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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours reddish-orange with an impressive (for its age) head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, and grassy hops. Big, bold flavors that teeter between a Belgian ale and a DIPA. I don’t know what this tasted like fresh but 5 years later this is simply awesome. An outstanding beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Aroma has hints of choclate, and coffe, with a slight tinge of alcohol. Nice dark red amber color. Head is a peach orange color. This is a very tasty ale which taste like a comination between a porter and a imperial stout. Mean chocolate, coffee and some spicy hop tastes.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Served in a bottle, this ale is reddish-brown, almost purplish color. Light head and slightly cloudy. Malty, although not too much with a nutty aftertaste. Not as bitter as I expected, and actually quite good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer has a hearty roasted malt and caramel aroma that explodes from the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. This beer is mahogany in color and has a thick light copper colored head. This moderately thick beer offers a hoppy taste that fades to a nice healthy roasted malt taste. The roasted malt taste lingers well after the fluid has left the mouth.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Croikey, this is intense. Different from the usual fare, but in a good way. Maltiness and hops not so well balanced in this, but it sure does have a unique taste. Can’t remember much else because I was drunk half way through finishing the bottle..

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark amber brownish color with a thick creamy head. Smells of smoked wood chips, caramel, and hazelnut. Taste is very complex. A combination of hazelnut,malts,hops,some fruit, carbonation and it has that smoky flavor to it. This was the third time i’ve had this beer and aging does it very well. Another great brew from Stone.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
From bottle. Pours a dark murky brown with minimal head. Nose is dark fruits and sweet breads, with yeast on top. Nose is similar to AB. Taste has more of the sweet yeasty bread up front, but with a dry coco and some of that toasty/roasty in the finish. None of the AB bitterness though, as this goes down smooth and tasty. Palate is just the right consistency, not thin but not too chewy either. A fantastic brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Wow. Very nice. I must say that I was truly impressed. Wonderful brown color and nearly white head. Malty nose. Very full on the tongue- great presence. As the beer warmed, the oakiness really showed itself I thought and added a dimension that was much appreciated. I was very sorry to pour the last few drops. Cheers Stone to a successful 8 years and I am honored to have an association with you.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Whuppin aroma when first poured, delicious colour. Too bad I only bought one. Dry. Really Interesting flavour. Stone better write this recipe down and add it to their year round production.


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