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Stone 8th Anniversary AleStone 8th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 08-10-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
264
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
For Trade:
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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown ale Stone style! Is there such a thing as a double brown ale?
This one seems to fit the bill. Pours dark brown and clear, thin tan head, light lacing. This is thick, full bodied stuff. Alcohol present in the nose. Rich, deep and tasty malt center. Sweetness, balanced by a subtle dry hoppynesss. Lucious and large, chocolate flavors come out as it warms in the glass. Deeply satisfying, strong and bold. Another winner from Stone.

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Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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

August 2004. Tasted December 2005. I had this when it was fresher and enjoyed it very much, this sampling is after a bit of aging, but it still delicious. Pours a dark brown with some coppery tones when swirled in the light. The head is a slightly brownish off-white, which rings the glass nicely with lace. Smells sweet, rich and caramelly with a mild spiciness and a bit of alcohol. Very inviting overall in both appearance and aroma. Very smooth with a medium body. Tastes sweet with a bit of chocolate blending with the caramel found in the aroma. Some dryness in the finish with a bit of a hop bite. A very drinkable beer, which hides its alcohol quite nicely. A very different offering from Stone, which I wish was regularly available.

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

Pours a chill hazy red brown ale.

Smell is malty and syrupy like, smells like a barley wine. Fruity scents and roasted malt is in the scent too. Clear scents of chocolate and coffee appear after this warms up a bit.

Taste is strong and just a little sweet. Malt and the hops fight it out in your mouth in this brew. Bitterness, pine and grapefruit tastes jump out at you on first taste and then hide again as the malt and roasted flavor dominate the aftertaste. Alcohol becomes discernable after is warms a bit and leaves a drier aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice drinkable brew.

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

My 700th beer review on BA, so I had to pick something somewhat special. According to Lee, this is a "Anniversary-ized" version Of Lee's mild from 1999 but with more hops, less water and some more roasty grains. Oak was used to the give the impression of bourbon barrel aging.
55 IBUs, 7.8% ABV, OG=18.5 plato, released Aug 16th, 2004.

Pours out to a beautifully sparkling clear dark mahogany, forming a sticky pancake-like light tan head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing sticking to the sides of the glass in a reticular honeycomb fashion. The aroma is quite different for a Stone product...lots of prunes and plums with vinous barleywine traits, some delicately balanced hops kinda hanging in there which is quite mild for the Stone-style...reminds me of Batch 6000 or Dragon's Milk with a sweet malt nuance. Swirling produces that vinous "pang" that you get in a good barleywine. Cleanly fermented. Carbonation is somewhat mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is smooth with a light dryness in the finish and a chewy body. The taste begins with leather and tobacco, followed by herbaceous yellowing hops and a touch of alcohol in the middle. There is an odd soapiness towards the finish with more tobacco and leather in the aftertaste. Suggestions of easter-bunny faux-chocolate throughout. I'd be inclined to call this an Imperial Brown. When it warms up to room temperature, I get a peculiar green hop herbal/chocolate sourness and the alcohol begins to dry up the brew and lends a dryness to the finish. There is an odd "fishiness" to it that I detect in some Belgian brews like Abbaye des Rocs.

So, this is a pretty good beer. It doesn't blow me away like some of Stone's other brews, 'specially their Double Bastard and IPA. As a matter of fact, I'd be hard-pressed to call this a Stone product in a blind tasting, which I suppose is a good thing for them to be venturing out of their realm of expertise. I don't really feel pressed to buy another bottle of this, but I'm also getting more picky and selective as I have some really freakin' amazing beers at my disposal here in MI.

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

Stone 8th Anniversary is big enough that it could maybe be called a double brown ale, but since that style doesn't exist yet, I guess American brown will suffice.

It pours a light brown/dark red with a thin tan head. No lacing in my glass, but it might be my glass that's to blame, not the beer. Aroma is floral and fruity. Taste is nice and complex, with some fruit, nuttiness, toasted malt with a bitter finish - but not an overpowering one. A really delicious beer, and one that I would like to see Stone keep around. I could see drinking this on a fall day more that a hot humid summer one. But for a brewery whose summer seasonal is an Imperial Stout, I don't hold out much hope. I think this will cellar well, and I may pick up a bottle to test that guess.

