Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a reddish brown, with a big rocky head. Some roasty chocolate aromas and alcohol. Very warming. Very rich and malty. My problem with this beer was that it was bursting with flavours that didn't exactly mesh well. This is probably a pretty extreme brown ale. Spicy, nutty and roasty. Alcohol is very potent. Interesting beer.
07-17-2005 08:04:36 | More by baiser
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Ruby red body capped with a full finger of dirty brown foam which quickly dissipated to a crescent moon wisp around the perimeter of the glass. The nose is heavy with a mixture of toasted malt and chocolate.
Zippy CO² ushers in a mouth-full of earthy chocolate malt which is closely followed by a sharp hop bite. The finish is a chocolate / coffee combo slow fade with a touch of warming on the back of the throat.
(Brings forth beautiful chocolate burps following consumption)
05-30-2005 16:33:41 | More by IceAce
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
On draft at the Stone Storm
Appearance is a murky amber red hue, off-white thin head dissipates, minimal lacing
Smell is clean crisp roast malts, nutty presence, touches of coffee and grassy hops, slight alcohol
Taste is considerable alcohol and roast malts, bitter hops are apparent as is a nice nut flavor, finishes mild and slightly bitter
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery and slick texture, mild carbonation
Drinkability is very good, this is a smooth and flavorful brown ale (I believe Stone's only brown to date!), good malts and trademark Stone hops provide a perfect balance, I wish Stone revisits this style again sometime soon!
01-29-2008 08:20:34 | More by Stoneman78
2.78/5 rDev -30.5%
Pours a cloudy, medium-dark brown. No head or lacing. Smells of prunes, raisins, anise, and chocolate. No roasted aromas detected. Smell is offensively sweet. Tastes is also of prunes and raisins, no "brown" characteristics until the end, when it finishes with a slight malt-husk bitterness. No hoppiness detected (that makes it sounds like a landmine). Mouthfeel is thick but dead. I have no idea why this beer is classified as an American Brown Ale; it definitely sems like a brother of English Browns like Samuel Smith, Riggwelter Yorkshire, Hobgoblin, etc. The sickening sweetness reminds me of Thomas Hardy's Ale. This is not at all what I am looking for in a brown.
Thanks to RealityDeviant for the bottle.
07-30-2005 05:21:32 | More by battlekow
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Deep brown with a hint of red, small off-white head that stays pretty well.
Nutty chocolate-caramel aroma, subtly hopped with a hint of toffee and a suggestion of wood. Maybe a little raisin?
Almost cola-like sweetness, chocolatey with a subdued bitterness. Big caramel throughout. Hops come through not so assertively, but add a good complexity. An almost fruity bourbon-ish alcoholic character is pretty big on the palate. A bit woody and overall sweet, but well-balanced.
Great carbonation which is also cola-like, makes for a very good mouthfeel. Tingly on the tongue during and after sips.
A very interesting beer. This one is holding up very well after a year, in fact I think it could stick around for a good while longer.
09-19-2005 00:32:11 | More by hyuga
3.6/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-18-2004 00:20:25 | More by GreatPondBrewer
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Purcahsed during Bauer's tasting for the release of the 9th Anniversary Ale and sampled 13 months to the day after its innitial release.
Poured from the 22oz. black bomber into a toulip glass the beer struggled to form a nice head but in the end yielded only a sliver of a white film. (As an aside, a second more aggressive pour yielded a two-finger, slightly off-white, fluffy head). The beer itself was a light ruby red color with significant carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Very little lace during the sample (attributed to the little amount of head on the first pour).
The smell is nutty, malty, and fruitty. A slight caramel and chocolate scent as well and a slight hop character in the nose.
The taste is innitially very malty in character that gives way to an only slightly bitter nutty taste. Some darker fruits as well and a well balanced battle between hop and malt. As the beer warms, a slight chocolate taste develops that although slightly unexpected, seems to fit the character of the beer well.
Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation.
