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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10601) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1952) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Clear deep golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of Belgian yeast, and plenty of peppery coriander spice. Nice sweet malty and candi sugar flavor at first, turning more dry and spiced toward the finish. Pretty well balanced, but could use some aging, which I guess fits well with the theme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2004
My wife and I slightly disagree regarding the aroma here - I like the banana/clove, she thinks it smells a little too over-ripe (you know how bananas smell when they’ve turned all black). Taste was banana, clove, yeasty, citrus - ok, maybe I taste the lime leaf? - whatever the source, I like it a lot - a very citrusy tripple. Palate was very smooth and full. I’ll update this rating as I try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Clear golden pour, smallish head, but nice lacing. Grassy, citrus aroma. I think I’m tasting the lime in there, and it’s not something I’m really liking. Also, I’m not a big fan of the yeast. It’ll be interesting to see how it mellows...

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