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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.

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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 264
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 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 necoadam
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a darker shade of bronze with a nice head to go along with it.

Smell consisted of good chocolate notes, some dark fruit, and a whiff of some caramel in the background. Nice hop aromas as well.

Taste was good. Chocolate malts set the backbone of this brew, with some dark fruit notes, a tad on the sweet side, but seemed to go well and seemed to be in place. Finished with a hop kick with some ever so slight spice taste. Some wood and earth tones can be found as well throughout.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, mostly due to the low carbonation in this beer. But the flavors really seemed to shine in this beer because of the low amounts of carbonation.

I gotta say it's a nice brown ale. Not many brown ales out there, and the ones that are out there, just seem to do the average down the middle of the road type. Nice to see a little twist envolved with this one.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned up at a local grocer this week.
Nice simple presentation in the screen printed bomber.
An ok beer to look atdeep brown with a small bubbly tan head, that goes fast leaving minimal lacing.
Nice strong caramel malt aroma,hops in back.
Veryunusual taste to this one..the caramel malts are first then a great Stone hopiness invades..but during the invasion chocolate and coffee like flavours push through,lingering spicy bitterness..odd but lovelly.
Exciting mouthfeel,
Unusual beer not sure of the style,but what the heck its Stone and its good stuff.

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Photo of palma
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlervine
2.37/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up by my beerbuddy FormatKid, along with a few other goodies.

Poured a deep copper brown color. Absolutely gorgeous. Tan head formed, but didn't stick around long at all. Dammit!

The aroma is raisiny caramel. Reminds me of a homebrewed barleywine of mine where I used just a bit much Special B. Hops are very assertive, with a raw grassy aroma. Alcohol makes it's presence known by driving the hops straight into your brain.

The taste is not good. The alcohol dominates the flavor. It is almost as if someone took a hoppy brown ale, poured it in a glass, and spiked it with a shot of vodka. I think the herbal flavor hops are driving me faster towards that decision. The malt is a touch dry, and this only exascerbates the problem. It is raisiny/pruney in nature, and just kinda turns the tongue off as soon as it hits. This is a huge disappointment for me, but hey, I can't like every beer, right?

Mouthfeel is just a touch too dry and astringent. Again, the malt and hops are accentuating this in the worst possible way.

As a result of the taste and mouthfeel, I have to give this one low marks for drinkability. It's going to be a real struggle to finish this one. It's a damn shame, because I really love the other Stone brews I've had, and was really looking forward to this beer, but it just simply does not agree with my tastebuds. :-/

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Photo of jahred
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says "August '04", and was consumed 12/5/04.

Pours a dark, reddish brown color, with a medium-sized, tan head. There are lots and lots of bubbles forming at the bottom of my glass and shooting upwards - very pretty. A small amount of lace remains on the glass as the beer is consumed.

The scent is quite strong - dark chocolate, alcohol and toffee, with a faint hint of hops at the end of the scent. I can't wait to taste this...

And the taste doesn't disappoint. A rather dry chocolate taste leads to
a caramel-like finish. There's a decent amount of bitterness, presumably much of it hop-related, but there isn't an overwhelming hop presence as I'd expect from a Stone beer. The beer is rather dry, and as it warms, the sweet caramel flavors get stronger, mixing quite nicely with the bitter chocolate notes. I wish I had a bowl of chili to go with this - a quite yummy beer!

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

Smells and looks fruity yet tastes strong. An imperial mild, and given it started from a mild beer that makes sense. The bourbon and wood and roast in there understated. Quite good. Very good for a brown, peculiar for a strong. From a generous Yankee at Doug Shoemaker's court.

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Photo of germaniac
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of strong iced tea sort of brown, shows a distinct reddish tinge. Head starts out strong, a raw sugar-colored froth that disappears fairly quickly. This is a Stone beer, there is no doubt about it, the hops dominate both the scent and taste, leaving just enough room for the malt to come into it's own, giving the 8th something that almost resembles balance. Great offering from Stone, but not something that I would want to drink regularly. Since this is a one-time release, maybe the folks at Stone were expecting this kind of response. If I want a Southern California brown, there's always Levitation Ale.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ruby brown with a weak tan head. real nice nutty fruity toffee and chocolate aroma, that usual stone hops presence. very nice so far. taste is big on light chocolate flavors, with a dark fruitiness. there is also a bit of brown sugar, hops, and the toffee from the smell. some alcohol is present, adding a nice warming effect. nice rich full body with fairly low carbonation. this beer seems lieka cross between a wee heavy and a belgian strong dark. it's very interesting, and i'll be picking up a couple more.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 Rastacouere
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with a fading head. Nose is that of a bakery harvest deploying abundant rasin bread, almonds and roasted malt aromas. Rich maltiness provides caramel, coffee and pumpernickel bread on a roasty background. Big bitterness in the finish. Slightly powdery texture, lightly astringent though never disturbing. Interesting to say the least.

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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 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 shippos
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a brown/red color with a small head that didn't stick around too long and left very little lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel malts with a little nuttiness and some hops. The flavor is very hoppy. Caramel malts for the backing as well as some bready malts, but hops dominate the flavor in my opinion. Finish is bitter. Seems a bit strong for a brown and a bit too hoppy. It's a good beer and very drinkable though.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Anam Cara.

