Friday, October 30, 2009

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

Stone's 13th Anniversary Ale, 9.5%

Hey, Happy Anniversary! This was another Whole Foods find - expensive, but in spite of its "collectible limited-edition" status, the bottle is printed with instructions not to cellar this beer, but to drink it immediately. Can do!

The color is just beautiful...a nice dark, copper brown, with a nice head.

It smells seriously of some citrusy hops...a little orangey.
The taste is initially a bit bitter, some toastiness, followed by the firm hand of the grapefruity hops. Spicy, heavy mouthfeel...but not quite as hop-heavy. There are some low malty chocolatey notes in the back that tie everything together. Really interesting stuff.

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