Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stegmakk:
3.4/5 rDev -15%
Poured a nice deep brown with ruby under tones. Head was tan and stayed a decent time. Lacing was there but didnt last long.
Aroma was roasted malt, a slight sweet maybe caramel smell, and a hint of hops
Taste was mostly roasted(actually more burnt) coffee mixed in was some nuttiness and a nice jab of earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel was just slightly above average for a brown ale. Not too slick but not too filling.
Drinkability, while I could drink a few of these and enjoy them, I am not going out of my way to purchase more of this beer. Stone puts out better beers than this one.
05-08-2005 17:23:18 | More by stegmakk
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3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured a rich amber with a slightly off white head,aromas of earth,nut and a little caramel but pretty faint in that department mainly a big earthiness.Taste is hardcore earthy and nutty I mean like eating raw peanuts strait from the field whoo!A little harsh until it warms to get a little caramel sweetness.A no holds barred brown here alcohol is prevelant thru out,maybe the dryest brown ale I have had to date very big and bold maybe too much.
10-15-2004 23:35:36 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev 0%
Appearance This one is dark brown in color with light orangish rings around the outside of the liquid. The head was nice and full and showed good retention with an aggressive pour.
Smell The strong, sticky brownish flavors came with the signature hoppy Stone Brewing profile.
Taste This is big and simple. The malty backbone gives this ale a traditional toasty brown flavor. The hops are big as well. The sugars at the end come across as very broken down, if that makes any sense. They reminded me of straight sucrose if youve ever had that.
Mouthfeel This ale is medium-bodied with well-blended flavors and a very sweet finish.
Drinkability The ale is evenly-balanced but kind of edgy for the style. Its a heavy-hitter for sure, but I prefer my Brown Ales a little milder. Maybe Greg can by the rights to the Lazy Brown Dog Ale?
09-01-2004 15:17:08 | More by RoyalT
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
Yet another excelent beer from Stone. This beer poured a very dark brown color with a creamy off white head that looked very nice. The smell was very roasty and smokey and very Porter-like. The taste was slightly more Porter than Brown Ale, but the great malt presence balanced the smokiness out enough so it did not float too far into the Porter catigory. A great nutty flavor also appeared and the beer had a great bittersweet aftertaste. Another in a long line of winners from Stone!
09-05-2004 08:47:10 | More by Dmann
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours from the bomber a nice deep ruby brown with a small tan head. The hints of red shoot out when held up to the light. The smell is caramel/molasses upfront with some citrus hop tones in the background. A bit bready and roasty.
First sip is a huge blast of maltiness, caramel and chocolate tones dance on my tongue. They are juxtaposed by a citrus hop background that adds a nice amount of biterness to the brew. Some spiciness there as well. Leave it to Stone to take a nomally tame style and give it a good kick in the ass.
Mouthfeel is great...good body and excellent carbonation..a please to drink. As for drinkability....I'd have another...tasty and easy to drink. Almost 8% and I don't even notice it. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to try yet another tasty Stone brew!!
10-27-2004 02:09:54 | More by orbitalr0x
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
The 8th Anniversary pours a light reddish brown with a thin brown head that quickly goes to a small collar.
Its aroma is roasted nuttiness, coffee and chocolate.
The flavor is sweet, yet heavily roasted, caramel and chocolate malts with some nuts and a little smokiness. It has a dry bitter finish (grassy hops) that is at just the right level. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little on the thin side and a little under-carbonated.
Overall, a fine brown ale with a kick.
09-06-2004 06:33:06 | More by Beaver13
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
A couple hundred words of verbal antics written on the bottle lead me to believe this is a reincarnation of a 1998, one-off called Lee's Mild. The 8th Anniversary pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a small, tan head that quickly falls into a persistent collar and film of lace. Patchy lace also decorates the sides of the glass.
Interesting nose begins with chocolate..and more chocolate. Caramel, prunes, smoked almonds, licorice, and vanilla also emerge to tease the nose.
Mouthfeel features some hops bitterness, and is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels good in the mouth.
Taste is complex for a "brown ale". Lots of chocolate malt, caramel, fresh bready malt, a hint of warming alcohol, dark fruits, and a solid almond nuttiness. Hops bitter well, and waver between grassy and floral. Finish is smooth and clean.
