewhat faded hop bitterness. Some floral hops are still there as well as some cherries and toast. Spicy notes as well. The aftertaste has notes of wax, bananas, and apricot jam. This has changed quite a bit since it was fresh. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated and coats the mouth a bit, but has good body. Interesting flavors have developed, definitely worth drinking if you can find some.

Feb 16, 2007
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beachbum1975 from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light tangerine color with a good amount of frothy, white head. Spectacular pour and head retention.

The nose was strong with roasted malts and grapefuit.

It tasted similar to the nose, very roasted with heavy malts and hops. Quite a refreshing beer for a full bodied strong ale with very like alcohol detected. In my opinion, it tasted more like a DIPA.

I enjoyed this beer, keep up the fantastic work, Stone...

Nov 14, 2006
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NickMunford from Wyoming

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Jan 22, 2012
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been holding onto this for over a year. I finally decided to crack it open tonight. 22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/22/08.

A - Poured a very clear light amber/orange body with 1/2-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin, patchy film. Sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Left some pretty decent lacing around the glass.

S - Strong caramel malt sweetness with some baked bread aroma. Hops are primarily citrus, but are quite subdued, probably due to the age of this brew. Some piney/resiny hops in the back. Whiff of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness is apparent immediately, followed by some oily hop bitterness and a faint bready maltiness with some alcohol tang.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a syrupy texture and prickly carbonation on the tongue, along with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter, leaving some oily, sticky hop residue on the palate.

D - While I'm sure this has mellowed quite a bit since 2005, this still has a nice flavor and aroma, and a very smooth mouthfeel, making this quite easy to drink.

Feb 23, 2008
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yourunclewalt from New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - One finger creamy eggshell head on a hazy orange / yellow body; looks like a belgian with whisps of carbonation and little visible sedement

S - Tangerines, sour pears, candy malts

T - Stark alcohol presence - vodka, candy / belgian malts, a touch of brown sugar and phenolic notes finishing

M - Creamy into a thin, carbonated bite

D - Whew, lots of alcohol present on this one; definitely a sipper. Aged well, paired this well with a robust cigar and good conversation.

Jun 28, 2007
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HopHead84 from California

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

3.5-3.5-3.0-3.5-2.5

02/08/2011

On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.

A: Golden yellow with a frothy white head. 

S: Sweet bready malt with candied notes. Evident oxidation with some raisin and date. Alcohol has a decent presence here.

T: Moderately sweet with a prominent bready malt profile. The sweetness has a candied flavor to it. There's a little date and raisin. No hop character to speak of. This has a lot of oxidation, which seems fine at first but it gravitates a bit too far in the direction of cardboard near the finish. 

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and slightly syrupy.

Overall: Not one I'd drink again, but not a bad beer. 

Feb 09, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the 11th anniversary and then out of the bottle last sunday at winter storm. I think I am going to go against the grain with this one. It was a decent/good beer but it was very mild and not overly impressive.

The appearance was a bit hazy and reddish (almost a bit orange in the light). The color was neat but the lack of head and clarity were a bit distracting. This goes for both bottle and keg.

The smell was nice but very mild. I'd say even milder than the 8th anniversary. It was sweet and fruity but not from actual fruits. I'd guess it comes from the dark malts they use, probably similar to the ones used in the arrogant bastard. If you tried this beer recently and have ever tried an aged double bastard you'll know what I'm talking about. There was also the slightest touch of hop aroma here.

The flavor was very soft and pleasant. Here I could taste more of the fruity flavors that were noticeable in the aroma. There was a little hop flavor and bitterness but its diminished over the past couple of years. There was really no alcohol flavor to speak of which was nice, but there wasn't any kind of bite either.

Overall a very smooth very drinkable beer but lacking in some areas.

Feb 01, 2008
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle N Hum earlier tonight.

Light orange, dense white head with good retention and lace. Nose has plenty of fruity oxidation, with golden raisins, plums,candy and a little citrus. Palate has a lot of oxidation with raisins, plum,cardboard and almost fatty, rancid mouthfeel. Flabby and loose, the finish is sweet with fruity oxidation. Medium in body with moderate carbonation , this decent.

Oct 31, 2010
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boelker62 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Monk's Cafe's "Everybody Must Drink Stone" Tasting 5/22/07...

A - amber color with a thin, white head. Slightly cloudy, especially being this old.

S - an appropriate hop bite right up front with some pine tinges in the background. I didn't pull the maltiness out of it as some other have commented.

T - you don't notice the alcohol at first, but when you do, you pay no mind, and just keep it going. The hops are well-pronounced without dominating this brew. I couldn't pull any citrus notes from the hops, as they are long gone from this one. No worries though. The mature taste remaning fills the void.

M - Lower levels of carbonation that are appropriate to the style, and a nice alcohol warmth.

D - moreso than some of the other offerings from Stone, just pace yourself, as with most.

May 24, 2007
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Jenray from Texas

3/5  rDev -22.5%

Sep 19, 2012
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Halcyondays from California

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber picked up at Mr. Kegs, looks like Stone sent them a case, bottled 9/2005, when I was 20,

A: Pours a clear light amber with a medium frothy white head, solid retention, no real lace.

