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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
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 kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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!)

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of Wildman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Stone poured a dark amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, burnt coffee and a touch of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops. The body was medium light and a slightly creamy texture to it. The finish was bittersweet. Another nice offering from Stone.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bottle and served in a goblet glass.

Ruby brown in color with a frothy brown head on top. Awesome sticky lacings cling to the side of the glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, sweet malt, and plums.

Taste is sweet up front with a caramel flavor. Major malt profile with a nutty and hoppy finish. Very drinkable at 7.8% ABV.

Overall, another great Stone offering. As the Stone 8th Anniversary warmed up it became better...much better. This is one beer that benefit from some aging. Great beer.

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Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a ruby brown body with a small whitish tan head that died rather quickly.

The nose was surprisingly subtle for stone. Biscuit, some caramel, a soft floral touch, wood, soft fruits with a full barley malt smell.

Full bodied with a very sweet syrupy mouthfeel. A very light carbonation with a subdued hop bitterness. Not to say it wasn’t bitter, but it just seemed to have a bitter flavor with all the high end cut off. Sort of like when you turn the high tone knob on your stereo down. Big rich syrupy malt with just a delicious big caramel malt taste.

Not really any crazy overpowering flavors in this baby. Just a simple, but decent, big malty beer with a somewhat numbing hop. Sadly my least favorite stone to date.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed pouring this beer. The color of the stream of beer flowing into my glass was fantastic. Dark amber with traces of gold. Picks up a lot more red and burgundy in my tulip. The small copper bubbled head was disappointingly momentary.

Smells delightfully of heavy malts with caramel, molasses and a hint of coffee. There’s also a citrus wafting around in the background adding a lot of life to this one. Smells a lot like a barley wine.

Tastes more like a brown ale. There’s a delicate charred wood and burnt oat malt flavor here paired with a pear sweetness. There’s also a light bitter sourness that I can feel more than I can taste that sends electric tingles along the edges of my tongue. This fades into a roasted coffee that drifts up into my nose in the finish. My only concern is that a little bit of oxidized metal slips into the finish as well. Over all, there are some very busy, meandering dynamics here.

The mouth feel is light, dense and clean with a very small carbonation that adds a unique element to the feel.


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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. August 2004.
It pours a cola amber color with a fast fading beige head and some sticky and trailing lacing.
A strong smell of crème brulee is noticed at first pour. A deep sweet roasted malt aroma comes through, followed by a light whiff of floral hop and faint sniff of dark rum.
A taste of sweet creamy coffee is quite upfront. Flavors of milk chocolate and brown bread make for an interesting, and complex malt profile.
The hop bitterness is equally varied. A little grapefruity citrus, a touch of orange zest and peppery spices, meld with some edgy lemon zest and lightly oily lime tanginess.
A dash of honey and a shot of rum come to mind. Nice brew!

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Photo of AlexJ
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft brown body supports a thick off-white head that retains well and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is basic brown ale with an upped hop presence a la Stone.

Flavor is similar, very basic brown ale flavors of roasty malt, buttery nuts, and non-descript hops. Too hoppy and not balanced at all.

Body just shy of medium with average drinkability. Definately not my favorite from Stone.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Muddy garnett with a full creamy light tan head. With each sip a quality ring is left behind.

S: Vanilla, marshmallow, carmelized brown sugar and powdered cocoa.

T: First sip reminds me of white chocolate liquer. Moves towards a cream soda personality with marshmallow sweetness. Lingering caramel with a milk chocolate character that finishes it off. Overall this beer has a powerful wash of bitterness which blankets the tongue towards the finish.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Just a touch of carbo sting.

D: Starts off not over powering but almost shocking. The flavors are very aggresive and the bitterness catches you by surprise. As it settles down this beer becomes very good.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes fine even though it is 2 years old. It has a nice head and decent retention and a nice rich full brown color.

Smell is of alcohol and caramel malts.

Taste is nice and balanced, not too thick, balance of alcohol and caramel malts. Sweet, some hop balance, but this is a sweet sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp, but not thick.

Drinkability: an easy to drink beer. I'm glad I tried this brew.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crisply clear ruby amber, rich and garnet. A finger of pithy yellowish tan head, the color of a nubuck boot, drops soon to the merest pricks of foam. Rings of lacing circle the glass.

The aroma twists a thick toasted malt sweetness, lofting tones of dark cherry, currants, and berries, all with a touch of port; Very understated vague hops toy with a broader swath of alcohol.

