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
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0
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Photo of Floydster
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small pour of this at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel today on my way into LA from the IE during their Stone 11th Anniversary celebration, this was the best tap offered topday, but it changes often

Only 4 bucks for this while a 22 ounce bottle was 23 dollars, not a hard choice

Left with a bottle of 9th Anniversary that I will review later when I decide to open it

Pour was a medium brown and smell nice and nutty

This beer was great with a roasted malt taste that stuck around for a long time

Had no head on it because keg is three years old, but still very very good

Could drink this all day, but it would get very expensive

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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 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 kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown color with a finger of fluffy head. The nose is roasted malt and hops. The flavor is nice as well. The roasted/toasted flavor of the malt hits first followed by a huge blast of hops that stick with me for a few minutes. It gets even better as it warms. The flavors melt into each other more. This one is thick and fullbodied. I think drinkability takes a small hit because of the sheer size of the flavor, but just a little one. I'm glad I have a second bottle waiting for me.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Overlord
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was able to pick this up at the Pizza Port Carlsbad Stone Event. Always sad to drink a beer you know you'll never see again.

Gorgeous brownish-copper color. Small white head. The smell is pure caramel and malt. Not a lot of carbonation, settles into the glass rapidly.

The taste is lovely. Chocolate, caramel, and malt with a tinge of grapefruit hop aftertaste. I don't know if it's the aging, or what, but this beer tastes significantly better than the reviews would lead me to believe. This is particularly astonishing as I don't typically like brown ales.

I could drink this all day. But, sadly, never will get to.

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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 mdillon86
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of woemad
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big ass bomber purchased at Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane a few months back. It’s been hiding out in my stash. Brewed with “barley, hops, water, yeast and a rather harrowingly glorious habit of taking liberties with the English language.” Hmm.

Poured a dark cola brown color that became red when held up to light. Virtually no head or lace (what little there was had a mocha tan color). Kinda boring looking.

The smell was typical for a brown ale. Where this one differs is that it’s sweeter than most. Very strong brown sugar and molasses type smells. While there's a slight roasty malt scent, I can detect no hop scent of any kind, whatever the label says. If they are in the beer, they are in a quantity that prevents them from standing out from the barley and yeast whose presence was also trumpeted from the label.

This is a little more interesting in the taste than in the nose. The hops finally make themselves felt by adding a slight dryness to the heavy sweetness of this beer that is especially noteworthy at the swallow. Otherwise this is a sweet malt playground that is only slightly mitigated by a background flavor of raisins and figs. In a strange way this almost tastes like an ill-advised attempt to straddle the divide between brown ale and imperial stout, with the emphasis on the brown ale. This could be an interesting tasting beer, but it’s a little too insipidly sweet for that to happen.

Mouthfeel is about right for a brown ale. Thoroughly medium bodied. The carbonation is definitely lower than it should be. Perhaps this thing is so loaded up with sugar the yeast isn’t rising enough. I’ve heard of that happening with breweries with little or no quality control, but that’s not Stone, so I think this was actually meant to be this way. Regardless, this needs a little livening up.

I suppose this is drinkable if you really want a dark beer that is massively sweet. To me, this seems calculated to appeal to some netherworld between BMC drinkers who are starting to branch out (it's too bitter for them) and hardcore beer geeks (it's too sweet for them). One thing it does well is hide it’s abv of 7.8%. Not particularly impressed with this, but it is drinkable in limited quantities – the limit being this bomber. Once it’s gone, I’ll have no urge for another.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice,deep chestnut brown color. Malty aroma-slight hoppiness to it. Malty flavor-theres a slight grainy flavor to it. Slight caramel notes. Good body. Quite smooth on the palate. A decent enough brown though not my favorite offering from Stone.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle pulled from the cellar. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a murky medium chestnut color with about a finger or so of light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, caramel, mild molasses, bitter cocoa, still some lingering hoppy bitterness, nutty, raisins. The flavors have blended nicely. Amply carbonated with a decent body for the style. Give this one a go if you have it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a brown/red color with a small head that didn't stick around too long and left very little lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel malts with a little nuttiness and some hops. The flavor is very hoppy. Caramel malts for the backing as well as some bready malts, but hops dominate the flavor in my opinion. Finish is bitter. Seems a bit strong for a brown and a bit too hoppy. It's a good beer and very drinkable though.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I have come across this already. And for only $4.99, what a steal! From the bomber pours a very deep ruby color with a shade of brown. Huge fluffy off white head. Great head retention, lasted for quite some time. Fair amount of lace on the glass. Smells are roasted, slight chocolate, and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same, a nice roasted malt base, combined with notes of chocolate and coffee. Being Stone, of course there are hops. There is a good amount of bitterness at the end, that seems to fit well. Medium body with low carbonation. This is a fantastic beer! I am a big fan of American Brown Ales, and this is a great example. I can't find much to criticize this beer on, other than not seeming like a session beer. Who cares? Enjoy while it lasts! I will certainly look for more.

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

Dug up a bottle from the cellar that came from God knows where while I was doin' God knows what to God knows whom.

Big double deucer pours out a russet dim amber yet light revealing pour, topped off by a frothy sticky tan beige head cap.

Vanilla ice cream and root beer float scents.

First swigs: Goey caramel candy like brown sugar and toffe flavors. Some cream and coffee notes met up with a hop wall of integrated citrous juices. Well balanced flavors disguise the hoppy profile all too well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a sugar tacky residue. Quite the sweet brown ale.

Last swigs: STONE gets plenty of street cred in my wee little beer book fo making a bold brown. That is tantamount to the nerdy girl suddenly looking hot for the prom. Brown is usually bland. Not this. A hoppy blast of sugary goodness. Cool bottle cap that says "8 years, No compromises."