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Photo of avylover
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never been a big brown ale fan but hey, it's stone, so gotta try this...

Appears a deep ruby brown color that is beautiful. the head is small to put it mildly. Aroma of sweet chocolate, some coffee notes, and a bit of hop spicyness. taste is good, but not great. The alcohol pokes out alot here, but I like the balance of hearty malt and bittering hops. Not much hop flavor, but it suites the style well. Nice creamy and nicely carbonated mouthfeel, with good drinkability. A good beer and a very nice change up

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Photo of dherling
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a murky brown beer, with slightly reddish hue around the edge. Compact bubbly off white head dissapears pretty quick. Smells sweet, bbq, caramel, coriander, wood, butterscotch, prailines. Taste is sour cherry, rotting apple, alcohol, pine, smoke, caramel, bunrt sugar. I also not recognise a very strange milk chocolate/yoo hoo flavor in both the nose and the taste. There's a lot going on in the nose and in the body, very complex, don't know if that translates into good. Finish is fairly clean, with a syrupy finish.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber a nice deep ruby brown with a small tan head. The hints of red shoot out when held up to the light. The smell is caramel/molasses upfront with some citrus hop tones in the background. A bit bready and roasty.

First sip is a huge blast of maltiness, caramel and chocolate tones dance on my tongue. They are juxtaposed by a citrus hop background that adds a nice amount of biterness to the brew. Some spiciness there as well. Leave it to Stone to take a nomally tame style and give it a good kick in the ass.

Mouthfeel is great...good body and excellent carbonation..a please to drink. As for drinkability....I'd have another...tasty and easy to drink. Almost 8% and I don't even notice it. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to try yet another tasty Stone brew!!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro, 8/14/2008...

Big, bourbon/oak body with extra sourdough/rye bready head. Looks like bountiful imposing stuff.

Powerful sweetness of bourbon, oak, apples, caramel and alcohol...not huge hop aroma - it's slightly grassy and in the background.

Dominant taste is earthy roasted chocolate malt backed with piney hop texture. Still tasting a little tightness.

For something in this weight class it finishes pretty clean. albeit nice and powerful.

Served in an 8 oz. glass this one's definitely a sipper. Earthiness makes me wonder if this one's on the back 9 but still very good.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/08/2011

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.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with nice ruby highlights and a light creamy white head. Aromas are a mix of burnt malts, smoke, roast, hints of cocoa, and some light molasses. Initially this brew is slight roasty with a nice backing of chocolate flavors. There is a very nice creaminess to this brew without a single drop of astringency. Following there are nice tones of caramels along with subtle hints of dark fruits and some more cocoa. The finish is slightly bitter with a citrus hop bite and a bread and biscuit malt backing. Overall this beer is a nice creation by stone that isn't over the top in any way, but still remarkable for how full of flavors it has. My favorite brown ale so far.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours brown, with a quarter inch thick head. Foam dissipates to a ring with swirls in the middle. It smells of nutty caramel malt, but there is a noticeable roasted, coffee-like smell. No hops are detected.

Wow! This is not my preferred style of beer, but I am digging this beer. Then usual nutty, caramel malt is present. There is also a pleasant chocolate-coffee flavor. The hops are barely detectable.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick for this style. It is similar to a stout with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. The drinkability is high, as I could drink this all night.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ruby brown with a weak tan head. real nice nutty fruity toffee and chocolate aroma, that usual stone hops presence. very nice so far. taste is big on light chocolate flavors, with a dark fruitiness. there is also a bit of brown sugar, hops, and the toffee from the smell. some alcohol is present, adding a nice warming effect. nice rich full body with fairly low carbonation. this beer seems lieka cross between a wee heavy and a belgian strong dark. it's very interesting, and i'll be picking up a couple more.

