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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
Past it’s prime. Poured brown with a white head. Aroma of cardboard, booze, and fruit. Some fruit. Oxidized. Still drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Good and perhaps very good but as much as I can dig chocolate (and perhaps there was no chocolate malt, but just what the oak did to it, I would probably have liked it far more if the hops were ever so slightly amped and the "barrel" lowered. Good stuff despite what I said.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (870) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop Quad. Pours a hazy brownish-red with an off-white ring. Rich aroma, of malt, dark fruits, dates, molasses, and alcohol. Taste is clean, of malt, herbs, pine hops, chocolate, and dark fruits. Lingering sharp pine and malt flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
WInter Storm 1-25-09 Apearance was auburn with no bubbles. Aroma: Citrus, vinegar, and plum skin. Taste was hoppy and chocolatey. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth. Overall not that impressive, didn’t hold up that well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Pours an attractive copper color with an off-white head. Features balanced notes of caramel, wood, vanilla, hops, and toasted malts. Heartier than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4304) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
On tap at winterfest. Copper pour. Sweet malt, biscuits, caramel, toffee, fruit, and earthy notes. I liked this one better then the 7th.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm. Auburn or copper in color with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, earth and fruit. Flavor was similar, albeit slightly better. Caramel, earth, nuts, red malt. Nice hop presence of citrus and earth. Liked this about the same as the 7th, although they weren’t all that similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Tap at Winter Storm 09. Just a smidge better than 7th even though it is a worse example of its respective style IMO. This was a rather explicit brown to me, with nice barley malt and dirt aroma. Taste was a WC brown, rather than a thick midwestern brown. Alcohol edge, thin texture, only slight influence from the oak chips, a fair amount of darkness and roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm! Poured slightly hazy copper with some bubbles. Slight hop floral aroma. Nice spicy hop flavors with some vanilla hints too. Mouth was a little flat. Sadly I think I missed tasting these wonderful anniversary ales in their prime but they are still great and still worth trying!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
22oz. bomber, with thanks to wetherel for yet another great bonus! Pours a clear iced tea color with a thin tan head that drifts but maintains a complete covering, moderate retention and lace. Aroma is more malty, with some caramel, dark fruits, toffee, light oak, and vanilla. Flavor is just slightly sweet, with more caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak, and finishes fairly quick and clean on the palate. This makes me think barleywine-lite like on the palate and finish. Quite drinkable and tasty, thanks again John!

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