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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - 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 (9849) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin white head. Aromas are all caramel, malt, and a light plum. Flavor follows the nose mostly, with little bits of sweet caramel and malt. Finishes with a light bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Ample hazelnutty roastiness pleasantly mirrors some burnt toffee at times...Fruity caramel when squeezed produces lactic drops...Ground coffee beans and cocoa powder deliciously balances out the everlasting resinous hoppiness...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours opaque brown with a thin tan head and a fruity chocolate aroma. The flavor is also fruity and chocolate with some leather. Has probably mellowed with age into a pleasantly delicious brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9137) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
22 oz bottle (from notes 2008). Pours a clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, a hint of alcohol, honey, just a touch of roasted malt. Good mouthfeel, good flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a big beige head. Rpasted malt aroma with a little nuttiness thrown in. Some citrus hops, but low on the threshold. Rich caramel, roasty malt flavors to go with a slight alcohol presence and some fruitiness. Dry finish. Basically a malty beer that gets a little tiring. I love Stone, but this doesn’t do it for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8403) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle from August 2004 thanks to footbalm. It’s cool that footbalm no longer shows up as a spelling error because I finally changed the setting a few years ago- a true honor for Eric! Pours a cloudy brown color with a medium orange head. The aroma is sweet chocolates, some oxidation and fruit. The flavor is much like a thinish porter, some chocolate, light oxidation, a thin body. Toasted malts.


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