Monday, November 2, 2009
Beer #160 - 13th Anniversary Ale, Stone Brewing Company, Escondido California
I didn't know too much about Stone's Anniversary Ale this year, but at 9.5%, it seems to offer up the promise of some big flavor...
It pours a brownish hue with a decent head.
The aroma is big hop with some balancing barley tones.
Hop arrives straight off with barley and yeast giving it an intricate backbone. It has a big body where the yeast gives a nice earthiness. The yeast lingers on the tongue as the beer finishes strong but smooth with lasting hop.
The aftertaste has a nice earthy hop with yeast and spice that linger with a dominating presence.
DEFINITELY a 5-star beer. Grab one while you can, you won't regret it!!!