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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2009
22 oz bottle. Consumed 11/14/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with a small tan head. Tinge of sweet herb, touch of nuts. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation. Note: I will rate it a *notch* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing due in part to the age of the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5633) - 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 isn’t 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 I’ve had and I can’t 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5574) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5569) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5541) - 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.

4.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an amber body with a thin white head. Caramel malt, etoh, chewy with hints of sugar and grass, oxidation and tobacco notes. Still okay.

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.


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