Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale

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231 Reviews
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 264
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
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 audiojon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a delicious beer, altho a bit tame for an anniversary edition. A very proper example of a brown ale, and kicked up a notch as only Stone can do. I definitely taste some chocolate; a very good malt base was used for this brew. There is a nice hop finish to each sip as well, which I would expect from Stone.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, and a very good strong brown ale! Was happy to find this in the cooler at Whole Foods- the only one on the shelf actually! I imagine it must have been sitting in the back for a long time... (536 characters)

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

Poured out a darker shade of bronze with a nice head to go along with it.

Smell consisted of good chocolate notes, some dark fruit, and a whiff of some caramel in the background. Nice hop aromas as well.

Taste was good. Chocolate malts set the backbone of this brew, with some dark fruit notes, a tad on the sweet side, but seemed to go well and seemed to be in place. Finished with a hop kick with some ever so slight spice taste. Some wood and earth tones can be found as well throughout.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, mostly due to the low carbonation in this beer. But the flavors really seemed to shine in this beer because of the low amounts of carbonation.

I gotta say it's a nice brown ale. Not many brown ales out there, and the ones that are out there, just seem to do the average down the middle of the road type. Nice to see a little twist envolved with this one. (894 characters)

Photo of bigchris1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (656 characters)

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

Dug up a bottle from the cellar that came from God knows where while I was doin' God knows what to God knows whom.

Big double deucer pours out a russet dim amber yet light revealing pour, topped off by a frothy sticky tan beige head cap.

Vanilla ice cream and root beer float scents.

First swigs: Goey caramel candy like brown sugar and toffe flavors. Some cream and coffee notes met up with a hop wall of integrated citrous juices. Well balanced flavors disguise the hoppy profile all too well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a sugar tacky residue. Quite the sweet brown ale.

Last swigs: STONE gets plenty of street cred in my wee little beer book fo making a bold brown. That is tantamount to the nerdy girl suddenly looking hot for the prom. Brown is usually bland. Not this. A hoppy blast of sugary goodness. Cool bottle cap that says "8 years, No compromises."

Beer is good. Happy Anniversary beering. (936 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Dijeriduster
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (789 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at the Stuffed Sandwich. Poured a rich brown with a thin light beige head that petered out to a thin collar a bit too quickly.
Hearty caramel, earthy malts, herbal hops and the aroma of nuts greeted my nostrils. Inititally it seemed totally malt-laden but, in typical Stone fashion, the hops refused to be outdone and assert themselves.
The taste was full of toasted grain and caramel up front. The flavors of nuts and a hint of wood came out mid-palate. Finally, refusing to play second fiddle to the malt character, a rush of hops that vaccilated between herbal and piney flooded the palate and set things in balance. A light alcohol bite nipped at the throat with each swallow. The feel was medium bodied, creamy-smooth, and had nice carbonation.
I'm not a terribly big fan of brown ales but Stone has a winner here in their 8th Anniversary Ale. Quite quaffable and worth checking out. (914 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled one year after bottling. Apparently presented as an "imperial mild." So...in my mind, I'm looking for something resembling an American Brown Ale, but with that little something extra. Let's see how the Stoners do.

The bomber pours a nice healthy tan head over a brown, but not opaque body. Not bad, and certainly mild like.

Smell is toasted pecans...hell, the whole pie, with light chocolate malt notes, and Roastaroma barley tea. If this seems all too sweet for you, don't worry, it's not -- a brisk crack of hops keeps everything in balance, and reminds you this is a SoCal brew.

Taste is delightful, with notes of nutmeg, hazelnut and more pecan, and more depth of chocolate. Maybe a little lactose. The hops are less aggressive here, but balance everything out very well. Malt wins, however. Very good.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, but there is creaminess, which promotes the lactose note. Not bad.

Drinkability, the key to a mild, is fufilled here...somewhat. I certainly could drink more of this, and I very much enjoyed the experience, but I'm not impressed enough to go trading away my beer cellar for another bottle.

A very nice offering from Stone, and just about what it promised to be -- an Imperial Mild. (1,246 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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! (550 characters)

Photo of bigbubba
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a beautiful dark mahogony red beer with a nice tan head. It has a very nice sweet malty smell. The taste is very well balanced, there is just enough bitterness to counteract the malty sweetness, plus a little extra. It has lots of body that gives it a great mouthfeel. It is very easy and enjoyable to drink. (317 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely bronze and mahogany red color. A 1/2" head has large bubbles and slowly faded to a surface foam. A few slow rising carbonation bubbles streamed from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of caramel and floral hops. The flavor sports many tones as the drink warms, such as roasted malts, caramel candy, grapefruit, chocolate,prunes, raisins, nuts, and a big hop character.

Smooth and mildly crisp at the start, smooth through the finish. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Nicely drinkable and a very pleasant brew everyone should seek out. (556 characters)

Photo of ChillMike
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up yesterday (yes in 2006) at a store and couldn’t believe they still had it. Anyways on to the review. It pours a very dark and murky amber color not a whole lot of head even when poured aggressively it does leave a nice lacing though. It smells of malt, figs, and a bit of fruit, overall it’s a very faint smell. The taste is very nice, a chocolaty malt and nut flavor with a hint of the hop flavor that Stone are known for. I like it. The feel is somewhat odd as it doesn’t seem to have too much carbonation left (this could be do to being in the fridge for so long) but it is still very drinkable, a very nice treat from Stone although clearly not their best. (687 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was mooched off of the 22oz bomber that timtheenchanta had :).

