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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
90
outstanding

263 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2004)
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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Chadbrew
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Ego
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

found for $4.79 a few weeks ago (2 bottles.. so what the hell..I might as well try one and see if I think the other is worth saving/savoring)

eyes...
lively! brown.. like dark caramel, 2 full fingers of head crackle and it stays amply fed with very active carbonation racing up inside the glass. damn, this is REALLY active in the glass wehn you hold it up to the light. lacing is superb and sticky like the floor of a movie theater. damn this is inviting... great looking! later on down the glass this leaves gobs of lace.. almost like tree rings.. I can tell the age of the beer or something now...

nose...
fresh chocolate malts, deep scarred and almost scalded caramel, coffee aromas as well.. the nose is deep and strong showing just a hint of the alcohol, this has that smell of when you just open a chocolate bar except with a dash of barley... nice.

taste etc...
oddly enough this tastes like a more tame (alcohol wise) version Old Stock Ale (03 vintage tasted recently).. the old stock is of course boozier and has more barley kick.. but damn this reminds me of it... realyl nice mouthfeel, it is creamy and smooth.. and yet for a brown it has a subtle hop bite before the chocolate notes round out the experience. The alcohol does make it slightly hot in the mouth but not to a detriment for me personally. the flavor is dominated by the malts, chocolate mostly, but not overly so which would generally offend my pallete (personal preference). This is nice and full in the mouth but drinks just light enough.. kudos!

verdict?
stone didn't let me down on this one.. thanks to my BA bud yelterdow for recommending that I grab this when I saw it.. especially for the price.. damn! what can I say.. if you see it, grab it.. I think I know a few stores that may have it buried on the shelves.. time for some beer hunting, this one is worth seeking.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of studentofbeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dolem98
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
-Head very quickly dissipates into a ring around the rim, bubbly lacing
-Deep brown/amber color

Smell:
-Strong caramel and coffee
-Little hop aroma

Taste:
-Burnt, roasted malts, but surprisingly smooth
-Bitterness seems to come from toasted malts not hops
-Slightly sweet
-Caramel flavor comes through just barely for me

Mouthfeel:
-Slightly astringent, peppery, sticks to your mouth

Overall:
Gives me sort of an old-ale impression. I like it, it's more exciting than your standard brown ale. I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of gimmehead
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of garthwaite
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle, this one poured a deep brown tinted crimson with a miniature tan bubbly head. Toasted caramel, subdued hops, & smoke in the nose. Powerful & well-balanced brew which features an underlying wood smokiness with more direct flavors of hazelnut toffee, caramel, and sweet roast. Some noticeable bitterness, but a very delicate hop flavor. Notes of vanilla & sweet fig. Medium bodied and finishes with more sweet fruit along with a hint of warming alcohol. Tasty creation - especially as it approaches room temperature. Curious to see what time does to this one.

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crisply clear ruby amber, rich and garnet. A finger of pithy yellowish tan head, the color of a nubuck boot, drops soon to the merest pricks of foam. Rings of lacing circle the glass.

The aroma twists a thick toasted malt sweetness, lofting tones of dark cherry, currants, and berries, all with a touch of port; Very understated vague hops toy with a broader swath of alcohol.

The first sip rumbles a crush of toasty malt sweetness carting fruity cherry and berry notes, along with touches of dry sherry and figs. A central current of homey baked bread crust soon gives sway to a sinewy tendon of alcohol, which then parts to allow a general but still poignant hops bitterness to make a strong appearance. The finish is lingeringly dry and bitter. It's balanced in a progressive way, though a bit halting.

Medium bodied, the elements of sweet and bitter coat and linger on the palate, leaving a warm glow.

It's a good sized beer that comes off even bigger, as the ABV is quite apparent. The play of flavors steps more than flows, and si not so much blended as coexistent, but it certainly gives each peice a nice moment on stage. The final presentation may be a bit bitter for some, but I find it a nice touch. That ABV certainly makes this a one per sitting beer but I'll have no problem drinking more of these at future sittings, assuming I can find anymore of course. Overall a very good anniversary, perhaps a glimpse of future acts of greatness.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Reidrover
4.08/5  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.

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of ChillMike
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of soper2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  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.

Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.