The first sip rumbles a crush of toasty malt sweetness carting fruity cherry and berry notes, along with touches of dry sherry and figs. A central current of homey baked bread crust soon gives sway to a sinewy tendon of alcohol, which then parts to allow a general but still poignant hops bitterness to make a strong appearance. The finish is lingeringly dry and bitter. It's balanced in a progressive way, though a bit halting.

Medium bodied, the elements of sweet and bitter coat and linger on the palate, leaving a warm glow.

It's a good sized beer that comes off even bigger, as the ABV is quite apparent. The play of flavors steps more than flows, and si not so much blended as coexistent, but it certainly gives each peice a nice moment on stage. The final presentation may be a bit bitter for some, but I find it a nice touch. That ABV certainly makes this a one per sitting beer but I'll have no problem drinking more of these at future sittings, assuming I can find anymore of course. Overall a very good anniversary, perhaps a glimpse of future acts of greatness.

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Photo of putnam
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready brown sugar and concentrated black tea aromas arise from this dark brown liquid. The top succumbs to gravity in short order. An iron core of bitterness shapes and defines a candid mix of brown sugar, peppermint, coffee and caramel/vanilla flavors. The finish is clean with bitter licorice notes to flush out the mouthful of malt and alcohol. Very evenly balanced, yet it never quite manages to put two and two together. The sugars are clumsy. Alcohol flavors are unfairly obscured by sweetness. It tastes like its components, nothing more (at least they are quality components!) Very satisfying and, as always from Stone, largely flavored.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark amber and cloudy with a tight tan head. Not nearly as carbonated as the 7th.

Smell: Roasted, some dark fruits, walnuts, a slight yeasty must smell, and brown sugar.

Taste: Molasses, brown sugar, honey first. Then roast, coffee bitterness in the middle and finishing with a mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and the carbonation remains lively on the palate.

Drinkability: Highly slammable. Reminds me of a porter in some respects. I can't say that I've ever had a bad beer from Stone. These Anniversary beers deserve all the hype they can garner.

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Photo of mschofield
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of rowew
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with the usual verbose stone story on the back. August 2004. Has been kept refrigerated since purchase.

Appearance: Poured into a globe - thin head that fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of fruit. Hops and some other spices also come through. As it warms some chocolate is evident.

Taste: Lots of roasted flavor, with chocolate showing up here too. Coffee and toffee also round out the flavor, with a bit of alcohol as well.

Overall impression: Suprising drinkable and smooth for the ABV. This tastes sort of like a Porter/Brown hybrid to me. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of pwoods
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all many thanks to Tim (Mookow) for letting me know where I could find some of this stuff. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer is a medium to dark, murky brown color. Mine had a tan head about half a finger thick that settles to a thin layer floating on the top of the glass with a ring lining the inside of the glass. It has some pretty decent lacing. Aromas of malts, dark fruits such as apples or plums, caramel and just a slight hint of sweet BBQ sauce are all present here. It sort of tastes like I am eating a steak with some A1 and/or sweet barbecue sauce, but certainly strong has flavors of malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of dark fruit along with a hint of hop bitterness. An interesting and well balanced taste. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste and has a hint of salt, like the aftertaste of a steak does. I certainly have never had a beer that tasted quite like this before. I wonder how this beer would have tasted 2 years ago when it was fresh. Has a crisp mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. A good beer, but a bit of an odd one. I wonder how this would have tasted if it had been properly cellared as opposed to (I assume) sitting in a cooler for 2 years. However it was an appropriate choice of purchase since I picked it up on my 24th Birthday and it is the 8th, and 24 is a multiple of 8.

I also drank this again on 4/13/08. Split a bomber I have had sitting in my cellar since December 2006. Split a bottle with my friend Jon Passow. Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a clear medium to dark brown color. Head was about 1/3 inch when poured. Eventually settles to a thin ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. Aromas of some roasted malt and caramel are present along with a bit of nuts. The taste of alcohol is certainly noticeable but not overpowering. The taste is rounded out with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I must say this has held up very well. I know generally brown ales are not intended to be aged for 3 1/2 years before being drank but this was fantastic! I would love to drink this again and hope to be able to one day. More proof that Stone kicks ass!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small dark cream colored head doesn't last long. Transparent cherry cola colored beer with no sign of carbonation. Chocolate malt aroma. Flavor starts of lightly sweet with hints of chocolate and tea hoppiness. Bitterness takes over midway through and is quickly joined by a rush of alcohol. It's pretty light in body which makes the alcohol stand out even more. Maybe my expectations are off, but I'm just not diggin it.

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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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