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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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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
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 ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear ruby red topped by a smallish tan head that receded to a film of thin bubbles. Lacing was pretty decent.

Smell: Caramelized and toasted bready malts with a figgy sort of presence. British-style hops, kinda grassy and herby. Hints of pine.

Taste: Molasses, toffee and biscuity malts interwoven with low alpha acid hop strains I'm guessing. They provide enough to make this sort of bitter, though. Mild taste of booze.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Impy mild? Strong Brown? Whatevah... an intriguing beer that most resembled a hoppy wee heavy. Worth trying at least once if you have the opportunity. Can't say I'll be cellaring this or repeating the experience, though.

ManekiNeko, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

mntlover, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice caramelly brownish hue, bright apple-red at the foot, and 'round the sides, flush with toasty tan head sitting tidily above.
rosy sweetness in the nose, roasty, replete with dark fruits, a touch of spice, plenty of malt, and just a touch of hops...bigger than other browns, but not as forward as you'd expect from Stone...cheers to them for keeping us on our toes.
Full, rich, malty flavor on first sip...great presence on the palate, candy-ish, but not to any extreme degree. Flavor is there with every returning swallow, mouthfeel is plentiful, body is full, but not too much so, finish is softly drying, and longish.
This is an anniversary brew to trip up some who may second guess Stone's mission with their expectations. These are those who may not find any delight in a brown ale, no matter how different it may be. "Where are the hops?" I hear them screaming. Not every beer can be an Arrogant Bastard, nor should they be...although the higher alcohol is peeking through, and this brown is showing how different it is in that regard.
(BTW, I'm attempting to read the label, and glean the intentions of Stone, sans dictionary...what the hell are they talking about? but I'm good at linguistic guesswork, and I think I can make some kind of sense out of it..."we're giving you a boozed-up mild ale whether you like it or not", basically...and i was very amused...wonder what an accurate translation would say? What if you transalted it into Klingon and back?)
This is a very good beer, just not intended to win the hearts of hop-headed beer-geeks. I had a similar experience last week, when Town Hall's 7th Anniversary brew wasn't a hoppy pale like last year, but a bold ESB. And it, too, was very nice, for an interesting twist on the style. So be it!
Let's hear it for the trip-us-uppers at Stone, who can feel free to dazzle me any which way the want...or not!
Whatever!
's'cool, dogs...

feloniousmonk, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.3/5  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.

Suds, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've said "sweet" a lot when talking about Stone beers and always meant it in that Stifler-meets-Miami-singles-bar-guy way. You might know it as "SUH-weet." Synonyms include "saucy," "nice" (see also NOI-ce), and "ughhh (ughhh, naNAnaNA)."

But 8th is sweet in the other, much more maligned sense of the word. Perhaps to cover up the smokey alcohol or perhaps to balance hops that are naturally out of proportion (being Stone and all), the caramel/toffee sweetness is first interesting and then just plain obnoxious, like the opening minutes of a late-night movie on Showtime.

This feels in the mouth like a mild ale, somehow, with half a shot of vodka mixed in.

The malty brown flavor is excellent and the hop profile of great interest, but it seems that Stone has used the 8th anniversary to merge all of their favorite styles (IPA, stock ale, and stout) into a hodge-podge that some might call a brown ale.

I'm not one to keep beer from breweries like Stone and Three Floyds and others stuck to BJCP style guidelines. Lee Chase and every brewer like him keeps American craft beer ahead of the rest of the world, challenging, revising, and ultimately revolutionizing the art with creativity and commendable spirit. But he, too, is faulted and this is a beer wraught with overzealousness, perhaps better as an idea than its actual manifestation.

Sweet, but deceptive and ultimately confused. Hm. I think I dated her once.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of avylover
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never been a big brown ale fan but hey, it's stone, so gotta try this...

Appears a deep ruby brown color that is beautiful. the head is small to put it mildly. Aroma of sweet chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of hop spicyness. taste is good, but not great. The alcohol pokes out alot here, but I like the balance of hearty malt and bittering hops. Not much hop flavor, but it suites the style well. Nice creamy and nicely carbonated mouthfeel, with good drinkability. A good beer and a very nice change up

avylover, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a ruby brown body with a small whitish tan head that died rather quickly.

The nose was surprisingly subtle for stone. Biscuit, some caramel, a soft floral touch, wood, soft fruits with a full barley malt smell.

Full bodied with a very sweet syrupy mouthfeel. A very light carbonation with a subdued hop bitterness. Not to say it wasn’t bitter, but it just seemed to have a bitter flavor with all the high end cut off. Sort of like when you turn the high tone knob on your stereo down. Big rich syrupy malt with just a delicious big caramel malt taste.

Not really any crazy overpowering flavors in this baby. Just a simple, but decent, big malty beer with a somewhat numbing hop. Sadly my least favorite stone to date.

taez555, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this exceptional brew on draft at Anam Cara. It was served in a wineglass and seemed quite unlike a traditional American brown. The aroma of chocolate and wood hat subtle hints of burnt malt. The flavors were more complex blending fig, straw and other notes with a chocolate and woody base. It was an exquisitely well bodied sipping beer that managed to hide its alcohol well. It would be very interesting to see what a year or so of aging would do to the flavors.

AllThingsNinja, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of bashiba
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a very dark ruby/brown combination with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly.

Smell is pretty light, small hints of caramel malts and some earthy hop aromas

Taste has a nice sweet honey, clove, and caramel taste up front and is followed by a very dry earthy hoppiness. Bitter, but not enough to overpower the malts.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with a slight fuzzy warming to it.

