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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8795) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7994) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7909) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"4 years later can’t taste the influence of the oak anymore. it was a pretty drinkable beer, but as the years have mellowed the already lower than normal hop prescence, it was good but nothing really special. maybe a different story when it was fresher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7754) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Poured brownish with off white head. Aroma of sweet maltiness, toffee and a whiff of hops. The taste is dominated by a couple layer of malt: sweet, roasty, biscuit like and maple syrup. A certain fruitiness and hop bitterness rounded out the flavor for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7583) - 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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