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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 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 (2570) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Golden beer with a good white head. Aroma is a mixture of yeast, hops, lime, and malt with the lime and banana dominating. Taste is of yeast and malt with a little citrus - a slightly heavier wit beer with more depth. Very good beer that finishes clean, smooth, and has you wanting more. Alcohol is there, but not too strong. Not your typical Stone and I wish it would become a regular... Should not be classified as a Belgian strong ale - much less sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Thanks again to matta! Now this is more like it. Beautiful golden color - nice white head. Smells like a cross between a nice Belgian Triple and German Hefe. Banana fruit and spicy nose. Flowery. Smooth texture. Mildly bitter bite on the finish but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured cloudy and golden, very small head. Hoppy and fruity nose. Inital pull is smooth and creamy with fruity notes taking up the front. A little hoppy and some light alcohol tones. All in all, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Belgian style, obvious Belgian influences, with the yeast and orange peel characters. But i tasted a lot of American style hops in here (could be wrong, i dunno). Didn’t taste particularly Belgian to me. Interesting all same. Probably have to hang on to a bottle to let in soften. A little too much alcohol showing in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Head: I think my glass was dirty -- no head to speak of. Aroma: Mexican banana candy; phenol city; vanilla bean. Color: gorgeous clear straw. Would have preferred more funk in this brew for the purported style (Biere de Garde). Looks good nonetheless. Flavor: too many phenols. Some wet cardboard. The banana esters predominate a little too much for the style. Don’t notice the lime leaf much. I’ll wait and try again. Palate is a bit thin. Liked the 02 much better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 so they wanted me to wait until they year 2012 to drink it.so much for that..... overall a very nice beer.hints of orange,yeast,and sage in the flavor and smell.i got myself 2 more.one to age,and one to trade. re-rate june 4 05: this has become a bit more well rounded.the flavors ave blended well.ill try another in a year or so.

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