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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 498   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 ďAnniversary-izedĒ version of Leeís 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 Leeís 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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Got this bottle from Holiday Wine (with some effort). Pours deep dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma is warm coffee and toast and chocolate. Flavor is fruity and chocolate with some tobacco accents. Quite mellow. Very pleasing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours opaque brown with a thin tan head and a fruity chocolate aroma. The flavor is also fruity and chocolate with some leather. Has probably mellowed with age into a pleasantly delicious brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Deep ruddy brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Nose is a bit oxidized with mainly dried fruit. Flavor is also oxidized with dried fruit and a touch of soy. Slight bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Held onto this for a long time, 6 years old when finally popped open. Pours with a small head and a dark, murky brown color. Beer is oxidized malts but still drinkable with burnt oxidized raisins. Drink up if you still got it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. the oak is all but gone, not much left but a grainy and sweet body

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
In short: An past-due-date fruity, nutty caramelized beer. Too late.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when around five year of age. Bottle sent to me as a bonus(!) by CaptainCougar, thanks a lot Tom
The look: Cloudy redish-brown body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Rich nose of caramel and dark fruits and a light oxidation. Taste is unfortunately dominated by oxidation. Lots and lots of cardboard. Underneath the oxidation is almonds wrapped in caramel, dark fruits. Also some maderisation with Sherry notes. Adequate medium carbonation. The beer is obviously way past its prime. There might be bottles well cellared that are still good but I fear most bottles are now just like the one I just drank. I donít remember having it fresh, I donít know if I ever had it fresh. This was probably once a very good beer because despite its obvious aging problems the beer was still quite drinkable. I did hesitate before entering my rating on a beer that is so obviously past due-date. But given that there is still a market for this 5 year old beer (as well as much older Stone beers) I think it is fair that I voice my opinion and say that this beer is now gone. I probably had it fresh in my early ratebeer time. I donít remember. Five years ago this was probably a very good beer, but now it is five years old. Iím against aging beer but Iím exactly like everybody else, I donít care about my opinions and I think I have an attitude problem.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
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 donít see it getting any better with additional time! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-19-2009

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Opaque copper colors with a whitish head. Aromas of mild citrus and grassiness. Light medium bodied beer. Mildly hoppy and bitter with a chunk of sweet malt. Not a bad beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22oz bottle dated 08/2004 and purchased at Liquor Max. This one is almost two years old at this point. Color is dark brown (what a surprise) and the head is short and white. The smell is a little chocolate. The taste is a little chocolate and then standard boring brown ale. I bet this was really good when it was first released but time may have faded it a little. I was glad to have the opportunity. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-12-2007 16:19:14


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