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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

261 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 261
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 mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Tasting 5-1/2 years after brewing date of August 2004. Held up well. A little cloudy, well, murky. Chocolate is the dominant flavor to me. Weirdly sweet aroma, like those choco covered cherries they hand out at Christmas in finer homes in Utah. So call it a good desert beer. So malty sweet, it IS the dessert.

Poured in a big Brigand goblet and the aroma is powerful. Label claims it's based on "Lee's Mild" tho I would say it's almost totally unlike a mild at 7.8% and all the malt. But thanks, Stone, for another wacky ale.

mactrail, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of MrSeth
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a very deep translucent brown color with some crimson highlights and a small tan head.

A thick, heavily sweet hoppy nose.

I went crazy for this one at the tasting at Bauer Wine. Not everyone was feeling it.. but more for me, right?

The taste is sweet malt, spiced brown bread, then a big puckering hoppy finish. Not my favorite from Stone, but a good effort nonetheless. A good drinking ale that works well with a scotch or two.

MrSeth, May 29, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Stone 8th, 22oz bottle. notes from 8/28/04.
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. not much lacing
Aroma is malty, carmel, wood with a little fruitiness.
Flavor is mostly roasted coffee, with a little sweetness in the middle, a little bitter on the finish. A little alcohol burn is noted towards the end of the glass.
I have another bottle of this that I’m going to sit on for a bit, and then re-rate.

Padron4KM, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a dark brown hue with no head, no lacing. Smells quite alcoholic with a lot of red wine going on, and some slight coffee scents. Some fruity raisiny things come through. Tastes quite like a porter or a stout- there's so much chocolate up front, then a wave of coffee, and some bittersweet espresso. Mouthfeel is okay but a bit on the thin side for me. Overall fairly drinkable, but a bit too sweet after a while. Still, it's a tasty brew, and the alcohol is fairly well balanced.

scooter231, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

1095th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- Mixing interestingly in the glass was a light brown with ambers/golds. Not a spec of head on it or cling.

Smell- Almost identical to Stone 7, which is suprising because of the difference in styles. I did smell more malt vs the soap on this one.

Taste- A really pleasant malty flavor with a small amount of bitter. A bit thick at points but a little bit of citrus crept into it.

Mouth- A lighter medium with a medium high carbonation and some sweetness.

Drink- Just okay. It was a bit all over the place with feel and looks but tasted good. Probably wouldnt want again.

FosterJM, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

The beer pours a nice translucent dark brown color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and victory malts. It has a toasted/ nutty feel. The taste is decent. It has a rich malty flavor with earthy undertones. It also has a hoppy element to it along with a warm finish. It is dry and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. This is a bit too thick. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer despite it's flaws. I think they should have went a little smaller on this one, but it still goes down.

WesWes, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of fain12
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jaxon53, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Decided to crack open one of my 8th Ann. Ales. This one might have peaked...

Looks really good, deep amber color, with a slight white head.

Also smells quite nice, similar to a barleywine, with fruity baked bread aromas.

Flavor seems a bit off. Has a nice bitter and sweet malty front, but fades on the finish. Might be do to age? Don't know... Mouthfeel is also lacking a bit.

It is certainly still drinkable, but I had one about 6 months ago and it was better.

flexabull, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

SocalKicks, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ArchitectBrewCo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a murky red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, with a slight hint of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lots of tootsie roll and chocolate malt, also raisin and cinnamon. Quite tasty! Only slightly past its prime, as the hops have faded.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of putnam
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

Bready brown sugar and concentrated black tea aromas arise from this dark brown liquid. The top succumbs to gravity in short order. An iron core of bitterness shapes and defines a candid mix of brown sugar, peppermint, coffee and caramel/vanilla flavors. The finish is clean with bitter licorice notes to flush out the mouthful of malt and alcohol. Very evenly balanced, yet it never quite manages to put two and two together. The sugars are clumsy. Alcohol flavors are unfairly obscured by sweetness. It tastes like its components, nothing more (at least they are quality components!) Very satisfying and, as always from Stone, largely flavored.

putnam, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
3.8/5  rDev -5%

22 oz. bottle thanks to mrpicklerelish.

