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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3409) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a murky red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, with a slight hint of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lots of tootsie roll and chocolate malt, also raisin and cinnamon. Quite tasty! Only slightly past its prime, as the hops have faded.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Red-brown with a small head with very little lacing. The aroma is woody with a note of chocolate. The flavor is of bitter hops with notes of chocolate and oak. Bitter throughout. Creamy in texture. A good strong aggressive beer: I LOVE IT!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
On tap. Interesting beer. Pours with a long lasting, off-white head covering a hazy brown body. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, some wood and a touch of hops. Taste is oxidation, wood, caramel and chocolate malts. Had no idea that this was supose to be a beefed up mild, but it makes sense. Creamy mouthfeel with lively bubbles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On-tap at Stone the day after RBSG. Pours haxy brown amber with a thin, whispy, white head. Smells slightly roasty malty with some nice malty sweetness and a hint of hops. Tastes slightly malty roasty, sweet, with some smoke and some faint chocolate. Medium body with good/vibrant carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours hazy brown with a lacing light tan head. Chocolate dense aroma. Light breadish, caramel/chocolate in the initial flavour. Followed by a mild hops presence. Smooth and hoppy finish with a lingering chocolate malt flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Muddy red color with a modest but sticky tan head. Aroma is of oxidized caramel and some roastiness. Flavors of roasted coffee beans and light cocoa powder, maybe a touch of soft fruit. Not very robust. Easy to drink, light and well carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On tap at Stone. Pours a red cloudy color, with a fizzy white head and creamy lacing. Some oily hops in the nose, sweet malts, and sweet ripe fruit. Roasted malt flavors, some caramel, slight chocolate, sweet vanilla and slight citrus. The roasted qualities surprised me but they turned out well here. The finish is also roasted. Dry, good, and has aged exceptionally well considering it appears to be an "imperial mild." Enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Draft at Stone Bistro during RBSG. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma of sugary caramel malt, peat, and leather. Rich malty flavor with some muted hops, sort of like a thinner barleywine. This has mellowed, but is still a nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
RBSG on tap. A hazy, burnt orange color. A big burst of flavor that diminishes nicely. Nice smack in the mouth, with thick leftovers. In a good way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone Bistro for Ratebeer summer gathering. Aroma is of aged malt with a slight hoppiness. Cloudy butterscotch with a tan head. Fruty flavor with strong malt and medium hoppiness. Slight apples with strong caramel and slight vanilla. Low carbonation but extremely smooth. Good beer! Easy to drink and tasty.


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