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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
231
Ratings:
264
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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 gford217
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Nick at Liquormax poured into a tulip.

This one pours a hazy brownish amber with almost no head, which is to be expected I guess. There is almost no retention and only specks of lacing.

The aroma is big on roasted malts with no hop presence to speak of. I also got a substantial sugary syrup smell as well, with hints of dark fruit and wood.

The taste actually retained a bit of the hops up front, mostly of the earthy variety. Lots of roasted malts with caramel and sugar on top. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me with very little carbonation to speak of. As mentioned earlier, the finish is very dry.

I enjoyed trying this one though I imagine it's a little past it's prime. Either way, good drinking.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Muddy red color with a modest but sticky tan head. Aroma is of oxidized caramel and some roastiness. Flavors of roasted coffee beans and light cocoa powder, maybe a touch of soft fruit. Not very robust. Easy to drink, light and well carbonated.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DArk brown, near black with tan edges and a huge beige head. Huge aromas of sweet malts, spices, subtle chocolate, nice roasted malt notes and more. The taste is a bit booz up front with a strange malty sweetness. Where are the hops, guys!? Anyway the flavor than takes an awesome turn for the better when some lovely spicy notes come into the picture. The finish is chocolate-like, sweet, roasty, and yet somehow a bit dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied-full and the drinkability is outstanding. Great stuff!

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8th Anniversary Ale, August 2004 - Sampled at 2 Years Old.

Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 7th and 9th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the next few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.


Appearance: Massive tan head, thick, auspicious looks, conspicuous lacing and the highly detailed collapsed, creamy and rocky contours, are just as intriguing as the Moons surface. Body is hazed with a dark treacle like stance; this renders all the qualities of the Bastard child of a drunken one night stand between a Newcastle Brown Ale and a Bloody Mary….. solid stuff, looks much better than the last bottle I had 6 months ago. Lasting Kopf runs rings down the glass, conditioning is super fine.

Nose: Past experience has been of a reticent nose, not so after 2 years!!! It positively leaps out of the glass; crushed figs, soft prunes, milk chocolate and a lovely silky hop character that wraps itself around the darker fruits. The aromas are stronger and the score picks up a few clicks here, just enough to pull a 4.0 with ease, but miss out on a 4.5 by the thickness of a mosquito’s pubic hair.

Taste: Hmmmm, Willy Wonka would be proud. The chocolately nature is progressing nicely and has rounded out with some age. It melds with prunes, figs and a smidgen of Lyle’s Black Treacle to offer a smooth silky effort. Hints of molasses and soaked wood punctuate the lingering tail long after the Cadburys milk chocolate after-taste fades. Dark Jamaican Rum and Cappuccino even comes to mind after a half Bomber. Strikingly good and I am surprised how much this has “picked up” in just 6 months since I last tried it. The complexity is developing; the previously easy to recognize bitterness is now hard to separate from the chocolate tones, it bonds to form an aphrodisiac chocolate coated hoppyness which hypnotizes with a sexual nature.

Mouthfeel: One thing that the Stone Anniversary brews exhibit, is a strong long term conditioning. Not one of the previous Stones, even the 6th Smoked Porter, has suffered. The 8th is no different. Finely dissolved conditioning, silky, talcum powder soft with a slickness that would rival Du Pont’s Teflon®. Oh so easy, all too effortless. The 8% is long gone, but I am sure it is still hiding, successfully camouflaged in and amongst the chocolate hops. Very good.

Drinkability: The dark fruits, addictive chocolate, smooth belly and attractive back end all make for a brew that disappears waaaay too quickly. Intensely flavorful, with an excellent poise from the carbonation, and a rich rewarding dark complexity in the finish - this is perfect right now, so hard to put down, yet so easy to “put down”. Precarious!

Overall: Just like the start of the English Premiership League, this is a very welcome “August return” which, with 8 bottles left, will no doubt be a Perennial favorite for some time to come I feel - I hope!! Whereas the “airy-fairy” fanciful unbalanced 9th bombed in my eyes and was a Bridge Too Far; I can’t help but think that this (the 8th) was a **very** successful detour for Stone. The 8th “works” extremely well for me. This is definitely Stones best “style detour” in the Anniversary line-up for my money. I am digging the journey of the 8th and I am also thinking that this could get better yet.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned up at a local grocer this week.
Nice simple presentation in the screen printed bomber.
An ok beer to look atdeep brown with a small bubbly tan head, that goes fast leaving minimal lacing.
Nice strong caramel malt aroma,hops in back.
Veryunusual taste to this one..the caramel malts are first then a great Stone hopiness invades..but during the invasion chocolate and coffee like flavours push through,lingering spicy bitterness..odd but lovelly.
Exciting mouthfeel,
Unusual beer not sure of the style,but what the heck its Stone and its good stuff.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep brown coppery color with a thick tan head that dissipated relatively slowly and left some nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is dark chocolate, alcohol, toasted grain, and a light piney hoppiness.

The flavor itself is like a boozey brown on steroids. The chocolate and caramel flavors come together nicely, and the mouthfeel has enough thickness to complement them well. The hopping is so light that it's almost imperceptible, but this bottle is also about 10 months old. If anything, though, I feel like the alcohol comes through a bit too strongly in this one. The other flavors have an interesting balance that could serve as a bulked-up example of the style without the booze really pulling through in the finish.

