Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
09-21-2011 23:31:59 | More by melitameister
4.68/5 rDev +17%
Pours a murky brownish red with about a finger of creamy head. Nice strong estery aroma. Lots of fruit here. After the first taste, I had to pause in order to admire the complexity. Starts off full-bodied with roasted malts. There is some chocolate and and caramel, and even some smoke. Then you taste some dark fruits, and then finally the citrous and hops. True to Stone fashion, the hops are big, but they aren't huge like the Ruination. The finish is slightly alcoholic with some bitter chocolate and citrous. Damn this beer is good, too bad it is going to be gone soon. I need to store some.
02-01-2005 00:24:25 | More by BeerFink
4.72/5 rDev +18%
01/08/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- Poured into my Hangtown Brewery pint glass. 22 oz bomber with no date on bottle.
Appearance- Pours a brownish-amber color with a nice tan foamy head. Lacing is about average.
Smell- Tons of caramel and roasted malt notes as well as hop bitterness.
Taste- This one kinda reminds me of a brown ale mixed with an IPA and maybe even some stout or porteresque qualities. Definite strong brown ale tastes with the roasted malt, IPA qaulities with the smooth bitter hops, and the darker beer qualities with a tad taste of burnt coffee. Excellent!
Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation than I was expecting. Medium to heavy taste. Went down super smooth.
Drinkability- May be my favorite brown ale to date. An interesting taste experience. Wondering if this one is ageable at 7.8%?
01-08-2005 17:20:55 | More by GClarkage
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
Yet another excelent beer from Stone. This beer poured a very dark brown color with a creamy off white head that looked very nice. The smell was very roasty and smokey and very Porter-like. The taste was slightly more Porter than Brown Ale, but the great malt presence balanced the smokiness out enough so it did not float too far into the Porter catigory. A great nutty flavor also appeared and the beer had a great bittersweet aftertaste. Another in a long line of winners from Stone!
09-05-2004 08:47:10 | More by Dmann
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
1.5" sand-colored head: still, doughy. The beer is clear, oiled mahogany. Very nice looking. Filigrees and spots of lacing. Grapes, mocha and alcohol abound in the nose. Chocolate and fruit dominate the front with buttery, chocolate, malt syrup in the fruity, creamy middle. Wow. Bitter cocoa and butter caramel finish. Outstanding. Chocolate, milk, cream, tons of butter. Sweet, but just right for my tastes. Absolutely delicious.
01-19-2005 22:16:03 | More by kbub6f
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently.
08-10-2004 22:47:21 | More by egajdzis
4.76/5 rDev +19%
Picked this up at stone brewing liberty station
Pour: a nice murky brown ale with a white thick head
Smell: opened the bottle and right away get a great sweet smell of malts
Taste: a great sweet malt flavor just to die for. Sweetness all around with the barley and the breaded malts.
Overall: being unfiltered this is greatness. The sweetness is just perfect no hoppy crazyness in this brew. I really got to sit and really truley enhoy this one.
05-08-2014 02:02:59 | More by beerviews2013
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.