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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

262 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2004)
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Photo of meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn’t too wild about this when it came out so I decided to see what a little age did for this. Pours out looking like soda with a decent sized light tan head rising above the body. Scattered webbings of lace. Chocolate and a roasty malt made up the majority of the aroma. Hints of sweet caramel were also quite noticeable. The flavor starts off with a malty sweetness and roasty malts. Some earthy hop bitterness was present. Medium body and average drinkability. Seems like so far this is about the same with a slightly less hoppiness than I remember. Not bad by any means, I just find it boring and uninteresting after the first half of the bottle.

meathookjones, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

BDeibs, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a ruby brown body with a small whitish tan head that died rather quickly.

The nose was surprisingly subtle for stone. Biscuit, some caramel, a soft floral touch, wood, soft fruits with a full barley malt smell.

Full bodied with a very sweet syrupy mouthfeel. A very light carbonation with a subdued hop bitterness. Not to say it wasn’t bitter, but it just seemed to have a bitter flavor with all the high end cut off. Sort of like when you turn the high tone knob on your stereo down. Big rich syrupy malt with just a delicious big caramel malt taste.

Not really any crazy overpowering flavors in this baby. Just a simple, but decent, big malty beer with a somewhat numbing hop. Sadly my least favorite stone to date.

taez555, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

harpus, Yesterday at 01:42 PM
Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

akang, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ngandhi
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've said "sweet" a lot when talking about Stone beers and always meant it in that Stifler-meets-Miami-singles-bar-guy way. You might know it as "SUH-weet." Synonyms include "saucy," "nice" (see also NOI-ce), and "ughhh (ughhh, naNAnaNA)."

But 8th is sweet in the other, much more maligned sense of the word. Perhaps to cover up the smokey alcohol or perhaps to balance hops that are naturally out of proportion (being Stone and all), the caramel/toffee sweetness is first interesting and then just plain obnoxious, like the opening minutes of a late-night movie on Showtime.

This feels in the mouth like a mild ale, somehow, with half a shot of vodka mixed in.

The malty brown flavor is excellent and the hop profile of great interest, but it seems that Stone has used the 8th anniversary to merge all of their favorite styles (IPA, stock ale, and stout) into a hodge-podge that some might call a brown ale.

I'm not one to keep beer from breweries like Stone and Three Floyds and others stuck to BJCP style guidelines. Lee Chase and every brewer like him keeps American craft beer ahead of the rest of the world, challenging, revising, and ultimately revolutionizing the art with creativity and commendable spirit. But he, too, is faulted and this is a beer wraught with overzealousness, perhaps better as an idea than its actual manifestation.

Sweet, but deceptive and ultimately confused. Hm. I think I dated her once.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of stegmakk
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stegmakk, May 08, 2005
Photo of ArrogantB
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 08/2004 and purchased at Liquor Max. This one is almost two years old at this point. Color is dark brown (what a surprise) and the head is short and white. The smell is a little chocolate. The taste is a little chocolate and then standard boring brown ale. I bet this was really good when it was first released but time may have faded it a little. I was glad to have the opportunity.

ArrogantB, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Truh
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In honor of the day, presented my lover with a bronze choker with this one on 10/2/2004. 16-oz. pour at Sunset in shaker glass.

Film of elliptical, swirling thin head to start. Ruby brown hue but still slightly transparent with some light motion going on inside. Hidden bouquet of malt with caramel and juniper sweetness sneaking up at the end. Huge malt crunch with some roasted chestnut notes following at finish; some raisin and nutmeg notchings as well, along with some peat moss earthiness as pour warms. Lower end of medium-bodied spectrum, this is a nice offering but seems to lack something – there is a hat full of hollow in the pour that needs, somehow, to be filled, and this offering falters on that account.

Truh, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small dark cream colored head doesn't last long. Transparent cherry cola colored beer with no sign of carbonation. Chocolate malt aroma. Flavor starts of lightly sweet with hints of chocolate and tea hoppiness. Bitterness takes over midway through and is quickly joined by a rush of alcohol. It's pretty light in body which makes the alcohol stand out even more. Maybe my expectations are off, but I'm just not diggin it.

HappyHourHero, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big ass bomber purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane a few months back. It’s been hiding out in my stash. Brewed with “barley, hops, water, yeast and a rather harrowingly glorious habit of taking liberties with the English language.” Hmm.

