Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
Bomber that I acquired (I think from yobdoog) in my first trade ~2 years ago and never got around to drinking until this snowy sunday. Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Stone's 8th anny is a dark brown with a small, large bubbled eggshell head that leaves scattered lace.
Smell is mainly grassy hops that I recognize as more of an aged citrus hop - I reckon this was quite the hop blast when it was fresh. Otherwise it's rather understated. The lack of malt notes had me fearing this had aged way to long, but thankfully that's not at all the case! Served at 55F, a hint of caramel came out as it warmed, but really there was no significant improvement.
Taste is really pretty full, this sucker sure has held up well being that it's over 4 years old! Big caramel, slightly nutty, some light citrus hops, wow, this is fantastic, smooth but lots of flavor, not at all like I expected for it's age. Frankly, I'm shocked!
Mouthfeel is smooth and slight, medium bodied.
Drinkability is great. If this wasn't a rare one-off that I'll surely never have again, I would give it a 5. The ABV is totally hidden, this is just a killer brown ale. If I could by this buy the case, I'd surely overindulge every session!
12-30-2008 21:21:46 | More by ccrida
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a murky red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, with a slight hint of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lots of tootsie roll and chocolate malt, also raisin and cinnamon. Quite tasty! Only slightly past its prime, as the hops have faded.
12-27-2008 23:02:33 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle courtesy of Nick at Liquormax poured into a tulip.
This one pours a hazy brownish amber with almost no head, which is to be expected I guess. There is almost no retention and only specks of lacing.
The aroma is big on roasted malts with no hop presence to speak of. I also got a substantial sugary syrup smell as well, with hints of dark fruit and wood.
The taste actually retained a bit of the hops up front, mostly of the earthy variety. Lots of roasted malts with caramel and sugar on top. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me with very little carbonation to speak of. As mentioned earlier, the finish is very dry.
I enjoyed trying this one though I imagine it's a little past it's prime. Either way, good drinking.
10-29-2008 00:13:42 | More by gford217
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap at Stone Bistro, 8/14/2008...
Big, bourbon/oak body with extra sourdough/rye bready head. Looks like bountiful imposing stuff.
Powerful sweetness of bourbon, oak, apples, caramel and alcohol...not huge hop aroma - it's slightly grassy and in the background.
Dominant taste is earthy roasted chocolate malt backed with piney hop texture. Still tasting a little tightness.
For something in this weight class it finishes pretty clean. albeit nice and powerful.
Served in an 8 oz. glass this one's definitely a sipper. Earthiness makes me wonder if this one's on the back 9 but still very good.
08-17-2008 12:22:56 | More by IBUnit63
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
3.68/5 rDev -8%
On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Muddy red color with a modest but sticky tan head. Aroma is of oxidized caramel and some roastiness. Flavors of roasted coffee beans and light cocoa powder, maybe a touch of soft fruit. Not very robust. Easy to drink, light and well carbonated.
08-06-2008 21:28:25 | More by illidurit
4.28/5 rDev +7%
Tried this earlier in 2008 at a BA tasting at the Brick Store Pub compliments of an unknown BA- Thanks to whoever brought this! Poured a hazy brown with a still lively head that faded to a thin ring. Smells treacly with some aromas of date and fig. The taste is similar, but still quite rich with date and fig fflavors and slight roastiness that provides a toast like backbone for the fruit. Very smooth and creamy, this is still holding up quite well with no oxiddised flavors detected at all. Nice.
06-01-2008 16:23:49 | More by Georgiabeer
4.4/5 rDev +10%
Acquired via trade from Fishdawg71, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very robust with roasted nuts and caramelized malts. In the background there's a touch of hops and spice.
T: The taste is malty and kind of sweet in the way that this type beer should be. Flavors of nuts, caramel and maple are the dominant ones. There's a mild hops presence as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style. Given that this is a Stone beer and that it's a brown ale, I was unsure of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by how well this beer has held up after nearly 4 years for a style that typically doesn't age well. This is yet another well-made beer by the brewery that does it the best.
