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.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 These are initial thoughts. I’ll probably rerate a few times as I go through my case. First pour was so fizzy it sounded like I was pouring a soda. Aroma is alcahol, caramel, and slight roastiness. Alcahol is prevelant in the flavor. Alesmith Wee Heavy comes to mind with the initial sips. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt and wood to it. Slightly chalky finish that coats the tongue. Very different from any Stone beer I’ve ever had. Rerate 082204: Overall dissapointing. Definately not Stone style nor is it my style. Very malty with a finsh that is not that pleasant. Kind of a let down. C'mon Stone, you can do way better. Rereate 083004: It's kind of growing on me. I think I have to me in a malt instead of hops mood. I let the bottle warm a little this time and it helped a lot. I tasted more raison and cherry this time. The alcahol wasn't as strong. I think this might be really nice with some age.
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently.
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