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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Thanks to doulos31 for this one. However, this was the biggest miss I’ve ever had by Stone. In fact, take away the label, and this beer is nothing. The pour yielded no head and no lacing with a red-brown color. The aroma was a sour caramel, nothing else. The flavor was semi-sour caramel mostly with light chocolate mixed in. Light touch of coffee as it warmed. An annoying diacetyl/buttery type touch was present throughout. Hoppy finish with light pine present. The mouthfeel was the lowest part of the experience, just like water, kinda nasty. Not a very enjoyable beer for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
After all the good things I’ve heard about this one, I was very disappointed. I couldn’t finish it. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Then again, I don’t like Arrogant Bastard either. Perhaps I’m not "sophisticated enough".

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2004
on cask at stones 8th ann. beer festival: in my opinion these high rates are way off. im a huge fan of stone... but this is the worst beer ive tasted from them. i waited in a line that was about as far as the 50 yd line and took about 30 min just to get 8 oz of this stuff. they were pouring on cask through a sprinkler. very little carbonation present with a brown haze look to the beer. nose was staight up malt and sweet. flavors followed the nose, couldnt detect much hop flavor at all and some slight alcohol feel to the beer but not bad. mostly sweet crystal malt mixture almost an unfermented taste. dead on the palate with little body. ive had several british cask beers and this one probably was much better as just the mild??? but still thin and uninteresting. a huge disapointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Mahogany. Aroma of mainly malt (mixed nuts, burnt bread, tar, coffee and caramel), yeast, spices (ginger) and a hint of hops (algae and green plants). Easy to describe, but dull as hell. This is a muddled, cloying, malt driven mess in a bottle. It really is. Dry, roasted and toasted malts with hints of coffee, vanilla and brown sugar. The finish is rather alcoholic (bourbon), has a well established hop presense and is pretty annoyingly bitter. Unfinishable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Pours a deep ruby tinted amber/copper colour with almost no head at all. Nice looking beer aside from the non-existant head. Aroma of strong hops, caramel, honey, pale malt oak and some cardboard thrown in the mix. Medium-bodied; Sharp pungent bitterness showing some hops but basically all bitter maltiness. One-dimensional with little else. No aftertaste at all to speak of, also. Some sweetness detected in the taste, but the aroma is much better than the taste, and that isn’t saying too much. Overall, not a good beer, and should be respected no more than any sub-par lager from sam adams. Just like the commercial description dictates: they set out to make a ’stronger’ mild, and unfortunately that doesn’t seem to work at all here. This one seems like a mix between a bock, a mild and an apa. When will people realise that these beers are not as good as other people tell them they are? I will be the first to admit that stone makes some good beers (IPA still top on my list and Imperial Stout definitely up there), but most of their beers are not good. Name is not a factor on my rating, i’m basing my score strictly on the beer itself, the bottle/label aside. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 12-November-2004.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Deep brown/red, the color of dried blood. One-finger head is dense and tan, nearly yellow, with exceptional staying power. Unpleasant winey and caramelly nose, with stewed fruits and currants, pumpkin pie spice, and charred wood. The slightest bit of bubblegum as well. Tastes very "brown", very muddy, sour, alcoholic, spicy. Hops are in perfect balance, though. Palate is full and velvety soft. Roasty, woody, bilous, and extremely tannic aftertaste. Like eating mulch and tea leaves. It gets worse with time. I can’t believe Stone didn’t dump this failure. What a f***ing waste of money.

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