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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9793) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Red brown ale with copper hues, no head. Sweet funky earthy aroma, almost smell the farm. Sweet caramel malt with raisins, and roasted coffee beans. Light alcohol burn and vanilla. Oily mouthfeel. rich bodied. Well balanced. Nov. 28 2004. Bought at CJ’s in Potsdam, NY.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle from moejuck. Pours mahagony with a foamy and rocky tan head, some retention, lined lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted caramel malt( cookie, biscuit), alcohol, yeast (dough), floral and pine hops, nutty. Chocolate, medium sweet caramel malt, moderate bitterness and biting, scorching alcohol and perfumey hop flavor, dry at the end. Medium to full bodied, dry and fizzy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8950) - 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 (8915) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8824) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8421) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Dark brown beer with ruby highlights and a thin white head. Sweet dark malty aroma. Molasses, biscuit and cookie dough maltiness. A slight touch of chocolate character. Flavour is malty, slightly salty with a plummy fruitiness, a bit of wine flavour. There is a bit of resinous hop character in here as well. Bitterness is just enough to balance out the sweet malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8029) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Big brown sugar and nut nose... seems like a winter warmer more than anything else, but I can definitly pick up the brown ale similarities. Flavor is similar, some peanut, scotch, dark bread and brown sugar. I’m digging this one... the trademark hops from Stone add an interesting element.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7835) - 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.


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