Appearance: A beautiful, crystal clear mahogany. The deep red color of this beer was downright gorgeous. Small tan head always remained in some capacity and left a bit of lacing behind as I drank.

Aroma: Big wafts of spice and coffee. Deeper whiffs revealed toasted malts, chocolate and brown sugar especially as it warmed.

Taste: Up front, a smooth mix of spicy hops mixed with toasted malts, coffee and chocolate, something nutty and then a solid shot of bitterness that remained on my tongue for a while. Sometimes the bitterness outweighed the initial smoothness of flavors. It was very sharp and distracting at times and took away from my enjoyment. All in all, I would've expected a more complex flavor from Stone.

Mouth: Medium to full body with a tight carbonation that creates a nice, smooth mouthfeel:

Drink: Good. Plenty tasty. Not as great as other brown ales I've had but ok stuff.

oxmasterscream, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Found a bottles of this at a local store. Was pretty sure this place would not have cellared them properly, so I was definitely taking my chances (esp. considering they were charing $10.99 a bomber), but I thought, what the heck:

Appearance: Very cool-looking body. A deep, deep, deep, deep, deep (did I say deep?) brown. From a distance it almost looks like a porter in terms of coloration. Pours with a half-finger head, settles into a thin layer. Lacing is markedly present and decently impressive, dissipating only after a while. The appearance turned out to be this brew's highlight, actually.

Smell: A very nutty, burnt/smoked roast malt aroma is the most prominent aspect of the nose. Unveils a big presence of toffee, a hint of chocolate and molasses, a little chocolate and coffee. Pine/floral quality from the hops are on the back end, with a note of alcohol. Pretty impressive for a brown, certainly. Does not smell, in any event, like the store I got the bottle from spoiled the beer. Yay!

Taste: Roasted malts. Almost a grilled vegetable-like flavor. Bitter espresso, caramel, prune, nuts. The flavor is a little more subdued than the nose, quite frankly. Might be a result of how the beer was kept, but considering I detected nothing spoilage-like in the nose, I don't think that's the case. Pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: For being as old as it is, this beer holds up surprisingly well. Still, it's not a particularly exciting one. Considering its style, it has a great complexity of flavors, but it still has the brown session-like quality that makes it seem a little underwhelming for a Stone Anniversary offering. Still, in light of its varied flavor profile, it deserves a try.

RidiculedDisplay, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Bleedingshrimp
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. Poured the color of Hershey's Milk chocolate with nice garnet highlights. The nose was kind of subtle and vinous. Taste was big oak and vanilla and bready malts. Sweet but short of cloying. Hops are still lingering in this bad boy after 2 years...nice and complex with some good warming feeling from the alcohol. Tastes like an Imperial Brown Ale to me. Good solid offering from stone and a nice sipper but not something I could drink all night.

Bleedingshrimp, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -5%

A spectacular shade of crimson-bronze with bright orange highlights. The cap of foam is at least as impressive as the beer on which it sits. It's orange-influenced light caramel in color with a creamy density that promotes persistence and the deposition of a dramatic display of thick, tacky lace. Stone 8th doesn't look like any other brown ale that I can recall. In a word... fabulous.

The nose isn't quite the equal of the appearance, but it's still damn good. It smells like heavily toasted black bread sprinkled with cocoa powder and a small pinch of cinnamon. There's no pumpernickel spiciness and very little in the way of hops. Even though I'd like it to be a little more complex and a shade more forceful, it's better than good as is.

This is oddly flavor-deficient beer. There's a ghost of a brown ale here somewhere, but it never really materializes on the palate. The flavor profile follows the nose, more or less. It's toasted bready with a significant caramel maltiness and meager cocoa and molasses notes. Mildly spicy, not very sweet.

