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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - SEP 30, 2006
On Tap at Stuffed Sandwich. Amazing, utterly awesome how this stuff is so smooth with a few years of aging. Malty and roasty, definetly coffee caramel chocolate flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle. Pour is dark amber with a very small off-white head. Heavy sweet malts dominate the nose--like a light Barley Wine. Flavor is more roasty malts, some chocolate, alcohol, and like every Stone beer, some hops. Very drinkable. Had this about a 1 1/2 years ago and didnt enjoy it as much. Maybe my palate has changed (well it definitely has), but it probably is aging well too. Stone is still a favorite in my book. Make it available in NC. I will be the REP!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
I never got to try this one fresh so I cannot comment on that I have recently found a stash of thes and they are great. Man they fly off my trading shelf, people just want more. Very dark with not much head. Super rich malty body with some bitterness but mostly dark fruits and molasses. Strong alcohol presence. I love this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Red-brown with a small head with very little lacing. The aroma is woody with a note of chocolate. The flavor is of bitter hops with notes of chocolate and oak. Bitter throughout. Creamy in texture. A good strong aggressive beer: I LOVE IT!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Thanks to richlike beer for this one. Pours a nice amber color with just a little head to it. Has a nice molasses and wood smell to it. Taste is very similar but with a little vanilla. This may be an American Strong but it sure smells and taste like a barley wine at this point.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11382) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Got this bottle from Holiday Wine (with some effort). Pours deep dark ruby with a beige head. Aroma is warm coffee and toast and chocolate. Flavor is fruity and chocolate with some tobacco accents. Quite mellow. Very pleasing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Thanks riversideAK! Milk chocolatey nose, dry dark bread. Murky mousey brown. Great balance between toasty caramel and ashy grain. Creamy finish. Everything I love in a dark beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Great dark red color with a creamy head that soon goes away. Aroma is a fine mix with some yeast, a heafty does of malt and some roasted spice feel as well. Flavor is a more of a leafy malt taste, such a robust flavor of malt complexities. This ends with such a fine suble somkey roast chocolate malt flavor, just like Johnny Walker Black Label. This is not quite up to the Stone Over-The-Top ideal except for in the very subtle malt crazyness. (Yes, I did just say Over-The-Top and sublte for the same thing, which I think makes this a clear Stone brew.)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Medium brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, caramel, nutty, brown sugar and molasses. A medium bodied ale. Malts are nutty, carmely and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and herbal. Nicely balanced. A ramped up, hoppy mild/brown ale. Has a very nice nutty, oaky finish. Etched bottle as usual, and who else but Stone would use a word like floccinauccinilinilification on the label? Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
After reading the cornocopia of verbal loquatiousness present in liliputian white lettering on the parabola that defines the container in which the mystical fluid was ensnared, I was ready to imbibe. I extracted the cap and the brownish liquid poured forth into a splended goblet that reads Duvel. Aromas of chocolate and carmel dance up past the rim of the glass creating a wonderful fruity fragrance. As the elixer danced on my tongue and proceded dowm my throat, I was reminded of roasty munich benevolence, combining malt with hops in synchronicity which has remarkable characterizations similar to a scottish ale. Malt lovers delight, and only lacking in subtle smokiness.


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