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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 532   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2004
In a rare occurance, this beer is pretty much exactly what the commerical description says itís like - practically glowing orange in color, with a large but quickly diminishing head - aroma of citrus, spice, and a belgian sugar thing going on - very spicy and peppery flavor - quite yeasty, grassy, grainy - quite saison/beire de garde like, as the description says - yup, the banana esters are there, too, along with a kick of lime in the finish - quite easy to drink, which, with the alcohol content, could get you into trouble - good, but Iím not sure its worthy of the epic series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 OK... I obviously wasnít patient enough to wait till 2012 as the bottle recommends. I can definitely tell that it would improve with age. A little mellowing wouldnít hurt it at all. Pour is deep golden. Well carbonated with a generous head. Aroma is of bitter fruit like grape fruit. Touches of yeast and hops in the aroma as well. flavor followed the grape fruit theme. Pretty good stuff. I will have to try it again in a few years.

Aged: 04 bottle tasted June 30 07, 3 years old. This beer has faded in vibrancy significantly. The fruitiness is still there, but it is now muted with more of the sweetness coming out. The flavor still has some of the sharp grapefruit, but it is still muted and some pepperi-ness from the Belgian yeast. I canít imagine this will be an exciting drink in 2012. Right now I rate it: 5/3/6/3/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Non descript bright copper with wan, reticent head. Aroma is similar to New Belgium Loft, except stronger with the lime leaf, gloopier malts and less of the fruity complexity. Flavor is quite sweet, which doesnít work well with the incisiveness of the lime. Bitterness levels are about right. It tastes bigger than 8.5% and the sweetness makes me whince a bit. An interesting effort, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Wish I could have waited a while but I got 4 of them, so the others will have to sit. It pours out a light gold color with almost no head to speak of. It has a fruity aroma. It has a fruity taste that is nicely balanced with malts and hops, will improve with age, but I had to try this one. One hell of a beer, just wait a bit and it will get even better.....if possible

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Big big big in the way only an American beer can be big. Yellow with orange in the color, especially fun as it first pours--very vibrant; decent head. The aroma: the real bigness, with orange, spices, vinyl, lemon (perhaps the lime?), very fresh. Not that sweet in flavor, really, with a yeastiness in the fruitiness. Interesting and enjoyable. A big thanks to TChrome for sharing his bottle with us.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Beautiful Straw color; fluffy white egg whites head. Belgian candy sugar nose- almost Duvel like. Right away hits the mouth with an amazing "roundness". Lot sof yeast, but not European like. Very American-like in itís "yeastiness". The Saison characters are not in place yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Bottle from the recent Dallas meet up, thanks guys. pours a cloudy dark yellow that is almost more orange than yellow. has a consitant white head.strong floral/fruity aroma. has a hoppy fruity taste thatseems to be of grapefruit. this is a little too fruity for me, but has a good hop flavor.

   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.

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