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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
255
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
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Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have been holding onto this for awhile so i can't remember where i got it. oh well, that won't influence my tasting

the head is very tight and creamy. it's big and poofy, leaves good lacing on the way down. clear light amber. hop aromas fill my small-ass apartment: citrus, pine and some floral elements. some sweet caramel sweetness pokes through as well

moderate bitterness follows a brief a toffee/butterscotch flavor that i recognize from old guardian '05. it's tasty, but doesn't hold a candle to hibernation or nosferatu

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Flowery citrus hops, orange, a definite carmel sweetness. Very West Coast hop and IPA-like.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with yellow edging. A densely carbonated white head and little floaties in the bottom.

Flavor: Pine, peppery, candied oranges, some malt sweetness accentuated with a firm hop punch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and prickly. Just a touch oily on the finish.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable and drinkable. Definitely slanted towards the hop end of the spectrum but very easy and not palate fatiguing. Maybe a year plus has helped settle this a bit. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant glowing orange color with very nice dense white head. Great retention and lace. Very appetizing. Very IPA like in taste and smell, but who doesn't love a good 'double IPA'. Aroma of sweet nectar, butter, and floral with a bit of citrus and pine. Tastes very nice with nice hop character. Pine, floral, grapefruit and lemon. Nicely bitter. Suprise bitter, dry elongated finish breaks through. Semi syrupy mouth, sticky and textured. Quite drinkable, and once again....nice extended bitter dry finish.

This bottle from Sept, 05 (drank in March 06) is nicely hopped and suprisingly balanced as well. Very yummy.

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Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed label with the typical rambling Stone description. Obviously this has been around a while, but it has been kept refrigerated the whole time.

Appearance: Pours clear orange in color, average head and retention.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, lots of piney hops.

Taste: Hop flavors are fairly mellow, but they are definitely there - nice combination of citrus and pine. Malt flavors dominate though.

Overall impression: I suspect this may be a very different beer than it was fresh, but it is great aged - smooth and drinkable despite a high abv.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at HiTime Wine Cellar, Costa Mesa, Ca., early Sept, 2005. Consumed 9/8/05.

OK, I have a real problem drinking this beer. Let's get the first part out of the way. It's good. I like it. Very tasty. Stone does it again.

But a wheat beer? A pale wheat ale? A strong ale? What is it? I'll tell you, to me, it is an IPA. Not necessarily Stone's IPA, but damn, it's an IPA. Is there wheat in the aroma and flavor? Maybe a little, but so what? It has nothing to do with wheat. It's hops. Good, flowery, citrusy hops, with an IPA light golden color (not dark like Stone's and some other west coast IPAs). Maybe some oily hops, maybe some honey.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant, maybe a bit thinner than an IPA, but damn it, how is this different? Alcohol presence is sronger than I like. Maybe I need to try it again, because I don't see it otherwise.

But still recommended...

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Photo of aforbes10
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy, apricot colored beer with an off-white head. Wonderfully hoppy, piney odor. citrus undertones. Taste is dry, bitter, a bit malty, but mostly hoppy. Grapefruit-like citrus flavors too. finish is more hops. An aggressive, bitter drink. Want to have another but i would get smashed.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber purchased (for $4.69) at A&J's Liquor in Covina, CA. Poured into my handy Pizza Port Real Ale Fest pint glass.
Has a transluscent apricot coloring, a lot of fine carbonation writhing up the walls, and a huge, densely packed and highly durable white head that left masses of thick lace behind.
Okay, I heard this called a variation on a wheat beer, even vaguely compared to Three Floyds' Gumballhead. Just by smelling it, I can safely say "no way". The aroma of this one-timer by Stone is all about the hops; heavy, hearty and all-encompassing citrusy, flowery and pine-laden all at the same time. Also a touch of spice and maybe honey. Smells like an IPA.
Hey, guess what? It tastes like an IPA, too! Not as brazen as Ruination; quite a bit sweeter, in fact. There is a mild, just-barely-there honey flavor under cover of the assertive hops character that keeps this brew from going completely over to the far side with Ruination. The flavors of hops oils, pine needles, and floral hops pretty much sweep aside the malt aspect. I certainly didn't encounter any of the wheat character I expected. The feel was full, lush, and creamy.
I enjoyed Stone's 9th anniversary offering though I don't think I'd call it a strong ale. A double IPA maybe? Doesn't matter too much as I like it more than last year's. A tasty mystery.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome beer from stone. Thanks to Liquid Solutions for providing the bottle. Pours to a light golden, semi hazy with a huge fluffy white head and an active carbonation. Poured into my weizen glass the carbonation caused a tornado effect while the head cascaded up the glass. Looks beautiful, and the head has some serious staying power.

