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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is hazy copper with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor is of honey, caramel, citrus peel, and belgian funk.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Pours a bright effervescent golden body with sudsy white head. S: Spicy, citrus soap aroma, clove, powdery yeast, bubblegum, pepper corns, lime, bananas and a touch of oxidation. T/M: Dull fruit flavors, citrus, lime zest, honey wheat bread, booze and timid tartness. Body is medium and has gritty soap chalkiness. Carbonation level is nice a crisp. O: Flavors are dialed down but after 9 years a truly impressive beer that was a treat to enjoy. Line was the key ingredient in this brew and the spices really complimented it. Easy drinking and smooth. Serving type: on-tap

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1068) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle, hazy golden pour. Aromas of citrus and herbs with notes of clove and banana. Flavor has a nice citrus zing at first with the clove and banana notes coming through in the finish. Very drinkable and has held up well. Props to StFun for the bottle!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3233) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a clear light gold with no head. Bready, caramel, cardboard, honey in the aroma. Tastes sweet and herbal. Light body and light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Hazy light brown pour. Spicy. Yeasty. Slightly tart. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2470) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
12/28/2013. 22 oz. bottle. Cloudy light amber color with a short white head. Itís amazing how well this beer held up. buttery and sticks aromas with honey, lime, malt and spice. Maybe past itís prime, but still very drinkable. Caramel, spice and light hoppy flavors.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draft. Continuing on with these beers that have been aged longer than they should have been. When this beer was released I was 18 and a freshman in college. I was in my third trimester of college. I remember I spent that trimester going to sleep early, walking up early, attending my PoliSci 101 class at 8 am. I didnít drink beer then. I didnít like it. I hated the odd sweetness of the cheap lagers that flowed like water in college. This is golden, small white head. Aroma of oxidation, weird candy lime notes, some mild generic sweetness. Mild clove. Flavor is sweet, lots of cardboard, weird old belgian spices, some candy lime notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Finishes oddly sweet. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3870) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured an orangish color with aromas of light wheat, citrus, malt and banana. Flavors are the same with some light esters.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Hazy amber pour at the sat tasting. Sweet but muddled. Flavors are cardboard and toast and caramel. Definite ly past its prime.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3, í12 Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass in Denver, CO. A: Very strong banana and coriander notes, with a sharp note of ripe plantain. Slight alcohol burn. A: Poured a deep coppery-golden color and very clear with a fine white head that quickly dissapated into a ring. T: Followed the nose closely. Strong flavors of creamy banana and coriander fade into a citrus, orange-lime transition with an under-stated, moderately bittered finish. Wasnít very complex. P: The body and carbonation were quite good for the flavors. I really enjoyed the subdued sweetness level, making for a nicely drinkable strong ale. O: Iím optimistic about this beer. While itís wasnít all that drinkable at release (the flavors are a bit harsh, and too bluntly separated, lacking continuity), the flavors are interesting, and Iím pretty confident that with age they will blend together into a truly lovely brew.


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