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:
No notes at this time.

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
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0
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sample from August 2004. Pours Dark mahogany, slightly hazy. A dense, three finger head is off-white and holds well, leaving some sticky lacing. Sweet crystal malt and english hops dominate the nose, with a slight dark fruit aroma in the background. The taste is a very sweet caramel and honey upfront, with bitter english hops present in the aftertaste. Balanced well, slightly dry, with a bit of honey residual sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and a medium body. The dark fruits come out as it warms, and some fusel alcohol flavors break up what would otherwise be a smooth finish.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Give this brewery credit for being unique, but this beer didn't quite do it for me. Tastes malty, but there is a significant green hops flavor underneath. Hoppier than a typical brown ale, and pretty tasty. Feels a little thin, however, and doesn't stand out in any significant way. Pretty good, but not up to their usual (excellent) standards.

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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 PeprSprYoFace
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at winter storm 2010.

Pours a very nice brown with a nice light tan head that almost looks as frothy as a nitro beer. Very nice lacing all down the glass.

This beer smells like a homebrew shop. Like all the grains, yeast, and hops mixed. More yeast than anything. Not much else. It's not very aromatic.

Taste is great. Tastes like it was a pretty hoppy brown at one point based on the residual bitterness. It has that sliht roasyness browns tend to have. This is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice viscosity, carb and the drinkability is high. I could drink a few but who would when there are so many beers to try right now.

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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 ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, almost muddy, reddish-brown body. Thin white head falls off very quick.

Nose is roasty caramel malt with a hop twang on the finish.

Flavor is rich caramel malt. Smooth and sweet. Not a lot of hops on the finish, kind of surprising for Stone. Almost a chocolate sweetness to this. Very different for a mild, not what I expected at all.

Mouthfeel is round and smooth. Stout-like body and creaminess.

Drinkability seems pretty good. Hard to say, since I only have 1 bottle, and will probably never have another.

Good stuff from Stone.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Naja's

A: The pour is a sort of muddled dark brown color with some red and copper hints. The head is minimal.

S: Sweet toffee, molasses, and brown sugar on the nose with some hints of chocolate. Definitely some oxidation, but not really cardboardy.

T: More of the same on the palate. Fairly sweet and heavy on the toffee and brown sugar. The chocolate is bittersweet and oxidation is minimal. A lingering bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: This one has held up quite nicely, better than most of the other anniversary beers (probably because of not being an IPA). This one is still worth drinking.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purcahsed during Bauer's tasting for the release of the 9th Anniversary Ale and sampled 13 months to the day after its innitial release.

Poured from the 22oz. black bomber into a toulip glass the beer struggled to form a nice head but in the end yielded only a sliver of a white film. (As an aside, a second more aggressive pour yielded a two-finger, slightly off-white, fluffy head). The beer itself was a light ruby red color with significant carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Very little lace during the sample (attributed to the little amount of head on the first pour).

The smell is nutty, malty, and fruitty. A slight caramel and chocolate scent as well and a slight hop character in the nose.

The taste is innitially very malty in character that gives way to an only slightly bitter nutty taste. Some darker fruits as well and a well balanced battle between hop and malt. As the beer warms, a slight chocolate taste develops that although slightly unexpected, seems to fit the character of the beer well.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation.

Enjoyable at a slightly warmer temperature, the beer seems to have aged out well developing a slight roasted/chocolate flavor. Enjoyable, and very drinkable. The 7+% ABV is subtle in the taste, but kicks in to the body following the sample.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American Brown Ale, eh? I didn't know what I had purchased until I checked here. Shows you what a name like Stone does to you in the store.
Poured a deep garnet color, clear throughout, but a lovely hue!! Head was quite thin, basically just a fine ring of bubbles around the rim. Lacing is not really there at all. Great color, but...
I could actually pick up the aroma right after popping the cap.... it's a nice caramelly/toffeeish malt nose, suggesting decent malt sweetness. Not quite as strong, oddly, when in the glass. 8 has a nice, healthy medium body, though not nearly enough to get into the full range. On the tongue, it is most welcome and right at home... smooth all the way down the chute. Taste mimics the nose, in that it has plentiful caramel/toffee maltiness... a pleasurable toastiness, even a roastiness, and light sweetness. I detect a subtle yet noticeable touch of floral hops near the end of the sip, adding a bit of rebuttal to the malty sweetness present through most of the quaffing. I really like this Bier, especially considering I was a bit let-down when finding out what style it was after my purchase. That being said, I probably wouldn't spend $6.99 for 22oz when I can get a verrry similar quality Bier in Smutty Old Brown Dog for the same price for a 6-pack.
Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

