Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-23-2004 00:03:06 | More by ppoitras
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a clear ruby red with some brown traces, small off white head, lace. Smell is rich malt, some chocolate, nice grassy floral hops. Taste is very rich, chocolate malt, complex floral hops, little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth and dry. Very tasty, I really enjoyed it. Thanks DrJay.
08-19-2005 01:42:06 | More by Viggo
4.58/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance: Auburn tone. Streaks of scarlet. Decent clarity. Thin brown head recedes to a thick collar. Lacing is minimal.
Aroma: Chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malt, dusty grain and cocoa.
Taste: The flavor has a dry grainy aspect. Dry cocoa powder. Chalky hops. Burnt malts. But there's a sweet lacto feel to it as well. All in all, it's a nice little Ying-Yang type of thing going on that makes for a pleasant tug of war.
Mouthfeel: Chalky dry. Lightly carbonated. Medium bodied at best. Pleasing enough.
Drinkability: I usually grade drinkability by answering the following question, "How much desire do I have to drink this beer again??" instead of "How many of these could I kick back in a sitting??" While I could put a lot of these back in a sitting, I also have much desire to drink this beer again. So I give it a high rating for drinkability. It's very flavorful and an enjoyable experience all 'round.
Without the Bum on my side, I don't think I'd have tried any of the last 3 Anniversary Ales from Stone. So I thank you yet again, King of the Bums.
01-12-2005 05:37:39 | More by Bighuge
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Medium ruby/brown colour and pretty clear. Cream coloured head that's a little thin, but is made up of fine bubbles and leaves lots of lacing. Malty aroma with just a bit of floral hoppiness. Mostly it's all about chocolate and nutty smells, with a hint of alcohol lurking in the background. Moderate bitterness throughout, but this seems to be more about malt (is this really a Stone brew?). Sweet, malty start, some nuttiness and floral hops at the mid-point, and it finishes with more chocolatey malt and some increasing bitterness. Creamy texture aided by well-incorporated carbonation. Full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Great balance here in an excellent (strong) American brown ale.
April 7, 2006: Tried my last bottle of this great beer. It had a bit of oxidation that manifested as kind of an "aged barleywine nose", but this didn't detract from the quality of the aroma. The flavour had mellowed out a bit, but there was still some bitterness and everything held together well. The body seemed a little thinner than last time, but that could just be poor memory. Still enjoyable after all this time, but it has lost a little of its original character.
08-30-2005 00:37:11 | More by DrJay
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
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.
A: Dark reddish brown with a fizzy beige head and okay retention and lacing.
S: Toasted bread with nuts and a little chocolate. ABV is strong for the style, but it's hardly detectable here. I get a little plum and date. Oxidation is sherry-like. There's an interesting smoky quality perceivable when the beer warms up toward room temperature.
T: Toasted bread and nutty with an earthy character. I get a dash of chocolate and a hint of date. Alcohol is subtle. Finish is smooth with a lingering breadiness. There's a dark fruit undercurrent reminiscent of plum. Oxidation is complementary. The finish is dry. There's a little heat in the end and a low bitterness throughout, though no detectable hop flavor.
M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, dry, and sticky, with notable warming.
Overall: I really enjoyed this. It's held up very well, though Stone probably cold stores. Pairs well with new age music, or so Stone would have me believe.
02-09-2011 03:34:32 | More by HopHead84
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
The beer after its disinterment from the 22-ounce brown bottle lies ever so inviting in the glass a translucent burnished copper with a persistent light tan and somewhat frothy head, after its demise the residual lace is an encircling sheet of fine lace. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of caramel and the mouth-watering aroma of the hop flower, start is delectable in its grain presence, lightly sweet with the top moderate in its feel. Finish is annoying in its acidity with the hops determined and the aftertaste desert dry, ah what a treat to the palate and the other senses.
08-13-2005 23:57:44 | More by Gusler
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
22oz bottle, August 2004. Sticker on bottle says $5.99 bought somewhere in Norfolk, VA.
appearance: dark with a very dark red tint. slight dark head
smell: wonderful! Hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke
taste: Chocolately, nice smoke flavors that are not overpowering. Alcohol definately present, but in a very good fashion.
mouthfeel: A little thicker than the typical american brown ale. Fairly sticky.
drinkability: Probably did not need more than a 22oz bottle but it went down smooth and easy.
