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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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 zao77
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over new years. The head was pretty thick and so was the overall mouthfeel. Strong coffee and cocoa tones but not to the extent that it is too over-bearing. The alcohol content is enough to warm you from the inside out. I had this in a 22oz bottle. I would drink this one again. (287 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 arguemaniac
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark brown with some coppers hues. Moderate carbonation with very little head and almost not lace.

Smell: A somewhat surprisingly strong hop aroma for this style, it’s not too much but it’s more than what I’ve come to expect from your average American style brown ale. Also some strong coffee notes and a little chocolate too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty easy-going. Far more carbonation in the mouthfeel then I would have expected judging merely from the appearance of the beer in the glass. The most interesting thing about this brew’s taste is the hop flavor, most American style brown ales have only a slight hop character, it’s a little stronger with this one. Otherwise there is a strong roasty character, with some quite heavy coffee flavors and, as with the aroma, some minor chocolate notes as well. A pleasantly bitter and roasty coffee after-taste.

Easily one of the best American brown ales I’ve had in a while. With its fairly unusual hop character, it reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale (but the hop flavor in that one was even stronger). Still, it’s got that typical roasted coffee maltiness that I’ve come to expect from a good American brown ale. Its pretty mild for a Stone brew, but on the other hand, I think that makes it more drinkable. Highly recommended. (1,344 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel brown, topped with a one finger creamy tan head, leaves rings of lacing.
Caramel, fruit and herb in the aroma.
Caramel taste, fruity with dark toast and herb notes. Very roasty overall.
Medium bodied and smooth, ok drinkability. Not very 'stone like' even with the high ABV. (298 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: It pours a nice dark brown with a rich, creamy, well sustained beige head,

Smell: The smell is of pale malts mixed with a tiny bit of bitterness. Nothing too complex or anything.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a suprisingly warm and strong flavor that really warms you up as it goes down. The malts mix well with the alcoholic spice, and it winds up being pretty well balanced and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but clings forever.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a crazy beer. I gotta give my regards to Stone for producing a beer unlike any other brown ale that's touched my lips. The taste is true to the style, and the alcohol and malt balanced really gives it a nice kick. Considering the spiciness, it's not the most drinkable, but it's still a very enjoyable brew. (819 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pulled thisone from the cellar after it laid six months or so. I save the Anniversary Ales for around my wed anniversary. Ok, thats my gimmick.
It poured a nice dark ruby color with a good off-white head. Lace was a faded web like but stuck around. The aroma was sweet, caramel like malt. The taste had a sweet toffee, caramelized nut favor with notes of brown sugar. Now hold on, all that was balanced well with a calm hop bitterness, making this a well balanced mix and a smooth drink. The mouth was pleased for its a easy, non offending brew. A nice style, a nice change from the norm for this Stone. Very smooth, I wish I bought more. (643 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light brown almost ruby color with a nicely carbonated head. Smell is intensely sweet, caramel, chocolate, nuts. Its a liquid candy bar. Taste is malty sweet, brown sugar is definitely present. There is a definite earthiness too this beer that prevents it from being overly sweet. The hops are subtle but balancing. Mouthfeel is nice, quite full for a brown ale, which i like, but it does prevent this from being highly drinkable. 8% ABV? Where? Quality brew. Thanks to prostman for the trade. (505 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Slàinte! (751 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An Imperial brown ale, I guess you'd call it. Deep Mahogany with a light tan head. Scotch aroma, slightly smoky it seems; may be the yeast throwing that in there though, as it's really slight. Bitter with a bit of smoked malt/salami flavor. Slight straw note, and a bit astringent on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the bitterness lingers a while. All in all, a big disappointment after the 6th and 7th Anniversary offerings. Well, actually compared to everything else I've ever tried from Stone. (505 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma consists of strong malt and lots of hops. Taste is quite bitter but well supported by the malt. I very much enjoyed this typical west coast beer. Now, I’m curious to try some other Stone Anniversary beer. (293 characters)

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

Sampled on-tap at Anam Cara Public House.

