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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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231 Reviews
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 264
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
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.

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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 264
Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Toledo on the way home from my honeymoon. Pours a deep amber color. Moderate head, but good lacing. Aroma is faint to me, but a slight hint of cocoa and coffee. Taste is just explosive. Chocolate malt, carmel tones, but yet with a firm enough hop presense to keep it all in balance. Mouthfeel is full, rich and lush. I almost wonder if they added some maltodextrine to beef up the mouthfeel. This one is a winner, great overall beer. (451 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (341 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (776 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently. (391 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didnt quite know what to expect - a brown ale sitting for this long. alcohol content was high so i figured it would be fine but i didnt know if it would go anywhere positive. still not sure if it got better, but it was pretty damn good.

Super thick and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a Rochefort or something like that. Flavor is fairly subtle, nothing too special, but very likeable.

I guess that sums it up - feels great in your mouth, but isnt truly unique in any way. (477 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never been a big brown ale fan but hey, it's stone, so gotta try this...

Appears a deep ruby brown color that is beautiful. the head is small to put it mildly. Aroma of sweet chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of hop spicyness. taste is good, but not great. The alcohol pokes out alot here, but I like the balance of hearty malt and bittering hops. Not much hop flavor, but it suites the style well. Nice creamy and nicely carbonated mouthfeel, with good drinkability. A good beer and a very nice change up (514 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of bignick
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of Sephiroth. Poured into a Cooperstown 10th Anniversary pint glass.

This is a very good brown ale. It is superbly drinkable. It pours a orange-hinted brown with a minimal head, although the second pour provides more of a head. There is nice lacing that sticks to the glass. The taste is dominated by caramel/toffee maltiness. There is a hop bite that compliments the maltiness, but this is definitely a malt-monster, unlike other Stone beers. There is nothing harsh about this beer, and I dig the clean finish. (535 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, a good show by Stone. They have made a brown ale complex and heavy (though I'm not sure everyone would consider this a good thing). Pours an earthen brown color with red fringes. Sediment is evident throughout. Head is lacy, but minimal. Taste is potent, alcoholic, almost reminds me of a Belgian higher alcohol beer. Fruity, with a spicy aftertaste. Drink with caution - quite a high ABV for a brown! Surprisingly smooth drinkability. You should try this at the very minimum based on the fact that it is a limited release from Stone. (546 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a dark copper red with a one finger head that quickly dissapated to a fine white lace that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was very heavy in malt sweetness with a strong mix of spicy hops and alcohol.

The taste was where this beer got strange. The smell was totaly decieving. The front was heavy syrupy malt sweetness with a slight kick of hop bite in the middle. The finish was a slight bit of water and a lingering hop bitter.

This beer played out quite nicely across the palate. All and all I was quite impressed. Very refreshing and very drinkable. (582 characters)

Photo of shippos
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with an excellent appearance, thick tan head with small dense bubbles and a clear hazelnut color. rich but mild malt aromas with some subtle hop aromas, fairly restrained aroma for a stone brew. rich mouthfeel full of biscuity bready chocolatly sweet flavors, sugary and chewy. has an astringent hop bitterness that lingers or it could be the alcohol that is in this. very drinkable and highly flavorful. (410 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't want to overanalyze this beer. A kick-ass brown ale (with all due respect to Albany Pump Station's "Kick-ass brown"), this thing just drinks like a big old brown sugar bomb. It has such great molasses notes, and a little bit of nuttiness, it reminds me a bit of a New Orleans-style praline. However, just the right amount of aggressive hoppiness balances things out, and the finish, while smooth, rich, and full-flavored, does dry out enough to invite sip after luscious sip.

Man, I love this beer. It's a good thing that my local beer store still has several of these in stock... and drinking better than ever. Get your hands on some before it's all gone. (667 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with nice ruby highlights and a light creamy white head. Aromas are a mix of burnt malts, smoke, roast, hints of cocoa, and some light molasses. Initially this brew is slight roasty with a nice backing of chocolate flavors. There is a very nice creaminess to this brew without a single drop of astringency. Following there are nice tones of caramels along with subtle hints of dark fruits and some more cocoa. The finish is slightly bitter with a citrus hop bite and a bread and biscuit malt backing. Overall this beer is a nice creation by stone that isn't over the top in any way, but still remarkable for how full of flavors it has. My favorite brown ale so far. (693 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled one year after bottling. Apparently presented as an "imperial mild." So...in my mind, I'm looking for something resembling an American Brown Ale, but with that little something extra. Let's see how the Stoners do.

The bomber pours a nice healthy tan head over a brown, but not opaque body. Not bad, and certainly mild like.

Smell is toasted pecans...hell, the whole pie, with light chocolate malt notes, and Roastaroma barley tea. If this seems all too sweet for you, don't worry, it's not -- a brisk crack of hops keeps everything in balance, and reminds you this is a SoCal brew.

Taste is delightful, with notes of nutmeg, hazelnut and more pecan, and more depth of chocolate. Maybe a little lactose. The hops are less aggressive here, but balance everything out very well. Malt wins, however. Very good.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, but there is creaminess, which promotes the lactose note. Not bad.

Drinkability, the key to a mild, is fufilled here...somewhat. I certainly could drink more of this, and I very much enjoyed the experience, but I'm not impressed enough to go trading away my beer cellar for another bottle.

