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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Had a bottle of this that i recently was able to scoop on ebay for $19.99...so sometimes beer on ebay isn’t a bad thing. Actually aged pretty well and was a smooth drink. Pours a cloudy brown with a thin tan head. Sweet malty nose with some dark fruit in there also. Solid flavor with a little chocolate. Some people seemed to find hops still, but I think they are long gone. Still well done though...glad it aged well thus far.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of choclate malts, caramel, toasted malts, and hops. The flavor is chocolate, toast, caramel, and a good amount of hops in the finish. Good body, very impressive brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle from Ebay sampled with Stegosaurus. Brown pour with thin tan head. Raison and caramel roast aroma, With a maple and chocolate roast taste with amild hop finisgh that was very smooth. I enjoyed this immensely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2055) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2008
Hazy, dark amber with a small off-white head. Chocolate and vanilla tones. Wood, prunes and coffee taste. Full body with a long, dry aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Courtesy of kmweaver. Hazy amber body with a small beige head. Sweet malty nose with a moderate amount of citrus and oxidation. Taste is lightly sweet with caramel, oxidized malt, light roast and chocolate. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting, 3/1/08. Thanks Chris! 22 oz bomber. A bit of oxidation had set in on this big malty, toffee loaded palate cleanser. Smooth and elegant. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Reviewed 6-16-05...This beer pours brown, with a quarter inch thick head. Foam dissipates to a ring with swirls in the middle. It smells of nutty caramel malt, but there is a noticeable roasted, coffee-like smell. No hops are detected. Wow! This is not my preferred style of beer, but I am digging this beer. Then nutty, caramel malt is present. There is also a pleasant chocolate-coffee flavor. The hops are barely detectable. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for me. It is similar to a stout with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. The drinkability is high, as I could drink this all night. Serving type: bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Nice ruby red color. Chocolaty malt and pale malt cereal grain smell. Smooth mouthfeel and med. bodied. Great taste of chocolate and blackened malts. Very smooth finish, barely bitter at all. Incredibly easy drinking. Good stuff. 8305

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap @ Stone Winter Storm 2008. Poured a mostly hazed amber with a medium sized foamy white head, light lacing. Nose of roasted malt, citrus, toffee, and slightly smoky. Had a medium body with a light tingle on the palate. Finish was clean and sharp.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Had twice, and rated twice unknowingly. It’s interesting to see variance in your rating over the course of two hours. First time: amber color. Slightly cloudy. Malty. Little hops aroma or taste. Easy to drink. Little carbonation 7,2,7,4,16:3.6. Second time: 7,3,8,4,16:3.8. Dark amber. Medium carbonation. Malty. Some oxidation. Some bitterness. Good. Little cloudy.


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