I was really impressed with the brown, more so than the DFH and Rogue that it is typically compared to.
07-26-2005 01:18:48 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-20-2006 05:47:36 | More by scruffwhor
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
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.
09-06-2004 21:07:30 | More by Dogbrick
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Pours a honey brown, settling to a clear medium mahogany with a somewhat loosely bubbled yet firm finger high foam of light tannish hue. A whispy thin skim stays a float the entire session as does a solid collaring. Lacing coats the glass well in sporatic sheeting. One lavishly impressive looking glass of brown ale if I ever saw one; which ain't many.
Smells of frappicchino cocoa and caramel malted goodness with a slight roastyness and even slighter note of nuts. Overall very clean and pleasantly welcoming on the nose.
Flavors are mild but invigoratingly yummy. Nice malt base of candy caramel, akin to most of the Stone line of brews. Roasty edged with a small nutty hint in the backing. Finishes clean and airy dry with bits of cocoa.
Feel is smooth and malty rich with a small roasty tweek thats boarding on a burntness. Yet the roastyness never excedes past the malt base by much, keeps clean, and drys out nicely in the finish with a favorable return of roasty draw. Well carbonated and nearly full for a brown ale. Beastly so actually, very Stone-like in my mind, or should I say "buds".
Quite quaffable and easy flowing with the smoothness. Fine, fine stuff, another keeper from the fellas at Stone. I found it to be up to par, and beyond by a big measure, with any brown ale I've encountered.
A super Stone quality thanks goes to xlperro for the chance to gulp it down!
11-11-2004 01:24:35 | More by tavernjef
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-18-2004 00:35:50 | More by ZAP
4/5 rDev 0%
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 youve 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. Its 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?
09-01-2004 15:17:08 | More by RoyalT
3.6/5 rDev -10%
Murky brown color with a low ringed beige head and subtle carbonation. Malty milk chocolate aroma and flavor dominate; nice balance between malt and hops with a fairly noticeable alcohol effect on the finish. Medium-full bodied but kinda flat.
Way strong for a Mild Ale and not quite so special for an Anniversary Ale -- otherwise it's OK for what it is.
Per bottle: "Originally brewed as Lee's Mild in Mid '98"
Per SBC website: IBUs: 55. Starting Gravity 18.5 P. Oak used during brew process.
Bottle Release Date: 08/16/04
Released: "August 2004"
($6.49 / 22 oz. lithographed bottle)
03-16-2006 21:10:54 | More by RBorsato
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
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
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
DArk brown, near black with tan edges and a huge beige head. Huge aromas of sweet malts, spices, subtle chocolate, nice roasted malt notes and more. The taste is a bit booz up front with a strange malty sweetness. Where are the hops, guys!? Anyway the flavor than takes an awesome turn for the better when some lovely spicy notes come into the picture. The finish is chocolate-like, sweet, roasty, and yet somehow a bit dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied-full and the drinkability is outstanding. Great stuff!
09-16-2004 19:48:00 | More by francisweizen
4.4/5 rDev +10%
8th Anniversary Ale, August 2004 - Sampled at 2 Years Old.
Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 7th and 9th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the next few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.
Appearance: Massive tan head, thick, auspicious looks, conspicuous lacing and the highly detailed collapsed, creamy and rocky contours, are just as intriguing as the Moons surface. Body is hazed with a dark treacle like stance; this renders all the qualities of the Bastard child of a drunken one night stand between a Newcastle Brown Ale and a Bloody Mary .. solid stuff, looks much better than the last bottle I had 6 months ago. Lasting Kopf runs rings down the glass, conditioning is super fine.
Nose: Past experience has been of a reticent nose, not so after 2 years!!! It positively leaps out of the glass; crushed figs, soft prunes, milk chocolate and a lovely silky hop character that wraps itself around the darker fruits. The aromas are stronger and the score picks up a few clicks here, just enough to pull a 4.0 with ease, but miss out on a 4.5 by the thickness of a mosquitos pubic hair.
