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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Pours a medium gold; quickly disapating white head. Distinct Stone hoppiness in the nose; tastes of strong hops and light malt. A good offering from Stone, but not one of their best. A good beer, but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Pours golden, with an aroma lemon and cloves. More fullbodied than I expected, with citrus, malt and banana tastes. Seems more like a weizen than a belgian strong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Nice golden hue to this ale. Banana and clove are the primary tastes to me. Not really tasting any lime, but I do note the weizen aspect. Not the most well-rounded belgian I’ve had, but a nice, refreshing effort

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Sparkling golden ale, frothy white head. Nose of banana, lemongrass, clove, bread dough, with a hint of pepper. Rich and sweet with a decent shot of citrus on the back end to try and balance. Never quite makes it with sweet malty notes winning out by just a bit. Full- bodied, super soft carbonation, spicy, dry, limeless finish. Good stuff, worth a try, but certainly not a Stone best effort.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Crystal clear, light golden ale with a very small, creamy, white head. Spicy aroma with notes of lemon, banana, bubble gum, coriander and nutmeg. The flavor is very decently balanced despite the incredibly rich malt. Tangy and sweet. Full-bodied with a very oily mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Dry, spicy finish. I get no lime out of this beer in any way, shape or form. I hate lime anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Golden in color with a small white ehad. Earthy,fruity aroma.Bready,yeasty,malty and sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Good Apple Juice amber color with a nice foam. Some fruit hints in the nose. Strongly tangy. Crisp and fruity. Nice texture. Decent bitters on the aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Clear gold with a creamy head. Nose is fruity, some sugars and lots of yeast. Interesting flavor, fruity and vaguely citric, loads of yeasts, some candy sugars, and a very odd set of spices. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head. Aroma is of hay, grapes, and other fruit. Flavor is of a light wheat and hay, bananas, some spice - cloves mostly, and something that changes between cotton candy, caramel and lime (wierd but great). The palate is very creamy yet the body is light to medium making it incredibly drinkable, damn near quaffable which can be dangerous at this ABV. Wheat and spice and everything nice would some up this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Sweet, somewhat tart aroma. Hazy golden color with white head. Tiny champagne like bubbles cascade up the glass. This beer tastes like a cross between a Hefe and a Saison. The label says its made with lime and would be good with Thai food. I imagine that combo would be great.


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