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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop Quad. I have had the 9th and up. Thanks for sharing this. Nose of light hops, oakiness, caramel, and a vanilla note. Brown with a small beige head. Flavor with very lightly bitter and caramelly with a slight metallic note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Appearance is a murky amber red hue, off-white thin head dissipates, minimal lacing Smell is clean crisp roast malts, nutty presence, touches of coffee and grassy hops, slight alcohol Taste is considerable alcohol and roast malts, bitter hops are apparent as is a nice nut flavor, finishes mild and slightly bitter Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery and slick texture, mild carbonation Drinkability is very good, this is a smooth and flavorful brown ale (I believe Stone’s only brown to date!), good malts and trademark Stone hops provide a perfect balance, I wish Stone revisits this style again sometime soon!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bomber, aged over 4 years. Pours a dark brownish-orange amber color with a minimal, swirly, off-white film. The aroma shows a malty caramel base with heaps of oaky vanilla, dry cocoa, and faded, earthy hops. Flavors follow suit, mostly sweet from the caramel, with a big vanilla and maple influence. Cocoa and old hops lend a semblance of balance, each adding their own hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, with light carbonation, the mouthfeel fits the style quite nicely. Nice brew, even at this age, but I cannot help but think it is past its prime.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Thanks to whomever brought this to the BBBash! Lots of vanilla, caramel and roasted qualities. Very smooth. I really enjoyed this brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2008
This one pours a hazy brownish amber with almost no head, which is to be expected I guess. There is almost no retention and only specks of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malts with no hop presence to speak of. I also got a substantial sugary syrup smell as well, with hints of dark fruit and wood. The taste actually retained a bit of the hops up front, mostly of the earthy variety. Lots of roasted malts with caramel and sugar on top. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me with very little carbonation to speak of. As mentioned earlier, the finish is very dry. I enjoyed trying this one though I imagine it’s a little past it’s prime. Either way, good drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2615) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Tasting at the McBackus Backyard Bash. Thanks to whoever brought this! Dark caramel colored pour. Big roasty grain aroma with hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste is smooth with nice roasted grain character and a sweet vanilla caramel accent. Very smooth and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. Rich amber color. I get wood, vanilla, caramel, and spices on the nose. Flavor is damn fine. Booze, vanilla, sweetness, rich honey, spices and roasty malts. Certainly a great beer. Glad i got to try this one!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517...thanks Chris. Murky mahogany pour with a wispy tan head. Obviously no hop notes present what-so-ever. Notes of caramel malt, berries and some roasted malts. Very smooth body...flavor had some caramel, dark fruits and bread dough to it, though slightly oxidized it didn’t detract too much from the overall experience. Not bad but way past prime I’ve got to assume.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2008
On tap @ Stone, RBSG. Amber color, thin white layer of head. Musky English hops, toasty malts, very light oak. Had an almost apple-like taste, English hops on the finish. Interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Red to brown in color and cloudy muddy like look to it. Decent light tan colored head. Aromas of some hops, spices, malts, and some oak. Taste has a nice balance, smooth, some bitternes and a good malty to toasty flavor.


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