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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
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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 7
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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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I picked this up in great anticipation becuase I loved #7 so much but I was sadly disappointed when I found it to be a brown ale.
The color was very dark brown with little lacing from a very small crown.
Smelled molasses, some nuts, and a hint of malt. I couldn't detect any presence of hops but after all this is a brown ale and rather lacks in that department.
Very sweet at first (not bad) molasses and raisens, followed buy roasted nuts and smooth clean hop to finish.
All in all I could try this again even though it's a brown ale. Nothing to complex and it went down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 10:06:33 | More by Ahhdball
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germaniac

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 02:29:21 | More by germaniac
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pint glass fills with deep russet liquid of notable clarity. A few sparse, languid streamers are not enough to sustain a finger of tan head... it dies into a greyish film that leaves wispy rings down the glass, but... ho hum. The basic smell here is cocoa--most of all like cocoa breakfast cereal--and it's great! There's also the husky aroma of freshly cracked walnuts and, increasingly, a finish of vanilla extract. Cake-frosting nosefeel is very supportive of these rich, fatty, bakery smells. Shaved dark chocolate tastes develop a bitter, creamy depth reminiscent of fresh Brazil nuts. Finish of nut shell (as opposed to nut meat) grows in woodsy strength, by turns suggesting hazelnut cordials--or the grounds at the bottom of a bourbon-spiked cup of coffee. Smooth, oily mouthfeel is balanced by a carbonated ping, with a good, lastingly bitter aftertaste; but I think that the flavors would match better with a creamier body. I wonder how long I could session on this beer. If only it had been more of a looker, I'd call it one of the better brown ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 23:11:39 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This ale pours a nice rich reddish brown color and has a bubbly head with below average retention. A thin lace does exist throughout the course of the drink however.

Smell: This has a strong malty nose, with an exceptionally nutty scent, most closely approximated with roasted almonds.

Taste: Again, a malt monster of a brown ale this has an incredible nut flavor. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, somewhat wooden. The alcohol is present, but melds well with the nutty malts. This is an interesting experiment, to double the ABV of a brown ale. I like the outcome, but this is quite singular in its flavor. This ought to take on heaps of complexity as it ages (Stone's intent all along). While fresh, this is just interesting.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Smooth malt, a little thick at times. Nicely drinkable at cellar temp, but I can't see ever having more than one. In fact, you might want some help finishing the 22 ounce bomber, but it's still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 20:12:43 | More by 99bottles
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I luckily got some of this at Liquormart in Boulder on my through town...
Pours a rich chestnut brown with a small light sandy head. Smells of buttered toast with quartz, and earthy, slightly-fruity, sweet notes. A bit on the subtle-y aromatic side (especially for a Stone beer). Taste starts off with minerals and flint, but quickly gets sweet. Notes of toffee, and fruit come through. Then the flint comes back as it segues into a scorched, roasty, nutty bitterness. Doesn't entirely balance out the sweetness, as it lingers into the alcoholic finish. The mineral-quality seems to thin out the body a little bit, but the sweetness makes it coat the mouth quite well. Another great beer from Stone--I just wish I could have made it out to San Marcos for the anniversary festival like I did last year!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 02:18:35 | More by alexgash
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy tan head over a hazy mahogany body. Head recedes with little to no lace. Rich malty sweetness dominates the aroma. More of the same in the flavor with waves of caramel and rich malt up front with light notes of chocolate. A earthy and even mildly spicy hop character joins in making this a well rounded brew, albeit on the sweet side. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth upfront with a very mild lingering hop spiciness contributing some dryness.

A rather robust ‘brown ale’ bordering on old ale status. Excellent malt complexity and a balanced sweetness, at least in my opinion. The noticeable hop character provides nice counter notes while giving the malt center stage. A tasty malty delight, that is drinking well at almost two years old.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 23:44:25 | More by Shovelbum
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another nice offering from stone. not amongst their best, but still nice nonetheless, if not for the fact that it's easily one of their more mass-consumer friendly beers. it pours a nice dark brown colour with a minimal to moderate head that is off white in colour. the smell here is decent but a bit thin by stone standards. not much going on here outside of the basic brown ale nose of some earth, malt and perhaps a touch of chocolate and caramel. surprisingly, the hop presence was kept to somewhat of a minimum (at least for stone) here. the flavour was solid. nothing more, nothing less. it didn't blow me away but was still quite tasty all around. hops were a touch more prevalent here than in the nose, though not by much. toasted malt ruled the show with less of a touch of chocolate and caramel than the nose. regardless, everything is well balanced and smooth, though perhaps a touch thin for my liking. i prefer a heartier, dry brown ale and this was more traditionally balanced and a touch sweet. a good brew overall that won't disappoint, but won't part seas either. definitely give it a try and even use it as a brew to convert someone over to better brews or turn someone on to the style of brown ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2004 22:39:57 | More by guinness33
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 22:42:22 | More by RocketWidget
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t0rin0

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 20:36:58 | More by t0rin0
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palliko

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely mahogany brown, translucent, tan head, lingering lacing, some carbonation. Mild aroma, some hops, and nut-brown-ale malt. Bitter initial taste with bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee, smooth mouthfeel. A little rough right now, but should age well. It tastes like an immature Arrogant Bastard, and costs $2 a bottle more!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 21:37:51 | More by palliko
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bnuttz