767

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Photo of shippos
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with an excellent appearance, thick tan head with small dense bubbles and a clear hazelnut color. rich but mild malt aromas with some subtle hop aromas, fairly restrained aroma for a stone brew. rich mouthfeel full of biscuity bready chocolatly sweet flavors, sugary and chewy. has an astringent hop bitterness that lingers or it could be the alcohol that is in this. very drinkable and highly flavorful.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 you’ve 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. It’s 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?

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, chocolate brown with a thin foam of off-white bubbles. Ruddy aroma of hops and a nice malt profile.

Flavor is nice. Good depth for a brown, and keeps the tongue busy picking out different flavors.

An enjoyable quaff, if somewhat unspectacular. I like this, but it's certainly not up to what I expect from Stone.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear mahogany with some brown highlights. No real head to speak of.
Aroma is chocolate, caramel and some resiny hops.
Flavor is bitter, milk chocolate front and a moderately toasted bready and grainy middle. Finishes with a soft, mild, almost floral finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, malty start with a hint og bitterness. Slightly roasted nuttiness in the middle and finishes with a very nice, mildy hopped bittering.
Drinkability is very high. Nicely made brown or mild that could stand up to any mild from across the pond.
Thanks to Chilidog for this sample.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to snag one of these while in Vegas for the trip back home. Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle, simple 8th Anniversary logo on front, both labels silk-screened on in silver grey (with "Anniversary Ale" in blue). The blurb on the back this time reads like someone dined on a Thesaurus and then projectile vomited it against a wall. An overindulgence of 3-dollar words.

The body is an elegant clear walnut colour, with a decent creamy tan head that settles to a thick ring. Nice lacing. The nose is beefy with dense toasted malt, nuts, coffee, mild chocolate, and flowery hops. The flavour is big for a brown, the alcohol can be immediately tasted. Burnt malt up front with a vinuous boozy undertone, settling into a roasted coffee character in the middle, moving towards the finish with a dry yet somewhat sweet chocolate, entwining with some leafy hops on the finish, leaving a smoldering earthy, charred wood aftertaste. Fairly complex for a brown, a lot going on, but it all doesn't come together in an overly balanced fashion, reminescent of the flow and style of the blurb on the back label. Not enough to boost it towards an exceptional rating in taste. Still quite a journey though, definitely the most challenging brown I've ever tried. I'd definitely be interested to see how this ages, and whether all the distinct elements that stand out so much on their own form a bit more unison in time. If anything can be said of Stone from my experience with them so far, they definitely don't do anything half-assed, and employ the "go hard or go home" mentality.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a beautiful big brown kodiak bear. Deep down you can still smell that sugary malty smell you get when boiling the wort in your kitchen. Big mouthfeel with overwhelming flavors. Sweetness, bitterness, lingering aftertaste with more of a malty character as you drink your pint down. I remember drinking this beer back when it was released, it has lost a little of it's sweetness, but the hoppy and malty characteristics more than make up for it. It lives up to the stone qualification of an interpretation of a standard classic. If you can get it, drink it.

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Photo of audiojon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a delicious beer, altho a bit tame for an anniversary edition. A very proper example of a brown ale, and kicked up a notch as only Stone can do. I definitely taste some chocolate; a very good malt base was used for this brew. There is a nice hop finish to each sip as well, which I would expect from Stone.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, and a very good strong brown ale! Was happy to find this in the cooler at Whole Foods- the only one on the shelf actually! I imagine it must have been sitting in the back for a long time...

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a darker shade of bronze with a nice head to go along with it.

Smell consisted of good chocolate notes, some dark fruit, and a whiff of some caramel in the background. Nice hop aromas as well.

Taste was good. Chocolate malts set the backbone of this brew, with some dark fruit notes, a tad on the sweet side, but seemed to go well and seemed to be in place. Finished with a hop kick with some ever so slight spice taste. Some wood and earth tones can be found as well throughout.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, mostly due to the low carbonation in this beer. But the flavors really seemed to shine in this beer because of the low amounts of carbonation.

I gotta say it's a nice brown ale. Not many brown ales out there, and the ones that are out there, just seem to do the average down the middle of the road type. Nice to see a little twist envolved with this one.

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