Stone 8th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 08-10-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
231
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed tawny bister hue. Steadfast, dense one fingered head yields rough lace. Twang of smokey roasted grain and burnt caramel upfront in aroma. Swirling releases fermented prune hints and rounded dark chocolate tones. Inviting aromawise. Incipient in flavor are notes of treacle and singed chestnut, which promptly yield to assertive, yet seemingly restrained hop bitterness. The flavor profile is left transiently minerally mid palate, until a combination of dark toffee, baker's chocolate and a sweet, woody hop flavor gently surface and persist. Moderate in body and suitably dextrinous considering the soft malt profile. Finishes mostly dry, with bittersweet dark cocoa and caramel hints overshadowed by satiating lingering, burly hop bitters. A surprisingly balanced and well rounded beverage. Tastefully crafted and superlative in drinkability. Alcohol flavors are aptly hidden. Excellent overall.

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Photo of Troyone
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark root beer color with limited head and some carb action.

Aroma has a molasses nutty roasted malt smell with pine lime hops and hints of chocolate.

Smooth heavy bitter ale taste with chocolate malt and pine orange hops.

Medium to full body, dry syrupy texture, soft and smooth carbonation, and a smooth metallic finish.

Drinkability is alright for the style.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

Appearance- looks like coca-cola, dark brownish black with a bubbly head.
Smell- creamy stout with malt and alcohol.
Taste- a stout Ale hybrid with a mix of rubbing alcohol to boot.

Overall- the alcohol is too present. Ruins the beer in my opinion. Beer has a nice stout creaminess and an ale malty cripness but it's ruined by the high alcohol content.

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

I wasn’t too wild about this when it came out so I decided to see what a little age did for this. Pours out looking like soda with a decent sized light tan head rising above the body. Scattered webbings of lace. Chocolate and a roasty malt made up the majority of the aroma. Hints of sweet caramel were also quite noticeable. The flavor starts off with a malty sweetness and roasty malts. Some earthy hop bitterness was present. Medium body and average drinkability. Seems like so far this is about the same with a slightly less hoppiness than I remember. Not bad by any means, I just find it boring and uninteresting after the first half of the bottle.

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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 Chadbrew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish-red mostly clear beer with a tan head and fair lacing.
Smells like burnt candy like maybe alcohol flavored toffee, not much hops presence.
It tastes very sweet with decent bittering and lots of undertones of candy/sweet stuff.
Mouthfeel - Sticky with a medium to light body.
In terms of drinkability I'd say it's alright but not great. Maybe I'm missing something but this beer seems too sweet to drink more than one or two at a sitting, I mean I like it but just a little too sweet.

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

22oz. bomber: This one pours a caramel/reddish brown color. There was a small off white head that dissapated quickly. Biscuity caramel malt aroma, with a slight hint of hops. Maybe some fruits also to the nose. The taste has a roastiness to it that doesn’t come thru in the aroma. Hins of some nuttiness also. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very nice!

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Photo of zao77
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over new years. The head was pretty thick and so was the overall mouthfeel. Strong coffee and cocoa tones but not to the extent that it is too over-bearing. The alcohol content is enough to warm you from the inside out. I had this in a 22oz bottle. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, a good show by Stone. They have made a brown ale complex and heavy (though I'm not sure everyone would consider this a good thing). Pours an earthen brown color with red fringes. Sediment is evident throughout. Head is lacy, but minimal. Taste is potent, alcoholic, almost reminds me of a Belgian higher alcohol beer. Fruity, with a spicy aftertaste. Drink with caution - quite a high ABV for a brown! Surprisingly smooth drinkability. You should try this at the very minimum based on the fact that it is a limited release from Stone.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark brown with some coppers hues. Moderate carbonation with very little head and almost not lace.

Smell: A somewhat surprisingly strong hop aroma for this style, it’s not too much but it’s more than what I’ve come to expect from your average American style brown ale. Also some strong coffee notes and a little chocolate too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty easy-going. Far more carbonation in the mouthfeel then I would have expected judging merely from the appearance of the beer in the glass. The most interesting thing about this brew’s taste is the hop flavor, most American style brown ales have only a slight hop character, it’s a little stronger with this one. Otherwise there is a strong roasty character, with some quite heavy coffee flavors and, as with the aroma, some minor chocolate notes as well. A pleasantly bitter and roasty coffee after-taste.

Easily one of the best American brown ales I’ve had in a while. With its fairly unusual hop character, it reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head’s Indian Brown Ale (but the hop flavor in that one was even stronger). Still, it’s got that typical roasted coffee maltiness that I’ve come to expect from a good American brown ale. Its pretty mild for a Stone brew, but on the other hand, I think that makes it more drinkable. Highly recommended.