Drinkability isn't bad, very enjoyable, but not something I could drink a lot of.

bashiba, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber a nice deep ruby brown with a small tan head. The hints of red shoot out when held up to the light. The smell is caramel/molasses upfront with some citrus hop tones in the background. A bit bready and roasty.

First sip is a huge blast of maltiness, caramel and chocolate tones dance on my tongue. They are juxtaposed by a citrus hop background that adds a nice amount of biterness to the brew. Some spiciness there as well. Leave it to Stone to take a nomally tame style and give it a good kick in the ass.

Mouthfeel is great...good body and excellent carbonation..a please to drink. As for drinkability....I'd have another...tasty and easy to drink. Almost 8% and I don't even notice it. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to try yet another tasty Stone brew!!

orbitalr0x, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My local store always waits weeks and weeks before putting the beer they get on the shelves. Pisses me off to no end, but lets me get a little word of mouth about the beers before I plunk down my preciou$ ca$h. This one came recommended from a Stone-head. I should have known that some people will support their team to the end. Especially when you're within Stone-throw of Chicago. Damned cubbies.

Those crazy asses at Stone would be the ones to create a ~8% ABV beer and call it a mild. The rambings on the bottle are just getting increasingly incoherent.

Deep scarlett in color. Smallish head, no lace.

Malt monster. Hints of booze on nose.

This beer is hard to describe other than that its a malty disaster. The bitterness here isn't the tangerine-like roundedness of other Stoney's. No hints of floral hops, just unbalanced bitterness and lots of hints of a brown ale on steroids.

If this beer is made as a counterpoint of all their hoppy beers, well, i'm okay with it. But on its own, come on. I would never get this again.

To paraphrase Moe the bartender, this beer is post-modern. Weird for the sake of being weird.

GreenWBush, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

WetCoaster, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

SixpointJMH, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby tints...nose is dark cocoa...body is medium to full...tight...flavor profile is big on the sweet milk chocolate...a little hit of coffee grounds...finishes with a little bitter hop hit...has the feel of a Porter in some respects....

An interesting beer..nice character to this...tasty..not an all-time great but well worth trying....enjoyable.

ZAP, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Very light for a brown ale. Poured a dark rubby color with a loose cafe au lait head. Nose has a deep earthy tone with roasted coffe grind flavor and slight estery sweetness and notes of brown sugar and caramel. Flavor was earthy but had some slight fruity flavors of cherry and figs coupled with a slight hoppy citrus flavor akin to grapefruit. The mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and carbonated, but nothing over the top. This seemed to me a toned down version of the Arogant Bastard. There wasn't as much hops but the malts were similar. Much fruity estery flavoring. Good way to commemerate the 8th Ani.

GreatPondBrewer, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

frank4sail, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

oberon, Oct 16, 2004
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.

dolem98, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of oxmasterscream
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

oxmasterscream, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of bigchris1313
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lighter brown, somewhat close to the color of bourbon.

Smell: As my first brown ale, this was an experience. Somewhat sweet, but the color kept making me think of a dark wheat bread.

Taste: As I smelled, somewhat sweet, perhaps a smokey sugar, yet bitter. Again, as I drank this mildly bitter beer, I could not keep images of wheat bread from entering my head.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not too thick, yet not thin in the least.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. I could drink this beer for a while.

Overall: Good. As I put 4's across the board, Good perfectly describes this beer. I hate to be so bland, but good is an excellent modifier.

bigchris1313, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American Brown Ale, eh? I didn't know what I had purchased until I checked here. Shows you what a name like Stone does to you in the store.
Poured a deep garnet color, clear throughout, but a lovely hue!! Head was quite thin, basically just a fine ring of bubbles around the rim. Lacing is not really there at all. Great color, but...
I could actually pick up the aroma right after popping the cap.... it's a nice caramelly/toffeeish malt nose, suggesting decent malt sweetness. Not quite as strong, oddly, when in the glass. 8 has a nice, healthy medium body, though not nearly enough to get into the full range. On the tongue, it is most welcome and right at home... smooth all the way down the chute. Taste mimics the nose, in that it has plentiful caramel/toffee maltiness... a pleasurable toastiness, even a roastiness, and light sweetness. I detect a subtle yet noticeable touch of floral hops near the end of the sip, adding a bit of rebuttal to the malty sweetness present through most of the quaffing. I really like this Bier, especially considering I was a bit let-down when finding out what style it was after my purchase. That being said, I probably wouldn't spend $6.99 for 22oz when I can get a verrry similar quality Bier in Smutty Old Brown Dog for the same price for a 6-pack.
Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

767

Bierman9, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bottle and served in a goblet glass.

Ruby brown in color with a frothy brown head on top. Awesome sticky lacings cling to the side of the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, sweet malt, and plums.

Taste is sweet up front with a caramel flavor. Major malt profile with a nutty and hoppy finish. Very drinkable at 7.8% ABV.

Overall, another great Stone offering. As the Stone 8th Anniversary warmed up it became better...much better. This is one beer that benefit from some aging. Great beer.

Hibernator, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice translucent dark brown color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and victory malts. It has a toasted/ nutty feel. The taste is decent. It has a rich malty flavor with earthy undertones. It also has a hoppy element to it along with a warm finish. It is dry and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. This is a bit too thick. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer despite it's flaws. I think they should have went a little smaller on this one, but it still goes down.

WesWes, Oct 08, 2004
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.

soper2000, Oct 08, 2004
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.