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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 231
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 scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown hue with no head, no lacing. Smells quite alcoholic with a lot of red wine going on, and some slight coffee scents. Some fruity raisiny things come through. Tastes quite like a porter or a stout- there's so much chocolate up front, then a wave of coffee, and some bittersweet espresso. Mouthfeel is okay but a bit on the thin side for me. Overall fairly drinkable, but a bit too sweet after a while. Still, it's a tasty brew, and the alcohol is fairly well balanced.

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Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured between my roommate and myself. Dark brown with slight hint of red and a resilient finger and a half of smooth brown head and thick lacing.

Little identifiable hops have survived the four-year storage, and the malts here are huge. Very aggressive and in-your-face dark maltiness; roasted nuts, somewhat caramel, and even a bit chocolatey.

A little more bitter and much better balanced in the taste than the aroma, with somewhat of a piney hoppiness, though the malts still dominate.

Somewhat thick and syrupy, but still very drinkable. This one definely held up through the years.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone 8th, 22oz bottle. notes from 8/28/04.
Pours a dark brown with minimal head. not much lacing
Aroma is malty, carmel, wood with a little fruitiness.
Flavor is mostly roasted coffee, with a little sweetness in the middle, a little bitter on the finish. A little alcohol burn is noted towards the end of the glass.
I have another bottle of this that I’m going to sit on for a bit, and then re-rate.

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Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on the evening of 9/7/06. A two year old brown ale? Stone's tasting notes from March were more than promising.

The pour is a blend of dark brown and amber, but its fiery red hue comes out when I hold it up to the light. Oooh, welcome to 4.5 country. The second pour brought way more head.

The nose has a lot more milk chocolate than I remember this having two years ago. That's always a great characteristic. There are caramel malts, figs, nuts and I'm getting currant every four sniffs.

This is one chocolaty brown ale. Sweet malts bring chocolate, camel, dark fruit, and nuts. This was fairly hoppy when it was fresh, but today, the hops stay in the background in a much more supportive role.

I don't have another bottle, but if I did, I would wait to see how this beer continues to develop.

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of baiser
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, with a big rocky head. Some roasty chocolate aromas and alcohol. Very warming. Very rich and malty. My problem with this beer was that it was bursting with flavours that didn't exactly mesh well. This is probably a pretty extreme brown ale. Spicy, nutty and roasty. Alcohol is very potent. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Stone Storm

Appearance is a murky amber red hue, off-white thin head dissipates, minimal lacing

Smell is clean crisp roast malts, nutty presence, touches of coffee and grassy hops, slight alcohol

Taste is considerable alcohol and roast malts, bitter hops are apparent as is a nice nut flavor, finishes mild and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery and slick texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is very good, this is a smooth and flavorful brown ale (I believe Stone's only brown to date!), good malts and trademark Stone hops provide a perfect balance, I wish Stone revisits this style again sometime soon!

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Photo of battlekow
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy, medium-dark brown. No head or lacing. Smells of prunes, raisins, anise, and chocolate. No roasted aromas detected. Smell is offensively sweet. Tastes is also of prunes and raisins, no "brown" characteristics until the end, when it finishes with a slight malt-husk bitterness. No hoppiness detected (that makes it sounds like a landmine). Mouthfeel is thick but dead. I have no idea why this beer is classified as an American Brown Ale; it definitely sems like a brother of English Browns like Samuel Smith, Riggwelter Yorkshire, Hobgoblin, etc. The sickening sweetness reminds me of Thomas Hardy's Ale. This is not at all what I am looking for in a brown.

Thanks to RealityDeviant for the bottle.

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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 hyuga
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a hint of red, small off-white head that stays pretty well.

Nutty chocolate-caramel aroma, subtly hopped with a hint of toffee and a suggestion of wood. Maybe a little raisin?

Almost cola-like sweetness, chocolatey with a subdued bitterness. Big caramel throughout. Hops come through not so assertively, but add a good complexity. An almost fruity bourbon-ish alcoholic character is pretty big on the palate. A bit woody and overall sweet, but well-balanced.

Great carbonation which is also cola-like, makes for a very good mouthfeel. Tingly on the tongue during and after sips.

