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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%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5266) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (407) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle bought in Ft. Collins Colorado: What a wonderful strong brown ale! The alcy didn’t even makes it’s presence known to me cuz for me, it was all about the nutty maltinessin the early and mid stages and the soothing hoppines at the finish. Yum. Best regards, Bill

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
dark brown/garnet color with an orangish yellow head. Kinda fitting for a halloween brew. Sweet malty aroma, hint of vanilla. Choco-coffee flavor to start, sweetening out and finishing with a nice woody bitter. This is a delicious beer. Nice roasted tones, very easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. Happy Anniversary Stone!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
From a "1 Pt. 6 FL Oz" bottle - Pours a dark, caramel-colored liquid with a beige head and mild, sweet aroma. There is some wateriness about the foretaste, but the hops and roasted malts really kick in as the brew travels over one’s tongue.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
I read the label of this one, and came in not knowing what style it was. I had pegged it as either an Imperial Scottish ale or a dubbel. It pours deep ruby with a huge off-white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, fruit, slight peat, and scotch. Tastes malty, with hops, more fruit, some nuts, and heavy spirits at the finish, such as cognac and scotch. Marvelous complexity and balance, as with all Stone beers. Lightweights need not apply. This beer gets less respect here than Tina Turner did from from Ike. I suppose there are people that might accuse me of rating water from Stone as a 4.2, but those types of detractors and doubting Thomases can just kiss my hairy ass. Bravo Stone. Many are indeed not worthy.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Wow, far from the norm for Stone, other than the fact that it is over-the-top. This beer is quite malty, creamy and toasty. The Oak chips slap you in the face. Aftertaste is next to nothing. Doesn’t taste 7.8% ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Discofish (152) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
This pours a deep ruby color. Tastes smooth and malty with plentiful hops and hints of wood.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
Not at all what I was expecting. Bottled 22 oz. pours a dark amber in color with strong floral hints on the nose. Taste is a bit on the caramelly side with a nice bitter hoppy finish. I was very impressed with this offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle. Thanks MilkmanDan for breaking this out during your tasting on 9/10. Sweet caramel aroma that is barleywinish. Considerable alcohol presence and molasses in the nose as well. Beautiful dark amber in color with an off-white head. High alcohol comes through to the flavor. Sweet toffee notes. Tastes not unlike a Brachs caramel. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Opened this bomber in June of 2006. Pours a ruby almost cranberry red and brown depending on how the light was hitting it. Head was bubbly and tan, but went away quickly and just left some traces of a head. Great color, could use better head retention. Aroma was sweet and malty at first. I then started to pick up on some dark fruits, toffee, oak, bourbon and vanilla. It seemed like a year and a half of age has brought out the vanilla and oak characteristics a bit more. Flavor also had a good bit going on with roasty/toasty malts up front, followed by some caramel sweetness and a light bitter hop bite to close it out.


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