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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 527   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 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 (2376) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Golden body with suspended sediment, white head receding, banana nose. Banana flavor, minimal alcohol presence. I would have expected more citrus from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Pours medium golden with a big frothy head that almost completely dissipates. Aroma is, to me, bank on for the style. Estery, lightly fruity, and yeasty. Flavor is fairly light and is indeed somewhat hefe like, except that this is obviously higher gravity that a hefe. Up front flavor of banana and spices. Finish is lightly hoppy and alcoholic. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 Not entirely sure what Stone was aiming for, but my glass turned out to be an absolutely top notch hefeweizen. Medium gold with big rocky head, nice lacing. Nice layer of yeast on the bottom too, donít know how anyone could miss it. ;) Aroma is that of a hefe, spice, clove, pepper, touch of banana. Really quite a bit like Weihenstephaner (sp?). Nice full mouthfeel, a bit of wheat character, and then an explosion of clove, banana, spice, hint of lime, and a truly beautiful depth that pays homage to the Belgian character that lurks far in the background. I waited two months before opening this hoping things would come together based off initial reviews, and I think this baby has peaked right here right now. RERATE: 10 years later, it is an oxidized hot mess. Flavor wise, it isnít so bad, but clearly oxidized, just some residual sweetness left.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Best of the Verticals so far! Nice forthy head. Pale blonde color. Poured half glash, swirled the bottle and repoured on advice of the brewer. Brought out wonderful banana/yeasty flavor, nice compliment to citrus notes from lime leaves. Wonderful take on a Saison!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Aroma is of yeast, cloves, and maybe some bubblegum in there as well. A blonde honey color that is pretty trasnparent--slight haze. Nice fluffy white head. Start has hints of yeasts and bananas. Sweet honey flavors in the middle, hints of gumball in the finish. This must be those lime leaves. Small hop kick to finish. This is a very sweet belgian style beer. Not so sure how much I like it. The alcohol isnít detectable, but it could certainly use some haze in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3120) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Bottle: Good nose. clove, lemon-lime. Orange gold color. small to no head, though I poured slow. Sweet and spicy, Clove,coriander, little honey, lime, plasticy, almond. Creamy, syrupy with a fruity finish, its where I found banana. Very tasty, though Iím not a usually a Belgian fan. I kinda get what they say on the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3737) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
Deep gold, off white head.Yeasty clove nose.Flavor of yeast, coriander and cloves with medium strong alcohol heat in finish. To be fair, this is an interesting beer, but I donít like this style, or this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Very gold and urinelike. Lots of banana flavors with mild bitterness. good brew

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