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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 493   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1222) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
I was looking for to this one. Aroma is like a brown, with higher alcohol, more hops, and some brown sugar. The taste has good balance, sweet like caramel, with oak notes. Overall I was slightly dissapointed, but not to the extent that most were. The head actually grew as I drank this beer, which has never happened to me before? I actually feel that had that toned down the alcohol, it would have helped my rating of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Sampled May 2005
This beer sits a drab brown color in my glass, but shows pretty amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head that is propped up by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is rich and malty with notes of toasted bread, biscuits, chocolate and coffee. The aroma really is quite heady in its ample maltiness. The taste is rich and mouth filling up front, and then moves to that expected rich maltiness that is dominated by a mix of coffee and roasted barleys. There is still a bit of spicy hoppiness to this beer towards the finish, but it is quite a bit more muted than when it was young. The beers finish starts with a solid bitterness and finishes with a roasted malt astringency. The malt character of this brew is almost perfect, the only thing that detracts is the harsh astringent burnt grain huskiness. This beer is aging wonderfully and should have another couple of years to go.

Sampled September 2004
After hearing that this was a return of a supped up version of Lee’s Mild, I was quite excited. This was a beer that I quite enjoyed in its original form. Milds have always had a particular fascination for me. Hopefully this well live up to any expectations that I might have.

This beer pours a brilliantly clear deep ruby color of a porter. The head is prodigious and is a creamy, frothy, light brown color. The aroma is immediately of roasted malts as I pour this into my glass. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get rich malty toasted notes, as wells as a slightly astringent husky note, and some notes of coffee, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

The beer is full bodied and creamy up front, and just like Lee’s mild it finishes with a bit more roasted malt than a "traditional" mild should. This is definitely a good thing though, as I like the added dimension of the roasted malt. There is lots of notes of burnt toast, a finish that leans a bit towards the astringency of grain husks, and a pleasing amount of bitterness from the hop contribution. The hops actually contribute flavor and bitterness. There is an earthy, spicy hop flavor up front and through the middle of this beer, before the hop bitterness of the finish kicks in. This would note be a Stone beer if there was not a solid hop contribution, though it is a bit muted as far as the typical Stone reputation goes.

This is quite tasty, almost a strong porter, which it could certainly pass for. I really like the malty turn that Stone has taken with this anniversary beer. I am really going to enjoy, slowly working my way through a case of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Malty aroma - nutty, biscuit, hints of coffee, faint flowery hops, cigar tobacco, moderate fuitiness as it warms. Nice ruby amber color, good clarity, thin beige head. Malty flavor of nuts, chocolate, toast, light roastiness. Good bitterness (it is Stone afterall), faint grassy hop flavor. Medium full body, hides alcohol well. A very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2004
A bit oily in the body, yet with a clear alcohol presence. Certainly nutty and warmly malty; carbonation leaves rapidly. Really quite strange; an imperial brown ale with vanillaey barleywineish elements? Missing a lot; no pungent smokiness or crispness - this is just a sor of murky slippery concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle. A medium brown color with a big foamy light brown head. A nutty malt aroma with caramel and bread. This seems like an american strong brown ale, and I can’t think of another beer to compare it to. Plenty of rich malts and nuts in the flavor with an earthy feel and robust palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Draught at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel
Dark amber in colour with a soft tan head. Aroma of raison’s, date’s and fruity malt. Flavor is sweet and malty, not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected. Has a slight astringentcy which is more noticeable on tap than in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
f’in fantastic. Dark brown color, not too much head, warming alcohol, roasted malts, subtle hops...this is a nice beer to rotate in with your stone IPAs. have a few doses of hops, then get a little malty with the 8th anniversary. That’s my idea of a good time, folks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Deep red amber brown color - very nice to look at with it’s thick tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma was lightly hoppy, roasty, sweet smoke. This is very different from other Stone brews - not so hopppy - this is actually a very nicely balanced beer - maybe even more malty than anything. I really liked the malts in this, especially as it warmed up - thick, chewy caramel, vanilla whipping creram, toast, chocolate, dark fruits. The hops are nice, but I honestly didn’t pay much attention to them. Very little alcohol presence considering the almost 8%. This is kind of an Imperial Brown Ale, and I like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head. Aroma of smoked bacon and burnt grass. Roasted malt flavor with spices. Dry and bitter palate. Thanks for sharing Tad!

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