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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 RERATE: After aging a bottle for over six months, an entirely different beer so pleased my lips I had to give it it’s props. Apple cinnimon buttterscotch aroma with a rich mellow kick. Color is dark and mysterious. Flavor is deep chestnut sweet with macadamia and coconut highlights. Much more complex than the fresh product. Prunes and toffee match the more concealed alcohol. All acridity has subsided as has the hops mellowed into a perfect symphony.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazyvin (1901) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2004
More malty than hoppy for an ale. I found the malty notes quite intriging. It was sweet but not too sweet, some wheat like notes too me. It poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head which didn’t last long and did not need too. The one down side was it seemed weak on the stomach it could have been fuller.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 i picked this one up in l.a. today along with another stone and two alesmths.i read the back (or tried to) and it said this is sort of a spin-off of lee’s mild.i read some other people thought it was a bit less hoppy than most stone ales.i agree, and kinda think its a good thing.i love stone but variety is the spice of life ya know. it poured out with a very nice head. dark amber color,beautiful aroma,and very nice smooth taste.stone hit a home run with this one. MAY 2006 RE-RATE:lovely mix of chcoolate,butterscotch,and vanilla/bourbon standing out in the aroma and flavor.very well balanced andim guessing at its peak right about now.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Mmmm...tasty. Pours brown with a small off-white head. Smells of leather, and vanilla with some roasted grain along with earthy hops. Flavor is slightly nutty with a lot of earthy hop flavor. Bitterness is well balanced by the sweetness from the beer. Alcohol level is well hidden. This is dangerously easy to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 24, 2006
From a bomber dated August 2004. Man, the past few days have been crappy, so I popped the cap on this to give me a lift. Stone, as usual, does not dissappoint. Pours a deep, dark, hazy amber with a light tan head. Complex nose - cetainly malt, plus chocolate and a nice roastiness, all on top of a light hop. Overall, there is an earthiness to this aroma, almost wood or bark. I have seen other raters use peat in their reviews, maybe this is what they meant. Flavor is also complex, malty, earthy. The borbon influence is apparent, and so is the alcohol to some extent, but it all just goes together; it works. Finish is a roasty, bitter chocolate, hangs a bit in the mouth, leaving a bitterness that reminds you of the experience you just had. I opened this to lift me, and lift me it has, into a calm, warm familiar place. Simply lovely.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bomber. Pours a carmel-red color with a very light tan head. Sour aroma gives way to a smokey, roasty, malty flavor, with carmel and sugared fruit notes. Mild hoppiness on the finish makes this one damn warm and smooth offering. If I were running stone, I’d unretire this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (4872) - 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 didn’t. I’ve had this beer before and had this one in the frige for a while. I don’t remember liking it this well. I wish I had another. I enjoyed it very much.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Had this for awhile, finally decided on opening it. Nice brown color. Foamy head tight bubbles no lacing. Strong nutty malt aroma with some sweet corn syrup or brown sugar notes. Dry bitter nutty flavordefinitely some bittersweet chocolate in there and the oak chips added to give that vanilla bourbon flavor are very apparent, solid brew here. Love it. Finsihes a dry bitter nutty flavor solid warmth from the alcohol engulfs your torso. Umm good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a very dark ruby brown with almost no head to see. Nose is caramel, pine tar, and nutty. Flavor is still there, though the alcohol seems to be peeking out quite a bit. Nuts at the start and as an aftertaste as well. It really hits stronger after a few seconds longer. Most lasting palate experience that I can remember off of just one sip. Feel is thick, almost syrupy. Drinkable for sure. Masterfully crafted and seems to still have life left. Never had it fresh, but this seems pretty good without knowing the difference.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.


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