A very interesting beer. This one is holding up very well after a year, in fact I think it could stick around for a good while longer.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber

Very light for a brown ale. Poured a dark rubby color with a loose cafe au lait head. Nose has a deep earthy tone with roasted coffe grind flavor and slight estery sweetness and notes of brown sugar and caramel. Flavor was earthy but had some slight fruity flavors of cherry and figs coupled with a slight hoppy citrus flavor akin to grapefruit. The mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and carbonated, but nothing over the top. This seemed to me a toned down version of the Arogant Bastard. There wasn't as much hops but the malts were similar. Much fruity estery flavoring. Good way to commemerate the 8th Ani.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dmann
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another excelent beer from Stone. This beer poured a very dark brown color with a creamy off white head that looked very nice. The smell was very roasty and smokey and very Porter-like. The taste was slightly more Porter than Brown Ale, but the great malt presence balanced the smokiness out enough so it did not float too far into the Porter catigory. A great nutty flavor also appeared and the beer had a great bittersweet aftertaste. Another in a long line of winners from Stone!

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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 palliko
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely mahogany brown, translucent, tan head, lingering lacing, some carbonation. Mild aroma, some hops, and nut-brown-ale malt. Bitter initial taste with bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee, smooth mouthfeel. A little rough right now, but should age well. It tastes like an immature Arrogant Bastard, and costs $2 a bottle more!

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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 rkhaze
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut color with a nice sized creamy tan head.
Big sweet chocolate and nut smells. Roasted and earthy. Caramel and a definite alcohol presence.
Tastes of roasted malt, tangy milk chocolate, nuts and a bit of caramel. A bit on the sweet side and finished with a mellow hop bitterness and an almost peppery spiciness. The alcohol was present and was a little raw.
Thin to medium bodied with a rich full mouthfeel and a pepper burn in the back of the throat.
The combination of the pepper and alcohol made this a tough one to drink. The flavors were good but this seems to need some time to smooth out.

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Photo of palma
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body very porter like. Tan head fades quick but leaves a good lace. aroma is malty, nutty and coffee. Chocolate malt through and through. Light on the hops, especially coming from these guys. Big coffee backbone. I was thinking this american brown ale would satisfy me with hops and alcohol. Not so. Weak in both areas. A slightly above average American brown in my opinion.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This ale pours a nice rich reddish brown color and has a bubbly head with below average retention. A thin lace does exist throughout the course of the drink however.

Smell: This has a strong malty nose, with an exceptionally nutty scent, most closely approximated with roasted almonds.

Taste: Again, a malt monster of a brown ale this has an incredible nut flavor. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, somewhat wooden. The alcohol is present, but melds well with the nutty malts. This is an interesting experiment, to double the ABV of a brown ale. I like the outcome, but this is quite singular in its flavor. This ought to take on heaps of complexity as it ages (Stone's intent all along). While fresh, this is just interesting.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Smooth malt, a little thick at times. Nicely drinkable at cellar temp, but I can't see ever having more than one. In fact, you might want some help finishing the 22 ounce bomber, but it's still a nice beer.

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

I had this about 4 months ago and thought it was so-so. I've changed my mind.

The beer pours a chestnut brown with a generous tan head. Very clear. No hazing.

Smell is light chocolate (like a whiff of swiss miss), cinnamon, and something green and sweet like mint. Some indetermininte light spicing as well. Nice. Not overpowering. Little hop aroma.

Taste is very malty and on the sweet side, but certainly not cloying. Chocolate characteristics, but not chocolatey. Starts with a snap of bitter, then smooths out into something resembling chocolate. Very nice. Spice character adds a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is moderate with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high!

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Photo of soper2000
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to grab a bottle of this. It is my first of Stone's Anniversary Ale's. I poured it into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. It decants to a beautiful mahogany/rub color with an off white foam head that starts off with a 2 fingered width before slowly fading into a small ring of rocky bubbles. Smell is very toasty. I'm getting off malty aromas. Taste is very well balanced. A rich malty smokiness is backed by a slight hoppy bite that's not too over the top considering the brewery. I can't believe this is almost 8 percent. It gives no hints of such potentcy. A worthy pickup for me.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wow. It's... wow. Deep, crystal clear red/burgundy with amber undertones. Active, fine carbonation. Thick, dense off-white head with--am I seeing this?--a rose tint. Very good retention. Lacing and collar throughout. Absolutely gorgeous; one of the best looking beers I've seen.

Smell: Sweet and rich, deep toasted chocolate/caramel malt, brandy, cherry, black raspberry, slight alcohol, a touch of hops, a bit of yeast. Yum.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft mouthfeel with medium body. Starts with a big mouthful of malted milk, milk chocolate, caramel, raspberry, cherry. Becomes a bit hoppy (almost zero by Stone standards) into the finish, little rind, dries out a bit. Some alcohol heat, and white pepper lingers.

Drinkability: So beautiful, so delicious, must... drink... more... Nope, 8%, too freakin' big to session.

Leave it to Stone to create something as ridiculous as an Imperial Mild--and make it work. This is just a damn good beer.

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