Enjoyable at a slightly warmer temperature, the beer seems to have aged out well developing a slight roasted/chocolate flavor. Enjoyable, and very drinkable. The 7+% ABV is subtle in the taste, but kicks in to the body following the sample.
09-17-2005 02:55:10 | More by Sycodrummer
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
22 oz. bomber poured between my roommate and myself. Dark brown with slight hint of red and a resilient finger and a half of smooth brown head and thick lacing.
Little identifiable hops have survived the four-year storage, and the malts here are huge. Very aggressive and in-your-face dark maltiness; roasted nuts, somewhat caramel, and even a bit chocolatey.
A little more bitter and much better balanced in the taste than the aroma, with somewhat of a piney hoppiness, though the malts still dominate.
Somewhat thick and syrupy, but still very drinkable. This one definely held up through the years.
08-06-2008 22:50:35 | More by Phocion
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
Yet another excelent beer from Stone. This beer poured a very dark brown color with a creamy off white head that looked very nice. The smell was very roasty and smokey and very Porter-like. The taste was slightly more Porter than Brown Ale, but the great malt presence balanced the smokiness out enough so it did not float too far into the Porter catigory. A great nutty flavor also appeared and the beer had a great bittersweet aftertaste. Another in a long line of winners from Stone!
09-05-2004 08:47:10 | More by Dmann
3.1/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
03-01-2005 08:34:38 | More by Gaisgeil
3.88/5 rDev -3%
A lovely mahogany brown, translucent, tan head, lingering lacing, some carbonation. Mild aroma, some hops, and nut-brown-ale malt. Bitter initial taste with bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee, smooth mouthfeel. A little rough right now, but should age well. It tastes like an immature Arrogant Bastard, and costs $2 a bottle more!
09-25-2004 21:37:51 | More by palliko
4/5 rDev 0%
Rich, chocolate brown with a thin foam of off-white bubbles. Ruddy aroma of hops and a nice malt profile.
Flavor is nice. Good depth for a brown, and keeps the tongue busy picking out different flavors.
An enjoyable quaff, if somewhat unspectacular. I like this, but it's certainly not up to what I expect from Stone.
07-09-2005 03:37:26 | More by RockyTopHeel
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
09-20-2004 15:37:25 | More by rkhaze
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Appearance: This ale pours a nice rich reddish brown color and has a bubbly head with below average retention. A thin lace does exist throughout the course of the drink however.
Smell: This has a strong malty nose, with an exceptionally nutty scent, most closely approximated with roasted almonds.
Taste: Again, a malt monster of a brown ale this has an incredible nut flavor. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, somewhat wooden. The alcohol is present, but melds well with the nutty malts. This is an interesting experiment, to double the ABV of a brown ale. I like the outcome, but this is quite singular in its flavor. This ought to take on heaps of complexity as it ages (Stone's intent all along). While fresh, this is just interesting.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Smooth malt, a little thick at times. Nicely drinkable at cellar temp, but I can't see ever having more than one. In fact, you might want some help finishing the 22 ounce bomber, but it's still a nice beer.
09-18-2004 20:12:43 | More by 99bottles
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.
12-27-2004 06:03:03 | More by palma
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
This beer pours brown, with a quarter inch thick head. Foam dissipates to a ring with swirls in the middle. It smells of nutty caramel malt, but there is a noticeable roasted, coffee-like smell. No hops are detected.
Wow! This is not my preferred style of beer, but I am digging this beer. Then usual nutty, caramel malt is present. There is also a pleasant chocolate-coffee flavor. The hops are barely detectable.
The mouthfeel is a bit thick for this style. It is similar to a stout with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. The drinkability is high, as I could drink this all night.
06-16-2005 02:38:11 | More by Sephiroth
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
I had this about 4 months ago and thought it was so-so. I've changed my mind.
The beer pours a chestnut brown with a generous tan head. Very clear. No hazing.
Smell is light chocolate (like a whiff of swiss miss), cinnamon, and something green and sweet like mint. Some indetermininte light spicing as well. Nice. Not overpowering. Little hop aroma.
