Stoudt's Anniversary Beer | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Anniversary BeerStoudt's Anniversary Beer
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Stoudt's Anniversary BeerStoudt's Anniversary Beer

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of ruby. Nice dark tan head. Big Bubbles. Low head retention.

Aroma: Smells very sweet, with bits of fruit in the aroma. Caramel is slightly overpowered by the high alcohol smell.

Taste: A bit sweet upfront, finishes dry. Roasty bitterness is present in the mouth. Mouthfeel is light, a bit thin. There are notes of sourness, belgiany.

Notes: The beer becomes a bit better after a few sips. Pretty good beer, not my favorite. Maybe it was aged for a bit too long.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle vintage date 2/28 02,nice to find a bottle over a year old.Poured a deep brown with some red highlights with huge blooming head(still waiting for it to come down).Aroma of sweet caramel,alcohol,and a little nuttiness.Taste is sweet and a little nutty with some toffee notes alot of lingering sweetness.Nice mouthfeel well retained head,very impressive doppel bock from this brewery no doubt.

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Photo of Thrasher
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2/28/02. A wickedly malty beer, very much like your regular doppelbock but with more wine and cherry flavors. Deep brown with hints of ruby, head rises expectantly but dwindles and not too much lace. Aroma is not very strong but hints of deep dark caramel and wood-like whisky flavors. Malts are the big deal here, as well as some mildly spicy hops and a strong note of alcohol. Sweet, varnish-like, with a quite dry finish. This is certainly a good beer, but Stoudt's is so excellent at making more quaffable session beers, such as their helles lager and their ESB, that a big old beer like this doesn't justly exhibit their capabilites. I'm no brewer, but I think making a fantastic-tasting, flavorful beer that you can drink all night, any night, is a greater achievement than making a one-off big beer that a small handful of beergeeks will taste once or twice, and log into their tasting notes. I drank this from a tall, narrow cylindrical German-style mug but you might want to try a wider-mouthed goblet to get more nose.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage date 2-4-03 pours with a magnificant ruby brown and a massive brown head, with perfectly even lacing very ncie appearance. Aroma deep alcohol notes wrapped in caramelized fruit tones some figs or some type of brandy possible plums somehting like that nice warming sweetness here. Flavor is very smooth vinous wine like tones and slightly burnt malts blended with fruits and not much dominant hopping here but a great chewy texture in the full bodied beer of yet remarkably smooth and drinkable. An enticing treat really brewed and bottled in Adamstown not bad, I truly think this is a great representation of a dopplebock.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage date: 2/28/02. Pours a reddish-brown robe with a full, rocky, light tan head that holds exceptionally well and leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The nose expresses some cocoa and mild caramel notes with a touch of alcohol. The body is full with a very fine, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that leaves it creamy in the mouth. The flavor displays a soft, round, rich and gently sweet malt with an underlying bitterness. The flavors change places from sip to sip but consist of notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, light fruit, and alcohol. It's not complicated, but it is deliciously malty. Very well done, and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of bierman2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium bodied dopplebock with a malty chocolate finish. The alcohol is not noticeable but i more prevalent in the finish. Dark brown and opaque in color with a malty nose that is very drinkable and smooth. Sweet finish as it is very malty like a dopplebock should be.. a must try from Stoudts.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage date: 2/28/02
Caramel, hop flower nose. Burnt ruby color in the glass with a big airy light tan head. Lots of tiny bubbles and lively carbonation in the glass as well. Caramel malt taste with hints of bitter chocolate and orange. Very smooth medium mouth. The bitterness in the finish leaves the back of the tongue dry, but the tip of the tongue sweet. This finish leaves the taste of burnt caramel. An interesting beer ..labeled "bottle conditioned lager".

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with a beige with VERY tight lacing, bubbles stick to the glass perfectly, close to a 5 appearance wise, it could basically just use a longer lasting. Aroma is deeply sweet and eminently complex. A plethora of malty facets. Pretty much every sweet malt flavor is in there, name it you've got it. From candy to licorice, from candi sugar to brown sugar, from prune to cherries coming accross blueberries. This is complex and pure. A delight for the nares. In mouth, the party keeps on going. Add a earthy aspect with notes of ashes and fireplace. Aftertaste is woody. A big malt festivity which I can't help but loving, but I'm forced to recognise the sweetness becomes a little too much, especially if you're thinking of having this whole 765ml to yourself. Body is flawless and more, creamiest brew I've had in a good while, smooth like hell (hell is smooth??) and lager-ish in that sense, but VERY full and chewy. Big props to hopsrus for sending this rare liquid candy treat up the north.

