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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale

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very good

231 Reviews
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 264
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1-11-2007. Pours a very dark ruby brown with almost no head to see. Nose is caramel, pine tar, and nutty. Flavor is still there, though the alcohol seems to be peeking out quite a bit. Nuts at the start and as an aftertaste as well. It really hits stronger after a few seconds longer. Most lasting palate experience that I can remember off of just one sip. Feel is thick, almost syrupy. Drinkable for sure. Masterfully crafted and seems to still have life left. Never had it fresh, but this seems pretty good without knowing the difference.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice caramelly brownish hue, bright apple-red at the foot, and 'round the sides, flush with toasty tan head sitting tidily above.
rosy sweetness in the nose, roasty, replete with dark fruits, a touch of spice, plenty of malt, and just a touch of hops...bigger than other browns, but not as forward as you'd expect from Stone...cheers to them for keeping us on our toes.
Full, rich, malty flavor on first sip...great presence on the palate, candy-ish, but not to any extreme degree. Flavor is there with every returning swallow, mouthfeel is plentiful, body is full, but not too much so, finish is softly drying, and longish.
This is an anniversary brew to trip up some who may second guess Stone's mission with their expectations. These are those who may not find any delight in a brown ale, no matter how different it may be. "Where are the hops?" I hear them screaming. Not every beer can be an Arrogant Bastard, nor should they be...although the higher alcohol is peeking through, and this brown is showing how different it is in that regard.
(BTW, I'm attempting to read the label, and glean the intentions of Stone, sans dictionary...what the hell are they talking about? but I'm good at linguistic guesswork, and I think I can make some kind of sense out of it..."we're giving you a boozed-up mild ale whether you like it or not", basically...and i was very amused...wonder what an accurate translation would say? What if you transalted it into Klingon and back?)
This is a very good beer, just not intended to win the hearts of hop-headed beer-geeks. I had a similar experience last week, when Town Hall's 7th Anniversary brew wasn't a hoppy pale like last year, but a bold ESB. And it, too, was very nice, for an interesting twist on the style. So be it!
Let's hear it for the trip-us-uppers at Stone, who can feel free to dazzle me any which way the want...or not!
's'cool, dogs...

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/08/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Hangtown Brewery pint glass. 22 oz bomber with no date on bottle.

Appearance- Pours a brownish-amber color with a nice tan foamy head. Lacing is about average.

Smell- Tons of caramel and roasted malt notes as well as hop bitterness.

Taste- This one kinda reminds me of a brown ale mixed with an IPA and maybe even some stout or porteresque qualities. Definite strong brown ale tastes with the roasted malt, IPA qaulities with the smooth bitter hops, and the darker beer qualities with a tad taste of burnt coffee. Excellent!

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation than I was expecting. Medium to heavy taste. Went down super smooth.

Drinkability- May be my favorite brown ale to date. An interesting taste experience. Wondering if this one is ageable at 7.8%?

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely bronze and mahogany red color. A 1/2" head has large bubbles and slowly faded to a surface foam. A few slow rising carbonation bubbles streamed from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of caramel and floral hops. The flavor sports many tones as the drink warms, such as roasted malts, caramel candy, grapefruit, chocolate,prunes, raisins, nuts, and a big hop character.

Smooth and mildly crisp at the start, smooth through the finish. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Nicely drinkable and a very pleasant brew everyone should seek out.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2005
This beer sits a drab brown color in my glass, but shows pretty amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head that is propped up by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is rich and malty with notes of toasted bread, biscuits, chocolate and coffee. The aroma really is quite heady in its ample maltiness. The taste is rich and mouth filling up front, and then moves to that expected rich maltiness that is dominated by a mix of coffee and roasted barleys. There is still a bit of spicy hoppiness to this beer towards the finish, but it is quite a bit more muted than when it was young. The beers finish starts with a solid bitterness and finishes with a roasted malt astringency. The malt character of this brew is almost perfect, the only thing that detracts is the harsh astringent burnt grain huskiness. This beer is aging wonderfully and should have another couple of years to go.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this earlier in 2008 at a BA tasting at the Brick Store Pub compliments of an unknown BA- Thanks to whoever brought this! Poured a hazy brown with a still lively head that faded to a thin ring. Smells treacly with some aromas of date and fig. The taste is similar, but still quite rich with date and fig fflavors and slight roastiness that provides a toast like backbone for the fruit. Very smooth and creamy, this is still holding up quite well with no oxiddised flavors detected at all. Nice.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazy red brown ale.