Smells very hoppy, definitely amarillo. Very huge citric nose with a nice accompanying sweet malt. With enough sniffing, the alcohol becomes apparent.

The taste is quite bitter and citric the whole way through. Strange malty flavor, almost a belgian funk quality to it. The alcohol flavor is a bit much. Has a good bite to it. The hop flavor doesn't linger in the finish, though a dry bitter mouthfeel as well as some residual sugars stick around for a while. I really love those hops.

Drinkability would be much better if not for the strong alcohol presence and slight unexpected funkiness. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and would drink it again if offered a bottle.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange color body with a tall off white head and decent lace. Citric hops jump out of the aroma first with a bit of trailing sweetness. Some floral and spicy notes are present as is a touch of alcohol. Sweet fruits and citric hops lead off the taste. Plenty of hops packed into this with a touch of wheat and alcohol. Bitterness is too strong though as the sweetness balances it out perfectly. Good enough body to hold the flavor. The alcohol wasnÂ’t too bad though it would be better if was completely hidden. Pretty enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been aging this a bit, think it was worth it.

Into a pint glass, pours a deep orange, pour activating a swirl of bubbling activity just below the head, levelling off with a one inch head. A lovely head, off-white, fluffy and creamy, that collapses unevenly here and there till there is a good firm film left, with large splotches of lacing left high on the glass, and whole loads of it as I drain the glass. Aroma is actually kind of tame, some sweet fruitiness and floral hops, bubblegum, but really, this is a Stone.. wheres the magical whif I'm looking for?

Taste is an amalgamation of all good things in beer, sweet sugary caramel like pale malts, held in check by an almost coy hop profile, like it KNOWs its a Stone, but sits back and snickers, sends out some bitterness, some lovely floral spicy hopness, oils, but you get the sense that it could be more potent, arrogant even, but instead sits back and tell you what a fine beer it is, but still manages to be a little menacing.

Mouth is quite nice, full and lively, and quite warm from a noticable alcohol presence, warm through the finish. Overall, definitely worth the year, ages well, have read the reviews from the beginning and seems like it came our raw. Age it a year, and you have yourself a scrumptios beer.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bomber with my good budaaay, known around these parts as beandip1229. Has the typical Stone hop aroma before I even pour it. Sunrise golden color with w fluffy white pillow top head. Aroma is quite floral, like a fresh bouquet of roses, sweet malt, herbal hops and alcohol.

Very grassy and herbal; hay, corn (in a Stone brew? yeah weird) flowers. Very dry, hops are light and don't provide a whole lot of bitterness - certainly not what I expect out of a Stone beer. Nonetheless, who says a change of pace isn't good sometimes? Still, this lacks the hoppy goodness and huge malt backbone that make Stone beers so well balanced and delicious. Certainly not a beer to be ashamed of, but Stone has done better. Thus, in comparison to other beers of its kind, its pretty good, yet it pales in comparison to the brethren of its brand. Not one I'd go seeking out again, but certainly one I'd have another of if available. Respek, Stone.

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Photo of cbl2
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/2/2005 $6.19 22 oz. 7.80% September 2005 emblazoned on the front.

Appearance:

Pours a pale brown-gold, with roughly an inch of creamy white head that has some lasting power. Nice lacing upon settling.

Aroma:

Stone is known for their intense aromas, and this one doesn't fail to disappoint: smells like freshly juiced grapefruit, and pine essence, with a touch of fresh bread.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Fairly one dimensional at first, with mind numbing, palate killing intense hop (amarillo) bitterness. There is some sweetness towards the end, which is followed by a warming alcohol presence. Finish is long and dry, and not entirely pleasant. This is the same style as their famous Arrogant Bastard (the only Stone I don't like), and while this doesn't have the flavor of AB, I still don't like.

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Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. September 2005.

Pale gold. Off white head that holds pretty well and leaves nice lacing. mmm, hops that would make Amarillo, Texas proud. Floral & citrus hops are laid on pretty thick..and there is a biscuity malt flavor that helps smooth things out. Great hop character and nice smooth finishing bitterness. Finally an Anniversary Ale with some up-front hops..the pale malt is there to provide some support, but it knows who the boss is, and it's not Tony Danza (or even Mona) in this case.
I thought this was right on par with their 8th Edition, and I'll be looking forward to their Decade release.