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Photo of marc77
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/28/02. Cloudy deep garnet hue. Initially huge tan head dwindles steadily into a one fingered, tight persistent layer. Wispy lace remains. Pronounced dark caramel sweetness and toasty Munich dominate the aroma, with hints of buttery malt and fruity melanoidins perhaps from decoction secondary. Rich, yet simple aromawise. Deep caramel malt sweetness initially in flavor widens into sweetness of caramelized fruit and sugary, buttery toffee. Grainy, toasty Munich malt undertone. Impression of carob and brown sugar coated nuts. Moderately bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel aided by the copious residual sugars. Finishes with a lingering impression of maple syrup and butter on waffles. Quite a tasty brew, and certainly brimming with malt sweetness. Anniversary Ale is an enjoyable sipper, but the pervasive sweetness weighs heavily on the palate. With a touch more hop bitterness for balance this would be outstanding.

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Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahagony that verges on black. The tan head builds easily and fades slow enough to get noticed. The aroma is like charcoal and chocolate. Very porter like. The coal/roasty character carries into the flavor and that part lingers into the finish while the overcooked chocolate cake thickens up the middle. Good carbonation and a nice dark lager that isn’t far from a porter except for the whole yeast issue.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/04/03 Vintage. Impressive bottles these are that Stoudts has come out with for their bigger beers. I'll hang onto these for homebrewing.

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights when held to the light. Nose is very Belgian in character. A hint of alcohol is present, along with a roasted malt aroma.

I found this to be more fruity in flavor than other doppelbocks I've had, and that isn't a bad thing. Cherry, a mild leafy hop flavor, and the slightest aftertaste of chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and very smooth. This is a delightful brew, not at all what I expected.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of UnionMade
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly murky mud brown. A thin misting of head, which disappears about 1/4 of the way into the glass.
Aroma is somewhat roasty and malty, a bit weak, much lighter than i expected. Some mild dark fruit, with lightish caramel and toffee maltiness. Not particularly clean, with some estery notes and some muddy vagueness to the malt. More like a dunkel lager than a doppelbock. My bottle says it's a dunkel lager in the description. Still sort of weak, even for a dunkel.
Flavor is mildly roasty, with some caramel malt. Some vague dark fruitiness comes through in the middle, finishing with a steady malt presence. Thin, weakish body, with mild smooth carbonation. A muddy malt profile, not very clean, with a fuzziness to the flavor. More ale-like than anything.
A bit bland and uninteresting, not terrible by any means, certainly not worth the $9 I paid for it. It could have been a bad bottle, so I'll give this another shot when i see it again, or try a different year. Mine was the 2001 bottling.

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Photo of Jarod
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle
bottle conditioned
vintage date: 02-04-03

This beer poured a deep ruby/mahagony color well cabonated and crystal clear. The head was a light brown/beige in color, more beige in the center and progressively darker to the edges. The texture was airy and bubbly, visual it loked thick and dense but actually was not. It was not long lasting and the taste had a light flavor. There was some sheety lace present. The aromas were over all sweet, notes of sweet fruits, caramels, dark malts, as it warmed there were hints of bitter chocolate, dry leafs and some earth. The flavors were allot bigger then the aromas, lots of roasted malts, dry leafs, bitter chocolate, a wooden barrel, some earth tones, light fruits, some junioer berries came to mind all intermingled all through the taste, it intermixed sweetness and dryness as it warmed. As the swallow left my mouth hints of cocoa powder and wood finished. Aftertaste was malty and dry. The body was medium light bodied. Over all I enjoyed this beer, a good malty beer with good notes of inter-mixing flavors. This beer seemed to age well.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Beer poured brown/dark amber color with no real head. It had a nice active carbonation and I liked the color. The nose was complex. I got notes of raisin, grape skin, nuttyness, chocolate. Wow. Flavor was mostly a roasted nut character with light chocolate and hints of dark fruits. Too roasty for my taste. Feel was moderate with a very lively carbonation. I'd like more chewyness and less carbonation. Overall, nothing that really stood out to me. An okay brew.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a tannish head that starts off strong and stays pretty good. Nice lace throughout. Slight aroma, coffee, chocolate, dark, smokey malts. Good taste and mouthfeel, but trails off in the end. Good finish, but was expecting more. Good beer.

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