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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

 
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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 Lees 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 Lees 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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Attractive looking ale being burnt amber in color with a nicely retained tan colored head. Aroma is encouraging as well represendting aromas of roasted malt, caramel, with some faint (for Stone) hoppiness in the background. Flavor is quite mouthfilling with very pronounced, profound roastiness, nice wood, malt, smoke, a dash of hops and a twinge of alcohol. Right up there with the 7th, but not quite as good as the 5th or 6th. Quite a nice ale considering they probably made a bunch of it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Rosewood color, beige head.Very bready aroma, some caramel, a hint of hops. Flavor toasty, woody. Some dried fruit and alcohol. Im not sure whether its complex or cluttered. Fairly quick finish, some bitterness. Oddly light-bodied. Kind of rough around the edges; it might well benefit from aging. I know this is supposed to be good, and Ive really liked the other Stone products Ive had, but this just isnt doing it for me tonight. Maybe if I hadnt just had 750ml of Cuvee Renee Id like it more, though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2846) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Appearance is a reddish brown with a moderate beige head. The aroma is caramel, cherries, grapes, and nutmeg. The flavor is a heavy malt AND hop assult. An awesome mixture of sour fruit, coffee, nuts, and pine. This one is a slow sipper that would be excellent to have this fall. Im impressed and very shocked to find this one in my neck of the woods. Another good one from Stone!

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Chocolate, coffee, roasted, nutty malt (M-H); flower and pine hops (M); date, maderia, toffee and brown sugar aromas. Average sized, creamy, off-white head sits on a muddy, dark, red-brown body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately biter finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: unique, I have absolutely nothing to compare this too! Thanks a bunch Em!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Deep red-brown body, medium-thick light tan head. Nice earthy aroma with caramel and toast balancing classic grapefruit/pine hops. Pretty full-flavored body with chocolate, toast, caramel, plum, and a touch of grapiness mingling with piney hops and hints of citrus rind, finishing bitter and slightly astringent. After a few sips the finish really became rough; this beer is rather harsh around the edges with too much alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Otherwise its a nice brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottled: Deep ruby brown hue with small but lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of piney and fruity hops, caramlized malts, smoke, wood, light mocha and vanilla, and a pronouned spice on the end. The taste starts bitter and spicy with a dose of bourbon barrel. The midsection is mostly malty and has chocolate/vanilla tones. The finish displays more wood and spices as well as a nutty dryness. The feel is like that of a watered down barleywine, teases you for a moment but never really bites the palate. Lightly sticky and traces of alcohol warming. Missing that something on the tongue. A good beer which does show room for improvement with a moderate aging. I look forward still to trying this in a few months.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
dark burgundy brown colour. aroma: chocolate spice with a hint of caramel. fl: zangy nutty peanut. pal: pretty thick.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
22 oz bottle; fresh: thick, dark, cloudy maroon body with a tan cream that has red bubbles during the pour, and persists as a patchy foama spider web of lace sticks to the edges. Large malt aroma walnuts, almonds, dark berries, raisins, and cherries. Full malt flavour balances a mild piney hop presence and a sweet raisiny sugar. This one sat very well with me highly drinkable and tasty, what a beauty this would be on a beer engine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Diminishing tean head, mint/tea/coffee smells. Lots of pecan-walnut stuff floating around here. Gorgeous red mahoghany color, tad cloudy, looks thick and viscous, clinging to the sides of the glass. Cocoa smells emerge. Tastes like weak coffee mixed with tannic nut rinds. Aftertaste of hazelnut-cocoa-chocolate. Sticky aftertaste. The most coffee-like non-porter I have had. This was entirely different. I have to admit it kinda grew on me.


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