22oz bottle that I picked up on the way out of Hop City. I think the bottle ran about $5.99, not too bad. Always game to try a Stone Anniversary beer. Served this one up in a standard, shaker pint glass.
A: Pour creates a nice brown body. Its a medium brown and is pretty clear and I am not seeing much carbonation at all. On the pour, the light hits it and really lights this beer up and makes a nice red color. Held to the light, you get a nice brown, light brown with a good red hue. Pour got me a little over two fingers of head. Head is incredibly light brown in color. The head creates a really nice sheeting effect but it doesn't have much stick to it. The head slides easily back into the glass. Very nice red ale and looks damned good.
S: This brew has a good hops aroma. Its very aromatic and very pleasing for sure. Got a good amount of pine kicking in here. Behind that you get some good citrus, grapefruit meat. This does create a bit of a medicinal aroma that is bordering on iffy, but it works out. Has a light caramel malt in the background, and it actually has a decent amount of roast on it. This makes it sweet but also has a touch of nuttiness and bitterness here as well.
T: Light sweetness up front from the malts. Has a light chocolate profile, but most of it is a caramel flavor. The roast does darken up the flavors a bit, bring out some nuttiness and a light smoked bitterness. Quickly replacing that sweetness (and I mean quickly) you get all that hoppiness. Very much a pine resin presence, but it borders on too much. Its almost an industrial, pine-sol type flavor. Light citrus hops come out, bringing up a bit of grapefruit and orange. Behind that still is more hops, grassy and floral aroma that makes an almost perfume type presence. This is a bit wierd and I don't know if this is a mess or good.
M: Medium in body, this has an unexpected creaminess going on in here. Nice wieght to it that really has some coating to it. Carbonation is low, a lot lower than expected. This is a pleasant suprise, further helping that creamy presence. Pretty bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is pretty much all those hops lingering. Sometime they meld well together, sometimes not so much.
D: Well, this was interesting. Some good suprises and some not so great. The feel and appearance were very nice and enjoyable. The flavor on the other hand was just off to me. It just seems that the flavors didn't always mesh well together. I could see where this beer was planning on going, but I don't think it quite got there. Too much dry hopping was probably the culprit. Still not bad, and I'd have another if just for further curiousity's sake. Interesting, to say the least.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-15-2009 05:12:57
Served In: Pint Glass
50 characters for a review? OK. It was good.
Served In: Mug
I wish I were as lucky as Stone. They make a 13th Anniversary beer and it turns out like this? Wow. Pours a rusty, auburn hue with good clarity. Excellent head retention--the creamy sawdust head hardly budges as it leaves some thick webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The smell hits me before I even pick up the glass. Foresty hops burst with grapefruit and cedar galore, while a huge balance of luscious amber malts drop notes of caramel-coated apples, peanut toffee, and Sugar Daddies. Slight booziness, too.
A big, chewy malt profile piles toffee and caramel upon a toasted nuttiness. An aggressive hopping takes hold mid-palate, dropping raw, leafy hop notes that suggest pine and citrus peel. Finish of booze and more hops, with layers of dark fruit and rum all the way down. Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat harsh, even for Stone's insane standards. Nice carbonation level, but the aggressiveness could stand to be toned down a bit. A few months in the cellar should fix that! Congrats on unlucky number thirteen, Stone, and here's to 13 more!
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours a deep deep mahogany with a hint of red when held to the light. Several fingers of bubbly deep tan foam settle fairly quickly and leave the walls ofthe glass coated with just a bit of lace. Foam settles to leave just a small layer of light brown foam coating the top of the brew.
Smells of rich malt with a nice sweetness you find in a well made red ale. Nice medium caramel notes with a touch of toffee and a hint of nuttiness. Then there are the hops that these Stone anniversary brews have always been known for. Sweet and bitter notes of grapefruit and sticky pine needles. Lemon and fruit come through nicely too. Beautiful aroma.
Smooth malty body with a bit of prickly carbination. Nice sweetness with lots of light caramel. Notes of smooth toffee comes through a lot more in the flavor then in the aroma. Hops have a great bitterness that bites nicely before the fruity hops notes come through. Pine at first and then great grapefruit and lemon dance on the tongue. Aftertaste has plenty of fruity hop notes with grapefruit being more prominent and then a nice caramel and toffee flavor riding out the end of the aftertaste.
