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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 ďAnniversary-izedĒ version of Leeís 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 Leeís 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle thanx to Jannik. Hazy red colour with a small beige head. Sweet caramel malty, dusty wood, light roasted, nutty, hoppy aroma and taste, light alcoholic. Medium to full body with a sweet dry, light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottle: Aroma is malty with a strong caramel presence. Definite roastiness. Lightly hoppy and the alcohol presence is noticeable as well. Pours a dark reddish-brown (very slight transparency) with a small tan head that diminished somewhat quickly. Strong caramel presence in the flavor. Slight chocolate is there but not a dominant flavor. Only slightly bitter finish with lots of roastiness. Alcohol isnít noticeable whatsoeve at first, but as you drink flavors intensify including alcohol which just barely starts to peak thru as well as some coffee notes . Very well balanced. Slight caramel and roasty aftertaste. This is the 3rd American Strong Ale that Iíve had and I canít say it resembles the other two (Avery 10 and Arrogant Bastard) all that much. Maybe a little like AB without the over the top hops, stronger coffee notes, and harsh aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Nice nose oxidized port nose aged woody earth caramel brown bread. Brown hazy reddish orange pour. Thin tarnish head. Caramel brown bread toast vanilla light wood and earth. Oxidize d sweetness honey. Held up incredibly well. Well carbonated. Good stuff lingering g light port notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5685) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5682) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I was a bit leery of this one after reading the reviews and deScriptions - it really didnít sound like a style that Iíd 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5580) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2006
A brownish/amber pour with almost no head. An aroma of roasted malt is dominate. A flavor of sweet maltiness and a warmth that surprises me from the 7.8%. A pleasant bitter finish. When I opened it and poured it the aroma reminded me of a Barley wine but the look didnít. Iíve had this beer before and had this one in the frige for a while. I donít remember liking it this well. I wish I had another. I enjoyed it very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2005
This anniversary, the ale is a stoked-up mild. It does look like one, brown with orange highlights and a creamy tan head. The aroma is chocolatey and fruity, sweet malts, all accednted by some herbal hop scents. Medium-bodied, it has a solid malt flavor, anise and candy, chocolate, and some earthy hop bitterness. The alcohol is hidden until the finish when it lingers in the mouth and nostrils. Decent, but not exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Cloudy brown with no head. Aroma roasty, chocolate, and citrus. Taste of choclate and orange, brown sugar, mild banana, roasty taste, and a crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2004
An interesting concoction indeed - the closest style I could compare it to would be an English Strong Ale, in color, aroma and flavor - dark red/brown with a slight tan head, aroma and flavor dominated by roastiness, some chocolate, nut and caramel - all the ESA elements are there - but other characteristics defy that classification - the aroma has subtle notes of vanilla and bourbon, and the flavor contains some of those vanilla hints, with touches of spiced rum (perhaps the "spiced" aspect comes from the hops) - top that off with a smokiness much like a scottish ale, and you have one unique and tasty brew.

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