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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 RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of delicious
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a small caramel head on top of a cloudy dark cherry body.
The nose is warm and fruity, with cherries amongst a small amount of raspberries.
Right at first sip, along with some fruit, I get chocolate and coffee that I didn't detect in the nose at all. As the beer warms, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent and some more malt character enters the nose.
It's full in the mouth, warm, and drinkable to boot. I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and I wish I had bought more when it was still Stone's 8th anniversary.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes more like a porter than a brown ale... tastes a lot like Stone's smoked porter.
Coffee, toffee, caramel... deep, roasted flavors.
Maybe something between Stone's smoked porter and their imperial stout?
Really quite tasty.
I'd like to see them make something like this, steadily, again.
But their porter is good enough for me...
and the imperial stout is supposed to come out again soon...
I dunno.
Good stuff, though!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Anam Cara Public House.

This ale poured a clear, very deep chestnut color with light tan foam that settled but remained near the edges. The smell was malty with notes of vanilla, wood, mollassess, and coffee. The taste was malty with flavors of mollassess and dried fruit, and some "woody" notes (not oxidation). There was a hint of sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The flavors lingered in the aftertaste very nicely. This was a very good and drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of Suds
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew presents itself as a deep chestnut-colored liquid with a thin white head. The aroma is teriffic…malty and big (expected from Stone), with a bit of yeast, a hint of alcohol, bits of vanilla, caramel, and hops. Yummy. The taste is malty and earthy, with a little toasted grain and a big bitter finish. Alcohol warming is present, but the attribute is really well hidden. Very nice on an early November night.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct. 15th 2006.

I'm rating this beer based on how well it's held up.

Just slightly hazy liquid with a light white half inch head... Granted it was an agressive pour but I'm surprised this one still has any carbonation left! Very little lacing as expected.

Big roasted toffee nose. Sweet candy scents with a little bit of alcohol and tree bark?

Sweet coffee flavors. Almost like coffee with just a dash of hazelnut added. Very dry finish after swallowing. It's definitely a bit nutty.

It's a bit thin as I would imagine has happened over time. Still pretty good feel to it though.

Overall very drinkable and another great beer from Lee Chase. Many thanks go out to Boolshot for sending this one my way!

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Photo of bignick
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of Sephiroth. Poured into a Cooperstown 10th Anniversary pint glass.

This is a very good brown ale. It is superbly drinkable. It pours a orange-hinted brown with a minimal head, although the second pour provides more of a head. There is nice lacing that sticks to the glass. The taste is dominated by caramel/toffee maltiness. There is a hop bite that compliments the maltiness, but this is definitely a malt-monster, unlike other Stone beers. There is nothing harsh about this beer, and I dig the clean finish.

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Photo of orfeu
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy ruddy brown with a few floating particulates (noticed a heck of a lot of sediment in the bottom of this 20 month old bottle) and a clingy clumpy tan foam cap. Sweet caramel and candied fruit aromas mixed with a hint of hazelnut liquer immediately make me think this is some kind of old ale. If this were intended as an old ale (I know it's not), the taste would reveal it as a mere pretender. No matter, because what is offered, even at such a late date, is wonderful: soft, smooth nutty caramel malts with a sweet cherry undercurrent. Earthy bitterness from some expertly blended hops emerges at the finish. Begins airy and fluffy but overall a satin smooth mouthfeel; medium body. I can certainly detect the "spirit" of a mild ale here, however this is most definitely more of an amped up brown. Never bothered to pick up any of Stone's Anniversary Ales before. Damn! Now I know!

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Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Toledo on the way home from my honeymoon. Pours a deep amber color. Moderate head, but good lacing. Aroma is faint to me, but a slight hint of cocoa and coffee. Taste is just explosive. Chocolate malt, carmel tones, but yet with a firm enough hop presense to keep it all in balance. Mouthfeel is full, rich and lush. I almost wonder if they added some maltodextrine to beef up the mouthfeel. This one is a winner, great overall beer.

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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 DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium ruby/brown colour and pretty clear. Cream coloured head that's a little thin, but is made up of fine bubbles and leaves lots of lacing. Malty aroma with just a bit of floral hoppiness. Mostly it's all about chocolate and nutty smells, with a hint of alcohol lurking in the background. Moderate bitterness throughout, but this seems to be more about malt (is this really a Stone brew?). Sweet, malty start, some nuttiness and floral hops at the mid-point, and it finishes with more chocolatey malt and some increasing bitterness. Creamy texture aided by well-incorporated carbonation. Full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Great balance here in an excellent (strong) American brown ale.

April 7, 2006: Tried my last bottle of this great beer. It had a bit of oxidation that manifested as kind of an "aged barleywine nose", but this didn't detract from the quality of the aroma. The flavour had mellowed out a bit, but there was still some bitterness and everything held together well. The body seemed a little thinner than last time, but that could just be poor memory. Still enjoyable after all this time, but it has lost a little of its original character.