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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 santoslhalper
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: It pours a nice dark brown with a rich, creamy, well sustained beige head,

Smell: The smell is of pale malts mixed with a tiny bit of bitterness. Nothing too complex or anything.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a suprisingly warm and strong flavor that really warms you up as it goes down. The malts mix well with the alcoholic spice, and it winds up being pretty well balanced and enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but clings forever.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a crazy beer. I gotta give my regards to Stone for producing a beer unlike any other brown ale that's touched my lips. The taste is true to the style, and the alcohol and malt balanced really gives it a nice kick. Considering the spiciness, it's not the most drinkable, but it's still a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of chilidog
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pulled thisone from the cellar after it laid six months or so. I save the Anniversary Ales for around my wed anniversary. Ok, thats my gimmick.
It poured a nice dark ruby color with a good off-white head. Lace was a faded web like but stuck around. The aroma was sweet, caramel like malt. The taste had a sweet toffee, caramelized nut favor with notes of brown sugar. Now hold on, all that was balanced well with a calm hop bitterness, making this a well balanced mix and a smooth drink. The mouth was pleased for its a easy, non offending brew. A nice style, a nice change from the norm for this Stone. Very smooth, I wish I bought more.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown in color with ruby tones around the edge of my glass with a thin off-white head to compliment. Nose is oddly hoppy for a brown ale, almost astringent though there is that typical nut quality present. Taste isn't nearly as harsh as the nose would have you believe, though it still is a bit unbalanced, the bitterness overwhelms the other qualities. Alcohol too is very noticable which I think takes something away from it. The best I can say about this is that it pushes the limits of the style... I just don't like the direction they're pushing it in.

To each his own in the end, but in my honest opinion there are far better brown ales out there but worth a try if you like hoppy beers and want to try a brown ale.

Slàinte!

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Photo of aaronh
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An Imperial brown ale, I guess you'd call it. Deep Mahogany with a light tan head. Scotch aroma, slightly smoky it seems; may be the yeast throwing that in there though, as it's really slight. Bitter with a bit of smoked malt/salami flavor. Slight straw note, and a bit astringent on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the bitterness lingers a while. All in all, a big disappointment after the 6th and 7th Anniversary offerings. Well, actually compared to everything else I've ever tried from Stone.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely bronze and mahogany red color. A 1/2" head has large bubbles and slowly faded to a surface foam. A few slow rising carbonation bubbles streamed from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of caramel and floral hops. The flavor sports many tones as the drink warms, such as roasted malts, caramel candy, grapefruit, chocolate,prunes, raisins, nuts, and a big hop character.

Smooth and mildly crisp at the start, smooth through the finish. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Nicely drinkable and a very pleasant brew everyone should seek out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma consists of strong malt and lots of hops. Taste is quite bitter but well supported by the malt. I very much enjoyed this typical west coast beer. Now, I’m curious to try some other Stone Anniversary beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 Ellbert
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brownish/amber. There was a small very bubbly head that faded and didn't leave much. It was very clear however which was nice.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate permiated the area around this brew. Very malty aroma which was exactly what I was looking for.

Taste: The best balanced Brown Ale I have had. Robust flavors of caramel and chocolate come through. Some subtle hops come around with hints of alcohol. Very balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Just a little thin. I could tell this from the head. A decent mouthfeel though.

Overall a really great beer. Very drinkable. If it wasn't for the price I would drink this all the time.

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Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep garnet color with a medium cream colored head and a light lace on the side of the glass. Mild candy aroma with caramel and figs along with a mild citrus hop floral aroma. It has hints of west-coast IPA, but a little less malt power. The beer is a little more fruit-forward than the nose suggests. A good citrus character balamced nicely by caramel malt. More alcohol heat than I expected. Great smooth mouth feel and a good drinakbility.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a soapy biege colored head that holds pretty well in the tuliped imerial pint glass. Good nutty/roasty malt character with a slight yeastiness and moderate hopping. Carbonation is subtle, good for a brown ale. Rather intense malty flavor with notes of chocolate and toffee. Light astringency in the finish that is a little bit sprucey. I found it to be a really nice brown ale with good flavor and an excellent balance.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice (for some reason I thought it was gonna be a Belgian) a crystal clear deep amber brown. The head was low and tan, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply nutty and malty with caramel most prevalent and chocolate not far behind. Slight roastiness was present in the aroma. As it warmed the aroma became slightly spicy which was most likely a result of the hidden alcohol in the beer making it's presence known through phenols.

The flavor was slightly metallic with chocolate and caramel and the same nutty characteristics. The flavor also had a earthiness and a hop bittering that restrained the everpresent maltiness.

The finish was just dry with lasting chocolate, caramel and slight lasting bittering. The body was medium full but seemed just a smidge thinner. The only indicator of the alcohol presence was in the warming after consumption and even that was slight.

22 ounce bottle. $6.25 in VA.

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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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