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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 531   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - 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 (3236) - 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 (3817) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
OK, itís 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 (5597) - 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 Iím 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 Iíd 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 canít be as wordy as their back labels, always a fun read!

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