A very nice offering from Stone, and just about what it promised to be -- an Imperial Mild. (1,246 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looked and smelled great which is hard to believe for a brown. Big malty nose with subdued but clear hops right there with the malts. I took a big sip cold and it was so tasty. Everything about it is big and bold- the malt, hops, body, and the long beautiful bitter aftertaste. As it warmed, there are caramel, chocolate and some sweet citrus flavors that make for a truly excellent beer. I’m sure I tried this fresh but if I did it didn’t taste like this or I would have bought many more. (501 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brownish red with about a finger of creamy head. Nice strong estery aroma. Lots of fruit here. After the first taste, I had to pause in order to admire the complexity. Starts off full-bodied with roasted malts. There is some chocolate and and caramel, and even some smoke. Then you taste some dark fruits, and then finally the citrous and hops. True to Stone fashion, the hops are big, but they aren't huge like the Ruination. The finish is slightly alcoholic with some bitter chocolate and citrous. Damn this beer is good, too bad it is going to be gone soon. I need to store some. (596 characters)

Photo of MrSeth
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (444 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct. 15th 2006.

I'm rating this beer based on how well it's held up.

Just slightly hazy liquid with a light white half inch head... Granted it was an agressive pour but I'm surprised this one still has any carbonation left! Very little lacing as expected.

Big roasted toffee nose. Sweet candy scents with a little bit of alcohol and tree bark?

Sweet coffee flavors. Almost like coffee with just a dash of hazelnut added. Very dry finish after swallowing. It's definitely a bit nutty.

It's a bit thin as I would imagine has happened over time. Still pretty good feel to it though.

Overall very drinkable and another great beer from Lee Chase. Many thanks go out to Boolshot for sending this one my way! (719 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this exceptional brew on draft at Anam Cara. It was served in a wineglass and seemed quite unlike a traditional American brown. The aroma of chocolate and wood hat subtle hints of burnt malt. The flavors were more complex blending fig, straw and other notes with a chocolate and woody base. It was an exquisitely well bodied sipping beer that managed to hide its alcohol well. It would be very interesting to see what a year or so of aging would do to the flavors. (474 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool cranberry-red and brown, with a small light tan head (well, more a ring than a head), but the lacing is decent. Roasted caramel smell, bitter toffee taste with a slightly overripe fruity edge, a syrupy mouthfeel and a definite hoppy finish. Like just about everything I've had from Stone, there's an appealing alcohol kick at the end. Likeable stuff. (357 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this bottle is 1 year old. pours a dark amber / brown body with a nice lasting, frothy head. smells bready, a little hopy, light roasted malt. mmm nice soft roasted malt front, not too sweet. ballanced breadyness in the middle, and a hops finish that is not over done, perfect amount for ballance. alcohol is hidden very well. best brown ale i have had for sure. mouthfeel is oily and slick, full body. drinkability is amazing because of the remarkable ballance, not too sweet front, no crazy bitter hop finish, and no alcohol kick. dare i say perfect? (552 characters)

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

Stone 8th Anniversary is big enough that it could maybe be called a double brown ale, but since that style doesn't exist yet, I guess American brown will suffice.

It pours a light brown/dark red with a thin tan head. No lacing in my glass, but it might be my glass that's to blame, not the beer. Aroma is floral and fruity. Taste is nice and complex, with some fruit, nuttiness, toasted malt with a bitter finish - but not an overpowering one. A really delicious beer, and one that I would like to see Stone keep around. I could see drinking this on a fall day more that a hot humid summer one. But for a brewery whose summer seasonal is an Imperial Stout, I don't hold out much hope. I think this will cellar well, and I may pick up a bottle to test that guess. (765 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish-red mostly clear beer with a tan head and fair lacing.
Smells like burnt candy like maybe alcohol flavored toffee, not much hops presence.
It tastes very sweet with decent bittering and lots of undertones of candy/sweet stuff.
Mouthfeel - Sticky with a medium to light body.
In terms of drinkability I'd say it's alright but not great. Maybe I'm missing something but this beer seems too sweet to drink more than one or two at a sitting, I mean I like it but just a little too sweet. (496 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a transparent ruby tinged shade of brown, typical to that of an American Brown Ale. The head is off white and rolls up respectably, but does indeed recede to very thin layer rather quickly. It doesn’t look like there is a lot of carbonation action going on within the body. I don’t ever think I’ve had a brown ale that smelled this good before. Thick toasty caramel scent, with a light tint of coffee and a sprinkling of spicy hop. I keep finding my nose over the glass taking a whiff of this, because I enjoy it so much. I didn’t know what to expect when first tasting it, but it makes perfect sense. This is exactly what I would expect a Brown Ale brewed by Stone to taste like. All the flavors you would expect from the style, just all a lot more keyed up and assertive. One of the things about Brown Ales that throws me a little bit, I just think they’re a little too subtle for me most of the time. That is not the case here. I perceive the flavors of milk chocolate coated caramel (ever have that resin candy?). I pick up some vague fruity esters in the middle, hints of vanilla and oak as well. The hops vibrate flatly and densely, and register with a spicy pang in the finish. Surprisingly, a puff of alcohol fumes actually does peep up as I swallow. A good bit fuller in the mouth than your typical brown too A great, great beer from a very unhyped style, and Stone pulls it off once again. (what can’t they do?)

Note: I almost gave myself arthritis removing the rubber seal from the bottom of the cap to learn that “Stone entered Ohio in August of 2001”. Congratulations Ohio circa 2001!!! (1,630 characters)

Photo of JackStraw22
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (483 characters)

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