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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a copper-red color with a small head and floaties. Aroma is toffee and raisin with some herbal notes. Taste is toffee, chocolate, caramel, nougat and a citrus, herbal hop bite. Full bodied. Hoppiness pretty impressive for its age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11285) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Clear. Orange/yellow dense head. Smoked, sweet and light vineous aroma. Light hoppy, sweet and fruity (dades) flavour. Sharp somewhat onedimensional bitterness in the end. In my books the 7.th ann. was better. Thanks egajdzis for trading this to me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Poured a darker mahogany color with a smaller white head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, coffee and smoke. Lightly nutty and fruity. Should be interesting to taste this one after it has aged a little.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11179) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10885) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Smells and looks fruity yet tastes strong. An imperial mild, and given it started from a mild beer that makes sense. The bourbon and wood and roast in there understated. Quite good. Very good for a brown, peculiar for a strong. From a generous Yankee at Doug Shoemaker’s court.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 09/23/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Liquid Solutions

dark brown with ruby edges, scant head that quickly disapates, rich roasted malt aroma with fruity undertones, rich malt flavor with a long bitter finish, upon warming lots of rich and chewey chocolate character comes through and the bitter finish begins to deminish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: **+/4
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10837) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Crystal clear, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Maple syrup, coffee liqueur, cashews and milk chocolate in the nose. Incredibly well-balanced for a Stone offering. Malty, but not sweet. Hopped up, but not citrusy nor floral. Flavors of milk chocolate and cola with a nice, raw bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, salty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9701) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
I read the label of this one, and came in not knowing what style it was. I had pegged it as either an Imperial Scottish ale or a dubbel. It pours deep ruby with a huge off-white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, fruit, slight peat, and scotch. Tastes malty, with hops, more fruit, some nuts, and heavy spirits at the finish, such as cognac and scotch. Marvelous complexity and balance, as with all Stone beers. Lightweights need not apply. This beer gets less respect here than Tina Turner did from from Ike. I suppose there are people that might accuse me of rating water from Stone as a 4.2, but those types of detractors and doubting Thomases can just kiss my hairy ass. Bravo Stone. Many are indeed not worthy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Re-Rate December 19, 2004. Ruby brown body, respectable but smallish beige head. Mild but prevalent non-coffee roast. Touch of alcohol and muted chocolate. Flavour has a dark chocolate bitterness and a touch of roastiness. Alcohol is very restrained, making its presence known quite politely. Medium to full bodied, very well balanced. Quite enjoyed this one. Underrated. 3+/7/8/4/17<P>Original Rating Ruby brown with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is malt and a touch of brown sugar. Touch of bitterness and mild roasty malt. Dry finish. This was pretty late in the evening at Toronto Christmas Party 2004 so I am glad to have a bottle in the cellar for a re-rate. 6/3/6/3/14


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