Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 7
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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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 231
Photo of bnuttz
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light brown almost ruby color with a nicely carbonated head. Smell is intensely sweet, caramel, chocolate, nuts. Its a liquid candy bar. Taste is malty sweet, brown sugar is definitely present. There is a definite earthiness too this beer that prevents it from being overly sweet. The hops are subtle but balancing. Mouthfeel is nice, quite full for a brown ale, which i like, but it does prevent this from being highly drinkable. 8% ABV? Where? Quality brew. Thanks to prostman for the trade.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didnt quite know what to expect - a brown ale sitting for this long. alcohol content was high so i figured it would be fine but i didnt know if it would go anywhere positive. still not sure if it got better, but it was pretty damn good.

Super thick and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a Rochefort or something like that. Flavor is fairly subtle, nothing too special, but very likeable.

I guess that sums it up - feels great in your mouth, but isnt truly unique in any way.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love you Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis. They helped pop my Stone cherry.

Appearance- I immediately noticed a ruddy brown with deep amber highlights. Very, very murky. Good head with a bit of sticky lacing on my glass.

Smell- A instantly think of hop spiced brownies. Mild to deep malts give a hint of chocolate roastiness. Not as much hops as I expected in the nose though. Must have degraded with the aging.

Taste- Starts with a strong mix of roasted malts and slightly degraded hop flavors. Brownies and the resin straight from the citrusy flower. Then a more coffee like note mixed with some herbal notes. The finish is like runby malts with amber tasting hops. Not easy to describe.

Mouthfeel- A little biting considering the aged hopping. Lots of dark flavors to help balance the hops. Bitter finish, but that's ok.

Photo of IceAce
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red body capped with a full finger of dirty brown foam which quickly dissipated to a crescent moon wisp around the perimeter of the glass. The nose is heavy with a mixture of toasted malt and chocolate.

Zippy CO² ushers in a mouth-full of earthy chocolate malt which is closely followed by a sharp hop bite. The finish is a chocolate / coffee combo slow fade with a touch of warming on the back of the throat.

(Brings forth beautiful chocolate burps following consumption)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

Photo of WaffleSauce
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Px2GrafX for this little guy.

Good ol’ 22oz stone bomber. The back of this one is probably my favorite anniversary rant. . .it’s got my favorite word on it: Floccinauccinihilipilification. Gotta love it.

Pouring in to my trust Stone pint glass. Pours ridiculously dark. A very, very, very dark amber. . closer to mahogany. Almost no head. Hard to see through the murkiness, but there is some bubble action going on. Head is already gone.

Nose is very close to my lovely arrogant, bastardly little friend. Definite grape fruit action, some prunes. . .and hint of cherry? Very musty, perhaps a coffee overtone.

Tastes like a black and tan made with arrogant bastard and stone smoked porter (as if you could call that a black and tan). Very roasty flavor, very noticeable coffee flavor as well. Tastes a bit flat (not bad flat, but stout flat), with a carbonation/alcohol zing at the back. Starts off pruney like the bastard, but it’s predominately stout flavored from there on out. Pretty damn tasty, just not eye-opening like most of Stone’s offerings.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep red mahogany color at first pour with a small tan head of small bubbles. The head was gone pretty quickly to leave a small thin brown ring on top of the beer.

Aroma: Now there's some Chinook! This beer reminds me a good bit of their Arrogant Bastard from the aroma. This beer has more of a chocolaty presence that makes it seem tamer than the bastard. As the beer warms, surprisingly, the hops take a back seat to the malt, and it ends up smelling like an English style Porter. Nice!

Taste: Yea, it tastes like a twisted version of the Bastard to me too. There is a bit more body here, and a definite roasty presence that sets it apart. The hops are still the driving force behind this beer pretty much the entire profile. As it warms, however, the profile changes greatly. The hops are still very present in the bittering, but the taste and aroma subside to let the roastiness come through. Ultimately this makes it finish pretty acidic.

Opinion: The beer fell short of my expectations a bit, but I am not a hop head. This limits me a bit with some of these west coast guys. It mellowed to be a more palatable, but I am just as happy drinking the bastard.

I feel very fortunate to have gotten to try this beer. A good friend of mine won a very enthusiastic bid on e-bay, which he ultimately ended up sharing with myself and a few others...Thanks Comrade Robb! (Proud to be KGB!)

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

Smells and looks fruity yet tastes strong. An imperial mild, and given it started from a mild beer that makes sense. The bourbon and wood and roast in there understated. Quite good. Very good for a brown, peculiar for a strong. From a generous Yankee at Doug Shoemaker's court.

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 PBRstreetgang
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sample from August 2004. Pours Dark mahogany, slightly hazy. A dense, three finger head is off-white and holds well, leaving some sticky lacing. Sweet crystal malt and english hops dominate the nose, with a slight dark fruit aroma in the background. The taste is a very sweet caramel and honey upfront, with bitter english hops present in the aftertaste. Balanced well, slightly dry, with a bit of honey residual sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and a medium body. The dark fruits come out as it warms, and some fusel alcohol flavors break up what would otherwise be a smooth finish.