I ususally don't care for brown ales, but leave it to Stone to create an exception. At 7.8% abv, this could be considered an "imperial brown ale", but the abv is generally well hidden in the complexity of flavors. At times, I even detected a resemblance to a strong dark ale from Belgium, in this one. Very interesting. Very tasty. Very drinkable. I wish I had a case of these in my cellar.
11-11-2004 11:58:14 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Brown ale Stone style! Is there such a thing as a double brown ale?
This one seems to fit the bill. Pours dark brown and clear, thin tan head, light lacing. This is thick, full bodied stuff. Alcohol present in the nose. Rich, deep and tasty malt center. Sweetness, balanced by a subtle dry hoppynesss. Lucious and large, chocolate flavors come out as it warms in the glass. Deeply satisfying, strong and bold. Another winner from Stone.
09-26-2004 18:48:45 | More by Billolick
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
On-tap at Anam Cara.
Color is a deep, deep dark brown with a thin and wispy layer of tan lace that barely leaves any laced on the glass. Aromas are a mix of roasted nut, bitter chocolate, and some fresh hops. Flavor is quite interesting. With the style listed as a brown ale, this on certainly kicked it up about 14 notches. Imperial Brown Ale, anyone? Actually, it's quite the Non-Stone beer. It's not a hop-infused monster by any stretch. Starts off with some sweet malt, middle shows some nutty flavor mix with baker's chocolate, and finishes with a kick of hops. Extremely well-balanced throughout (I told you it was very un-Stone-like!), with velvety-smooth mouthfeel that covers the ABV like a cloak. In typical Stone fashion, this was very drinkable. I'd love to get a few of these and see how they age.
11-15-2004 03:52:49 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
22oz bomber poured into an acbf tasting glass.
Pours a nice cloudy and hazy brown with a small light brown yellow head. Nose is sweet, malty and rich.
Taste is very very interesting, a bit oxidized but still drinkable for a 6 year old American brown. Quite tasty and drinkable.
06-26-2010 19:51:39 | More by kingcrowing
4.28/5 rDev +7%
This was a very pleasant and fine ale. It poured a nice dark copper brown. There was a moderatley descent head, which unfortunately was neither excessive, or long lasting. The taste was a nice and malty treat, with hints of hops. This was accompanied by a enjoyable smooth and full mouthfeel. A rather tasty beer to searched out and enjoyed.
11-13-2004 20:50:45 | More by BadBadger
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: Deep ruby brown hue with a succulent tan head leaves magnificant amounts of lacing no worries to be had here folks this is Stone in classic fashion. Aroma: Alcohol notes breeze by the old schnauze while hints of buried ripened fruit and chocolate notes whisp all around my senses along with herbaceously hopped herbal tea notes wow I'm in beer aromatic nirvana. Taste: Mild chocolate syrup with large helpings of hops very rare for any brown mild I've indulged in this is perfect for letting you know where it stands upfront and in your face in my opinion. Just a touch of alcohol and chocolate ripened fruit meld perfectly in the air definitely a beer to be enjoyed by the masses of good beer worshippers like myself. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated signs of thickness coming threw by some darker roasts of flavor namingly chocolate and caramel wow. Drinkability: Excellent, enjoying life while at the same time holding this beer in high regards goes hand in hand thank you to the Stone folks for a magnificent introduction to why I love Stone beers awesome stuff.
11-23-2004 08:54:38 | More by WVbeergeek
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
This beer is an auburn brown. The head is light brown, almost tan like. It disapears somewhat quickly. It smells of chocolate. Some burnt malt also. There is a hint of citrus also. It tastes mildly chocolately. The hops are very apparent. It wouldnt be Stonse otherwise. I also detect some caramel. It goes down smooth. It leaves a burnt malt taste in my mouth. I could drink this beer all night. The alcohol content is a little high, but not so high that I wouldnt be able to keep up. All in all, it is a very good beer. Too bad soon it will be very hard to find.
01-24-2005 04:58:16 | More by OStrungT
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Pours a frothy tan head over a hazy mahogany body. Head recedes with little to no lace. Rich malty sweetness dominates the aroma. More of the same in the flavor with waves of caramel and rich malt up front with light notes of chocolate. A earthy and even mildly spicy hop character joins in making this a well rounded brew, albeit on the sweet side. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth upfront with a very mild lingering hop spiciness contributing some dryness.
A rather robust brown ale bordering on old ale status. Excellent malt complexity and a balanced sweetness, at least in my opinion. The noticeable hop character provides nice counter notes while giving the malt center stage. A tasty malty delight, that is drinking well at almost two years old.
