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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

262 Ratings
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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma consists of strong malt and lots of hops. Taste is quite bitter but well supported by the malt. I very much enjoyed this typical west coast beer. Now, I’m curious to try some other Stone Anniversary beer.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2005
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, Sep 18, 2014
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 mschofield
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel brown, topped with a one finger creamy tan head, leaves rings of lacing.
Caramel, fruit and herb in the aroma.
Caramel taste, fruity with dark toast and herb notes. Very roasty overall.
Medium bodied and smooth, ok drinkability. Not very 'stone like' even with the high ABV.

mschofield, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of rkhaze
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut color with a nice sized creamy tan head.
Big sweet chocolate and nut smells. Roasted and earthy. Caramel and a definite alcohol presence.
Tastes of roasted malt, tangy milk chocolate, nuts and a bit of caramel. A bit on the sweet side and finished with a mellow hop bitterness and an almost peppery spiciness. The alcohol was present and was a little raw.
Thin to medium bodied with a rich full mouthfeel and a pepper burn in the back of the throat.
The combination of the pepper and alcohol made this a tough one to drink. The flavors were good but this seems to need some time to smooth out.

rkhaze, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice,deep chestnut brown color. Malty aroma-slight hoppiness to it. Malty flavor-theres a slight grainy flavor to it. Slight caramel notes. Good body. Quite smooth on the palate. A decent enough brown though not my favorite offering from Stone.

lackenhauser, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a brown/red color with a small head that didn't stick around too long and left very little lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel malts with a little nuttiness and some hops. The flavor is very hoppy. Caramel malts for the backing as well as some bready malts, but hops dominate the flavor in my opinion. Finish is bitter. Seems a bit strong for a brown and a bit too hoppy. It's a good beer and very drinkable though.

clvand0, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Very light for a brown ale. Poured a dark rubby color with a loose cafe au lait head. Nose has a deep earthy tone with roasted coffe grind flavor and slight estery sweetness and notes of brown sugar and caramel. Flavor was earthy but had some slight fruity flavors of cherry and figs coupled with a slight hoppy citrus flavor akin to grapefruit. The mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and carbonated, but nothing over the top. This seemed to me a toned down version of the Arogant Bastard. There wasn't as much hops but the malts were similar. Much fruity estery flavoring. Good way to commemerate the 8th Ani.

GreatPondBrewer, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with a low ringed beige head and subtle carbonation. Malty milk chocolate aroma and flavor dominate; nice balance between malt and hops with a fairly noticeable alcohol effect on the finish. Medium-full bodied but kinda flat.

Way strong for a Mild Ale and not quite so special for an Anniversary Ale -- otherwise it's OK for what it is.

Per bottle: "Originally brewed as Lee's Mild in Mid '98"

Per SBC website: IBUs: 55. Starting Gravity 18.5 P. Oak used during brew process.

Bottle Release Date: 08/16/04

Released: "August 2004"
Tasted: 02/09/06

($6.49 / 22 oz. lithographed bottle)

RBorsato, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a standard pint glass. The color is a cherry red and brown when seen through daylight. Nice sandy head that thins to a lasting half-centimeter. The aroma is of nuttiness, roasty malts and alcohol. Other scent notes are coffee and a bit of chocolate. All of these make up a nose typical of a good brown ale.

The flavor comes strong with roasty and coffee flavors. There is a harsh bit at the beginning that is a bit sour but that quickly subsides and I get mostly an alcohol and roast/coffee taste. The malt profile is very strong and the aftertaste is of burnt toast. The body of the beer is medium and the mouth feel is tight and clean.

BrewMaster, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

watermelonman, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear ruby red topped by a smallish tan head that receded to a film of thin bubbles. Lacing was pretty decent.

Smell: Caramelized and toasted bready malts with a figgy sort of presence. British-style hops, kinda grassy and herby. Hints of pine.

Taste: Molasses, toffee and biscuity malts interwoven with low alpha acid hop strains I'm guessing. They provide enough to make this sort of bitter, though. Mild taste of booze.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Impy mild? Strong Brown? Whatevah... an intriguing beer that most resembled a hoppy wee heavy. Worth trying at least once if you have the opportunity. Can't say I'll be cellaring this or repeating the experience, though.

ManekiNeko, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Muddy red color with a modest but sticky tan head. Aroma is of oxidized caramel and some roastiness. Flavors of roasted coffee beans and light cocoa powder, maybe a touch of soft fruit. Not very robust. Easy to drink, light and well carbonated.

illidurit, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice (for some reason I thought it was gonna be a Belgian) a crystal clear deep amber brown. The head was low and tan, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply nutty and malty with caramel most prevalent and chocolate not far behind. Slight roastiness was present in the aroma. As it warmed the aroma became slightly spicy which was most likely a result of the hidden alcohol in the beer making it's presence known through phenols.

The flavor was slightly metallic with chocolate and caramel and the same nutty characteristics. The flavor also had a earthiness and a hop bittering that restrained the everpresent maltiness.

The finish was just dry with lasting chocolate, caramel and slight lasting bittering. The body was medium full but seemed just a smidge thinner. The only indicator of the alcohol presence was in the warming after consumption and even that was slight.

22 ounce bottle. $6.25 in VA.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz bottle into a dimple pint glass. The color is a dark amber with a foamy tan head that leaves a nice layer on the beer. The smell is malty with a touch of apple to it. The taste is fairly brown sugar sweet, with an applish ester to it with a touch of a nuttyness and a nice dry finish to it. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, have a few.

Well, been saving this one for a little while. While this didn't age with the best of them, it's still a nice beer and a very unique attempt (an 8% brown ale??) and cheers to Stone for the effort. Nice....just better Stone beers out there.

beergeek279, May 14, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep brown coppery color with a thick tan head that dissipated relatively slowly and left some nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is dark chocolate, alcohol, toasted grain, and a light piney hoppiness.

The flavor itself is like a boozey brown on steroids. The chocolate and caramel flavors come together nicely, and the mouthfeel has enough thickness to complement them well. The hopping is so light that it's almost imperceptible, but this bottle is also about 10 months old. If anything, though, I feel like the alcohol comes through a bit too strongly in this one. The other flavors have an interesting balance that could serve as a bulked-up example of the style without the booze really pulling through in the finish.

Overall, it's a fairly drinkable brown, especially at its ABV, but it's not my favorite example of the style.

whartontallboy, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The back of the bottle had so many multi-syllabic words, I lost interest after two lines and went straight for the contents. It's mahogany with a head that looks like fizzy soda at first but settles into a nice 1 1/2 finger head before quickly disappearing again. The smell is caramel, a fair dose of hops, and a somewhat pronounced alcohol smell. The malt sweetness at first seems destined to be balanced nicely by the hop bitterness, but it never seems to come completely together. The beers stays a bit too sticky sweet but remains entirely drinkable. This is another nice beer from Stone but somewhat disappointing for an anniversary brew.

mickeymac, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of bashiba
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a very dark ruby/brown combination with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly.

Smell is pretty light, small hints of caramel malts and some earthy hop aromas

Taste has a nice sweet honey, clove, and caramel taste up front and is followed by a very dry earthy hoppiness. Bitter, but not enough to overpower the malts.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with a slight fuzzy warming to it.

Drinkability isn't bad, very enjoyable, but not something I could drink a lot of.

bashiba, Oct 28, 2004
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.