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RATINGS: 515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. This time around we used some unmalted wheat, just the right touch of Kaffir Lime Leaf, and a really cool Belgian yeast. The result is a bit like a strong Biere de Garde / Saison-esque influenced beer coupled with some aromatic Bavarian Hefeweizen style phenolic banana esters, and a backnote hint of lime from the lime leaf.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Stone 04 vertIcal epic. 22oz bottle thx to matt... Pours a lazy orangey copper brown hue and a soft pillowy white head... Aroma yeast and papery carbonation with a dark semi-ripened fruit aspect... Ripened sweet dried fruit and yeasty notes throughout. Oxidized but still pretty drinkable. Thinner bodied due to length of aging. Good to try. 7/4/7/3/12

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Sampled from the bottle at a fun tasting thanks to kan and to matt for bringing the bottle. A gold orange color in the glass with a touch of white head.Aromas of doughy belgian yeast and bread. medium in body in your mouth. Flavors are not too enticing at all with some lemon, and citrus fruit. Spices and lime kick in and the finish is on the drier side. Not too impressed.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle consumed july 2011. Sweet doughy caramel. Oxidized cardboard sherry. Breads sweet medicinal wheat and spices. Come on stone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
22 oz bottle shared by Matt. Pours a murky dark amber orange pour, vicious glow with a good healthy haze, a decent bright white frothy head that laces ok. Aromas are citrusy, oxidzed malts, lemons and oranges, touches of bread dough, spice, vibrant oranges really seem to dominate. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering a decent bitterness, dry florals and citrus, oranges, spice, bread dough, pale malts, and a touch of spice. Really lost much of it’s base beer with age. Finish is lingering malts, bread, some toast, vibrant citrusy orange, some lemons, oxidized malts, cardboard, touch of suntan lotion. Ok, but it’s age shows. Give it the benefit of the doubt here.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lambent25 (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
A little boozy. Lacks any unique character to get excited about. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
22 oz. bottle via trade several years ago - I drank this with SuperDave in April 2011. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head. Surprisingly, there is some hops in the aroma along with the esters and a touch of oxidation. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, esters, light phenols, spice, and a touch of hops. Finish is a little dry. Medium body. I like this better than some of the recent VE releases.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14790) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Blind tasting at Yespr, 6 years old
Golden color; creamy head. Caramel aroma with light phenol and honey. Caramel flavor, ordinary body strength; a bit oxidised. Strong bitterness, but also warming alcohol. The final gets drier and a bit astringent. There are some hop qualities, but also some strange phenol. Nothing impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap into a taster...Medium tan beer with a very low carbonation level, not much head, no lacing...A malty aroma of bread, pineapple, honey and a touch of hops. Sounds like it would be really enticing but its not strong or defined enough...The taste is super light, misses most of the aroma, light wheat, floral and a little honey. Maybe its past its prime, maybe its just not great. Either way 6 years later don’t waste much to get it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draught at Small Bar Logan Square for the Chicago Takeover. Gold-orange color with a small white head. Very fruity aroma with some light oxidized character and a little lime. Round and fruity flavor. Definitely tastes aged at this point, but not very oxidized. Light malt character and no hop character. Medium bodied and almost flat. This is definitely rounding the corner at this point, but it’s not bad. I don’t have hope for anything not cold-stored though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2752) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
22oz Bottle at our 10-10-10 tasting. With a huge thanks to ditmier for sharing this. Pours out a copper/golden topped with a small head. Aroma was of spice, rich malts, light hops, and sweetness. Taste was more of the aroma with the spice and Belgian yeast driving the bus.


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