Home >

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4112) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3013) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - 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!

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 4 5 6  7  8 9 10 » 50

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50