Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-16-2009 09:36:59 | More by slayer3604
3.3/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
11-04-2009 03:14:59 | More by pwoods
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-13-2009 05:42:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
04-19-2009 18:34:25 | More by koopa
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
03-25-2009 08:38:42 | More by JohnGalt1
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
12-30-2008 21:21:46 | More by ccrida
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-27-2008 23:02:33 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-29-2008 00:13:42 | More by gford217
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-17-2008 12:22:56 | More by IBUnit63
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
08-06-2008 22:50:35 | More by Phocion
3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-06-2008 21:28:25 | More by illidurit
4.28/5 rDev +7%
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.
06-01-2008 16:23:49 | More by Georgiabeer
4.4/5 rDev +10%
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.
04-20-2008 01:09:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.88/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-01-2008 20:36:58 | More by t0rin0
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
On draft at the Stone Storm
Appearance is a murky amber red hue, off-white thin head dissipates, minimal lacing
Smell is clean crisp roast malts, nutty presence, touches of coffee and grassy hops, slight alcohol
Taste is considerable alcohol and roast malts, bitter hops are apparent as is a nice nut flavor, finishes mild and slightly bitter
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery and slick texture, mild carbonation
Drinkability is very good, this is a smooth and flavorful brown ale (I believe Stone's only brown to date!), good malts and trademark Stone hops provide a perfect balance, I wish Stone revisits this style again sometime soon!
01-29-2008 08:20:34 | More by Stoneman78
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
12-30-2007 21:15:18 | More by RblWthACoz
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Was able to pick this up at the Pizza Port Carlsbad Stone Event. Always sad to drink a beer you know you'll never see again.
Gorgeous brownish-copper color. Small white head. The smell is pure caramel and malt. Not a lot of carbonation, settles into the glass rapidly.
The taste is lovely. Chocolate, caramel, and malt with a tinge of grapefruit hop aftertaste. I don't know if it's the aging, or what, but this beer tastes significantly better than the reviews would lead me to believe. This is particularly astonishing as I don't typically like brown ales.
I could drink this all day. But, sadly, never will get to.
09-29-2007 20:25:03 | More by Overlord
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Small pour of this at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel today on my way into LA from the IE during their Stone 11th Anniversary celebration, this was the best tap offered topday, but it changes often
Only 4 bucks for this while a 22 ounce bottle was 23 dollars, not a hard choice
Left with a bottle of 9th Anniversary that I will review later when I decide to open it
Pour was a medium brown and smell nice and nutty
This beer was great with a roasted malt taste that stuck around for a long time
Had no head on it because keg is three years old, but still very very good
Could drink this all day, but it would get very expensive
09-14-2007 21:46:36 | More by Floydster
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours like a beautiful big brown kodiak bear. Deep down you can still smell that sugary malty smell you get when boiling the wort in your kitchen. Big mouthfeel with overwhelming flavors. Sweetness, bitterness, lingering aftertaste with more of a malty character as you drink your pint down. I remember drinking this beer back when it was released, it has lost a little of it's sweetness, but the hoppy and malty characteristics more than make up for it. It lives up to the stone qualification of an interpretation of a standard classic. If you can get it, drink it.
05-05-2007 22:20:19 | More by Murchmac
3.4/5 rDev -15%
22oz bottle dated 08/2004 and purchased at Liquor Max. This one is almost two years old at this point. Color is dark brown (what a surprise) and the head is short and white. The smell is a little chocolate. The taste is a little chocolate and then standard boring brown ale. I bet this was really good when it was first released but time may have faded it a little. I was glad to have the opportunity.
03-12-2007 16:19:14 | More by ArrogantB
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Bought at Keg 'N Bottle in Isla Vista a few months ago.
A: Cloudy reddish brown with a 1/2 finger white head that leaves lacing.
S: Smells kind of winey and of raisins.
T: Winey sort of taste, like the smell. Also has raisins, dates and other wonderful flavors. Nice bit of tang to it also. Relatively complex by this point, and quite tasty. Despite the age (and possible bad storing conditions before bought), there is no oxidation.
M: Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side for Stone, but not so much that it detracts. Finish is on the dry side.
D: Very, very drinkable. Tasty and not heavy.
This has aged nicely. Recommended.
03-11-2007 03:06:37 | More by rallison
4.63/5 rDev +15.8%
Received in a trade with McAllister. Thanks, dude.
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy reddish brown - very opaque, no transparency at all. Head is limited, but there is some definite lacing. Smell is interesting - there's some obvious roasted character, a bit of alcohol (even though the ABV isn't high, per say) and a little caramel. This is an excellent tasting brew - roasted up front with a citrusy hop finish. A little swetness in the middle makes this very complex and wonderful. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect - very chewy and memorable, creamy as well. I could drink this all night - great stuff. High recommendation if you can find it.
02-03-2007 20:25:19 | More by montageman
3.03/5 rDev -24.3%
Pours a great head that lasts until the last drop. The dark brown color is nice too The smell is slightly sour ith very sweet tones of belgian sugar. The taste is very watery and light bodied. There's a slight roastiness with a sweet/sour mix that's not very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a little less than good. Overall I would never have this beer again.
01-10-2007 08:10:55 | More by Erdinger2003
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm
A: Muddy garnett with a full creamy light tan head. With each sip a quality ring is left behind.
S: Vanilla, marshmallow, carmelized brown sugar and powdered cocoa.
T: First sip reminds me of white chocolate liquer. Moves towards a cream soda personality with marshmallow sweetness. Lingering caramel with a milk chocolate character that finishes it off. Overall this beer has a powerful wash of bitterness which blankets the tongue towards the finish.
M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Just a touch of carbo sting.
D: Starts off not over powering but almost shocking. The flavors are very aggresive and the bitterness catches you by surprise. As it settles down this beer becomes very good.
12-29-2006 05:11:43 | More by Westsidethreat
3.8/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-17-2006 08:01:46 | More by RidiculedDisplay
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.