Taste: Hmmmm, Willy Wonka would be proud. The chocolately nature is progressing nicely and has rounded out with some age. It melds with prunes, figs and a smidgen of Lyles Black Treacle to offer a smooth silky effort. Hints of molasses and soaked wood punctuate the lingering tail long after the Cadburys milk chocolate after-taste fades. Dark Jamaican Rum and Cappuccino even comes to mind after a half Bomber. Strikingly good and I am surprised how much this has picked up in just 6 months since I last tried it. The complexity is developing; the previously easy to recognize bitterness is now hard to separate from the chocolate tones, it bonds to form an aphrodisiac chocolate coated hoppyness which hypnotizes with a sexual nature.
Mouthfeel: One thing that the Stone Anniversary brews exhibit, is a strong long term conditioning. Not one of the previous Stones, even the 6th Smoked Porter, has suffered. The 8th is no different. Finely dissolved conditioning, silky, talcum powder soft with a slickness that would rival Du Ponts Teflon®. Oh so easy, all too effortless. The 8% is long gone, but I am sure it is still hiding, successfully camouflaged in and amongst the chocolate hops. Very good.
Drinkability: The dark fruits, addictive chocolate, smooth belly and attractive back end all make for a brew that disappears waaaay too quickly. Intensely flavorful, with an excellent poise from the carbonation, and a rich rewarding dark complexity in the finish - this is perfect right now, so hard to put down, yet so easy to put down. Precarious!
Overall: Just like the start of the English Premiership League, this is a very welcome August return which, with 8 bottles left, will no doubt be a Perennial favorite for some time to come I feel - I hope!! Whereas the airy-fairy fanciful unbalanced 9th bombed in my eyes and was a Bridge Too Far; I cant help but think that this (the 8th) was a **very** successful detour for Stone. The 8th works extremely well for me. This is definitely Stones best style detour in the Anniversary line-up for my money. I am digging the journey of the 8th and I am also thinking that this could get better yet.
08-25-2006 05:02:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.68/5 rDev -8%
Very deep brown coppery color with a thick tan head that dissipated relatively slowly and left some nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is dark chocolate, alcohol, toasted grain, and a light piney hoppiness.
The flavor itself is like a boozey brown on steroids. The chocolate and caramel flavors come together nicely, and the mouthfeel has enough thickness to complement them well. The hopping is so light that it's almost imperceptible, but this bottle is also about 10 months old. If anything, though, I feel like the alcohol comes through a bit too strongly in this one. The other flavors have an interesting balance that could serve as a bulked-up example of the style without the booze really pulling through in the finish.
Overall, it's a fairly drinkable brown, especially at its ABV, but it's not my favorite example of the style.
06-19-2005 17:49:10 | More by whartontallboy
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
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
1095th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster
App- Mixing interestingly in the glass was a light brown with ambers/golds. Not a spec of head on it or cling.
Smell- Almost identical to Stone 7, which is suprising because of the difference in styles. I did smell more malt vs the soap on this one.
Taste- A really pleasant malty flavor with a small amount of bitter. A bit thick at points but a little bit of citrus crept into it.
Mouth- A lighter medium with a medium high carbonation and some sweetness.
Drink- Just okay. It was a bit all over the place with feel and looks but tasted good. Probably wouldnt want again.
02-06-2012 22:11:11 | More by FosterJM
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
I luckily got some of this at Liquormart in Boulder on my through town...
Pours a rich chestnut brown with a small light sandy head. Smells of buttered toast with quartz, and earthy, slightly-fruity, sweet notes. A bit on the subtle-y aromatic side (especially for a Stone beer). Taste starts off with minerals and flint, but quickly gets sweet. Notes of toffee, and fruit come through. Then the flint comes back as it segues into a scorched, roasty, nutty bitterness. Doesn't entirely balance out the sweetness, as it lingers into the alcoholic finish. The mineral-quality seems to thin out the body a little bit, but the sweetness makes it coat the mouth quite well. Another great beer from Stone--I just wish I could have made it out to San Marcos for the anniversary festival like I did last year!
09-24-2004 02:18:35 | More by alexgash
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.