Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

Stone 8th Anniversary Ale

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

7.8% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 11400 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank949
Overall Percentile98
Style Rank41 of 722
Style Percentile94.3
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.784
Weighted Score3.717
Standard Deviation0.439

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  • CYBERCAT 10140 reviews
    rated 3.6 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours barely translucent chocolate brown with a nice beige head. Aroma offers roast malt, caramel and toffee tones. Flavor features roast malt, toffee and chocolate tones, rather delicious. Mouthfeel presents fair body and fair fizz. Happy any anniversary!

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottled (thanks jjpm74!). Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is bready toffeeish along with some winelike notes. Oak and vanilla as well. Some slight alcohol. Flavour is raisins, bread, quite grassy along with some alcohol and spices. Has aged well!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    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.

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a heavily hazy dark brown with a yellowish tan head. The aroma is a heavy maltiness with a minty note of aged hops floating on top. A bit of shortbread from the malt. Fairly straitforward, but this has aged excellently.

  • AABREWER318 475 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Thanks J for splitting this one! Healthy beer.... A murky leather brown color, a small head. A spiced bready aroma... It has some quadrupel qualities. Full, filling mouthfeel, Fine bubbles...... Flavors like damp forest floor, caramel, dry coffee roastedness, a mellow sweetness, vegetal/savory. Those oak chips come through and some leafy hops in the end with a mild Hearty bitterness... Has done well with age..good american strong!

  • ~WELDER~ 279 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    took me a while to find this, but i did!!! it looks like a dark cloudy brown, almost like mud, with little head. well it stands up to its name STONE strong brown ale. i can smell some spices in it. nice medium/heavy body. taste a lot of hops and wheat. it has this woodsy/earthy taste to it. it has a coffee bean taste to it. great beer and happy to finaly have it!!! thanks jlozier~

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Toasty and mildy nutty and roasty aroma, very grainy with a bit of wood. Dull brown with a bit of haze and a wisp of foam. Surprisingly well attenuated and not sticky mouthfeel with nice, soft carbonation. Nice, big brown ale flavor, some alcohol heat, a bit of cocoa, nuttiness and lots of toasty malt. A good offering from Stone that has cellared quite well.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Thanks doulos31 for this one. Poured a dark brown withalmost no head or lacing. Aroma was a funky caramel mostly and some nuttyness to it. Flavor was overwelmed by caramel, as it warmed i did get some chocolate and nuttyness. Not the best from stone by far but okay.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    There is a lot going on in this beer. Poured a dark ruby brown with smallish head, but nice lacing. Aroma and taste was predominantly caramel. As it warmed, a whole lot of other flavors came out which balanced nicely...some smokey flavor, some chocolate and a little nut. This was a good beer, but it was a bit thin and weak. If only it were more rich, like the AleSmith Decadence, which I had right after this (similar but BETTER). This scores pts for me for being out of the normal realm of style. Enjoyable.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 2.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    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.

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