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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 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. I’m 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. They’re taking a stab at gimmicks now which isn’t necessarrily uncool just...I don’ 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, can’t wait to see how this gets with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - 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 (2393) - 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 (1447) - 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 (3737) - 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, don’t 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 isn’t so bad, but clearly oxidized, just some residual sweetness left.

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