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

Give this brewery credit for being unique, but this beer didn't quite do it for me. Tastes malty, but there is a significant green hops flavor underneath. Hoppier than a typical brown ale, and pretty tasty. Feels a little thin, however, and doesn't stand out in any significant way. Pretty good, but not up to their usual (excellent) standards.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz., limited August 2004 release. Pours a brownish red that is bright red in the light and sediments are visible in the second pour. It has a one finger tan/yellow head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate and viney malts along with sweetness, dark fruits, and green/piney/soapy hops. The taste is the same but with additional flavors of caramel malts and a medium bitterness with some noticeable alcohol. Very sweet for a brown but the hops do their damnedest to balance. The body is very thick with a carbonation that sticks around for a surprising amount of time. By the time it warms to room temperature it is quite smooth. Good now, but I'd like to see what aging would to do it.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer bottle from Town & Country, West Springfield, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the reddish brown brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of big and small bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is malty, with dark fruits and a slight alcohol factor. Taste is stronger than I would expect for a brown, but we'll assume for the anniversary and all they meant to push the envelope. Malts please the tongue, but are quickly overcome by some dark fruit/light alcohol notes, as present in the nose. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Not quite what I was expecting for a brown/mild as described, but it'll work in a pinch. Worth a try, before it's gone.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, almost muddy, reddish-brown body. Thin white head falls off very quick.

Nose is roasty caramel malt with a hop twang on the finish.

Flavor is rich caramel malt. Smooth and sweet. Not a lot of hops on the finish, kind of surprising for Stone. Almost a chocolate sweetness to this. Very different for a mild, not what I expected at all.

Mouthfeel is round and smooth. Stout-like body and creaminess.

Drinkability seems pretty good. Hard to say, since I only have 1 bottle, and will probably never have another.

Good stuff from Stone.

Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Sycodrummer
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purcahsed during Bauer's tasting for the release of the 9th Anniversary Ale and sampled 13 months to the day after its innitial release.

Poured from the 22oz. black bomber into a toulip glass the beer struggled to form a nice head but in the end yielded only a sliver of a white film. (As an aside, a second more aggressive pour yielded a two-finger, slightly off-white, fluffy head). The beer itself was a light ruby red color with significant carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Very little lace during the sample (attributed to the little amount of head on the first pour).

The smell is nutty, malty, and fruitty. A slight caramel and chocolate scent as well and a slight hop character in the nose.

The taste is innitially very malty in character that gives way to an only slightly bitter nutty taste. Some darker fruits as well and a well balanced battle between hop and malt. As the beer warms, a slight chocolate taste develops that although slightly unexpected, seems to fit the character of the beer well.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation.

Enjoyable at a slightly warmer temperature, the beer seems to have aged out well developing a slight roasted/chocolate flavor. Enjoyable, and very drinkable. The 7+% ABV is subtle in the taste, but kicks in to the body following the sample.

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of shippos
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with an excellent appearance, thick tan head with small dense bubbles and a clear hazelnut color. rich but mild malt aromas with some subtle hop aromas, fairly restrained aroma for a stone brew. rich mouthfeel full of biscuity bready chocolatly sweet flavors, sugary and chewy. has an astringent hop bitterness that lingers or it could be the alcohol that is in this. very drinkable and highly flavorful.

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

Appearance – This one is dark brown in color with light orangish rings around the outside of the liquid. The head was nice and full and showed good retention with an aggressive pour.

Smell – The strong, sticky brownish flavors came with the signature hoppy Stone Brewing profile.

Taste – This is big and simple. The malty backbone gives this ale a traditional toasty brown flavor. The hops are big as well. The sugars at the end come across as very broken down, if that makes any sense. They reminded me of straight sucrose if you’ve ever had that.

Mouthfeel – This ale is medium-bodied with well-blended flavors and a very sweet finish.

Drinkability – The ale is evenly-balanced but kind of edgy for the style. It’s a heavy-hitter for sure, but I prefer my Brown Ales a little milder. Maybe Greg can by the rights to the Lazy Brown Dog Ale?

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

Rich, chocolate brown with a thin foam of off-white bubbles. Ruddy aroma of hops and a nice malt profile.

Flavor is nice. Good depth for a brown, and keeps the tongue busy picking out different flavors.

An enjoyable quaff, if somewhat unspectacular. I like this, but it's certainly not up to what I expect from Stone.

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

Pours a very clear mahogany with some brown highlights. No real head to speak of.
Aroma is chocolate, caramel and some resiny hops.
Flavor is bitter, milk chocolate front and a moderately toasted bready and grainy middle. Finishes with a soft, mild, almost floral finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, malty start with a hint og bitterness. Slightly roasted nuttiness in the middle and finishes with a very nice, mildy hopped bittering.
Drinkability is very high. Nicely made brown or mild that could stand up to any mild from across the pond.
Thanks to Chilidog for this sample.

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

Managed to snag one of these while in Vegas for the trip back home. Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle, simple 8th Anniversary logo on front, both labels silk-screened on in silver grey (with "Anniversary Ale" in blue). The blurb on the back this time reads like someone dined on a Thesaurus and then projectile vomited it against a wall. An overindulgence of 3-dollar words.

The body is an elegant clear walnut colour, with a decent creamy tan head that settles to a thick ring. Nice lacing. The nose is beefy with dense toasted malt, nuts, coffee, mild chocolate, and flowery hops. The flavour is big for a brown, the alcohol can be immediately tasted. Burnt malt up front with a vinuous boozy undertone, settling into a roasted coffee character in the middle, moving towards the finish with a dry yet somewhat sweet chocolate, entwining with some leafy hops on the finish, leaving a smoldering earthy, charred wood aftertaste. Fairly complex for a brown, a lot going on, but it all doesn't come together in an overly balanced fashion, reminescent of the flow and style of the blurb on the back label. Not enough to boost it towards an exceptional rating in taste. Still quite a journey though, definitely the most challenging brown I've ever tried. I'd definitely be interested to see how this ages, and whether all the distinct elements that stand out so much on their own form a bit more unison in time. If anything can be said of Stone from my experience with them so far, they definitely don't do anything half-assed, and employ the "go hard or go home" mentality.

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

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.

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.