Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

 
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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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BeerandBlues2 (13307) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle from moejuck. Pours mahagony with a foamy and rocky tan head, some retention, lined lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted caramel malt( cookie, biscuit), alcohol, yeast (dough), floral and pine hops, nutty. Chocolate, medium sweet caramel malt, moderate bitterness and biting, scorching alcohol and perfumey hop flavor, dry at the end. Medium to full bodied, dry and fizzy palate.

3.4
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head. Aroma of smoked bacon and burnt grass. Roasted malt flavor with spices. Dry and bitter palate. Thanks for sharing Tad!

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Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours a dark amber-brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma is very roasted, sweet and malty. Rich-bodied and very toasty and dry, with a pleasantly sweet malt and nut flavor. Just a bit of hops make it well-balanced and nice to drink. The finish is toasted malt and caramel with a hint of bitterness. Overall this is an amped up Brown Ale that I could enjoy regularly.

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hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Poured a darker mahogany color with a smaller white head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, coffee and smoke. Lightly nutty and fruity. Should be interesting to taste this one after it has aged a little.

3.5
Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Smells and looks fruity yet tastes strong. An imperial mild, and given it started from a mild beer that makes sense. The bourbon and wood and roast in there understated. Quite good. Very good for a brown, peculiar for a strong. From a generous Yankee at Doug Shoemaker’s court.

3.7
slowrunner77 (12040) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"4 years later can’t taste the influence of the oak anymore. it was a pretty drinkable beer, but as the years have mellowed the already lower than normal hop prescence, it was good but nothing really special. maybe a different story when it was fresher.

3.4
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Burgundy coloured. Clear. Orange/yellow dense head. Smoked, sweet and light vineous aroma. Light hoppy, sweet and fruity (dades) flavour. Sharp somewhat onedimensional bitterness in the end. In my books the 7.th ann. was better. Thanks egajdzis for trading this to me.

3.4
j12601 (11706) - 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.

3.8
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Crystal clear, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Maple syrup, coffee liqueur, cashews and milk chocolate in the nose. Incredibly well-balanced for a Stone offering. Malty, but not sweet. Hopped up, but not citrusy nor floral. Flavors of milk chocolate and cola with a nice, raw bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, salty finish.

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daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. Rich amber color. I get wood, vanilla, caramel, and spices on the nose. Flavor is damn fine. Booze, vanilla, sweetness, rich honey, spices and roasty malts. Certainly a great beer. Glad i got to try this one!


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