Smell is malty and syrupy like, smells like a barley wine. Fruity scents and roasted malt is in the scent too. Clear scents of chocolate and coffee appear after this warms up a bit.

Taste is strong and just a little sweet. Malt and the hops fight it out in your mouth in this brew. Bitterness, pine and grapefruit tastes jump out at you on first taste and then hide again as the malt and roasted flavor dominate the aftertaste. Alcohol becomes discernable after is warms a bit and leaves a drier aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.

A: Dark reddish brown with a fizzy beige head and okay retention and lacing.

S: Toasted bread with nuts and a little chocolate. ABV is strong for the style, but it's hardly detectable here. I get a little plum and date. Oxidation is sherry-like. There's an interesting smoky quality perceivable when the beer warms up toward room temperature.

T: Toasted bread and nutty with an earthy character. I get a dash of chocolate and a hint of date. Alcohol is subtle. Finish is smooth with a lingering breadiness. There's a dark fruit undercurrent reminiscent of plum. Oxidation is complementary. The finish is dry. There's a little heat in the end and a low bitterness throughout, though no detectable hop flavor.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, dry, and sticky, with notable warming.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. It's held up very well, though Stone probably cold stores. Pairs well with new age music, or so Stone would have me believe.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 dug out of the cellar.. I've been wanting to review the 8th for a couple of years now... I had one about a year ago and it was fantastic... Tonight is the night... Poured into my Chimay goblet...

1/2" head sorta surprised me.. descent lace.. the brew is crystal clear lite brown with bright red highlites,

Aroma is eye opening after all this time.. bunches of chocolate.. lite toast and roasted malts... touches of coffee.. figgy.. and some brown sugar... maybe some piney hops have survived..

Flavor is lite chocolate and cola.. dry caramel essence... touches of raisin.. descent bitterness that ties the brew together... The body is a lite/medium... and the carbonation is smooth (even after all these years!!!) Light dark cherries with some Mission fig.. Nice hoppy bitterness still is there.. the only hoppy flavors I get may be some minor pine... but they are on the decline.

Reminds me out of the gates of a deep English brown.. oxidation had helped the bigger ABV... Better than I remembered the bottle a while back.


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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an light brown, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, rich amber color. Malty nose. Starts with a light sweetness and finishes smooth with just a hint of hoppiness. A very good brown. $6.00 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer bottle from Town & Country, West Springfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the reddish brown brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of big and small bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is malty, with dark fruits and a slight alcohol factor. Taste is stronger than I would expect for a brown, but we'll assume for the anniversary and all they meant to push the envelope. Malts please the tongue, but are quickly overcome by some dark fruit/light alcohol notes, as present in the nose. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Not quite what I was expecting for a brown/mild as described, but it'll work in a pinch. Worth a try, before it's gone.

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium ruby/brown colour and pretty clear. Cream coloured head that's a little thin, but is made up of fine bubbles and leaves lots of lacing. Malty aroma with just a bit of floral hoppiness. Mostly it's all about chocolate and nutty smells, with a hint of alcohol lurking in the background. Moderate bitterness throughout, but this seems to be more about malt (is this really a Stone brew?). Sweet, malty start, some nuttiness and floral hops at the mid-point, and it finishes with more chocolatey malt and some increasing bitterness. Creamy texture aided by well-incorporated carbonation. Full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Great balance here in an excellent (strong) American brown ale.

