This annual release is always a stunner from Stone, best known for its affinity to produce beers that showcase a strong hop presence, so it's not surprising that the brewery would excel in this style category. Immediately attractive, the mahogany-amber colored beer offers aromas of banana bread, turbinado sugar, caramel malt, toffee, molasses and dried dark fruit that are all married to a core of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying, with a rich orange-oil flavor that coats the palate and lingers long on the finish, ending moderately bitter and pithy. Enjoyable now, but should hold well through 2016, at least.
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Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).