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Photo of scottoale
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought home a 750ml bottle which got slightly agitated in transit. This of course, stirred the sediment on the bottom a bit so I opted to let it sit a few days to settle (it settled a little). I don't recall any other Stone brews having quite this much sediment, and I've tried them all (except the Epic series which I drank the first 2 years, still sittin on the last 3).

Enoughf of that, un-capped pours a light gold ale with hues of amber. Not as dark as I was expecting. It has a thick frothy head that sticks around for sometime, leaving a nice sticky lacing behind, real nice looking stuff!

When I popped this thing open and took a wiff, the hops jumped out and bit me on the nose, literally. This was a bit more subtle after being poured yet still piney fresh hoards of sticky hop, a little orange peel and a note of yummy malt bringing up the rear.

Taste: same as smell, see above. Actually not quite as powerful as it smelled, just a hoppy, citrusy, super tasting ale with plenty of alcohol to warm your being.

Smooth, clean rinse mouthfeel with a hop bitter, semi sticky finish as you send it down the hatch...oooh,refreshing!

This is a highly drinkable ale, more so if your a hop-head (which I am) ;-)

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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this in a cooler...imagine someone keeping this in a cooler for 3 years!
Pours a nice hazy light rust color with a beautiful, fluffy white head that laces like mad.
Smells a little mellow, flower and citrus hops and a slight spice note.
Taste is really nice, almost like an IPA yet there's that little funk note that leans it toward a strong ale. Dark malt notes and a lingering bitter hop finish. It has held up well considering it's age. I would love to have tried it fresh.
Feels really thick and rich, very smooth and creamy.
Good all around beer, I could easily drink this on a cold winter night or a hot summer day.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden orange witha fluffy white head. The head has slight orange tints in it. It fades slowly leaving a lot of laces. The first aroma I detect is hops. Lots of hops. It is slightly piney. Also, it has a good citrus aroma. Behind the hop aroma, I detect a very subtle, almost non existant malt aroma. This beer tastes a lot like it smells. It is quite hoppy, but not over hopped. It tastes piney. It definately has IPA like qualities. It has a refreshing citrus taste to it as well. Not much malt flavor, but some in noticable if you really look. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavor or the aroma. It is hidden quite nicely. This beer goes down smooth leaving a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well. This beer might not make the best session beer because it is just a little high in alcohol. I think this is another great produst from Stone. If you get the chance, you need to try this one. You wont be sorry.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic. 22 oz. bottle purchased from Cable Beverages, Bardonia, NY.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy pale gold into my glass, a rough pour results in four full fingers of well constructed bubbles. After about 8 minutes, the head settles leaving behind webs of sticky lacing and a creamy, whipped topping.

Smell- Instantly, the first aroma that hit me was lemon poundcake. As that fades, big citrusy hops come forward, gradually getting deeper and more malty. The smallest notes of alcohol are buried deep in the beer, along with a gingerlike spiciness.

Taste- Holy crap... this is seriously gonna take some fortitude to get through all by myself...
...an almost syrupy sweet caramel maltiness concedes to a blast of hops, the fierce West Coast kind (aka Bigfoot), then stumbles across the mouth and tongue leaving a destructive path of hatred. This beer is the closest resemblance of the proverbial "bull in a china shop" that I've ever come across. It's messy and uneven, and leaves a burning bitterness that even I find unpleasurable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The thin, watery weight in the mouth simply doesn't carry the intense, aggressive bitterness here... frankly, it falls flat. I haven't struggled this hard with an open mind on a tasting in months, it's just next to impossible to get through.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange with a not quite white head that holds up and laces well. the aroma is very hoppy: floral, lemony citrus, slightly piney. there is a hint of baked bread. the taste contains tons of hops without being overly bitter (to me). lemon rind citrus is most apparent. it's clear amarillo hops are used as there is the signature aspriny taste is the at the back of the mouth. there is some caramel, wheat and a little yeastiness that balances a bit. light fruity flavors apple for sure, peach? maybe. a little alcohol in there that honestly only adds in my opinion. nice and dry with a medium body and pretty light carbonation. after reading some of the reviews it seems like this is a love it or hate it beer, you can group me with the former. it's not stone's best offering, but it is of the same quality that i've come to expect from stone.