Poured a dark cola brown color that became red when held up to light. Virtually no head or lace (what little there was had a mocha tan color). Kinda boring looking.

The smell was typical for a brown ale. Where this one differs is that it’s sweeter than most. Very strong brown sugar and molasses type smells. While there's a slight roasty malt scent, I can detect no hop scent of any kind, whatever the label says. If they are in the beer, they are in a quantity that prevents them from standing out from the barley and yeast whose presence was also trumpeted from the label.

This is a little more interesting in the taste than in the nose. The hops finally make themselves felt by adding a slight dryness to the heavy sweetness of this beer that is especially noteworthy at the swallow. Otherwise this is a sweet malt playground that is only slightly mitigated by a background flavor of raisins and figs. In a strange way this almost tastes like an ill-advised attempt to straddle the divide between brown ale and imperial stout, with the emphasis on the brown ale. This could be an interesting tasting beer, but it’s a little too insipidly sweet for that to happen.

Mouthfeel is about right for a brown ale. Thoroughly medium bodied. The carbonation is definitely lower than it should be. Perhaps this thing is so loaded up with sugar the yeast isn’t rising enough. I’ve heard of that happening with breweries with little or no quality control, but that’s not Stone, so I think this was actually meant to be this way. Regardless, this needs a little livening up.

I suppose this is drinkable if you really want a dark beer that is massively sweet. To me, this seems calculated to appeal to some netherworld between BMC drinkers who are starting to branch out (it's too bitter for them) and hardcore beer geeks (it's too sweet for them). One thing it does well is hide it’s abv of 7.8%. Not particularly impressed with this, but it is drinkable in limited quantities – the limit being this bomber. Once it’s gone, I’ll have no urge for another.

woemad, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

pwoods, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

GRG1313, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

nrbw23, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

CoolEthan, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of kornkid8600
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

kornkid8600, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of vma
3.2/5  rDev -20%

vma, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of JackStraw22
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: opaque dark amber body. Nice big, tan head. Pretty good retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet, light earthy/herbal aroma. Not very deep, though.

Taste: Big hop kick, very yeasty taste. This same taste is present in Double Bastard as well. As with the smell, this is very sweet, almost tastes like dessert. Feels a little thin in taste.

A good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Does make a good pair with some afternoon baseball, though.

JackStraw22, May 22, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft brown body supports a thick off-white head that retains well and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is basic brown ale with an upped hop presence a la Stone.

Flavor is similar, very basic brown ale flavors of roasty malt, buttery nuts, and non-descript hops. Too hoppy and not balanced at all.

Body just shy of medium with average drinkability. Definately not my favorite from Stone.

AlexJ, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of beertaster13
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone I love you, however with this one, well just didn't tickle my fancy bone. It pours a great dark brown with shades of black. The smell is of toffee and syrup, the malts are strong, a subtle hint of citrus hop. The taste is syrupy and rather dry, not bad but better in the brown dept (ex. Downtown brown Lost Coast Brewing) Feels good, not bad for cold nights but probably won't go back to.

beertaster13, May 27, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other day on sale for $6.44
A small tan head rest upon a large mahogany base. When held up to the light a reddish hue will come though.
Smell is sweet wood-ish...lets say nutty.
The taste is sweet, and again could be some nuts in there with a hint of an alcohol aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, leaning towards a light syrup.
Drinkability is average or even below average. I could have one of these. The bomber was a little too much.

LucaBrasi, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of aaronh
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An Imperial brown ale, I guess you'd call it. Deep Mahogany with a light tan head. Scotch aroma, slightly smoky it seems; may be the yeast throwing that in there though, as it's really slight. Bitter with a bit of smoked malt/salami flavor. Slight straw note, and a bit astringent on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the bitterness lingers a while. All in all, a big disappointment after the 6th and 7th Anniversary offerings. Well, actually compared to everything else I've ever tried from Stone.

aaronh, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown in color with ruby tones around the edge of my glass with a thin off-white head to compliment. Nose is oddly hoppy for a brown ale, almost astringent though there is that typical nut quality present. Taste isn't nearly as harsh as the nose would have you believe, though it still is a bit unbalanced, the bitterness overwhelms the other qualities. Alcohol too is very noticable which I think takes something away from it. The best I can say about this is that it pushes the limits of the style... I just don't like the direction they're pushing it in.

To each his own in the end, but in my honest opinion there are far better brown ales out there but worth a try if you like hoppy beers and want to try a brown ale.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 01, 2005
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.