Overall, it's a fairly drinkable brown, especially at its ABV, but it's not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The 8th Anniversary pours a light reddish brown with a thin brown head that quickly goes to a small collar.

Its aroma is roasted nuttiness, coffee and chocolate.

The flavor is sweet, yet heavily roasted, caramel and chocolate malts with some nuts and a little smokiness. It has a dry bitter finish (grassy hops) that is at just the right level. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a little on the thin side and a little under-carbonated.

Overall, a fine brown ale with a kick.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.92/5  rDev -2%

Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1095th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- Mixing interestingly in the glass was a light brown with ambers/golds. Not a spec of head on it or cling.

Smell- Almost identical to Stone 7, which is suprising because of the difference in styles. I did smell more malt vs the soap on this one.

Taste- A really pleasant malty flavor with a small amount of bitter. A bit thick at points but a little bit of citrus crept into it.

Mouth- A lighter medium with a medium high carbonation and some sweetness.

Drink- Just okay. It was a bit all over the place with feel and looks but tasted good. Probably wouldnt want again.

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Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I luckily got some of this at Liquormart in Boulder on my through town...
Pours a rich chestnut brown with a small light sandy head. Smells of buttered toast with quartz, and earthy, slightly-fruity, sweet notes. A bit on the subtle-y aromatic side (especially for a Stone beer). Taste starts off with minerals and flint, but quickly gets sweet. Notes of toffee, and fruit come through. Then the flint comes back as it segues into a scorched, roasty, nutty bitterness. Doesn't entirely balance out the sweetness, as it lingers into the alcoholic finish. The mineral-quality seems to thin out the body a little bit, but the sweetness makes it coat the mouth quite well. Another great beer from Stone--I just wish I could have made it out to San Marcos for the anniversary festival like I did last year!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a murky red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, with a slight hint of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lots of tootsie roll and chocolate malt, also raisin and cinnamon. Quite tasty! Only slightly past its prime, as the hops have faded.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple hundred words of verbal antics written on the bottle lead me to believe this is a reincarnation of a 1998, one-off called Lee's Mild. The 8th Anniversary pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a small, tan head that quickly falls into a persistent collar and film of lace. Patchy lace also decorates the sides of the glass.
Interesting nose begins with chocolate..and more chocolate. Caramel, prunes, smoked almonds, licorice, and vanilla also emerge to tease the nose.
Mouthfeel features some hops bitterness, and is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels good in the mouth.
Taste is complex for a "brown ale". Lots of chocolate malt, caramel, fresh bready malt, a hint of warming alcohol, dark fruits, and a solid almond nuttiness. Hops bitter well, and waver between grassy and floral. Finish is smooth and clean.
I ususally don't care for brown ales, but leave it to Stone to create an exception. At 7.8% abv, this could be considered an "imperial brown ale", but the abv is generally well hidden in the complexity of flavors. At times, I even detected a resemblance to a strong dark ale from Belgium, in this one. Very interesting. Very tasty. Very drinkable. I wish I had a case of these in my cellar.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark amber pour, but when held to light becomes iced tea color. A good-sized head of a finger or more recedes forthwith, leaving bits and pieces of lace on the glass.

Aroma - an initial nose of Belgian-style sweetness. As the head falls down into the glass, aromas of cherry and chocolate emerge. A waft of booze is picked up now and then. Smells like a dessert beer. Fortunately for me, I ate *all* my supper so I am entitled... :-)

Taste - very malty...and sweet...and bitter...now *that's* a workout for the tastebuds! The sweetness is a base sugary feeling, not consistently connected to any particular food. At times it lends itself to some chocolate notes that occasionally peek through the thick veil of alcohol. For a 7.8 abv brew it comes across like a 10+. The sweet/bitter are both intense, I like the balance. The swallow brings out a full force moment of booziness and then the aftertaste hits bitter at the back of my tongue and throat. About 20 to 30 seconds after, there is a mild coffee flavor sneaking in that doesn't show up anywhere else in the flavor profile. Yummy stuff.

Mouthfeel - very average in all aspects;doesn't get in the way, just lets the flavor do its thing.

Drinkability - a most tasty bomber that I would surely have again.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of koopa
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2004
Consumed: 2009

220z bomber takin out of the cellar and poured into a Chimay Goblet.

Appearance: translucent brown with honey red corners. A decent 1 finger foam head with minimal retention and a touch of lacing.

Smell: loads of nutty malty notes that just entrace your nose. At times the smell borders boozy but never actually crosses the line. This smells delicate and declicious.

Taste: Oh my this is just a home run! The flavors are soft and well balanced, if not homogenized. Nutty goodness coupled with a touch of brown sugar and cola. But despite the notes mentioned, the sweetness is really down. This is delicious with the residual sugars consumed.

Mouthfeel: Very good considering this bottle is 5 years old. Still enough carbonation to make it a nice experience.

Drinkability: This is smooth and still has enough carbonation. Now is the time to enjoy this vintage people. I don't see it getting any better with additional time!

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to crack open one of my 8th Ann. Ales. This one might have peaked...

Looks really good, deep amber color, with a slight white head.

Also smells quite nice, similar to a barleywine, with fruity baked bread aromas.

Flavor seems a bit off. Has a nice bitter and sweet malty front, but fades on the finish. Might be do to age? Don't know... Mouthfeel is also lacking a bit.

It is certainly still drinkable, but I had one about 6 months ago and it was better.

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Photo of Kiniey01
2/5  rDev -50%

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 264 ratings
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