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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.


3.9
   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!

3.9
   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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Very red, good lacing head. Roasty, dry palate, with a long toasty bitterness, like putting a piece of toast in your mouth in the morning when your mouth is still dry and it really needs to be loosened up first by a sip of orange juice. Some flavor of crisp bacon. Interesting beer, for sure, which is probably what Stone aims for with these afterall. The references to "mild" are misleading because it doesn’t fit the mild-mold (esp. with the color and abv). Thanks to TChrome for cracking open a bottle of this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Amber color with smallish head. Aroma is light smoke, chocolate, spice and coffee. The tastes are similar with a touch of breadiness. Warming and soothing. Tasty and should only get better in time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Brown/ dark ruby body, little head. Strong smokey aroma. Flavorful malt, notes of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit (raisins?) Vinous, oatey. Fruitier and sweeter towards the finish, fairly hoppy finish. Smooth but not overwelmingly robust, perhaps a touch of watery finish for a beer with such aromatic loveliness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Dark amber color,small off white head that had a decent hang time then faded to a small lace.Nice roasty malt aroma with a slight caramel and chocolate as well.Nice malty fruity taste with a bit of caramel and some hops but over all it’s not any where near a patch to the others but it does have it’s place in the beer world and in a my collection of brews 6th,7th and now the 8th.it’s more then worth while trying young but a little age might bring out a few more flavors and ease the ABV. a bit.Well worth trying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Bright ruby-brown body with substantial carbonation and a soft, velvety beige head. Nose of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and fruity malts. Flavor is rich, chocolatey, spicy, and alcoholic plus some light smokiness. Tastes like a big brown ale. The alcoholic quality is slightly detracting. Almost drinks like a liqueur. Enjoyable, but not outstanding. Kudos to Stone for breaking from the heavy hop trend and going the malty route on this one.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2144) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Well i missed the anniversary but found this in a pint at my favorite liquor store and theres still a few left. It was $5 but worth it cuz i so badly wanted to try it out at the festival. This has a very faint scent of roasted cocoa beans of some sort and also reminded me a of a bag of weed thats been dryed out from oxygen. Then i had a swig and tasted a hint of marijuana brewed in. I dont know if thats what the guys at Stone intended but thats what i was sensing. Anyways it was a nice brew and im glad i got to try it out.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 Protracted trace of roasted acrimony followed by the perfume tang of intoxicating various rudiments thrown in a swirl of tastes not tasted that are unable to throw into a single category. (It’s a decent porter IMHO) In other words, its a fun experemental one time beer to try; but still lives under the shadow of its older siblings.


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