S: Aged malt character, fermented lemons and oranges, still a really lovely smell.

T: Orange and pink grapefruit from the hops. A very light malt component is still there. I can see it's close to its last legs. Tastes thin, although a nice flavour for sure.

M: Still a nice vibrant carbonation, spritzy and biting. Oily. Medium-bodied overall.

O: Having had this in 2006 I can try to make some kind of a comparison. Though listed as an ASA this is really an IPA at heart, so it's impressive that it's held up as good as it has. Unfortunately it doesn't have the malt component to make it really interesting at 6 years. If you have any bottles drink them now, I don't see them getting better.

Aug 18, 2011
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Overlord from California

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always sad when you know you're extraordinarily unlikely to ever try a beer again. I picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port a few weeks ago along with several other anniversary editions. Doubt another will ever cross my path again.

Golden color with a slight haze. Maybe a faint orangeish hue. Smells fainly of hops and grapefruit. Taste is ... unexpectedly complex. Some sweetness balancing out the hops, more tangerine/orange than grapefruit. This is really excellent, and displays a bit more balance in terms of the "hop bomb" effect one sees from a lot of Stone brews. Could drink this all day.

Sep 17, 2007
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baos from Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says retired but I just bought one at a liquor store on south 31 by borders and white castle.

A: Nice. This is basically your run of the mill stone beer with that nice hoppy orange-zest-beeswax-pine resin-kind of yummyness. I think its a very good beer and you should try one on for size it be yummy.

D: This one goes down really smooth and it ain't too strong. Go ahead and quaff me all night, I won't treat you too badly tomorrow.

Jun 24, 2008
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nrbw23 from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Dec 10, 2013
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fain12 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 28, 2013
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Floydster from California

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber picked up from Stuffed Sandwich a couple weeks ago during their Stone Days promotion where I had 8th Anniversary on tap

The bottle cost $16.95 plus tsx, but was worth every penny

This brew was probably even better when it was fresh and the hops were still all around

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

Color was a golden orange with a white foamy head, close to an inch thick, left lacing almost the entire time

Sipped on this beer for over two hours while catching up on some missed television shows, got even better as it warmed

Smell was great and comprised of mainly bananas and spices, a little citrus, maybe grapefruit or lemon, hard to tell, also reminded me of their 2004 Vertical Epic, just not as fruity

Taste was very good, nice fruity taste at first that fades into a bitter spicy herb, could not say what it was, then a nice dry finish, like a strong Belgian, sweet malt,I want to say caramel, but again hard to say, sweet then dry made this interesting and the taste lasted a goof fifteen to twenty seconds afterwards

Could have drank this all night if I wanted to, but will probably never get to drink again because next year it will go in price because it will be considered more vintage and not many bottles will be left around

I was a little skeptical about drinking these beer a little over two years after it was bottled, but the hops and mellowed and the malts really came out, making it yet another fantastic Stone brew

Look forward to trying their 11th Anniversary tomorrow night, the hyped Black India Pale Ale

If you ever get a chance to drink this beer, do not hesitate, but the sooner the better, because the hops will just keep disappearing and it will start to become sweet after a while

Oct 06, 2007
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch white head. Some retention.
S: Pine, citrus, and grainy hops.
T: Loads of pine, citrus, and bitter grainy hops. Hint of malt...not well balanced.
M: Light feel. Soft and oily at first, then bitter and dry finish.
D: A decent brew, but certainly not up to the typical offering from Stone.

Aug 02, 2011
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 24, 2011
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MisterClean from California

4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grad.

A - Light copper, 2 fingers of off-white head, and nice lacing.

S/T - Grapefruit, citrus, flowers and carmelized honey.

M - Moderate-full bodied, hop dominated, very sweet, and slightly dry finish.

D - Great overall. Really fing good. Wish they brewed this one more often.

Feb 11, 2010
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PeprSprYoFace from California

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone winter storm 2010.

I have no idea why this beer only recieved a B+. It's drinking amazing right now.

Pours a very beautiful yellow. With a nice sticky white head. Nice lacing.

Smells wonderful for it's age. A lot of hop aroma going on for such an old beer. Pineapple, peaches, lemon and orange peel. With a nice sweet malt smell in the background.

Taste is awesome. All the same flavors above with a nice bitter finish. Nice sweet maltiness in the background. The hops are runnin the show here. But not without help of the malt.

Mouthfeel is actually a little under carbed but good still.

Overall I wish I could bring some of this home. If you have some drink it because this is at it's peak.

Feb 07, 2010
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Kelp from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Apr 27, 2013
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TasteTester from Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.5%

Dec 17, 2011
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a cloudy orange with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, bitter hops, and slight dark fruit presence. Flavor is quite fruity- lots of tropical fruits, mango, apple skins, pear, and citrus. A little alcohol too, oddly. Quite sweet and fruity. I don't know what this was like fresh, but it's quite delicious right now with all those ester notes. Yum!
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Dec 27, 2008
9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 255 ratings