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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a light golden color moderate carbonation and a little white head. Smell is of fruit/hops. Taste is of bananas/spice/cloves and has a light hop finish. Overall a pretty good beer, but nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Pours a yellow/gold with minimal head. Hoppy aroma that led to a flowery mouthfeel. Some malt hides in the background but now quite enough for a good balance. Finishes with citrus flavors flowing through your mouth.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Light golden color. Aroma is a potent mix of ginger, cloves and assorted fruits. Semi-strong Abv. Very sweet, ginger is overbearing at least that’s what I’m tasting. The flavor reminds me of a mandarin hefe, in which I’m not to fond of. Dry, spicy hops dominate the finish. Not one of their best offerings. Will have it again when I have an upset stomach.

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 (1761) - 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 (222) - 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 (10532) - 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 (1785) - 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.


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