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Photo of becktone
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I have been blessed two days in a row, yesterday I drank Delirium Nocturnum and today I am drinking Stone 9th. The beer looks extremely good as it sits in my glass. It pours a dark straw gold with a beautiful creamy white cascading head. Excellent lacing, color and head retention combine in this beer to give it a very appetizing appearance.

The nose of this beer speaks of floral hops. There is also a sweet malt presence detectable behind the forefront floral aroma. Would like a little more from the aroma its good but I think that something more complex could have been achieved. As the beer warms alcohol becomes more apparent.

The taste of this beer is unique. I really do like it. The first thing to hit my tongue is the hops, a boquet of floral tastes first hit my tongue and continue to linger into the aftertaste. What makes this beer interesting is that there is a very noticable sweet malt taste(caramel) that hits the front of the tongue after the inital floral hop taste. It lingers for a moment and nicely balances the previous and still present floral taste before quitely slipping away just as suddely as it appeared. Again I think something more complex could would benefit this brew. Alcohol is somewhat evident in the taste. I definitely prefer Arrogant Bastard over this when it comes to strong ales.

9th Anniversary is a medium bodied creamy beer in the mouth and feels real good. This is a beer I would definitely drink more of, however this is the only bottle I have and it being a limeted edition release that would not be possible. Its too bad really this is quite a good beer. I feel though that as I keep drinking this beer the hop taste that was somewhat aggressive to begin with is less and less aggressive with each sip. I think that the floral taste is easily wearing out my palate. Seems like with every sip it tastes different than the one before. I know that many beers flavor profiles change as the beer warms, however I have never had one change so much as this one. I think my palate is getting worn out from the hops. It makes it hard to determine the flavor profile of this beer. The high use of hops in this beer deteoriating my palate make this beer harder to drink than it should be. It feels like I am drinking a new beer each time I take a sip.

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Photo of klewis
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark golden hue with a big frothy white head.

S: Lots of hops in the nose, along with some alcohol and aromas of Belgian yeast

T: There's a nice amount of hops in the taste mixed with an interesting pepper flavor. The presence of a slight alcohol taste makes this one seem more potent than its ABV advertises.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and sticky with a nice warming effect. The carbonation is a little agressive.

D: A very nice beer overall, however not stellar. I'd prefer a Belgian strong, but this one is an unusual change.

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Photo of Ego
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

music : arch enemy - "doomsday machine"

bomber for $5.79, working in manhattan isn't so bad sometimes.. I still don't get why you can't sell Stone brew here in jersey...goddamn laws...

eyes...
slightly cloudy golden, ample carbonation, moderately sticky off white head, dissipates at a decent paste, nothing spectacular... nothing outwardly awfull

nose..
piney hops, citrus towards grapefruit.. yeah, amarillo hops, some of the alcohol is detectable if you really pry, not an explosively nice citrus smell like say 3Fs Gumballhead which is much more pleasant but this is nice enough, there is a slight dry moldy smell in there too, not sure how to mail the descrip on that aspect.. like the look it is not bad but not great.

taste etc..
the carbonation floats this one nicely across the bow of the mouth, some nice prickly sensation going on, not too bitter at all, but a nice little bitter after taste, there is a touch of cloying quality to this that makes me pucker on some sips... this takes away from the overall enjoyment. This isn't a hop monster but the ABV really does a courtsy in the stomach..I can feel that somnabitch warming my feet practically. Pretty light in the mouth and smooth, easy drinking.

verdict?
nothing special for a 9th anniv beer... not bad but nothing I will go out of my way to ge again

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Photo of chilidog
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After six months in the basement, I thought the brew was real good if not just right as it aged alittle.
It poured a nice orange, very little haze, with a one inch, frothy, off white head.
The aroma had alcohol notes with citric & tropical hop.
The taste carried that tropical, sweet grapefruit sweetness balanced well with a hop over citric finish.
The medium bodied beer left the mouth crisp and tangy.
I found thisone very drinkable. I liked it!

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Photo of oelergud
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge off-white/orange fluffy and rocky head. Good retention and lace. Translucent orange copper body. Low carbonation.
Smell of strong harsh malt and honey, grass and hops.
Very sweet and hoppy, well balanced. Grass, floral flavors, honey and some caramel, not much change in the aftertaste which is long and pleasant.
Moderate full body and good coating, rough feel yet slick.
Highly drinkable. I could not put it down. So good and satisfying.

-Oelergud

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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
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