04-20-2008 01:09:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Had this on tap at the stuffed sandwich a couple months back and then again from the bottle last weekend at winter storm.
The beer poured a hazy brown/red color. It was more red when held up to the light. The small amount of head that did show up disapeared to nothing quickly.
The smell was kind of subdued but pretty nice. There were the obligatory brown ale qualities like the roasted malts and the sweetness. There was also a touch of caramel. It was a nice smell but it was mild.
The flavor however was still lively and potent. There was a little alcohol but it wasn't overpowering. There was plenty of chewey nut brown flavor as well as a small amount of hops. There was also some bitterness present. Interesting take on a brown ale and it isn't past its prime yet.
Wouldn't mind drinking this again but if I can't I still have plenty of other stone beers that I really enjoy.
02-01-2008 20:36:58 | More by t0rin0
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
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Sampled 1-11-2007. Pours a very dark ruby brown with almost no head to see. Nose is caramel, pine tar, and nutty. Flavor is still there, though the alcohol seems to be peeking out quite a bit. Nuts at the start and as an aftertaste as well. It really hits stronger after a few seconds longer. Most lasting palate experience that I can remember off of just one sip. Feel is thick, almost syrupy. Drinkable for sure. Masterfully crafted and seems to still have life left. Never had it fresh, but this seems pretty good without knowing the difference.
12-30-2007 21:15:18 | More by RblWthACoz
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Was able to pick this up at the Pizza Port Carlsbad Stone Event. Always sad to drink a beer you know you'll never see again.
Gorgeous brownish-copper color. Small white head. The smell is pure caramel and malt. Not a lot of carbonation, settles into the glass rapidly.
The taste is lovely. Chocolate, caramel, and malt with a tinge of grapefruit hop aftertaste. I don't know if it's the aging, or what, but this beer tastes significantly better than the reviews would lead me to believe. This is particularly astonishing as I don't typically like brown ales.
I could drink this all day. But, sadly, never will get to.
09-29-2007 20:25:03 | More by Overlord
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Small pour of this at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel today on my way into LA from the IE during their Stone 11th Anniversary celebration, this was the best tap offered topday, but it changes often
Only 4 bucks for this while a 22 ounce bottle was 23 dollars, not a hard choice
Left with a bottle of 9th Anniversary that I will review later when I decide to open it
Pour was a medium brown and smell nice and nutty
This beer was great with a roasted malt taste that stuck around for a long time
Had no head on it because keg is three years old, but still very very good
Could drink this all day, but it would get very expensive
09-14-2007 21:46:36 | More by Floydster
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours like a beautiful big brown kodiak bear. Deep down you can still smell that sugary malty smell you get when boiling the wort in your kitchen. Big mouthfeel with overwhelming flavors. Sweetness, bitterness, lingering aftertaste with more of a malty character as you drink your pint down. I remember drinking this beer back when it was released, it has lost a little of it's sweetness, but the hoppy and malty characteristics more than make up for it. It lives up to the stone qualification of an interpretation of a standard classic. If you can get it, drink it.
05-05-2007 22:20:19 | More by Murchmac
3.4/5 rDev -15%
22oz bottle dated 08/2004 and purchased at Liquor Max. This one is almost two years old at this point. Color is dark brown (what a surprise) and the head is short and white. The smell is a little chocolate. The taste is a little chocolate and then standard boring brown ale. I bet this was really good when it was first released but time may have faded it a little. I was glad to have the opportunity.
03-12-2007 16:19:14 | More by ArrogantB
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Bought at Keg 'N Bottle in Isla Vista a few months ago.
A: Cloudy reddish brown with a 1/2 finger white head that leaves lacing.
S: Smells kind of winey and of raisins.
T: Winey sort of taste, like the smell. Also has raisins, dates and other wonderful flavors. Nice bit of tang to it also. Relatively complex by this point, and quite tasty. Despite the age (and possible bad storing conditions before bought), there is no oxidation.