Great brew that's a pleasure to drink. No sign of the 9.5% ABV in the aroma or flavor. The malt and hops balance eachother very nicely even with the big hoppy makeup of this brew. I love red ales and love hoppy ones even more so this one is a treat. Lookin forward to Stone posting the recipe for this one.
Price: $7.49 Served In: Snifter
Whoa, not what I was expecting. Deep, dark ruby color, not the typical IPA, and even dark for a red. Thick, one-finger head.
The smell is off the charts. Full of pine and citrus, and some malts at the end. Tons of hops everywhere make my mouth whet for the first sip.
I was a bit disappointed at first, but my mistake was thinking this was supposed to be an IPA. The hops are not so apparent in the taste as they are in the smell, but more of a balanced taste. It's very sticky sweet, with the hops just lingering and lingering to make an extremely bitter and dry finish that puckers the cheeks.
Once I got over my initial trepidation, I realized this is an extremely good beer. Not the best Stone Anniversary offering (10th was), but this is a worthy addition.
Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.
The color is a deep, dark maroon with a finger or two of light brown head with some nice lacing.
The smell is very hoppy with a strong pine flavor and so light citrus flavor in the background.
The taste is of pine hops and a bit of a biscuit flavor.Also has some dark fruit character a pinch or raisin mixed in with a grain feel. Has a really strong bitter aftertaste that lingers for a bit. The flavor profile is of a great Stone beer. The flavor will mark it's mark in your mind.
The feel of this beer is pretty light and washes of the tongue. Is quite drinkable and really a pleasure to drink.
Price: $9.00 Served In: Snifter
A soft pour still nets me an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber-red color with brown notes to it that when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue. The aroma is sticky with candied hop notes; lychee, candied orange zest, sugar coated pine and spruce tips are followed & boosted by caramelized crystal malt flavors, toasted (almost roasted even) malt and a nice cracker / biscuit grain note towards the finish. Other, more herbal hop notes lend an almost dank, hemp-oil like character and perhaps a touch of green onion / garlic chive towards the finish. After a bit I start to notice a touch of cinnamon like hop character that mixes in with the sweet citrus notes. The nose of this beer is definitely quite hoppy, though given the hop-talk from the brewer I was actually expecting this to jump out of the glass with an expressive hop character. It doesn’t quite do that, though it certainly is a hop focused beer, but there is a solid, underlying malt contribution here; it is overwhelmed by the hops in the aroma, but you can tell this beer has a lot of malt richness to it as well.
Somewhat creamy textured and full in the body, the beer still has quite a bit of a prickly carbonation; it would probably be better without quite so much carbonation. There is enough hop character here that the overall beer effect seems dry. There is some residual malt sugars here, even a substantial crystal malt sweetness, it just isn’t that noticeable because of all the raw hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering, bracing bitterness that really stays on the palate long after the beer has left my mouth and even has some raw, green-hop astringency. Herbal hops are apparent as the beer first hits my tongue. There is also a solid fruity-hop character here, it just clearly plays second fiddle to the herbal hop notes. Hop notes of grapefruit zest, tangerine, lychee and kumquat are joined by notes green raw hop notes (that are almost a bit vegetal at times), substantial peppery pine notes, Towards the finish, after it loses the fruit notes, the hop character get piquant with notes of menthol, pine, peppery herbs and a resinous hop character that just fills the palate. The finish has some warm, almost hot alcohol character to it that accentuates the biting hop character.
