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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerly There (20) - Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Nice reddish brown color which extends to the decent head. Aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly. The taste is brown sugar/ toasted malt. The alcohol really isn’t evident. The hops are mild by Stone’s standards and come on in the end. They are grapefruitish and slightly metallic. An all right beer but weak compared to their previous anniverary offerings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Another excellent addition to the Stone lineup. Very warming, lingering malt flavors. The vanilla/bourbon influence is pleasantly clear. Not nearly as hoppy as most of Stone’s other brews, but I like the focus on malt in this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtrain (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Thin head. Nice deep red color. Nose has a big grape, some apricots, some chocolate. Musty, musky. Texture starts out a little bumpy but smooths and mellows to a nice finish. I thought of it as close to a barleywine crossed with a chocolate stout.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
Very sweet! Almost like a very watered down scotch if you close your eyes. The boyfriend says it reminds him of coke. I amend that to flat coke.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
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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