April 7, 2006: Tried my last bottle of this great beer. It had a bit of oxidation that manifested as kind of an "aged barleywine nose", but this didn't detract from the quality of the aroma. The flavour had mellowed out a bit, but there was still some bitterness and everything held together well. The body seemed a little thinner than last time, but that could just be poor memory. Still enjoyable after all this time, but it has lost a little of its original character.

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Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear ruby red with some brown traces, small off white head, lace. Smell is rich malt, some chocolate, nice grassy floral hops. Taste is very rich, chocolate malt, complex floral hops, little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth and dry. Very tasty, I really enjoyed it. Thanks DrJay.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Auburn tone. Streaks of scarlet. Decent clarity. Thin brown head recedes to a thick collar. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malt, dusty grain and cocoa.

Taste: The flavor has a dry grainy aspect. Dry cocoa powder. Chalky hops. Burnt malts. But there's a sweet lacto feel to it as well. All in all, it's a nice little Ying-Yang type of thing going on that makes for a pleasant tug of war.

Mouthfeel: Chalky dry. Lightly carbonated. Medium bodied at best. Pleasing enough.

Drinkability: I usually grade drinkability by answering the following question, "How much desire do I have to drink this beer again??" instead of "How many of these could I kick back in a sitting??" While I could put a lot of these back in a sitting, I also have much desire to drink this beer again. So I give it a high rating for drinkability. It's very flavorful and an enjoyable experience all 'round.

Without the Bum on my side, I don't think I'd have tried any of the last 3 Anniversary Ales from Stone. So I thank you yet again, King of the Bums.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love you Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis. They helped pop my Stone cherry.

Appearance- I immediately noticed a ruddy brown with deep amber highlights. Very, very murky. Good head with a bit of sticky lacing on my glass.

Smell- A instantly think of hop spiced brownies. Mild to deep malts give a hint of chocolate roastiness. Not as much hops as I expected in the nose though. Must have degraded with the aging.

Taste- Starts with a strong mix of roasted malts and slightly degraded hop flavors. Brownies and the resin straight from the citrusy flower. Then a more coffee like note mixed with some herbal notes. The finish is like runby malts with amber tasting hops. Not easy to describe.

Mouthfeel- A little biting considering the aged hopping. Lots of dark flavors to help balance the hops. Bitter finish, but that's ok.

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Photo of Gusler
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer after its disinterment from the 22-ounce brown bottle lies ever so inviting in the glass a translucent burnished copper with a persistent light tan and somewhat frothy head, after its demise the residual lace is an encircling sheet of fine lace. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of caramel and the mouth-watering aroma of the hop flower, start is delectable in its grain presence, lightly sweet with the top moderate in its feel. Finish is annoying in its acidity with the hops determined and the aftertaste desert dry, ah what a treat to the palate and the other senses.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber that I acquired (I think from yobdoog) in my first trade ~2 years ago and never got around to drinking until this snowy sunday. Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Stone's 8th anny is a dark brown with a small, large bubbled eggshell head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is mainly grassy hops that I recognize as more of an aged citrus hop - I reckon this was quite the hop blast when it was fresh. Otherwise it's rather understated. The lack of malt notes had me fearing this had aged way to long, but thankfully that's not at all the case! Served at 55F, a hint of caramel came out as it warmed, but really there was no significant improvement.

Taste is really pretty full, this sucker sure has held up well being that it's over 4 years old! Big caramel, slightly nutty, some light citrus hops, wow, this is fantastic, smooth but lots of flavor, not at all like I expected for it's age. Frankly, I'm shocked!

Mouthfeel is smooth and slight, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great. If this wasn't a rare one-off that I'll surely never have again, I would give it a 5. The ABV is totally hidden, this is just a killer brown ale. If I could by this buy the case, I'd surely overindulge every session!

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby tints...nose is dark cocoa...body is medium to full...tight...flavor profile is big on the sweet milk chocolate...a little hit of coffee grounds...finishes with a little bitter hop hit...has the feel of a Porter in some respects....

An interesting beer..nice character to this...tasty..not an all-time great but well worth trying....enjoyable.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.