At 9.5% and having more hops than any other beer Stone has ever brewed, Stone’s Thirteenth Anniversary Ale is, in one word, awesome. I had this at Malt & Vine several weeks ago, right off the tap and it hadn’t impressed me that much. Could have been my mood or could have been that this brew is just simply awesome in the bottle.
The mix of Chinook, Simcoe, and Centennial hops for bittering, flavor, and aroma is perfect. I am really starting to like the Simcoe’s and appreciate that Stone through it in. It all starts with the nose… floral and hoppy… nearly perfect for a big hoppy ale. The aroma isn’t just strong when you first open and poor, either… this nose sticks around and doesn’t let you forget. The pour is nice, in and of itself. A dark amber color with a mammoth head just gets you ready for an adventure. The flavor is super hoppy, dark and malty, and all comes together to present an amazing ale.
Check out the blurb on the bottle for a good read and enjoy this one… it is awesome.
JBB6 Rating: For The Win