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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours reddish-orange with an impressive (for its age) head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, and grassy hops. Big, bold flavors that teeter between a Belgian ale and a DIPA. I don’t know what this tasted like fresh but 5 years later this is simply awesome. An outstanding beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a copper-red color with a small head and floaties. Aroma is toffee and raisin with some herbal notes. Taste is toffee, chocolate, caramel, nougat and a citrus, herbal hop bite. Full bodied. Hoppiness pretty impressive for its age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
@ Immy Backyard Throwdown. It poured a dark brown. It had a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma and taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Amber with head and lace. Toasty caramel brown sugar aroma. Toasty brown sugar carmale fruity flavor. Cloying. Sticky.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin white head. Aromas are all caramel, malt, and a light plum. Flavor follows the nose mostly, with little bits of sweet caramel and malt. Finishes with a light bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an amber body with a thin white head. Caramel malt, etoh, chewy with hints of sugar and grass, oxidation and tobacco notes. Still okay.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2009
0.65 l bottle (2004 vintage), thanks oh6gdx! Hazy mahagony color with creamy head. Sweet, flowery, fruity, nutty, chocolatey and warming aroma. Tasty flavor with chocolate, nuts, fruity esters, waming alcohol and some hops. Nice nuttiness and alcohol warmt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaby (80) - , Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Coffee and chocolate with some roasting. Great aroma, great flavor. In my opinion, this would be great with German food.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (thanks jjpm74!). Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is bready toffeeish along with some winelike notes. Oak and vanilla as well. Some slight alcohol. Flavour is raisins, bread, quite grassy along with some alcohol and spices. Has aged well!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12330) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (vintage August 2004, Vasa session). Deep ruby color, small beige head. Strong nice bready aroma with hints of raisins, bourbon and vanilla. Very portwineous palate, this beer has aged well. Bready, slightly hoppy, some raisins and caramel, touch of alcohol. Everything is well in balance. I believe that this beer is now in its peak.


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