Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
22oz bottle @ Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear copper in color with brown head. Aroma hops, malty and caramal. Taste hops, malt and toffee with bitter finish. Very impressive for 5 year old beer.

pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
22oz bomber from andrew. thanks for another oxidized beer, drew.... pours a dark caramel amber brown with a thin light off-white head..... aroma of heavily oxidized papery malt. ... flavors of less oxidized caramel malt, quite dullened in flavor with medium carbonation. tastes like it has been aged and past due.

shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009

August 2004 / Rating #2100

1/06/2009: Stone 8th Anniversary Ale... Aroma: Extremely malty paired with aged dark fruits, plum, some gracefully aged citrus hops, and even a hint of "granny smith apple, chocolate, and candied fruit" (according to my wife). Appearance: Deep golden-amber color, nearly opaque; Fine, shimmering carbonation bubbles, but there really isn’t any foam on top except for a slowly bubbling mudpot-like effect in the middle. Flavor: Richly caramelized malts, toffee, slight cooked chocolate pudding, plum, slightly vineous, and a touch of smoke; warming alcohol more and more apparent when it warms; slightly dry finish with a good level of "grassy" (as described by my wife) bitterness to balance out the maltiness. Palate: Medium and smooth, but starting to get a little thin; very little carbonation. Overall: Still very good, good complexity; this seems slightly past its prime though, so I would probably think about drinking any remaining bottles sometime in the near future...

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (7.8% Alc. Vol.). Rating #457 for this beer.

zizzybalubba (1868) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours reddish-orange with an impressive (for its age) head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, and grassy hops. Big, bold flavors that teeter between a Belgian ale and a DIPA. I don’t know what this tasted like fresh but 5 years later this is simply awesome. An outstanding beer.

Drake (13726) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a copper-red color with a small head and floaties. Aroma is toffee and raisin with some herbal notes. Taste is toffee, chocolate, caramel, nougat and a citrus, herbal hop bite. Full bodied. Hoppiness pretty impressive for its age.

Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
@ Immy Backyard Throwdown. It poured a dark brown. It had a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma and taste.

malrubius (2895) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Amber with head and lace. Toasty caramel brown sugar aroma. Toasty brown sugar carmale fruity flavor. Cloying. Sticky.

j12601 (11573) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin white head. Aromas are all caramel, malt, and a light plum. Flavor follows the nose mostly, with little bits of sweet caramel and malt. Finishes with a light bitter.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an amber body with a thin white head. Caramel malt, etoh, chewy with hints of sugar and grass, oxidation and tobacco notes. Still okay.

Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2009
0.65 l bottle (2004 vintage), thanks oh6gdx! Hazy mahagony color with creamy head. Sweet, flowery, fruity, nutty, chocolatey and warming aroma. Tasty flavor with chocolate, nuts, fruity esters, waming alcohol and some hops. Nice nuttiness and alcohol warmt.

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