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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Clear, golden body with a very small, almost non-existent white head. Very interesting, fruity nose with the Kaffir Lime Leaf giving an interesting plant-like element that makes the nose excited with uniqueness. Sweet oranges, lemons, sticky honey, pale malt, light grains, banana and a touch of coniferous pine. The body is not too thick, but has a bit of harshness that will hopefully mellow out over time. The flavor definitely resembles the aroma, with the sweet fruits and unique spiciness shining through. The lime leaf is more subdued in the flavor than I would have thought, based on the nose. However, the sweet fruity malt is tasty and enjoyable. The finish has a distinct bitterness from hops and, presumably, the lime leaf. While it was fairly enjoyable, Iím a little disappointed. I donít know what I was expecting that made me excited about this beer, but whatever that was did not live up to expectation. Definitely solid, but not great, and hopefully time will turn this around and the really cool yeast will make a stronger showing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
22 oz bottle. This beer blew me away. Belgian style tripel/saison: lots of grapefruit, flowers, lemon and lime. Iíll keep my eyes open for next yearís concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Going from memory, nose of slight banana, cloves and yeast. Sweet malt flavor, lime was noticeable, fairly soft feel, enjoyed it. Strong brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Very good ale. Very young. Iím going to buy another bottle and put her in the fridge for the next ten years...Right. Still another nice product from a great beer producing company and town. Theyíre taking a stab at gimmicks now which isnít necessarrily uncool just...I doní see beer drinkers waiting a decade to pop open a brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2004
slightly more mild then i expected, still good. poured a golden color with a thin white head. aroma was mainly banana like with hints of spice taste had a fair amount of seet malts/yeast mixed with alcohol. some hops nice crips body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Golden orange with huge ricky head and lots of tiny bits floating throughout. Nose is banana and clove, hunts of bubblegum, smoke, and citrus. Light on the tongue, complexity is high for such a thin beer. Rich malts and strong hefe/yeasty flavors dominate. Some alcohol and toasty grain flavors there as well. Citrus lies underneath leaving the final aftertaste almost minty. Superb while fresh, canít wait to see how this gets with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours turbid orangish with a John Madden sized white head. Aroma just like a bier de garde aroma, with citrus, malt, hops, some fruit, florals, peat, and slight lime. Tastes citrusy, dry, very bier de gardish, with a final dry, slightly sour burst of citrus, lime, peat, and banana. Good complexity and well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Soft orange in color with a fruity nose. Palate picks up hints of wheat and citrus. Refreshing enough to quench your thrist after mowing the lawn, yet elegant enough to serve with fancy dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Pours clear golden with a light reddish tint. Not seeing the haze or sediment many others reported. Thin quickly fading white head leaves very little lacing. Strong nose consists of wheat, spice, banana, and flowers. Taste has quite a bite of bitter bananas, spicy lime, hops, yeast, wheat, flowers, and a light alcohol bite sneaking around in there somewhere. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. Nice and complex

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Banana and clove aroma, perfumy, reminiscent of a hefe-weizen. Dark gold in appearnce with lots of particalia. White head but not much lace. Rich and full-bodied and strong alcohol mouthfeel. Cinammon, clove, and ginger notes evident. Lime leaf adds a unique flavor. Very complex and outstanding. Smooth

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