Things becomes increasingly bitter and dry within the course of each mouthful and the beer finishes a little hot and harsh, as if it was still young rather than being almost a year old. Like another beer that I had recently, the flavor sensations (sweet, bitter and dry) are much more apparent than the actual flavor. To be fair, there was more flavor with warming.

A thready dark fruitiness appears on the finish and a pleasant bitterness lingers. The beer may have been aged in oak, but it doesn't appear to have learned much from the experience. The mouthfeel is par for the brown ale course: medium with active carbonation.

I have a feeling that Stone 8th suffers from having been in the bottle for a year. I had hoped to hold onto each year's Anniversary Ale and review them on the following August 5th for personal reasons, but I now realize that that isn't being fair to beer that was never meant to be at its best at so advanced an age.

At this point in time, 8th Anniversary Ale is a slightly better than average brown ale that is drinkable and enjoyable for the most part, but doesn't stand out in any way (except for its appearance). My assumption is that the ghost-like flavor that I experienced today was significantly more corporeal in 2004. If this is a dweller in your cellar, open it now.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Dark brown body with a fading head. Nose is that of a bakery harvest deploying abundant rasin bread, almonds and roasted malt aromas. Rich maltiness provides caramel, coffee and pumpernickel bread on a roasty background. Big bitterness in the finish. Slightly powdery texture, lightly astringent though never disturbing. Interesting to say the least.

Rastacouere, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle courtesy of Nick at Liquormax poured into a tulip.

This one pours a hazy brownish amber with almost no head, which is to be expected I guess. There is almost no retention and only specks of lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts with no hop presence to speak of. I also got a substantial sugary syrup smell as well, with hints of dark fruit and wood.

The taste actually retained a bit of the hops up front, mostly of the earthy variety. Lots of roasted malts with caramel and sugar on top. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me with very little carbonation to speak of. As mentioned earlier, the finish is very dry.

I enjoyed trying this one though I imagine it's a little past it's prime. Either way, good drinking.

gford217, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of palma
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Dark brown body very porter like. Tan head fades quick but leaves a good lace. aroma is malty, nutty and coffee. Chocolate malt through and through. Light on the hops, especially coming from these guys. Big coffee backbone. I was thinking this american brown ale would satisfy me with hops and alcohol. Not so. Weak in both areas. A slightly above average American brown in my opinion.

palma, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of Callenak
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Pour on tap this past weekend at Stuffed Sandwich for their Stone Days celebration. Sam said it was a wheat beer, looks like it's classified as a Brown Ale here.

Pours a murky brown. More like a barley wine than a traditional brown ale. Light head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate malt, caramel and alcohol. Smells stronger than 7.8%. Taste like a cross between a barley wine and a wheat wine. Very malt forward without the normal hop stickiness in Stone beers. I'm curious how hoppy it was fresh. All and all a good beer that I could try again. My local liquor store has tons of these still at about $4/ea and stuffed is selling them for $20 in the bottle. Might try a bottle and see how it is versus the keg storage.

Callenak, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

A decent brown ale, though certainly hoppier than I would prefer for the style. The beer poured to a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. The aroma was of roasted barley malt and caramel.The taste and the aroma are inseperable. It was unusually bitter for a brown ale, in which I usually expect a roasted malty sweetness (which was there, but seemed to be hijacked by the hops). This also has a significantly higher ABV than any other brown ale I've tried, which could also be tricking my tastebuds. Not my favorite brown ale, but I'm glad to have had it (I almost prefer Newcastle, but Rogue Hazlenut Brown Nectar is absolutely delightful).

neonbrown82, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Had this on tap at Redbones. Dark cola in color, the tan head was latte like in look and feel. It left lovely sheet lacing in my glass. Actuall clean aroma didn't prepare me for what I got out of the beer tastewise. I thought the malt and hops were balanced, but the one taste that came out of nowhere was a roasted one (carrying on the coffee theme?). That one threw me a bit. Alcohol tried to pretend that it wasn't involved, but I could tell. Interesting. Slightly smoother than maybe I make it seem.

PatandDavid, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of Shovelbum
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.

Shovelbum, May 03, 2006
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.