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with the usual verbose stone story on the back. August 2004. Has been kept refrigerated since purchase.

Appearance: Poured into a globe - thin head that fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of fruit. Hops and some other spices also come through. As it warms some chocolate is evident.

Taste: Lots of roasted flavor, with chocolate showing up here too. Coffee and toffee also round out the flavor, with a bit of alcohol as well.

Overall impression: Suprising drinkable and smooth for the ABV. This tastes sort of like a Porter/Brown hybrid to me. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of danadeny
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this bottle is 1 year old. pours a dark amber / brown body with a nice lasting, frothy head. smells bready, a little hopy, light roasted malt. mmm nice soft roasted malt front, not too sweet. ballanced breadyness in the middle, and a hops finish that is not over done, perfect amount for ballance. alcohol is hidden very well. best brown ale i have had for sure. mouthfeel is oily and slick, full body. drinkability is amazing because of the remarkable ballance, not too sweet front, no crazy bitter hop finish, and no alcohol kick. dare i say perfect?

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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 neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hyuga
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a hint of red, small off-white head that stays pretty well.

Nutty chocolate-caramel aroma, subtly hopped with a hint of toffee and a suggestion of wood. Maybe a little raisin?

Almost cola-like sweetness, chocolatey with a subdued bitterness. Big caramel throughout. Hops come through not so assertively, but add a good complexity. An almost fruity bourbon-ish alcoholic character is pretty big on the palate. A bit woody and overall sweet, but well-balanced.

Great carbonation which is also cola-like, makes for a very good mouthfeel. Tingly on the tongue during and after sips.

A very interesting beer. This one is holding up very well after a year, in fact I think it could stick around for a good while longer.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wow. It's... wow. Deep, crystal clear red/burgundy with amber undertones. Active, fine carbonation. Thick, dense off-white head with--am I seeing this?--a rose tint. Very good retention. Lacing and collar throughout. Absolutely gorgeous; one of the best looking beers I've seen.

Smell: Sweet and rich, deep toasted chocolate/caramel malt, brandy, cherry, black raspberry, slight alcohol, a touch of hops, a bit of yeast. Yum.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft mouthfeel with medium body. Starts with a big mouthful of malted milk, milk chocolate, caramel, raspberry, cherry. Becomes a bit hoppy (almost zero by Stone standards) into the finish, little rind, dries out a bit. Some alcohol heat, and white pepper lingers.

Drinkability: So beautiful, so delicious, must... drink... more... Nope, 8%, too freakin' big to session.

Leave it to Stone to create something as ridiculous as an Imperial Mild--and make it work. This is just a damn good beer.

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Photo of klewis
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown with reddish hues. A small, thick head subsides to a frothy ring.

S: Nutty malt aroma. Subtle, but very nice.

T: Malty up front, with not a whole lot going on. Just when I was about to get disapointed a flavor of roasted nuts and cappachino filled the mouth. Let's hear it for delayed gratification.

M: Thick and heavy with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

D: It's too bad that this is limited production, because I love it. Smooth and full-flavored, this is quite drinkable, and I have yet to have anything quite like it.

P.S. Floccinauccinihilipilification. Hell yeah!

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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 Troyone
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark root beer color with limited head and some carb action.

Aroma has a molasses nutty roasted malt smell with pine lime hops and hints of chocolate.

Smooth heavy bitter ale taste with chocolate malt and pine orange hops.

Medium to full body, dry syrupy texture, soft and smooth carbonation, and a smooth metallic finish.

Drinkability is alright for the style.

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Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with light red highlights a tan head that is small and vanishes quick some spotty lace. Aroma is earthy toasted malt nutty caramel malt light chocolate lightly fruity with a dash of floral hops. Taste is pleasing lightly toasted malt, nuts, caramel, toffee even down to earth taste. Finishes with some fruit flavors with a lingering light hop bitterness. Malt feels so smooth low carbonation full bodied when then the carbonation picks up and lifts the fruity floral flavors onto the tounge. Best tasting brown ale I have sampled. Mouthfeel is right side of medium a smooth full bodied beer. Drinkability is good a great brown ale with a good complex full flavored taste, not my favorite style but this beer will make you a believer in brown ales.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a burnt caramel brown color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is in your face with big caramel maltiness. Sweet aromas reach the back of the nose without any problem. Just a hint of an alcohol smell as well. The taste has lots and lots of roasted malt, sweet at first with some toffee, but a slightly dry burnt coffee finish. A noticeable amount of hops in there as well. Fairly good balance. The mouthfeel is thick as a sumo wrestler's thigh, and covers the tongue thoroughly. For 7.8% abv, this is a fairly drinkable beer too. Another nice one from Stone. Happy Anniversary to Greg, Lee, and the rest of the bunch.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.

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