I like that the nose strikes a decent balance between citrus hop notes, more dank, herbal notes and with a subtle, but somehow substantial malt character as a backbone to the nose. This is definitely a sipping brew, with all it malt character and alcoholic strength, not to mention the aggressive hop character. Stone puts this as part of the nebulous Imperial / Double Red style of beer. To my taste it is a cross between a rich, malty and thick Barleywine and a hopped up Double IPA. This is an unbalanced hoppy beer for sure, but it still needs some balance to it; the hop character can get a bit too harsh here at times and the hot alcohol doesn’t help things. Still not a bad beer, just could use a bit more finesse and perhaps just a month or two of age to mellow and better integrate the harsh notes; I’ll have to get another bottle of this to do just that.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
Served In: Tulip
Fresh off the Stone delivery truck. I rushed over to SouthBayDrugs and Liquor as soon as this was delivered. The Stone Anniversary beers have been some of the best beers Stone has ever produced, in my opinion, so I was really looking forward to the 13th now that the hops are back! And boy, do they make a grand re-appearance with this one!
Poured into my Stone 11th Anniversary pint glass. The beer is a combination of dark brown and garnet with over two inches of khaki colored foam. Very tiny bubbles make the top layer of the head with some larger ones on the sides of the glass. The head slowly falls down into the beer with minimal lacing, yet about a quarter inch layer sustains for the entirety of the beer's existence.
Great aroma and surprisingly very well balanced. Pine hops on the forefront with a hefty caramel and toast base. Notes of brown sugar, sugary dates, sweet raisins, chocolate, and toffee battle for your attention. Sticky-sweet and resiny citrus and pine hop aroma all around, with some alcohol and yeast esters too. A lot of dry hop aroma in this one. Hints of herbal hoppyness and spicy alcohol. The aroma kind of tones down after a while, maybe it's the type of glassware but I was expecting this one to be bolder and just scream of hops on the nose. Later on I get notes of bitter coffee.
The first sip is similar to the aroma, a large malt base with notes of toast, toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar but then the rush of bitterness balances out in the finish. Pine resin, bitter orange and grapefruit peel, toast crumbs, toffee, and bits of chocolate. The second sip is almost backward with the bitterness upfront and the malts in the finish. Looong lasting bitterness.
Full bodied, a bit syrupy as it enters, and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry, bitter, yet a bit of residual sugar manages to cling to the palate. Well balanced and extremely easy to drink. Would have liked just a tad more carbonation though.
Great beer but honestly, with all the talk of how much hops went into this beer I was expecting it to be a bit more extreme yet it turned out to be fairly well balanced. Is that good or bad? That's up to each individual to decide, the fact is that this beer tastes great.
Served In: Pint Glass
I was lucky enough to receive an advance bottle of this brew. It's been a while since I have been as excited for a Stone beer as I am this one. The anticipation is almost as high as it was when Stone 10th was released. When I had by first bottle of Stone 10th, I immediately ordered another case. The talk about this beer has built up excitement that is close to that level. Time to see if this one can live up to my high expectations.
Pour produces a thick tan head that is made up of small, uniform sized bubbles. Dense and thick, it doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon. The body is a dark amber color that when shown to the light glows a vibrant garnet. Nice looking brew.
The nose screams hops, as I really hoped it would. The aroma reminds me of fresh Dead by Dawn from AleSmith. Vibrant hops bring a nice citrusy mix, along with a hint of resiny bitterness. There's a touch of pine in here as well, but citrus is the main hop aroma. Malt backs it up very well without covering up the hops. Sort of caramelly and toffee-like. Enough of this, I need a taste...
This one doesn't wait around. The bitter hop blast hits right off the bat. Piney bitterness covers your tongue and doesn't really let go. The malt backbone is strong, but like the aroma, it isn't getting in the way of the hops being the star of this beer. I took my last sip over a minute ago and there is still bitterness sitting on my tongue. That's good news to this certified hop head. The caramel and toffee malt flavors combine nicely with the resiny hops that just don't let up. There's a touch of citrus happening in the flavor, but you really don't get the citrus like you do in the aroma. Flavor is all bitter pine sap. Did I mention it's bitter? It's sort of medium to full bodied, but drinks pretty easily for 9.5%. Sticky hops cover your tongue and don't wash away quickly.
This doesn't quite make it to Stone 10th territory for me, but it's definitely the best Anniversary beer that Stone has put out since 10th. This from someone who adored fresh 10th Anniversary. A hop head's type of beer. Very much recommended. Now the only problem is I have to wait until this makes it's way to WI after the release on the 29th to be able to hop the border and get more.
Served In: Tulip
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