Taste is very malty and on the sweet side, but certainly not cloying. Chocolate characteristics, but not chocolatey. Starts with a snap of bitter, then smooths out into something resembling chocolate. Very nice. Spice character adds a nice complexity.
Mouthfeel is moderate with good carbonation.
Drinkability is high!
01-31-2005 04:02:43 | More by silenius
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Finally decided to grab a bottle of this. It is my first of Stone's Anniversary Ale's. I poured it into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. It decants to a beautiful mahogany/rub color with an off white foam head that starts off with a 2 fingered width before slowly fading into a small ring of rocky bubbles. Smell is very toasty. I'm getting off malty aromas. Taste is very well balanced. A rich malty smokiness is backed by a slight hoppy bite that's not too over the top considering the brewery. I can't believe this is almost 8 percent. It gives no hints of such potentcy. A worthy pickup for me.
10-07-2004 23:12:34 | More by soper2000
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Appearance: Wow. It's... wow. Deep, crystal clear red/burgundy with amber undertones. Active, fine carbonation. Thick, dense off-white head with--am I seeing this?--a rose tint. Very good retention. Lacing and collar throughout. Absolutely gorgeous; one of the best looking beers I've seen.
Smell: Sweet and rich, deep toasted chocolate/caramel malt, brandy, cherry, black raspberry, slight alcohol, a touch of hops, a bit of yeast. Yum.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft mouthfeel with medium body. Starts with a big mouthful of malted milk, milk chocolate, caramel, raspberry, cherry. Becomes a bit hoppy (almost zero by Stone standards) into the finish, little rind, dries out a bit. Some alcohol heat, and white pepper lingers.
Drinkability: So beautiful, so delicious, must... drink... more... Nope, 8%, too freakin' big to session.
Leave it to Stone to create something as ridiculous as an Imperial Mild--and make it work. This is just a damn good beer.
10-23-2004 05:58:21 | More by WetCoaster
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a dark root beer color with limited head and some carb action.
Aroma has a molasses nutty roasted malt smell with pine lime hops and hints of chocolate.
Smooth heavy bitter ale taste with chocolate malt and pine orange hops.
Medium to full body, dry syrupy texture, soft and smooth carbonation, and a smooth metallic finish.
Drinkability is alright for the style.
04-29-2005 10:10:15 | More by Troyone
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Well I picked this up in great anticipation becuase I loved #7 so much but I was sadly disappointed when I found it to be a brown ale.
The color was very dark brown with little lacing from a very small crown.
Smelled molasses, some nuts, and a hint of malt. I couldn't detect any presence of hops but after all this is a brown ale and rather lacks in that department.
Very sweet at first (not bad) molasses and raisens, followed buy roasted nuts and smooth clean hop to finish.
All in all I could try this again even though it's a brown ale. Nothing to complex and it went down very easy.
11-14-2005 10:06:33 | More by Ahhdball
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Thanks to FtownThrowDown for this one.
Poured a hazy brown with a slight white head.
Smelled of raisin and fruit.
Had a sweetness to the taste. Some licorice, raisin, fruit, and a little bit of malt character. The hops were subdued but not gone. Left a lingering Dubbel type of taste in your mouth, a note of alcohol in it.
The beer was smooth and not overly carbonated or bitter. Went down easy and was easily drank. Time did this one well.
I enjoyed this one and it was awesome to have this 6 year old brew.
12-18-2010 20:09:00 | More by cjacobsen
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance: A dark brownish/amber. There was a small very bubbly head that faded and didn't leave much. It was very clear however which was nice.
Smell: Caramel and chocolate permiated the area around this brew. Very malty aroma which was exactly what I was looking for.
Taste: The best balanced Brown Ale I have had. Robust flavors of caramel and chocolate come through. Some subtle hops come around with hints of alcohol. Very balanced and flavorful.
Mouthfeel: Just a little thin. I could tell this from the head. A decent mouthfeel though.
Overall a really great beer. Very drinkable. If it wasn't for the price I would drink this all the time.
02-10-2005 13:21:27 | More by Ellbert
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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