Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with hints of ruby and a thin, mostly diminishing off-white head. The aroma contains strong elements of sweet malt, light alcohol, moderate hop character and some interesting woody aspects. Nice bitter chocolate, sweet caramel, vanilla, toasted grains, coconut, dry biscuits, light coffee and a hint of spicy alcohol. The body is smooth, though not as full as I would have liked. The flavor was quite enjoyable, even if it was dominated by the sweet malt. The alcohol provides a s bit of warmth and there is a bit of fresh hops at the finish. A tasty, subdued Stone beer.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great dark red color with a creamy head that soon goes away. Aroma is a fine mix with some yeast, a heafty does of malt and some roasted spice feel as well. Flavor is a more of a leafy malt taste, such a robust flavor of malt complexities. This ends with such a fine suble somkey roast chocolate malt flavor, just like Johnny Walker Black Label. This is not quite up to the Stone Over-The-Top ideal except for in the very subtle malt crazyness. (Yes, I did just say Over-The-Top and sublte for the same thing, which I think makes this a clear Stone brew.)
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown with a light tan head. Aromas of yeast, roasted malts, and a litle spice. Flavor is a little bit of a let down, with the roasted flavors being good, but with an odd mouthfeel, and lingering aftertaste.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I overhyped myself for this release, the brew was good, but i was looking for something amazing. A dark brown brew with a roasty malt aroma. Taste was sweet up front with a good roastiness throughout but a bit too bitter toward the end, which i believe would be much better with a bit of aging. I’m going to grab a few more bottles and let them age a bit and see how great this brew is supposed to be.
JFGrind (1987) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One smooth beer! The roasted malts take over this easy to drink Strong Ale. Twenty-two ounces of a quality product that is worth sampling (at least once).
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours dark amber, bordering on brown with hues of plum. Head is is comprised of large off-white bubbles that settle to a dishwater like film. Attractive lacing with soft carbonation. Roasted malts, grains, and somewhat biscuity on the nose. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate and oak as well. Flavor is dominated, at least up front, by roasted malts. It is then followed by the noted vanilla and bourbon in the description, sweet with a good malt backbone. Great body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes with an ever so slight hop flavor. If you like a somewhat strong, malty, Brown Ale, this is your brew. Very satisfying.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 3 Sept 2005: About once a year, I wallk down to the little liquor store on the corner. I went there today and to my surprise they still have some Stone 8th (along w/ a surprising # of quality micros). So one year later, how has this held up?
It’s still a great looking pour with the brownish red color and the dirty white head. It’s very tastiy: roasty, malty with some stickyness and a medium tongue feel. It finished smooth and creamy. Very nice.
re-rate, 16 Jan 2005:
I’ve let a bottle sit for about six months. I wasn’t all that impressed initially w/ this beer, so let’s see how a bit of time affects it.
Still a great looking pour, but the flavor has improved significantly IMO. If I see another one at the store, I’d buy it and age it for a while.
re-sampled from bottle, 23 Aug 2004:
Still a great looking pour, but the nose is a bit nicer, more roasty & malty. The body is medium/light, I was expecting something bigger. The flavor is like a good brown ale
sampl at the Stone 8th Anniversary party
This was a let down. It is a great looking pour, reddish brown with dirty white head, the flavor is roasty/malty up front and dusty dry in the finish. I’ll have to try this one again, because the finish just didn’t seem right. it was almost dusty
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must say that this sure was a change from the IPAish past anniversary beers.
Pours a deep mahoganny color. Roasty malty aroma, little head. Taste was very brown aleish and rich. Not their best effort IMO but a drinkable beer nonetheless
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear russet. Quickly vanishing foam. Muddled aroma of rhubarb, toffee, orange rind, and rich cookie malt. Touches of medicine, doughy yeast, and roasted wood. Slick, yet fizzy, on the tongue. Full-bodied. Syrupy sweet and bitterly fruity, initially. Overripe orange pulp acidity tries to poke through the cookie malt barrier. Assertive roast astringency with a firm, cottony malt underscore. Subtle medley of alcohol, floral hops, and orange rind bitterness. Caramel and milk chocolate elements lurk in the background. Although subtle, the spicy whiskey tannins clash with the rich fruitiness. Bitter rhubarb and pineapple rind dominate the finish coupled with notes of papaya, medicine, bready malts, and the slightest dash of drying wood and vanilla. Lingering sugary malt sweetness. This is muddled, oversweet, and confused. The hops interfere with the malts, which are already jumbled enough, and the lackluster body causes it to fall apart rather quickly. Yet another Stone beer with disgraceful head retention and a fizzy, rather than creamy/velvety, mouthfeel. A huge letdown, especially for an Anniversary brew.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours rich mahogany brown and clear with a medium sized off-white head that diminished mostly but left nice lacing. Aroma is interesting, dominated by toasty malts, coffee, slight molasses and grassy, floral hops. Flavor is nice indeed and quite different than other beers, rich roasty malts, carmalized brown sugar, charcoal and a definite, yet subdued hop bite to finish. The alcohol is well hidden among the abundant flavors and it eaves a lingering aftertaste of astringent, bitter toast. Full body and creamy carbonation. Another over-the-top creation from the guys at Stone. I'm gonna have to go buy a few more bottles of this just to have around!