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

found for $4.79 a few weeks ago (2 bottles.. so what the hell..I might as well try one and see if I think the other is worth saving/savoring)

eyes...
lively! brown.. like dark caramel, 2 full fingers of head crackle and it stays amply fed with very active carbonation racing up inside the glass. damn, this is REALLY active in the glass wehn you hold it up to the light. lacing is superb and sticky like the floor of a movie theater. damn this is inviting... great looking! later on down the glass this leaves gobs of lace.. almost like tree rings.. I can tell the age of the beer or something now...

nose...
fresh chocolate malts, deep scarred and almost scalded caramel, coffee aromas as well.. the nose is deep and strong showing just a hint of the alcohol, this has that smell of when you just open a chocolate bar except with a dash of barley... nice.

taste etc...
oddly enough this tastes like a more tame (alcohol wise) version Old Stock Ale (03 vintage tasted recently).. the old stock is of course boozier and has more barley kick.. but damn this reminds me of it... realyl nice mouthfeel, it is creamy and smooth.. and yet for a brown it has a subtle hop bite before the chocolate notes round out the experience. The alcohol does make it slightly hot in the mouth but not to a detriment for me personally. the flavor is dominated by the malts, chocolate mostly, but not overly so which would generally offend my pallete (personal preference). This is nice and full in the mouth but drinks just light enough.. kudos!

verdict?
stone didn't let me down on this one.. thanks to my BA bud yelterdow for recommending that I grab this when I saw it.. especially for the price.. damn! what can I say.. if you see it, grab it.. I think I know a few stores that may have it buried on the shelves.. time for some beer hunting, this one is worth seeking.

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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 dolem98
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
-Head very quickly dissipates into a ring around the rim, bubbly lacing
-Deep brown/amber color

Smell:
-Strong caramel and coffee
-Little hop aroma

Taste:
-Burnt, roasted malts, but surprisingly smooth
-Bitterness seems to come from toasted malts not hops
-Slightly sweet
-Caramel flavor comes through just barely for me

Mouthfeel:
-Slightly astringent, peppery, sticks to your mouth

Overall:
Gives me sort of an old-ale impression. I like it, it's more exciting than your standard brown ale. I'd definitely drink it again.

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

Walnut brown, thin quickly receding head and spotty lacing. The aroma is killer: sweet caramel malts, burnt roasted coffee, with just a smidgeon of citric hops thrown in. This beer smells like a big robust porter. Flavor is much like the nose, but not as intense. Bittersweet roasted malts, a nutty earthiness, and the same smidgeon of citric hops as in the aroma. It finishes with a bitter roasted aftertaste along with an alcohol warmth. I should also note that the beer was bottled in 8/04, so the flavor may have mellowed a bit compared to the aroma. Solid all 'round.

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

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle, this one poured a deep brown tinted crimson with a miniature tan bubbly head. Toasted caramel, subdued hops, & smoke in the nose. Powerful & well-balanced brew which features an underlying wood smokiness with more direct flavors of hazelnut toffee, caramel, and sweet roast. Some noticeable bitterness, but a very delicate hop flavor. Notes of vanilla & sweet fig. Medium bodied and finishes with more sweet fruit along with a hint of warming alcohol. Tasty creation - especially as it approaches room temperature. Curious to see what time does to this one.

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

Sampled May 2005
This beer sits a drab brown color in my glass, but shows pretty amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head that is propped up by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is rich and malty with notes of toasted bread, biscuits, chocolate and coffee. The aroma really is quite heady in its ample maltiness. The taste is rich and mouth filling up front, and then moves to that expected rich maltiness that is dominated by a mix of coffee and roasted barleys. There is still a bit of spicy hoppiness to this beer towards the finish, but it is quite a bit more muted than when it was young. The beers finish starts with a solid bitterness and finishes with a roasted malt astringency. The malt character of this brew is almost perfect, the only thing that detracts is the harsh astringent burnt grain huskiness. This beer is aging wonderfully and should have another couple of years to go.

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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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