This ale poured a clear, very deep chestnut color with light tan foam that settled but remained near the edges. The smell was malty with notes of vanilla, wood, mollassess, and coffee. The taste was malty with flavors of mollassess and dried fruit, and some "woody" notes (not oxidation). There was a hint of sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The flavors lingered in the aftertaste very nicely. This was a very good and drinkable brown ale. (566 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (646 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (660 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep garnet color with a medium cream colored head and a light lace on the side of the glass. Mild candy aroma with caramel and figs along with a mild citrus hop floral aroma. It has hints of west-coast IPA, but a little less malt power. The beer is a little more fruit-forward than the nose suggests. A good citrus character balamced nicely by caramel malt. More alcohol heat than I expected. Great smooth mouth feel and a good drinakbility. (460 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a soapy biege colored head that holds pretty well in the tuliped imerial pint glass. Good nutty/roasty malt character with a slight yeastiness and moderate hopping. Carbonation is subtle, good for a brown ale. Rather intense malty flavor with notes of chocolate and toffee. Light astringency in the finish that is a little bit sprucey. I found it to be a really nice brown ale with good flavor and an excellent balance. (450 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice (for some reason I thought it was gonna be a Belgian) a crystal clear deep amber brown. The head was low and tan, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply nutty and malty with caramel most prevalent and chocolate not far behind. Slight roastiness was present in the aroma. As it warmed the aroma became slightly spicy which was most likely a result of the hidden alcohol in the beer making it's presence known through phenols.

The flavor was slightly metallic with chocolate and caramel and the same nutty characteristics. The flavor also had a earthiness and a hop bittering that restrained the everpresent maltiness.

The finish was just dry with lasting chocolate, caramel and slight lasting bittering. The body was medium full but seemed just a smidge thinner. The only indicator of the alcohol presence was in the warming after consumption and even that was slight.

22 ounce bottle. $6.25 in VA. (954 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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). (663 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 silenius
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (683 characters)

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

This beer is an auburn brown. The head is light brown, almost tan like. It disapears somewhat quickly. It smells of chocolate. Some burnt malt also. There is a hint of citrus also. It tastes mildly chocolately. The hops are very apparent. It wouldnt be Stonse otherwise. I also detect some caramel. It goes down smooth. It leaves a burnt malt taste in my mouth. I could drink this beer all night. The alcohol content is a little high, but not so high that I wouldnt be able to keep up. All in all, it is a very good beer. Too bad soon it will be very hard to find. (564 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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. (306 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 kbub6f
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1.5" sand-colored head: still, doughy. The beer is clear, oiled mahogany. Very nice looking. Filigrees and spots of lacing. Grapes, mocha and alcohol abound in the nose. Chocolate and fruit dominate the front with buttery, chocolate, malt syrup in the fruity, creamy middle. Wow. Bitter cocoa and butter caramel finish. Outstanding. Chocolate, milk, cream, tons of butter. Sweet, but just right for my tastes. Absolutely delicious. (431 characters)

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

My 700th beer review on BA, so I had to pick something somewhat special. According to Lee, this is a "Anniversary-ized" version Of Lee's mild from 1999 but with more hops, less water and some more roasty grains. Oak was used to the give the impression of bourbon barrel aging.
55 IBUs, 7.8% ABV, OG=18.5 plato, released Aug 16th, 2004.

Pours out to a beautifully sparkling clear dark mahogany, forming a sticky pancake-like light tan head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing sticking to the sides of the glass in a reticular honeycomb fashion. The aroma is quite different for a Stone product...lots of prunes and plums with vinous barleywine traits, some delicately balanced hops kinda hanging in there which is quite mild for the Stone-style...reminds me of Batch 6000 or Dragon's Milk with a sweet malt nuance. Swirling produces that vinous "pang" that you get in a good barleywine. Cleanly fermented. Carbonation is somewhat mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is smooth with a light dryness in the finish and a chewy body. The taste begins with leather and tobacco, followed by herbaceous yellowing hops and a touch of alcohol in the middle. There is an odd soapiness towards the finish with more tobacco and leather in the aftertaste. Suggestions of easter-bunny faux-chocolate throughout. I'd be inclined to call this an Imperial Brown. When it warms up to room temperature, I get a peculiar green hop herbal/chocolate sourness and the alcohol begins to dry up the brew and lends a dryness to the finish. There is an odd "fishiness" to it that I detect in some Belgian brews like Abbaye des Rocs.

So, this is a pretty good beer. It doesn't blow me away like some of Stone's other brews, 'specially their Double Bastard and IPA. As a matter of fact, I'd be hard-pressed to call this a Stone product in a blind tasting, which I suppose is a good thing for them to be venturing out of their realm of expertise. I don't really feel pressed to buy another bottle of this, but I'm also getting more picky and selective as I have some really freakin' amazing beers at my disposal here in MI. (2,099 characters)

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