Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 7
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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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 231
Photo of Wonka
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

August 2004
7.8% Alc. Vol.
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.

Appearance – ruby/brown slightly opaque body with 2-finger thick off-white micronized head; head has good retention; lace is sparse; the head and the color save it from average status

Smell – dark fruit, caramel, milk chocolate; solid nose for a brown

Taste – pleasant caramel malt early and some milk chocolate midway with a countering elevating hop punch and a very light cut of alcohol to close; the elevating hops on the back half blends with the milk chocolate flavor to more of a bitter dark chocolate

Mouthfeel – excellent lightly creamy feel that plummets really late; crispy yet slightly oily ‘afterfeel’ that helps the feel turn away from dry; minus the late nearly watery feel, this would be perfect

Drinkability – the late bitterness sets the drinkability back a bit but it does lay down the law between sips where some browns get too sweet at the end and the flavor fades with aftertaste; Stone’s 8th presents a drinkability experience comparable to DFH’s Indian Brown, Rogue Hazlenut Brown and Bear Republic’s Tribute Ale (albeit an English Brown)

Here’s a beer that I can come back to and recommend with confidence. As Starsky says, “Do it.”

Photo of baiser
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ColForbin
4.2/5  rDev +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.

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.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich brown with ruby hues that flash around edges under a full tan head.
Aroma as sweet as a rose backed by roasty, dark fruits, spices, bountiful malt, and just a touch of hops. (Yes mild hops from Stone) Rich, full bodied malty flavor fills mouth. Excellent mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat drying from coffee and roast barley - hops?. A well crafted American brown. Thanks for sharing - cja711!

Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of MrSeth
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone I love you, however with this one, well just didn't tickle my fancy bone. It pours a great dark brown with shades of black. The smell is of toffee and syrup, the malts are strong, a subtle hint of citrus hop. The taste is syrupy and rather dry, not bad but better in the brown dept (ex. Downtown brown Lost Coast Brewing) Feels good, not bad for cold nights but probably won't go back to.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes more like a porter than a brown ale... tastes a lot like Stone's smoked porter.
Coffee, toffee, caramel... deep, roasted flavors.
Maybe something between Stone's smoked porter and their imperial stout?
Really quite tasty.
I'd like to see them make something like this, steadily, again.
But their porter is good enough for me...
and the imperial stout is supposed to come out again soon...
I dunno.
Good stuff, though!

Photo of JackStraw22
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +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.

Photo of gimmehead
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walnut brown, thin quickly receding head and spotty lacing. The aroma is killer: sweet caramel malts, burnt roasted coffee, with just a smidgeon of citric hops thrown in. This beer smells like a big robust porter. Flavor is much like the nose, but not as intense. Bittersweet roasted malts, a nutty earthiness, and the same smidgeon of citric hops as in the aroma. It finishes with a bitter roasted aftertaste along with an alcohol warmth. I should also note that the beer was bottled in 8/04, so the flavor may have mellowed a bit compared to the aroma. Solid all 'round.

Photo of beergeek279
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of stegmakk
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of trancefishy
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma, delicious smelling. Wow. Smells of chestnuts and dark brown sugar. A bit earthy and woodsy, but, in a shy sort of way. No alcohol presence or yeast aromas, just a great heady aroma that is making me salivate.

Taste. Smooth and mild. Great character and body. That brown sugar taste is coming through spendidly, but the beer itself is not really sweet. It’s a nice balance between this brown sugar and a nice, sort of springtime bitterness.

Mouthfeel is superb, carbonation is just right, not even noticeable as you are just concentratingn on the wonderful flavour of this beer.

Drinkability is wow, I’m really glad I have a whole 22oz to myself!

I knew this beer wasn't going to suck, but, well, I am really surprised by how much i really love this one. It exemplifies everything I think a beer should be. Sturdy and delicious smelling and tasting. some nice simple tastes you can enjoy without thinking about, but a little extra layer of complexity in case you want to dig around. I'm glad to have run into this one when I did.

Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed tawny bister hue. Steadfast, dense one fingered head yields rough lace. Twang of smokey roasted grain and burnt caramel upfront in aroma. Swirling releases fermented prune hints and rounded dark chocolate tones. Inviting aromawise. Incipient in flavor are notes of treacle and singed chestnut, which promptly yield to assertive, yet seemingly restrained hop bitterness. The flavor profile is left transiently minerally mid palate, until a combination of dark toffee, baker's chocolate and a sweet, woody hop flavor gently surface and persist. Moderate in body and suitably dextrinous considering the soft malt profile. Finishes mostly dry, with bittersweet dark cocoa and caramel hints overshadowed by satiating lingering, burly hop bitters. A surprisingly balanced and well rounded beverage. Tastefully crafted and superlative in drinkability. Alcohol flavors are aptly hidden. Excellent overall.

Photo of Troyone
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

Appearance- looks like coca-cola, dark brownish black with a bubbly head.
Smell- creamy stout with malt and alcohol.
Taste- a stout Ale hybrid with a mix of rubbing alcohol to boot.

Overall- the alcohol is too present. Ruins the beer in my opinion. Beer has a nice stout creaminess and an ale malty cripness but it's ruined by the high alcohol content.

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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. August 2004.
It pours a cola amber color with a fast fading beige head and some sticky and trailing lacing.
A strong smell of crème brulee is noticed at first pour. A deep sweet roasted malt aroma comes through, followed by a light whiff of floral hop and faint sniff of dark rum.
A taste of sweet creamy coffee is quite upfront. Flavors of milk chocolate and brown bread make for an interesting, and complex malt profile.
The hop bitterness is equally varied. A little grapefruity citrus, a touch of orange zest and peppery spices, meld with some edgy lemon zest and lightly oily lime tanginess.
A dash of honey and a shot of rum come to mind. Nice brew!

Photo of Chadbrew
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly red body, small tight brown head.
Aroma: Caramel sugar, coffee and pipe tobacco
Taste: Huge complex tobacco, slightly sweet, but balanced by the bitterness that sneaks up on you. Lots of earthy toffee caramel.
Low carbonation and medium body. A lovely feel. The high alcohol was not perceptible.
This was fantastic beer that was a little to heavy onthe tabacco for me to want to drink a whole bottle by myself, nor would I look out for it.

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

22oz. bomber: This one pours a caramel/reddish brown color. There was a small off white head that dissapated quickly. Biscuity caramel malt aroma, with a slight hint of hops. Maybe some fruits also to the nose. The taste has a roastiness to it that doesn’t come thru in the aroma. Hins of some nuttiness also. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very nice!

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.