05-03-2006 23:44:25 | More by Shovelbum
3.3/5 rDev -17.5%
22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.
A: Brown and opaque. Medium head with some retention and a few wisps of lacing.
S: Caramel and tofee, carndi sugar. Big brown base. Some aged out hops.
T/M: More from the nose. A bit of spicy but pretty straight forward malts. More of the aged out hops. Body is medium or so with light carbonation.
D: This one is past its prime, I'd say.
11-04-2009 03:14:59 | More by pwoods
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
This beer definitely looks good. It poured to a deep brown and ruby color with a modest head, and it's leaving a few lines of lace.
The smell is strong but still very appealing. There's some degree of nuts along with the usual strong malts and hops. The mouthfeel is very full and very tasty. However, being so strong, the drinkability definitely takes a hit.
Overall, this is a good strong beer, even if it is pretty simple.
09-02-2004 06:46:13 | More by watermelonman
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Finally decided to grab a bottle of this. It is my first of Stone's Anniversary Ale's. I poured it into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. It decants to a beautiful mahogany/rub color with an off white foam head that starts off with a 2 fingered width before slowly fading into a small ring of rocky bubbles. Smell is very toasty. I'm getting off malty aromas. Taste is very well balanced. A rich malty smokiness is backed by a slight hoppy bite that's not too over the top considering the brewery. I can't believe this is almost 8 percent. It gives no hints of such potentcy. A worthy pickup for me.
10-07-2004 23:12:34 | More by soper2000
2.78/5 rDev -30.5%
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale
Appearance- looks like coca-cola, dark brownish black with a bubbly head.
Smell- creamy stout with malt and alcohol.
Taste- a stout Ale hybrid with a mix of rubbing alcohol to boot.
Overall- the alcohol is too present. Ruins the beer in my opinion. Beer has a nice stout creaminess and an ale malty cripness but it's ruined by the high alcohol content.
04-28-2005 21:27:21 | More by NJpadreFan
4/5 rDev 0%
Rich, chocolate brown with a thin foam of off-white bubbles. Ruddy aroma of hops and a nice malt profile.
Flavor is nice. Good depth for a brown, and keeps the tongue busy picking out different flavors.
An enjoyable quaff, if somewhat unspectacular. I like this, but it's certainly not up to what I expect from Stone.
07-09-2005 03:37:26 | More by RockyTopHeel
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Smells and looks fruity yet tastes strong. An imperial mild, and given it started from a mild beer that makes sense. The bourbon and wood and roast in there understated. Quite good. Very good for a brown, peculiar for a strong. From a generous Yankee at Doug Shoemaker's court.
12-19-2004 02:21:48 | More by Sammy
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
22oz bottle, August 2004. Sticker on bottle says $5.99 bought somewhere in Norfolk, VA.
appearance: dark with a very dark red tint. slight dark head
smell: wonderful! Hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke
taste: Chocolately, nice smoke flavors that are not overpowering. Alcohol definately present, but in a very good fashion.
mouthfeel: A little thicker than the typical american brown ale. Fairly sticky.
drinkability: Probably did not need more than a 22oz bottle but it went down smooth and easy.
I was really impressed with the brown, more so than the DFH and Rogue that it is typically compared to.
07-26-2005 01:18:48 | More by dirtylou
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Ruby-brow body with tan head. Retention is so-so, but he beer itself looks great. Rich fruity/roasty smell with a note of alcohol as it warms up. Almost a little spicey too. Nice taste, hard to distingish though. Sweet dark malts with a toffee, caramel and a slight roasted note. Not chewy and not too thin. Feels ust riht going down but 22 oz. is enough with dinner. Heck of a brown ale, give it a try.
02-20-2006 00:57:43 | More by tempest
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Thanks to FtownThrowDown for this one.
Poured a hazy brown with a slight white head.
Smelled of raisin and fruit.
Had a sweetness to the taste. Some licorice, raisin, fruit, and a little bit of malt character. The hops were subdued but not gone. Left a lingering Dubbel type of taste in your mouth, a note of alcohol in it.
The beer was smooth and not overly carbonated or bitter. Went down easy and was easily drank. Time did this one well.
I enjoyed this one and it was awesome to have this 6 year old brew.
12-18-2010 20:09:00 | More by cjacobsen
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.