M: Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side for Stone, but not so much that it detracts. Finish is on the dry side.
D: Very, very drinkable. Tasty and not heavy.
This has aged nicely. Recommended.
03-11-2007 03:06:37 | More by rallison
4.63/5 rDev +15.8%
Received in a trade with McAllister. Thanks, dude.
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy reddish brown - very opaque, no transparency at all. Head is limited, but there is some definite lacing. Smell is interesting - there's some obvious roasted character, a bit of alcohol (even though the ABV isn't high, per say) and a little caramel. This is an excellent tasting brew - roasted up front with a citrusy hop finish. A little swetness in the middle makes this very complex and wonderful. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect - very chewy and memorable, creamy as well. I could drink this all night - great stuff. High recommendation if you can find it.
02-03-2007 20:25:19 | More by montageman
3.03/5 rDev -24.3%
Pours a great head that lasts until the last drop. The dark brown color is nice too The smell is slightly sour ith very sweet tones of belgian sugar. The taste is very watery and light bodied. There's a slight roastiness with a sweet/sour mix that's not very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a little less than good. Overall I would never have this beer again.
01-10-2007 08:10:55 | More by Erdinger2003
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm
A: Muddy garnett with a full creamy light tan head. With each sip a quality ring is left behind.
S: Vanilla, marshmallow, carmelized brown sugar and powdered cocoa.
T: First sip reminds me of white chocolate liquer. Moves towards a cream soda personality with marshmallow sweetness. Lingering caramel with a milk chocolate character that finishes it off. Overall this beer has a powerful wash of bitterness which blankets the tongue towards the finish.
M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Just a touch of carbo sting.
D: Starts off not over powering but almost shocking. The flavors are very aggresive and the bitterness catches you by surprise. As it settles down this beer becomes very good.
12-29-2006 05:11:43 | More by Westsidethreat
3.8/5 rDev -5%
Found a bottles of this at a local store. Was pretty sure this place would not have cellared them properly, so I was definitely taking my chances (esp. considering they were charing $10.99 a bomber), but I thought, what the heck:
Appearance: Very cool-looking body. A deep, deep, deep, deep, deep (did I say deep?) brown. From a distance it almost looks like a porter in terms of coloration. Pours with a half-finger head, settles into a thin layer. Lacing is markedly present and decently impressive, dissipating only after a while. The appearance turned out to be this brew's highlight, actually.
Smell: A very nutty, burnt/smoked roast malt aroma is the most prominent aspect of the nose. Unveils a big presence of toffee, a hint of chocolate and molasses, a little chocolate and coffee. Pine/floral quality from the hops are on the back end, with a note of alcohol. Pretty impressive for a brown, certainly. Does not smell, in any event, like the store I got the bottle from spoiled the beer. Yay!
Taste: Roasted malts. Almost a grilled vegetable-like flavor. Bitter espresso, caramel, prune, nuts. The flavor is a little more subdued than the nose, quite frankly. Might be a result of how the beer was kept, but considering I detected nothing spoilage-like in the nose, I don't think that's the case. Pine.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely carbonated.
Drinkability: For being as old as it is, this beer holds up surprisingly well. Still, it's not a particularly exciting one. Considering its style, it has a great complexity of flavors, but it still has the brown session-like quality that makes it seem a little underwhelming for a Stone Anniversary offering. Still, in light of its varied flavor profile, it deserves a try.
