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.
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What Stone’s Ruination is to hops, this beer is to Malt. Huge coffee/chocolate aroma with cereal underneath. Sweet liqueur flavor with vanilla and oatmeal.
Full bodied with a warm alcohol and buttery after-taste. Will enjoy watching this one mature!
MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much less hoppy than Arrogant Bastard. The dark rosewood color implies a heavy character but this ale is much more mellow. It has a clean finish with less a hint of fruitiness and carmel I’ve found in other Stone brews.
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