Color is a deep, deep dark brown with a thin and wispy layer of tan lace that barely leaves any laced on the glass. Aromas are a mix of roasted nut, bitter chocolate, and some fresh hops. Flavor is quite interesting. With the style listed as a brown ale, this on certainly kicked it up about 14 notches. Imperial Brown Ale, anyone? Actually, it's quite the Non-Stone beer. It's not a hop-infused monster by any stretch. Starts off with some sweet malt, middle shows some nutty flavor mix with baker's chocolate, and finishes with a kick of hops. Extremely well-balanced throughout (I told you it was very un-Stone-like!), with velvety-smooth mouthfeel that covers the ABV like a cloak. In typical Stone fashion, this was very drinkable. I'd love to get a few of these and see how they age.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice,deep chestnut brown color. Malty aroma-slight hoppiness to it. Malty flavor-theres a slight grainy flavor to it. Slight caramel notes. Good body. Quite smooth on the palate. A decent enough brown though not my favorite offering from Stone.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at the Stuffed Sandwich. Poured a rich brown with a thin light beige head that petered out to a thin collar a bit too quickly.
Hearty caramel, earthy malts, herbal hops and the aroma of nuts greeted my nostrils. Inititally it seemed totally malt-laden but, in typical Stone fashion, the hops refused to be outdone and assert themselves.
The taste was full of toasted grain and caramel up front. The flavors of nuts and a hint of wood came out mid-palate. Finally, refusing to play second fiddle to the malt character, a rush of hops that vaccilated between herbal and piney flooded the palate and set things in balance. A light alcohol bite nipped at the throat with each swallow. The feel was medium bodied, creamy-smooth, and had nice carbonation.
I'm not a terribly big fan of brown ales but Stone has a winner here in their 8th Anniversary Ale. Quite quaffable and worth checking out.

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

On tap at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA. Appearance is a rich dark amber. Smell is very deep...malty and inviting. Taste is a gfeat belnd of malt and hops. Both are very deep and rich....the hop finish adds the deep balance that makes this a special brew. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Easy on the drinkability scale due to its smoothness.

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Photo of merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple hundred words of verbal antics written on the bottle lead me to believe this is a reincarnation of a 1998, one-off called Lee's Mild. The 8th Anniversary pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a small, tan head that quickly falls into a persistent collar and film of lace. Patchy lace also decorates the sides of the glass.
Interesting nose begins with chocolate..and more chocolate. Caramel, prunes, smoked almonds, licorice, and vanilla also emerge to tease the nose.
Mouthfeel features some hops bitterness, and is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels good in the mouth.
Taste is complex for a "brown ale". Lots of chocolate malt, caramel, fresh bready malt, a hint of warming alcohol, dark fruits, and a solid almond nuttiness. Hops bitter well, and waver between grassy and floral. Finish is smooth and clean.
I ususally don't care for brown ales, but leave it to Stone to create an exception. At 7.8% abv, this could be considered an "imperial brown ale", but the abv is generally well hidden in the complexity of flavors. At times, I even detected a resemblance to a strong dark ale from Belgium, in this one. Very interesting. Very tasty. Very drinkable. I wish I had a case of these in my cellar.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey brown, settling to a clear medium mahogany with a somewhat loosely bubbled yet firm finger high foam of light tannish hue. A whispy thin skim stays a float the entire session as does a solid collaring. Lacing coats the glass well in sporatic sheeting. One lavishly impressive looking glass of brown ale if I ever saw one; which ain't many.

Smells of frappicchino cocoa and caramel malted goodness with a slight roastyness and even slighter note of nuts. Overall very clean and pleasantly welcoming on the nose.

Flavors are mild but invigoratingly yummy. Nice malt base of candy caramel, akin to most of the Stone line of brews. Roasty edged with a small nutty hint in the backing. Finishes clean and airy dry with bits of cocoa.

Feel is smooth and malty rich with a small roasty tweek thats boarding on a burntness. Yet the roastyness never excedes past the malt base by much, keeps clean, and drys out nicely in the finish with a favorable return of roasty draw. Well carbonated and nearly full for a brown ale. Beastly so actually, very Stone-like in my mind, or should I say "buds".

Quite quaffable and easy flowing with the smoothness. Fine, fine stuff, another keeper from the fellas at Stone. I found it to be up to par, and beyond by a big measure, with any brown ale I've encountered.

A super Stone quality thanks goes to xlperro for the chance to gulp it down!

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear ruby red topped by a smallish tan head that receded to a film of thin bubbles. Lacing was pretty decent.

Smell: Caramelized and toasted bready malts with a figgy sort of presence. British-style hops, kinda grassy and herby. Hints of pine.

Taste: Molasses, toffee and biscuity malts interwoven with low alpha acid hop strains I'm guessing. They provide enough to make this sort of bitter, though. Mild taste of booze.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Impy mild? Strong Brown? Whatevah... an intriguing beer that most resembled a hoppy wee heavy. Worth trying at least once if you have the opportunity. Can't say I'll be cellaring this or repeating the experience, though.

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