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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4.2
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I was a bit leery of this one after reading the reviews and descriptions - it really didn’t sound like a style that I’d like. But whadduya know, it was really impressive. Really nice reddish brown with a sturdy tan head. Nice chestnut aroma, with hints of cinnamon and allspice. Really smooth palate, Nicely nutty, malty spicy flavor, with just enough hops to mitigate the sweetness and balance it out somewhat, and just a slight and unobtrusive alcohol burn. Very full bodied and satisfying.

3.5
Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma consists of strong malt and lots of hops. Taste is quite bitter but well supported by the malt. I very much enjoyed this typical west coast beer. Now, I’m curious to try some other Stone Anniversary beer.

4.2
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2005
Not at all what I was expecting. Bottled 22 oz. pours a dark amber in color with strong floral hints on the nose. Taste is a bit on the caramelly side with a nice bitter hoppy finish. I was very impressed with this offering.

3.9
dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
22 oz bottle with a big thanks to richlikebeer for sharing this 5 year old retired gem. Poured with a murky light brown body and a small creamy beige head. Aroma had some serious oxidation notes creeping in but man did, they compliment this beer. Aroma of a finely aged barleywine, caramel, toffee, molassess and honey over some less obvious dark grains. Thinner body that still had lots of carbonation despite the age of this one. The flavor isslightly thinner then the aroma implies but notes of caramel, molassess, fleeting citrus and cardboard. Wow this one is holding up nicely even with 5+ years of age on it.

3.9
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Nice nose oxidized port nose aged woody earth caramel brown bread. Brown hazy reddish orange pour. Thin tarnish head. Caramel brown bread toast vanilla light wood and earth. Oxidize d sweetness honey. Held up incredibly well. Well carbonated. Good stuff lingering g light port notes.

2.3
jgb9348 (6258) - 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.

4.3
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2006
A brownish/amber pour with almost no head. An aroma of roasted malt is dominate. A flavor of sweet maltiness and a warmth that surprises me from the 7.8%. A pleasant bitter finish. When I opened it and poured it the aroma reminded me of a Barley wine but the look didn’t. I’ve had this beer before and had this one in the frige for a while. I don’t remember liking it this well. I wish I had another. I enjoyed it very much.

3.9
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Pours a gorgeous garnet with nearly no head, save the whitish ring around the circumference of the glass. Nose is a rich roasted malt, light cocoa, wood, faint alcohol, and light vanilla. Taste is big malts with a definite woody presence. The alcohol comes out more here too. Light cocoa, light spice, faint caramel, and a timid hop profile. Body is medium full and a bit chewier than expected. The finish is more roasted malts with a tad more bitterness and a slight notion of alcohol with faint wood notes. GOOD beer! Got to get more of this!

3.5
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Looks quite like a mild, with a rudy color and a moderate light tan head. Toasted dry grain aromas with just a hint of floral hops and coffee. A good smellin brew, plain and simple. A bold brown flavor. Start is quite sweet with a mild chocolate taste. It dries out in the middle with toasted nuts and and a hint of fruit. Finish is quite bitter with a sharp bite. This one loses it in the finish. Perhaps some time will help settle the bitterness. Late finish of cask wood and roasted malts. I like the concept, but just a touch too much. But than again, shouldn’t I expect this from Stone’s. Congrats on 8 years and keep putting out the great brews. Thanks Vac for getting this one to me.

3.7
thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2005
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent caramel brown colored body and a fair lacing. Its vinous caramel mild brown malt aroma complimented its vinous tingly mouth feel that soon faded into its finish. The flavor contained notes of vinous malty brown malts mixed in with a few yummy toasted roasted notes.


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