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Old 07-22-2009, 07:49 PM   #11
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Had this last night on tap. Wasn't really my thing. Reminded me of another Anniversary Ale, maybe the 11th? I though it was very piney and that didn't mix well with the darker malts. I also tried Avery's 16th Anniversary Saison, which was perfect: an 8% beer with no distinguishable alcohol taste or smell, more pepper than fruit in terms of the phenols, but in general a pretty straightforward and really well done saison.

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:28 PM   #12
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Yea, it says on the bottle "Do Not Cellar - Enjoy in 2009". I liked the beer, but would not call it one of my favorites from them. The Sublimely Self Righteous on the other hand...

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:45 PM   #13
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I didn't really enjoy the Sublimely Self Righteous, but it was a good introduction to the style of Black IPA. In all, I think that all the the Anniversary Stone's are not all that phenomenal. Sweet beer to me should be marked as such. Like sweet wine, if I wanted it I will buy it, so don't trick me into buying it by not marking it as such.

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:48 PM   #14
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I love the Sublimely Selfrighteous, even back when it was the 11th Anniversary beer. I've gotten a few growler fills of that beer even a year and a half after it was released. It is definately more mellow and sweet with the aging. I still have at least 2 bottles of that in the fridge. In about a year I'm going to plan a big vertical tasting to see how these hugely hopped beers change. I've got the Stone anniversary beers back to the 10th.

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:53 PM   #15
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Yeah, the Self Righteous wasn't bad, it had a strange nose for me. Other than that though, it was a great example of a Black IPA.

I am amazed at how there are a bunch of breweries making beers that are on the sweeter side. I mean, if I was going to try to make something that I was going to age, I would dry that sucker out as much as freaking possible. Once those hops fade, all you have left is a syrupy alcohol bomb.

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Old 07-22-2009, 09:27 PM   #16
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I love the Sublimely Selfrighteous, even back when it was the 11th Anniversary beer. I've gotten a few growler fills of that beer even a year and a half after it was released. It is definately more mellow and sweet with the aging. I still have at least 2 bottles of that in the fridge. In about a year I'm going to plan a big vertical tasting to see how these hugely hopped beers change. I've got the Stone anniversary beers back to the 10th.
I have the vertical epics back to 2003 (I'm missing 2002) and I am seriously debating selling them. They're fetching stupid prices on the internet and I know I could make a ton of beer for what they'd get. Doesn't seem right to keep a bottle that someone will pay you 100 bucks for. then again, it doesn't seem right to sell a bottle of beer for 100 bucks.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:34 PM   #17
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I'd sell 'em if I had 'em and I wouldn't feel bad about the price. If someone is willing to pay ridiculous $$$ for something, then they want it bad enough. On the other hand, you saved them for a reason.

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Old 07-22-2009, 09:57 PM   #18
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I'd sell 'em if I had 'em and I wouldn't feel bad about the price. If someone is willing to pay ridiculous $$$ for something, then they want it bad enough. On the other hand, you saved them for a reason.
I saved them for a reason at the time. Now it is more because I feel like I should keep going.
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carne, I'm also in SD but haven't gotten around to very many of our breweries. I have been to stone and like their beer, but just curious, which brewery you like the best.

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Sell them Carne, there is no reason to keep beers that you don't like. I mean, if you want to collect them, the do so. If you want to enjoy them later then keep em. But I know that I wouldn't enjoy them later in life and don't need to hold onto them, so if I were you I would sell them and make a ton of beer or get a new piece of equipement

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