This beer pours a muddy reddish brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to some thin whisps with little lacing. The smell is sweet with a combination of chocolate and roasted malts along with some pale malts. The taste is porter like at first but also has some characteristics similar to an english mild. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation complimenting it. Overall a drinkable beer, very interesting, undefinable by style guidlines. Another impressive brew by Stone. (566 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep garnet color with a medium cream colored head and a light lace on the side of the glass. Mild candy aroma with caramel and figs along with a mild citrus hop floral aroma. It has hints of west-coast IPA, but a little less malt power. The beer is a little more fruit-forward than the nose suggests. A good citrus character balamced nicely by caramel malt. More alcohol heat than I expected. Great smooth mouth feel and a good drinakbility. (460 characters)

Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich brown with ruby hues that flash around edges under a full tan head.
Aroma as sweet as a rose backed by roasty, dark fruits, spices, bountiful malt, and just a touch of hops. (Yes mild hops from Stone) Rich, full bodied malty flavor fills mouth. Excellent mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat drying from coffee and roast barley - hops?. A well crafted American brown. Thanks for sharing - cja711! (401 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a soapy biege colored head that holds pretty well in the tuliped imerial pint glass. Good nutty/roasty malt character with a slight yeastiness and moderate hopping. Carbonation is subtle, good for a brown ale. Rather intense malty flavor with notes of chocolate and toffee. Light astringency in the finish that is a little bit sprucey. I found it to be a really nice brown ale with good flavor and an excellent balance. (450 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly red body, small tight brown head.
Aroma: Caramel sugar, coffee and pipe tobacco
Taste: Huge complex tobacco, slightly sweet, but balanced by the bitterness that sneaks up on you. Lots of earthy toffee caramel.
Low carbonation and medium body. A lovely feel. The high alcohol was not perceptible.
This was fantastic beer that was a little to heavy onthe tabacco for me to want to drink a whole bottle by myself, nor would I look out for it. (464 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the cornocopia of verbal loquatiousness present in liliputian white lettering on the parabola that defines the container in which the mystical fluid was ensnared, I was ready to imbibe. I extracted the cap and the brownish liquid poured forth into a splended goblet that reads Duvel. Aromas of chocolate and carmel dance up past the rim of the glass creating a wonderful fruity fragrance. As the elixer slid across my tongue and proceded down my throat, I was reminded of roasty munich benevolence, combining malt with hops in synchronicity which has remarkable characterizations reminiscent of a scottish ale. Malt lovers delight, and only lacking in subtle smokiness. (683 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned up at a local grocer this week.
Nice simple presentation in the screen printed bomber.
An ok beer to look atdeep brown with a small bubbly tan head, that goes fast leaving minimal lacing.
Nice strong caramel malt aroma,hops in back.
Veryunusual taste to this one..the caramel malts are first then a great Stone hopiness invades..but during the invasion chocolate and coffee like flavours push through,lingering spicy bitterness..odd but lovelly.
Exciting mouthfeel,
Unusual beer not sure of the style,but what the heck its Stone and its good stuff. (566 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed tawny bister hue. Steadfast, dense one fingered head yields rough lace. Twang of smokey roasted grain and burnt caramel upfront in aroma. Swirling releases fermented prune hints and rounded dark chocolate tones. Inviting aromawise. Incipient in flavor are notes of treacle and singed chestnut, which promptly yield to assertive, yet seemingly restrained hop bitterness. The flavor profile is left transiently minerally mid palate, until a combination of dark toffee, baker's chocolate and a sweet, woody hop flavor gently surface and persist. Moderate in body and suitably dextrinous considering the soft malt profile. Finishes mostly dry, with bittersweet dark cocoa and caramel hints overshadowed by satiating lingering, burly hop bitters. A surprisingly balanced and well rounded beverage. Tastefully crafted and superlative in drinkability. Alcohol flavors are aptly hidden. Excellent overall. (912 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in late 2005 that I've been saving up... rare as hell in NJ, I had to cross the border (to NY) to buy this... thanks, Cable Beverage!

Served in an Ommegang chalice at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a barleywine/old ale fiery reddish brown, with a modest inch-thick head that leaves a subtle trace. Hugely rich in color, this looks nothing like the traditional American Brown Ale I know.

Smell- You really could have (and would have) fooled me... this beer smells like some of the greatest old ales in the ol'factory brain cells. Leather, dark fruit, alcohol, old shoes, grandfather clock... damn friggin' lovely. Greg & Co. recommends you "drink now" rather than age their beers, but this baby... at 18 months... is wonderfully rewarding. Creamy, vanilla-like aromas now waft through my nose. American Brown? WTF?

Taste- All of the above, with a badass alcohol kick... 7.8% feels like 11.4%... I remember how North Coast Old Stock '03 left me at midnight sometime in the summer of last year. This smells and tastes great, there's no way you could compare this beer to other ABAs because the complexity and sheer punch will devastate. I feel like Stone is playing a cruel joke, and I am the lucky bastard. The rich, sweet, malty, dark fruit attributes combined with the elevated ABV and 85 year-old baseball glove aroma have etched a fond place in my beer tasting psyche.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Real nice, creamy and mild. Carbonation takes the obligatory back seat to enhancement of flavors, we wouldn't want to mess with the party going on here. I score points for this brew being WAY more than I would have imagined an American Brown Ale to be... it could be just the whole aging thing...

All in all, a fun and extremely surprising tasting. (1,786 characters)

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