12-17-2006 08:01:46 | More by RidiculedDisplay
4.28/5 rDev +7%
First of all many thanks to Tim (Mookow) for letting me know where I could find some of this stuff. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer is a medium to dark, murky brown color. Mine had a tan head about half a finger thick that settles to a thin layer floating on the top of the glass with a ring lining the inside of the glass. It has some pretty decent lacing. Aromas of malts, dark fruits such as apples or plums, caramel and just a slight hint of sweet BBQ sauce are all present here. It sort of tastes like I am eating a steak with some A1 and/or sweet barbecue sauce, but certainly strong has flavors of malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of dark fruit along with a hint of hop bitterness. An interesting and well balanced taste. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste and has a hint of salt, like the aftertaste of a steak does. I certainly have never had a beer that tasted quite like this before. I wonder how this beer would have tasted 2 years ago when it was fresh. Has a crisp mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. A good beer, but a bit of an odd one. I wonder how this would have tasted if it had been properly cellared as opposed to (I assume) sitting in a cooler for 2 years. However it was an appropriate choice of purchase since I picked it up on my 24th Birthday and it is the 8th, and 24 is a multiple of 8.
I also drank this again on 4/13/08. Split a bomber I have had sitting in my cellar since December 2006. Split a bottle with my friend Jon Passow. Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a clear medium to dark brown color. Head was about 1/3 inch when poured. Eventually settles to a thin ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. Aromas of some roasted malt and caramel are present along with a bit of nuts. The taste of alcohol is certainly noticeable but not overpowering. The taste is rounded out with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I must say this has held up very well. I know generally brown ales are not intended to be aged for 3 1/2 years before being drank but this was fantastic! I would love to drink this again and hope to be able to one day. More proof that Stone kicks ass!
12-08-2006 03:53:07 | More by neenerzig
3.03/5 rDev -24.3%
A- Thin tan head on a cloudy dark brown body.
S- Toffee malts. Maybe a bit stale smell. Some chocolate also.
T- Some strong toffee and chocolate malts. Some stale taste going on. I think it is past its prime by a year or two. Pretty sweet also. Some alcohol does make it through but nothing big. Bit of a dry hop notice also. It helps balance it a little but doesn't really do anything big for it. I'm not sure if the hops are supposed to be that low of if they have lost their bang over the years (hoping they lost their bang).
M- Thinner body. Maybe it's a very thin medium. Low carbonation but enough to leave a little tingle on the tongue.
D- I think it is past its prime and is nothing amazing, or even to good. It is kind of hard to drink.
11-13-2006 05:44:10 | More by BlindPig
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured out a murky brown beer, with slightly reddish hue around the edge. Compact bubbly off white head dissapears pretty quick. Smells sweet, bbq, caramel, coriander, wood, butterscotch, prailines. Taste is sour cherry, rotting apple, alcohol, pine, smoke, caramel, bunrt sugar. I also not recognise a very strange milk chocolate/yoo hoo flavor in both the nose and the taste. There's a lot going on in the nose and in the body, very complex, don't know if that translates into good. Finish is fairly clean, with a syrupy finish.
11-11-2006 06:04:15 | More by dherling
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
This beer tastes fine even though it is 2 years old. It has a nice head and decent retention and a nice rich full brown color.
Smell is of alcohol and caramel malts.
Taste is nice and balanced, not too thick, balance of alcohol and caramel malts. Sweet, some hop balance, but this is a sweet sweet beer.
Mouthfeel: crisp, but not thick.
Drinkability: an easy to drink beer. I'm glad I tried this brew.
11-07-2006 02:56:32 | More by jasonjlewis
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
I love you Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis. They helped pop my Stone cherry.
Appearance- I immediately noticed a ruddy brown with deep amber highlights. Very, very murky. Good head with a bit of sticky lacing on my glass.
Smell- A instantly think of hop spiced brownies. Mild to deep malts give a hint of chocolate roastiness. Not as much hops as I expected in the nose though. Must have degraded with the aging.
Taste- Starts with a strong mix of roasted malts and slightly degraded hop flavors. Brownies and the resin straight from the citrusy flower. Then a more coffee like note mixed with some herbal notes. The finish is like runby malts with amber tasting hops. Not easy to describe.
Mouthfeel- A little biting considering the aged hopping. Lots of dark flavors to help balance the hops. Bitter finish, but that's ok.
10-20-2006 05:47:36 | More by scruffwhor
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.