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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%


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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Callenak

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour on tap this past weekend at Stuffed Sandwich for their Stone Days celebration. Sam said it was a wheat beer, looks like it's classified as a Brown Ale here.

Pours a murky brown. More like a barley wine than a traditional brown ale. Light head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate malt, caramel and alcohol. Smells stronger than 7.8%. Taste like a cross between a barley wine and a wheat wine. Very malt forward without the normal hop stickiness in Stone beers. I'm curious how hoppy it was fresh. All and all a good beer that I could try again. My local liquor store has tons of these still at about $4/ea and stuffed is selling them for $20 in the bottle. Might try a bottle and see how it is versus the keg storage.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 22:00:49 | More by Callenak
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spazaru

California

4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap after touring Stone's new brewery in Escondido. Great tour by the way. Definitely make time for it. Nice folks, and a lot of information.

It's too bad that this was a Stone special release because I would like this all of the time. The smell was very roasty, more so than many coffee stouts. Hell more than most coffee!

The taste was complex; started out like a strong nut brown but without the nuts, if you can imagine, with more roastiness in the aftertaste. No alcohol was apparent in the flavor but at close to 8% I felt it pretty quick since I was on an empty stomach.

Excellent all around brew that I hope they will keep making. Maybe they can feature this one when they get the restaurant up and running (supposedly by June).

I would have picked up a growler, but predictably the place was hopping (pardon the pun), and the lines were long.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2006 14:47:54 | More by spazaru
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IceAce

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2005 16:33:41 | More by IceAce
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel brown, topped with a one finger creamy tan head, leaves rings of lacing.
Caramel, fruit and herb in the aroma.
Caramel taste, fruity with dark toast and herb notes. Very roasty overall.
Medium bodied and smooth, ok drinkability. Not very 'stone like' even with the high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2005 00:15:34 | More by mschofield
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

Sampled on-tap at Anam Cara Public House.

This ale poured a clear, very deep chestnut color with light tan foam that settled but remained near the edges. The smell was malty with notes of vanilla, wood, mollassess, and coffee. The taste was malty with flavors of mollassess and dried fruit, and some "woody" notes (not oxidation). There was a hint of sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The flavors lingered in the aftertaste very nicely. This was a very good and drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 05:11:58 | More by UncleJimbo
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap at Anam Cara.

Color is a deep, deep dark brown with a thin and wispy layer of tan lace that barely leaves any laced on the glass. Aromas are a mix of roasted nut, bitter chocolate, and some fresh hops. Flavor is quite interesting. With the style listed as a brown ale, this on certainly kicked it up about 14 notches. Imperial Brown Ale, anyone? Actually, it's quite the Non-Stone beer. It's not a hop-infused monster by any stretch. Starts off with some sweet malt, middle shows some nutty flavor mix with baker's chocolate, and finishes with a kick of hops. Extremely well-balanced throughout (I told you it was very un-Stone-like!), with velvety-smooth mouthfeel that covers the ABV like a cloak. In typical Stone fashion, this was very drinkable. I'd love to get a few of these and see how they age.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2004 03:52:49 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA. Appearance is a rich dark amber. Smell is very deep...malty and inviting. Taste is a gfeat belnd of malt and hops. Both are very deep and rich....the hop finish adds the deep balance that makes this a special brew. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Easy on the drinkability scale due to its smoothness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2004 01:12:27 | More by edchicma
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this exceptional brew on draft at Anam Cara. It was served in a wineglass and seemed quite unlike a traditional American brown. The aroma of chocolate and wood hat subtle hints of burnt malt. The flavors were more complex blending fig, straw and other notes with a chocolate and woody base. It was an exquisitely well bodied sipping beer that managed to hide its alcohol well. It would be very interesting to see what a year or so of aging would do to the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2004 15:10:35 | More by AllThingsNinja
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another nice offering from stone. not amongst their best, but still nice nonetheless, if not for the fact that it's easily one of their more mass-consumer friendly beers. it pours a nice dark brown colour with a minimal to moderate head that is off white in colour. the smell here is decent but a bit thin by stone standards. not much going on here outside of the basic brown ale nose of some earth, malt and perhaps a touch of chocolate and caramel. surprisingly, the hop presence was kept to somewhat of a minimum (at least for stone) here. the flavour was solid. nothing more, nothing less. it didn't blow me away but was still quite tasty all around. hops were a touch more prevalent here than in the nose, though not by much. toasted malt ruled the show with less of a touch of chocolate and caramel than the nose. regardless, everything is well balanced and smooth, though perhaps a touch thin for my liking. i prefer a heartier, dry brown ale and this was more traditionally balanced and a touch sweet. a good brew overall that won't disappoint, but won't part seas either. definitely give it a try and even use it as a brew to convert someone over to better brews or turn someone on to the style of brown ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2004 22:39:57 | More by guinness33
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In honor of the day, presented my lover with a bronze choker with this one on 10/2/2004. 16-oz. pour at Sunset in shaker glass.

Film of elliptical, swirling thin head to start. Ruby brown hue but still slightly transparent with some light motion going on inside. Hidden bouquet of malt with caramel and juniper sweetness sneaking up at the end. Huge malt crunch with some roasted chestnut notes following at finish; some raisin and nutmeg notchings as well, along with some peat moss earthiness as pour warms. Lower end of medium-bodied spectrum, this is a nice offering but seems to lack something – there is a hat full of hollow in the pour that needs, somehow, to be filled, and this offering falters on that account.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2004 22:10:41 | More by Truh
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Redbones. Dark cola in color, the tan head was latte like in look and feel. It left lovely sheet lacing in my glass. Actuall clean aroma didn't prepare me for what I got out of the beer tastewise. I thought the malt and hops were balanced, but the one taste that came out of nowhere was a roasted one (carrying on the coffee theme?). That one threw me a bit. Alcohol tried to pretend that it wasn't involved, but I could tell. Interesting. Slightly smoother than maybe I make it seem.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2004 14:06:10 | More by PatandDavid
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:31:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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russwbeck

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 14:55:28 | More by russwbeck
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melitameister

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:31:59 | More by melitameister
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 20:09:00 | More by cjacobsen
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DeanMoriarty

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:12:06 | More by DeanMoriarty
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kingcrowing

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 19:51:39 | More by kingcrowing
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 05:21:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
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mactrail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 06:24:21 | More by mactrail
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:11:04 | More by mrmanning
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slayer3604

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 09:36:59 | More by slayer3604
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pwoods

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:14:59 | More by pwoods
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:42:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
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koopa

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 18:34:25 | More by koopa
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 08:38:42 | More by JohnGalt1
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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