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 01:04:28 | More by bnuttz
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev -4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 03:22:07 | More by neonbrown82
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Redbones. Dark cola in color, the tan head was latte like in look and feel. It left lovely sheet lacing in my glass. Actuall clean aroma didn't prepare me for what I got out of the beer tastewise. I thought the malt and hops were balanced, but the one taste that came out of nowhere was a roasted one (carrying on the coffee theme?). That one threw me a bit. Alcohol tried to pretend that it wasn't involved, but I could tell. Interesting. Slightly smoother than maybe I make it seem.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2004 14:06:10 | More by PatandDavid
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich amber with a slightly off white head,aromas of earth,nut and a little caramel but pretty faint in that department mainly a big earthiness.Taste is hardcore earthy and nutty I mean like eating raw peanuts strait from the field whoo!A little harsh until it warms to get a little caramel sweetness.A no holds barred brown here alcohol is prevelant thru out,maybe the dryest brown ale I have had to date very big and bold maybe too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 23:35:36 | More by oberon
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 05:03:23 | More by Rastacouere
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gford217

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:13:42 | More by gford217
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palma

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 06:03:03 | More by palma
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Callenak

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour on tap this past weekend at Stuffed Sandwich for their Stone Days celebration. Sam said it was a wheat beer, looks like it's classified as a Brown Ale here.

Pours a murky brown. More like a barley wine than a traditional brown ale. Light head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate malt, caramel and alcohol. Smells stronger than 7.8%. Taste like a cross between a barley wine and a wheat wine. Very malt forward without the normal hop stickiness in Stone beers. I'm curious how hoppy it was fresh. All and all a good beer that I could try again. My local liquor store has tons of these still at about $4/ea and stuffed is selling them for $20 in the bottle. Might try a bottle and see how it is versus the keg storage.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 22:00:49 | More by Callenak
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle thanks to mrpicklerelish.

Appearance: A beautiful, crystal clear mahogany. The deep red color of this beer was downright gorgeous. Small tan head always remained in some capacity and left a bit of lacing behind as I drank.

Aroma: Big wafts of spice and coffee. Deeper whiffs revealed toasted malts, chocolate and brown sugar especially as it warmed.

Taste: Up front, a smooth mix of spicy hops mixed with toasted malts, coffee and chocolate, something nutty and then a solid shot of bitterness that remained on my tongue for a while. Sometimes the bitterness outweighed the initial smoothness of flavors. It was very sharp and distracting at times and took away from my enjoyment. All in all, I would've expected a more complex flavor from Stone.

Mouth: Medium to full body with a tight carbonation that creates a nice, smooth mouthfeel:

Drink: Good. Plenty tasty. Not as great as other brown ales I've had but ok stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 11:11:58 | More by oxmasterscream
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RidiculedDisplay

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 08:01:46 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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Bleedingshrimp

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. Poured the color of Hershey's Milk chocolate with nice garnet highlights. The nose was kind of subtle and vinous. Taste was big oak and vanilla and bready malts. Sweet but short of cloying. Hops are still lingering in this bad boy after 2 years...nice and complex with some good warming feeling from the alcohol. Tastes like an Imperial Brown Ale to me. Good solid offering from stone and a nice sipper but not something I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 03:43:17 | More by Bleedingshrimp
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spectacular shade of crimson-bronze with bright orange highlights. The cap of foam is at least as impressive as the beer on which it sits. It's orange-influenced light caramel in color with a creamy density that promotes persistence and the deposition of a dramatic display of thick, tacky lace. Stone 8th doesn't look like any other brown ale that I can recall. In a word... fabulous.

The nose isn't quite the equal of the appearance, but it's still damn good. It smells like heavily toasted black bread sprinkled with cocoa powder and a small pinch of cinnamon. There's no pumpernickel spiciness and very little in the way of hops. Even though I'd like it to be a little more complex and a shade more forceful, it's better than good as is.

This is oddly flavor-deficient beer. There's a ghost of a brown ale here somewhere, but it never really materializes on the palate. The flavor profile follows the nose, more or less. It's toasted bready with a significant caramel maltiness and meager cocoa and molasses notes. Mildly spicy, not very sweet.

Things becomes increasingly bitter and dry within the course of each mouthful and the beer finishes a little hot and harsh, as if it was still young rather than being almost a year old. Like another beer that I had recently, the flavor sensations (sweet, bitter and dry) are much more apparent than the actual flavor. To be fair, there was more flavor with warming.

A thready dark fruitiness appears on the finish and a pleasant bitterness lingers. The beer may have been aged in oak, but it doesn't appear to have learned much from the experience. The mouthfeel is par for the brown ale course: medium with active carbonation.

I have a feeling that Stone 8th suffers from having been in the bottle for a year. I had hoped to hold onto each year's Anniversary Ale and review them on the following August 5th for personal reasons, but I now realize that that isn't being fair to beer that was never meant to be at its best at so advanced an age.

At this point in time, 8th Anniversary Ale is a slightly better than average brown ale that is drinkable and enjoyable for the most part, but doesn't stand out in any way (except for its appearance). My assumption is that the ghost-like flavor that I experienced today was significantly more corporeal in 2004. If this is a dweller in your cellar, open it now.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 23:50:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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putnam

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 22:04:09 | More by putnam
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fain12

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-28-2013 08:13:29 | More by fain12
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-07-2013 11:56:13 | More by jaxon53
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.