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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

231 Reviews
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-brow body with tan head. Retention is so-so, but he beer itself looks great. Rich fruity/roasty smell with a note of alcohol as it warms up. Almost a little spicey too. Nice taste, hard to distingish though. Sweet dark malts with a toffee, caramel and a slight roasted note. Not chewy and not too thin. Feels ust riht going down but 22 oz. is enough with dinner. Heck of a brown ale, give it a try.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice brown/red with a light tan head that isn't very big, but seems just right in my imperial pint glass. Head falls quickly, but leaves a nice ring and very small cap for most of the beer.

smell is nutty, with rich, slightly musty hops and ripe fruit. Nice, though not super aromatic.

Taste is good-- much more restrained than I was expecting. Light body, pleasantly toasty, sweet malt, though nothing standout there, and a healthy hop bitterness that plays off the toasted characteristics in the end. Very lightly carbonation adds to the English-style.

Personally I found this a very enjoyable beer. Easily drinkable despite the high abv, and in the English mold of subtle but tasty flavors--though you definitely get the stone hop kick that goes above and beyond the style. like they say, a mild on steroids. Nothing wrong with that. It may not be as out there as other stone products, but it's gentle and calming--overall a very good brew that I would sample again.

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Photo of granger10
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Stone offering pours many shades of red with dark copper being the dominant color. Small frothy head sits atop. Moderately carbonated. Aroma is powerful with hints of bourbon and residual sugars along with a yeasty profile. There's a toasted grain element in there as well which rounds out the aroma. Flavor is strong but the body seems a tad thin for all the flavors going on. Lots of sweetness upfront which is soon cut short by the bourbon/vanilla characteristics. A roasted woody flavor comes in next along with a little peat. Not too much though. Yeasty flavors become more prevalent the further I go in the bottle and I'm getting more phenolics from the yeast towards the end. Finishes dry and woody (oak). Nice beer, easy to sip on and enjoy. I probably could have been satisfied after 12 oz but I wasn't complaining about finishing this bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is roasted malt and hops. The flavor is nice as well. The roasted/toasted flavor of the malt hits first followed by a huge blast of hops that stick with me for a few minutes. It gets even better as it warms. The flavors melt into each other more. This one is thick and fullbodied. I think drinkability takes a small hit because of the sheer size of the flavor, but just a little one. I'm glad I have a second bottle waiting for me.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in late 2005 that I've been saving up... rare as hell in NJ, I had to cross the border (to NY) to buy this... thanks, Cable Beverage!

Served in an Ommegang chalice at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a barleywine/old ale fiery reddish brown, with a modest inch-thick head that leaves a subtle trace. Hugely rich in color, this looks nothing like the traditional American Brown Ale I know.

Smell- You really could have (and would have) fooled me... this beer smells like some of the greatest old ales in the ol'factory brain cells. Leather, dark fruit, alcohol, old shoes, grandfather clock... damn friggin' lovely. Greg & Co. recommends you "drink now" rather than age their beers, but this baby... at 18 months... is wonderfully rewarding. Creamy, vanilla-like aromas now waft through my nose. American Brown? WTF?

Taste- All of the above, with a badass alcohol kick... 7.8% feels like 11.4%... I remember how North Coast Old Stock '03 left me at midnight sometime in the summer of last year. This smells and tastes great, there's no way you could compare this beer to other ABAs because the complexity and sheer punch will devastate. I feel like Stone is playing a cruel joke, and I am the lucky bastard. The rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit attributes combined with the elevated ABV and 85 year-old baseball glove aroma have etched a fond place in my beer tasting psyche.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Real nice, creamy and mild. Carbonation takes the obligatory back seat to enhancement of flavors, we wouldn't want to mess with the party going on here. I score points for this brew being WAY more than I would have imagined an American Brown Ale to be... it could be just the whole aging thing...

All in all, a fun and extremely surprising tasting.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel nose with a nice roast malt note in the sinus. Ruby colored in the glass. Nice airy beige sticky head with good lacing on the glass. Inital taste of smoked oak and roasty malts is smoothed by a coating sweetish tickish base. Slightly dry tongued finish with just enough grassy bitterness to round her out. it is a malt bomb...roasty pleasure.

