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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
OK, it’s way to early to sample this, but what the hell: Perfumy nose (not quite enjoyable, but I imagine this would improve greatly with age), shimmering gold color and a tall fluffy head. Fruity start: orange maltiness that turns to a more grapefruit-like taste once the hops kick in. Medicinal ending and a odd bitterness - like an orange peel. Alcohol not really present. This should turn out to be an amazing beer in 8 year.s

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Deep golden color with a hint of orange. Initially large off white head that settles to a small lid after a short period of time. Fruit salad with a dash of floral perfume in the nose. Touch of cobwebs weaves its way into the aroma. You can tell this is hiding something. Light sweet spice greets you. Cloves and coriander. Middle is full of fruit, from oranges and bananas; to limes and plums. Fairly smooth with quite a effervescence late. Lime leaf really seems to come out in the finish along with a touch of tobacco. A touch disjointed but it has many qualities that intrigue me and a couple I’m not sure about. It does remind me of some strange brews out of the Netherlands. Anyone catch the vanilla late in the linger? Most intriguing brew. Wait now it smells like bleu cheese and pears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Yellow with a white head. Baby powder aroma? Fruity and malty beer. Belgian like. Ok beer. needs to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Well balanced for a Belgian. The yeast is definitely the forefront flavor, but I’d say that Stone did a good job balancing it against the honey malt and mild spiciness. A touch bubblegummy but well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Hazy golden in colour with a tight white head leaving a thick sheet of lace. Nose is spicy, yeasty with a strong character of banana and lime. Flavour is same, just fantastically complex and yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Hazy pale golden yellow color, finger high, tight foamy white cap, resides to an ever present skim and the lacing sticks in moderate stringy patches. Aroma is quite nice with a dried pepper toastiness over the base of lively citrus of lemon and lime skins. Strong and pleasingly persistant nose on this one. Complexingly layered flavors within every sip, quite a nice brigade of dried pepper and clove spice, maybe a pinch of salt too, make for a pleasing finish. The forefront is built up of a solid mild citrus fruit salad of lemon and lime zest mixed with some banana underneath. Feel is about medium bodied with a firm carbonation thats not overly biting, which I like, most triples have either too much ot not enough. This is just about right, a bit more creamy feel and body and it would be terrific for me. I really enjoyed the finish on this, spicy of pepper and citrus zest thats drying yet the body remains wet and firm. And has just enough alcoholic/ethanolic kick to keep you in check. Nicely done. All in all, this is one well put together, spicy little Abbey Triple. A bit out of the realm for Stone, but bless their hearts for being such pioneers of trying new dimensions in the brewing universe. Hmmm....no matter how hard I try, I just can’t be as wordy as their back labels, always a fun read!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Yellow with a white head. Phenolic aroma, baby powder? Fruity, malty Belgian-like triple flavor. OK brew, and maybe will improve with age, but definitely needs more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Thanks to my pal up in Philadelphia, dberger624 for trading out this 04 Brew!

Yeah, this is what I’m talking about, Baby!
You know how I like the Triple style… yep- yep!
Pours a Marvelous golden / orange body, and a most bountiful cotton mound of head! The aroma is walking into a Florida flower nursery mid spring! A bouquet of floral notes, jasmine, citrus blossoms, gardenias, and magnolias! The flavor is rather tropical sweet…suggestions of tangerine, papaya, and big bananas... Definetly noting a great deal of keylime pie, butter crust and all.. lovein it!! A yeasty-ness in the finish that is quite entrancing…. Slick WD40 palate! Great beer!
I’d love to have another for the cellar!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 bottled: was at a local bar this weekend when the bartender pulled this out...he knew i would bite. pours golden brown with a large white head. nose of citrus fruit and bananas. mouth nice medium bodied feel. more of the wheat bubblegum flavors pushing up and some crystal malt character, buttery and warm and ending with citrus. rminds me of an american triple. the 8.5 slips away without a peep. some yeast mustiness. this was the last beer of the night, so i couldnt appreciate it as much as i could/should. when the bill arrived....$25 f’n dollars. i know areas i can get blown for that. now i gotta try it again, when im sober to see what really was going on. rerate: 1 year later(6/05) i popped this open the other night with my father in law who is a huge wine buff. he was seriously impressed by this beer. with the initial pour the nose is largely lime wheat characters as the beer warms you get a most intest lavender flower killer nose. the body is quite perfect with a small warmth of alchohol that tickles the belly. rich round robust flavors. one of the most unique beers i’ve had, just wish i had more. this has matured magnificiently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2567) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
We should have saved it - we are to gready and we knew - damn it. Nice orange brew, medium frothy head, fizzy carbonation. Light orange nose, grapey bitter taste, also lime. Intense yeastyness. Medium long lasting.

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