Beer is good. Happy Anniversary beering.

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Photo of bashiba
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a very dark ruby/brown combination with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly.

Smell is pretty light, small hints of caramel malts and some earthy hop aromas

Taste has a nice sweet honey, clove, and caramel taste up front and is followed by a very dry earthy hoppiness. Bitter, but not enough to overpower the malts.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with a slight fuzzy warming to it.

Drinkability isn't bad, very enjoyable, but not something I could drink a lot of.

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

Pours a brown with light red highlights a tan head that is small and vanishes quick some spotty lace. Aroma is earthy toasted malt nutty caramel malt light chocolate lightly fruity with a dash of floral hops. Taste is pleasing lightly toasted malt, nuts, caramel, toffee even down to earth taste. Finishes with some fruit flavors with a lingering light hop bitterness. Malt feels so smooth low carbonation full bodied when then the carbonation picks up and lifts the fruity floral flavors onto the tounge. Best tasting brown ale I have sampled. Mouthfeel is right side of medium a smooth full bodied beer. Drinkability is good a great brown ale with a good complex full flavored taste, not my favorite style but this beer will make you a believer in brown ales.

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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 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 CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of granger10
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Stone offering pours many shades of red with dark copper being the dominant color. Small frothy head sits atop. Moderately carbonated. Aroma is powerful with hints of bourbon and residual sugars along with a yeasty profile. There's a toasted grain element in there as well which rounds out the aroma. Flavor is strong but the body seems a tad thin for all the flavors going on. Lots of sweetness upfront which is soon cut short by the bourbon/vanilla characteristics. A roasted woody flavor comes in next along with a little peat. Not too much though. Yeasty flavors become more prevalent the further I go in the bottle and I'm getting more phenolics from the yeast towards the end. Finishes dry and woody (oak). Nice beer, easy to sip on and enjoy. I probably could have been satisfied after 12 oz but I wasn't complaining about finishing this bottle in one sitting.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an acbf tasting glass.

Pours a nice cloudy and hazy brown with a small light brown yellow head. Nose is sweet, malty and rich.

Taste is very very interesting, a bit oxidized but still drinkable for a 6 year old American brown. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all many thanks to Tim (Mookow) for letting me know where I could find some of this stuff. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer is a medium to dark, murky brown color. Mine had a tan head about half a finger thick that settles to a thin layer floating on the top of the glass with a ring lining the inside of the glass. It has some pretty decent lacing. Aromas of malts, dark fruits such as apples or plums, caramel and just a slight hint of sweet BBQ sauce are all present here. It sort of tastes like I am eating a steak with some A1 and/or sweet barbecue sauce, but certainly strong has flavors of malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of dark fruit along with a hint of hop bitterness. An interesting and well balanced taste. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste and has a hint of salt, like the aftertaste of a steak does. I certainly have never had a beer that tasted quite like this before. I wonder how this beer would have tasted 2 years ago when it was fresh. Has a crisp mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. A good beer, but a bit of an odd one. I wonder how this would have tasted if it had been properly cellared as opposed to (I assume) sitting in a cooler for 2 years. However it was an appropriate choice of purchase since I picked it up on my 24th Birthday and it is the 8th, and 24 is a multiple of 8.

I also drank this again on 4/13/08. Split a bomber I have had sitting in my cellar since December 2006. Split a bottle with my friend Jon Passow. Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a clear medium to dark brown color. Head was about 1/3 inch when poured. Eventually settles to a thin ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. Aromas of some roasted malt and caramel are present along with a bit of nuts. The taste of alcohol is certainly noticeable but not overpowering. The taste is rounded out with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I must say this has held up very well. I know generally brown ales are not intended to be aged for 3 1/2 years before being drank but this was fantastic! I would love to drink this again and hope to be able to one day. More proof that Stone kicks ass!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage Eighth Anniversary

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Lavender Sea Salt Caramel.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper/slightly brownish hue with a solid head that lasts, leaving good amounts of lace in its tracks.

S: Sweet and boozy with a good amount of roasted malt and some musty wood funk that is real nice.

T: Sweet roasted malt, big bourbon and oak with some booze that makes its self known in the mix.

M: Medium-bodied and dry with mellow carbonation, but overall somewhat thin and lifeless and not living up to the other aspects and qualities of this brew.

D: I do not like barley wines on average, but the time in the cellar really made this one surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep red mahogany color at first pour with a small tan head of small bubbles. The head was gone pretty quickly to leave a small thin brown ring on top of the beer.

Aroma: Now there's some Chinook! This beer reminds me a good bit of their Arrogant Bastard from the aroma. This beer has more of a chocolaty presence that makes it seem tamer than the bastard. As the beer warms, surprisingly, the hops take a back seat to the malt, and it ends up smelling like an English style Porter. Nice!

Taste: Yea, it tastes like a twisted version of the Bastard to me too. There is a bit more body here, and a definite roasty presence that sets it apart. The hops are still the driving force behind this beer pretty much the entire profile. As it warms, however, the profile changes greatly. The hops are still very present in the bittering, but the taste and aroma subside to let the roastiness come through. Ultimately this makes it finish pretty acidic.

Opinion: The beer fell short of my expectations a bit, but I am not a hop head. This limits me a bit with some of these west coast guys. It mellowed to be a more palatable, but I am just as happy drinking the bastard.

I feel very fortunate to have gotten to try this beer. A good friend of mine won a very enthusiastic bid on e-bay, which he ultimately ended up sharing with myself and a few others...Thanks Comrade Robb! (Proud to be KGB!)

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