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Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 vladtheimpaler
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the cornocopia of verbal loquatiousness present in liliputian white lettering on the parabola that defines the container in which the mystical fluid was ensnared, I was ready to imbibe. I extracted the cap and the brownish liquid poured forth into a splended goblet that reads Duvel. Aromas of chocolate and carmel dance up past the rim of the glass creating a wonderful fruity fragrance. As the elixer slid across my tongue and proceded down my throat, I was reminded of roasty munich benevolence, combining malt with hops in synchronicity which has remarkable characterizations reminiscent of a scottish ale. Malt lovers delight, and only lacking in subtle smokiness.

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Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was mooched off of the 22oz bomber that timtheenchanta had :).

This beer pours a muddy reddish brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to some thin whisps with little lacing. The smell is sweet with a combination of chocolate and roasted malts along with some pale malts. The taste is porter like at first but also has some characteristics similar to an english mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation complimenting it. Overall a drinkable beer, very interesting, undefinable by style guidlines. Another impressive brew by Stone.

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Photo of soper2000
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Immy. Hazelnut brown pour is the best descriptor. The head is beige, fluffy, and leaves moderate lace. Burnt roasted malt aroma, with a definitive hops presence. Also filling the nose are hints of wet wood, millk chocolate, and caramel. Tastes are made up of burnt malt, chocolate, sweet caramel, and subtle hops bitterness. Very enjoyable. FInish is acute bitterness/sweet malt and caramel. Very creamy and smooth, and a pleasure to drink. This one scores points for being subtle, very drinkable, and damn tasty. Thanks a lot Tim!

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Photo of bigbubba
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a beautiful dark mahogony red beer with a nice tan head. It has a very nice sweet malty smell. The taste is very well balanced, there is just enough bitterness to counteract the malty sweetness, plus a little extra. It has lots of body that gives it a great mouthfeel. It is very easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up yesterday (yes in 2006) at a store and couldn’t believe they still had it. Anyways on to the review. It pours a very dark and murky amber color not a whole lot of head even when poured aggressively it does leave a nice lacing though. It smells of malt, figs, and a bit of fruit, overall it’s a very faint smell. The taste is very nice, a chocolaty malt and nut flavor with a hint of the hop flavor that Stone are known for. I like it. The feel is somewhat odd as it doesn’t seem to have too much carbonation left (this could be do to being in the fridge for so long) but it is still very drinkable, a very nice treat from Stone although clearly not their best.

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

Enjoyed this over the weekend at a tasting.

Amber pour, very cloudy. Not a lot of head. The smell is very deep, caramel malts, molasses. Balanced, but you can tell it has a lot of age on it. Much like an old ale. Luckily, no oxidation. The taste doesn't follow the smell hardly at all. A little like a light barleywine. Roastiness or coffee finish it off. The taste really surprises me following the smell. Light to medium body. Carbonation is holding up well. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable. This was really tasty. Considering I was 16 in 2004 this was a treat to try.

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

Sampled one year after bottling. Apparently presented as an "imperial mild." So...in my mind, I'm looking for something resembling an American Brown Ale, but with that little something extra. Let's see how the Stoners do.

The bomber pours a nice healthy tan head over a brown, but not opaque body. Not bad, and certainly mild like.

Smell is toasted pecans...hell, the whole pie, with light chocolate malt notes, and Roastaroma barley tea. If this seems all too sweet for you, don't worry, it's not -- a brisk crack of hops keeps everything in balance, and reminds you this is a SoCal brew.

Taste is delightful, with notes of nutmeg, hazelnut and more pecan, and more depth of chocolate. Maybe a little lactose. The hops are less aggressive here, but balance everything out very well. Malt wins, however. Very good.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, but there is creaminess, which promotes the lactose note. Not bad.

Drinkability, the key to a mild, is fufilled here...somewhat. I certainly could drink more of this, and I very much enjoyed the experience, but I'm not impressed enough to go trading away my beer cellar for another bottle.

A very nice offering from Stone, and just about what it promised to be -- an Imperial Mild.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm.

A - Looks like a general Brown Ale, I had a small pour so can't say much about the head but it was present in appropriate form.

S - Man its germane at first, like any nut brown - but let it heat up and this thing SCREAMS brown sugar. Like nothing I've had before.

T - Killer nut brown taste with a slightly imperial thin and boozing tone coming thru. Very drinkable with the alcohol well hidden behind the nutty flavour. Actually a welcome suprise as it wasn't uber hopped like most stone anni's

M - Somewhat syrupy and thin given its an "imperial brown" but quite pleasant none the less.

D - This is a wonderful beer, very unlike the typical Stone hop fest beer. Shame I wasn't a craft beer guy back in the day - I'd have easily bought a case of this

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