Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

263 Ratings
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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 russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this over the weekend at a tasting.

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

Photo of melitameister
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed bomber after about a year cellared.

This is a brown ale with layers of IPA and even barley wine. Yum.

A - Firebrick red color like black cherry jello; dark goldenrod medium head with chunky, sticky lace.

S – Didn’t get much of a shot at smelling this stuff because I could not hold off on taking a slug. So much flavor. Will be a while before I can smell again. With help from my 15 year old daughter who is a fine sniffer, I agree there’s hoisin sauce, coffee grounds, plum and almond goin on there.

T –Smoke, pineapple, toffee, roast beef, fine whiskey, some chocolate, balanced with light hops bitter at the end. Rich, but not excessive. Plenty going on with each taste.

MF – Medium full bodied. Hits all mouth parts evenly.

D – To be savored in a nice snifter. To me, this belongs with your tawny port lineup.

A great brewery presenting something special for their fans. I’m one now more than ever.

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/08/2011

On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.

A: Dark reddish brown with a fizzy beige head and okay retention and lacing.

S: Toasted bread with nuts and a little chocolate. ABV is strong for the style, but it's hardly detectable here. I get a little plum and date. Oxidation is sherry-like. There's an interesting smoky quality perceivable when the beer warms up toward room temperature.

T: Toasted bread and nutty with an earthy character. I get a dash of chocolate and a hint of date. Alcohol is subtle. Finish is smooth with a lingering breadiness. There's a dark fruit undercurrent reminiscent of plum. Oxidation is complementary. The finish is dry. There's a little heat in the end and a low bitterness throughout, though no detectable hop flavor.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, dry, and sticky, with notable warming.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. It's held up very well, though Stone probably cold stores. Pairs well with new age music, or so Stone would have me believe.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for this one.

Poured a hazy brown with a slight white head.

Smelled of raisin and fruit.

Had a sweetness to the taste. Some licorice, raisin, fruit, and a little bit of malt character. The hops were subdued but not gone. Left a lingering Dubbel type of taste in your mouth, a note of alcohol in it.

The beer was smooth and not overly carbonated or bitter. Went down easy and was easily drank. Time did this one well.

I enjoyed this one and it was awesome to have this 6 year old brew.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage Eighth Anniversary

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Lavender Sea Salt Caramel.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper/slightly brownish hue with a solid head that lasts, leaving good amounts of lace in its tracks.

S: Sweet and boozy with a good amount of roasted malt and some musty wood funk that is real nice.

T: Sweet roasted malt, big bourbon and oak with some booze that makes its self known in the mix.

M: Medium-bodied and dry with mellow carbonation, but overall somewhat thin and lifeless and not living up to the other aspects and qualities of this brew.

D: I do not like barley wines on average, but the time in the cellar really made this one surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Naja's

A: The pour is a sort of muddled dark brown color with some red and copper hints. The head is minimal.

S: Sweet toffee, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with some hints of chocolate. Definitely some oxidation, but not really cardboardy.

T: More of the same on the palate. Fairly sweet and heavy on the toffee and brown sugar. The chocolate is bittersweet and oxidation is minimal. A lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: This one has held up quite nicely, better than most of the other anniversary beers (probably because of not being an IPA). This one is still worth drinking.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an acbf tasting glass.

Pours a nice cloudy and hazy brown with a small light brown yellow head. Nose is sweet, malty and rich.

Taste is very very interesting, a bit oxidized but still drinkable for a 6 year old American brown. Quite tasty and drinkable.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle pulled from the cellar. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a murky medium chestnut color with about a finger or so of light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, caramel, mild molasses, bitter cocoa, still some lingering hoppy bitterness, nutty, raisins. The flavors have blended nicely. Amply carbonated with a decent body for the style. Give this one a go if you have it.

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting 5-1/2 years after brewing date of August 2004. Held up well. A little cloudy, well, murky. Chocolate is the dominant flavor to me. Weirdly sweet aroma, like those choco covered cherries they hand out at Christmas in finer homes in Utah. So call it a good desert beer. So malty sweet, it IS the dessert.

Poured in a big Brigand goblet and the aroma is powerful. Label claims it's based on "Lee's Mild" tho I would say it's almost totally unlike a mild at 7.8% and all the malt. But thanks, Stone, for another wacky ale.

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!

Photo of Dijeriduster
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at winter storm 2010.

Pours a very nice brown with a nice light tan head that almost looks as frothy as a nitro beer. Very nice lacing all down the glass.

This beer smells like a homebrew shop. Like all the grains, yeast, and hops mixed. More yeast than anything. Not much else. It's not very aromatic.

Taste is great. Tastes like it was a pretty hoppy brown at one point based on the residual bitterness. It has that sliht roasyness browns tend to have. This is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice viscosity, carb and the drinkability is high. I could drink a few but who would when there are so many beers to try right now.

Photo of slayer3604
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby with yellow/orange on the fringes of the glass. Head that rises a finger and a half before dropping to barely anything.

S- Very malty, nutty, rich and can be smelt from a good 4 feet away. goood.

T- Nutty, a tad of roast, some caramel, toast, and a tinge of hop bitterness at the very very end.

M- smooth with a bit of carbonation...was almost along the lines of a cask ale...just barely got the fizz left in it but it holds well.

D- This is a very very drinkable 7.8%er. Has a lasting finish and is smooth as silk. time has done this one well. I'll be picking a few more bottles of this up next year.

Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Notes.

A: Brown and opaque. Medium head with some retention and a few wisps of lacing.

S: Caramel and tofee, carndi sugar. Big brown base. Some aged out hops.

T/M: More from the nose. A bit of spicy but pretty straight forward malts. More of the aged out hops. Body is medium or so with light carbonation.

D: This one is past its prime, I'd say.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Pwoods.
Pours a translucent brown in color. No head to be found at all. Smell is patent malts. Some roasted malts. Very smooth. You can tell that this is an aged beer from the smell. Just a hint of oxidation present.
Nice mellowed malts in the flavor. Very smooth. There's still a good amount of carbonation present to keep it lively. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. This has held up fairly well and is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2004
Consumed: 2009

220z bomber takin out of the cellar and poured into a Chimay Goblet.

Appearance: translucent brown with honey red corners. A decent 1 finger foam head with minimal retention and a touch of lacing.

Smell: loads of nutty malty notes that just entrace your nose. At times the smell borders boozy but never actually crosses the line. This smells delicate and declicious.

Taste: Oh my this is just a home run! The flavors are soft and well balanced, if not homogenized. Nutty goodness coupled with a touch of brown sugar and cola. But despite the notes mentioned, the sweetness is really down. This is delicious with the residual sugars consumed.

Mouthfeel: Very good considering this bottle is 5 years old. Still enough carbonation to make it a nice experience.

Drinkability: This is smooth and still has enough carbonation. Now is the time to enjoy this vintage people. I don't see it getting any better with additional time!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 dug out of the cellar.. I've been wanting to review the 8th for a couple of years now... I had one about a year ago and it was fantastic... Tonight is the night... Poured into my Chimay goblet...

1/2" head sorta surprised me.. descent lace.. the brew is crystal clear lite brown with bright red highlites,

Aroma is eye opening after all this time.. bunches of chocolate.. lite toast and roasted malts... touches of coffee.. figgy.. and some brown sugar... maybe some piney hops have survived..

Flavor is lite chocolate and cola.. dry caramel essence... touches of raisin.. descent bitterness that ties the brew together... The body is a lite/medium... and the carbonation is smooth (even after all these years!!!) Light dark cherries with some Mission fig.. Nice hoppy bitterness still is there.. the only hoppy flavors I get may be some minor pine... but they are on the decline.

Reminds me out of the gates of a deep English brown.. oxidation had helped the bigger ABV... Better than I remembered the bottle a while back.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber that I acquired (I think from yobdoog) in my first trade ~2 years ago and never got around to drinking until this snowy sunday. Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Stone's 8th anny is a dark brown with a small, large bubbled eggshell head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is mainly grassy hops that I recognize as more of an aged citrus hop - I reckon this was quite the hop blast when it was fresh. Otherwise it's rather understated. The lack of malt notes had me fearing this had aged way to long, but thankfully that's not at all the case! Served at 55F, a hint of caramel came out as it warmed, but really there was no significant improvement.

Taste is really pretty full, this sucker sure has held up well being that it's over 4 years old! Big caramel, slightly nutty, some light citrus hops, wow, this is fantastic, smooth but lots of flavor, not at all like I expected for it's age. Frankly, I'm shocked!

Mouthfeel is smooth and slight, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great. If this wasn't a rare one-off that I'll surely never have again, I would give it a 5. The ABV is totally hidden, this is just a killer brown ale. If I could by this buy the case, I'd surely overindulge every session!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a murky red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, with a slight hint of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lots of tootsie roll and chocolate malt, also raisin and cinnamon. Quite tasty! Only slightly past its prime, as the hops have faded.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro, 8/14/2008...

Big, bourbon/oak body with extra sourdough/rye bready head. Looks like bountiful imposing stuff.

Powerful sweetness of bourbon, oak, apples, caramel and alcohol...not huge hop aroma - it's slightly grassy and in the background.

Dominant taste is earthy roasted chocolate malt backed with piney hop texture. Still tasting a little tightness.

For something in this weight class it finishes pretty clean. albeit nice and powerful.

Served in an 8 oz. glass this one's definitely a sipper. Earthiness makes me wonder if this one's on the back 9 but still very good.

Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured between my roommate and myself. Dark brown with slight hint of red and a resilient finger and a half of smooth brown head and thick lacing.

Little identifiable hops have survived the four-year storage, and the malts here are huge. Very aggressive and in-your-face dark maltiness; roasted nuts, somewhat caramel, and even a bit chocolatey.

A little more bitter and much better balanced in the taste than the aroma, with somewhat of a piney hoppiness, though the malts still dominate.

Somewhat thick and syrupy, but still very drinkable. This one definely held up through the years.

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Muddy red color with a modest but sticky tan head. Aroma is of oxidized caramel and some roastiness. Flavors of roasted coffee beans and light cocoa powder, maybe a touch of soft fruit. Not very robust. Easy to drink, light and well carbonated.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Fishdawg71, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very robust with roasted nuts and caramelized malts. In the background there's a touch of hops and spice.

T: The taste is malty and kind of sweet in the way that this type beer should be. Flavors of nuts, caramel and maple are the dominant ones. There's a mild hops presence as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style. Given that this is a Stone beer and that it's a brown ale, I was unsure of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by how well this beer has held up after nearly 4 years for a style that typically doesn't age well. This is yet another well-made beer by the brewery that does it the best.

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