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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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The Stone 8th Anniversary Ale is, like all previous Stone Anniversary Ales so far, an adaptation of a previous Stone Brewing Co release. This year we set out to make a “Anniversary-ized” version of Lee’s Mild, a 3.8% abv limited release beer from 1999. For this beer we used some of the same malts that we had used in the Lee’s Mild, added more hops, less water (to bring the alcohol content up), and found a tasty balance of toasty/roastyness from the malt and a subtle (by Stone standards!) hop presence. To add further complexity, oak chips were employed to round out the character and give the beer a bit of vanilla/bourbon influence from the wood.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (963) - , Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bomber in trade. Not sure from who. Think I have had for a year or two. Oldest beer I have ever had. Was fearing the worst but I liked this!!! Nice aroma of sugars malt soy dark fruits. Taste was interesting. Still had some of the original intent plus some soy?? Med palate. Glad I tried

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
22 oz bottle (from notes 2008). Pours a clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, a hint of alcohol, honey, just a touch of roasted malt. Good mouthfeel, good flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (911) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Entering old ratings from notes. Draft sampler at Urge Gastropub for their Stone tap takeover back in mid-January 2014. Pours a cloudy auburn hue with big beige head with good retention (similar to the rye whiskey Arrogant Bastard in the next tasting glass, but much more cloudy). AROMA of ashy malts, some toffee, light hazelnut coffee, roasted nuts, and semi-burnt toast. FLAVOR has an interesting taste than I can only describe as “roasted butterscotch” along with other notes of caramel and roasty notes of chocolate and mild coffee. Still some hints of hop bitterness in there, even after all these years. Finishes with some booze (actually oaky bourbon…the oak chips did their job) and semi-sweet chocolaty malts. Interesting to have this almost decade-old beer on draft…makes me wonder what it was like originally. (494, 859)

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
Very sweet! Almost like a very watered down scotch if you close your eyes. The boyfriend says it reminds him of coke. I amend that to flat coke.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2580) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor bring sweet malts. Unfortunately, the hops and wood have all faded at this point. =

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1523) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to djd07. Pours hazy dark brown. No head. Smoky, musty, nose. Taste is fairly, hints of chocolate, burnt malts. Body is a bit thin. Held up well I guess.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1660) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Thanks to Coleman. Pours a deep amber with a small tan head. Nose is nutty, brown sugar, burnt toast and a touch of dark fruit. Flavor is a bit papery, brown sugars, more nuts. Palate is a touch thin. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6049) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by czuber! Definite oxidized aroma with cardboard and mint. Bready aspects follow. Milk chocolate in the flavor with bread toast and mint. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35077) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of fiulijn ]. [ Vintage ]. Unclear matt medium to dark orange amber colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, nutty, light chocolate, wood notes, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120420]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a cloudy opaque brown with a beige head. Sweet nutty aroma with some mellow hops and only a slight oxidization. Rich body, soft carbonation, nuts, vanilla, a little woody and licorice all-sorts - even chocolate with only a discreet bitterness in the finish. In pretty good shape for an 8 year old beer really! 200412


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