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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Tap @ The Freakin’ Frog in Las Vegas
Dark brown color, well retentive head & spotty lacing. Fresh hops & cocoa aroma. Notes of figs, plums, raisins, etc. Tastes mildly hopped with a low amount of residual sweetness like maple syrup. Astringent finish. Very tasty anniversary.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5418) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Poured a glowing reddish color with a large off white head and nice lacing. Rather muted aroma of vanilla, caramel, and light roasted chocolate. Taste was bursting with vanilla, chocolate malts, light citric hops, caramel malts, and warming bourbon alcohol feeling on the way down. The roasted qualities really stood out strong here. Very enjoyable. Not like anything else I've had recently.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Medium brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, brown sugar and molasses. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty, carmely and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and herbal. Nicely balanced. A ramped up, hoppy mild/brown ale. Has a very nice nutty, oaky finish. Etched bottle as usual, and who else but Stone would use a word like floccinauccinilinilification on the label? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5250) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Pours a gorgeous garnet with nearly no head, save the whitish ring around the circumference of the glass. Nose is a rich roasted malt, light cocoa, wood, faint alcohol, and light vanilla. Taste is big malts with a definite woody presence. The alcohol comes out more here too. Light cocoa, light spice, faint caramel, and a timid hop profile. Body is medium full and a bit chewier than expected. The finish is more roasted malts with a tad more bitterness and a slight notion of alcohol with faint wood notes. GOOD beer! Got to get more of this!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
Amber, reddish colour with a small tan head. malty, toffee sweet aroma with notes of wood, vanilla and some light hops. Malty, light roasted bitter flavor with a caramle sweetness and a hoppy fruity touch. Thanx to Jannik for sharing this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5143) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I was a bit leery of this one after reading the reviews and descriptions - it really didn’t sound like a style that I’d like. But whadduya know, it was really impressive. Really nice reddish brown with a sturdy tan head. Nice chestnut aroma, with hints of cinnamon and allspice. Really smooth palate, Nicely nutty, malty spicy flavor, with just enough hops to mitigate the sweetness and balance it out somewhat, and just a slight and unobtrusive alcohol burn. Very full bodied and satisfying.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Very malty aroma and flavour with lots of chocolate. Quite mild.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Very dark brown with ruby highlights. Very large light tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, cardboard and pepper. The taste starts out fairly sweet with light peaches. The mouthfeel is fairly thin. Has a spicy pepper finish with some hints of vanilla. The taste also has a little bit of oak and some roasted malts. A very nice and smooth ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Deep amber light brown body with a very small head and a touch of lace. Aroma is malty but at first it is dominated by harsh upfront hops but mellows out to more malt as it warms. I can definately taste and smell the oak chips- especially when it warms. Lots of earthy and woody notes with vanilla hints in the finish. Great smooth finish.


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