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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 527   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2004
aroma is of belgan yeast. pours golden with a white head. flavor is sweet with bannanas and apples, a little bit of spicyness to it. overall a pretty interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottle. A slightly hazy golden color with a lush off-white to orange head. Strong grapefruit, yeasty, sugar, banana, and clove aroma. The high abv is noticeable, although it does not distract from the beer. The alcohol is accentuated by the dry spice. The flavor has candy, citrus, and typical belgian spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12943) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Golden particulate-filled body topped by big off-white head. Aroma is banana, some clove. Taste is medium sweet, banana, coriander, finishing with alcohol, giving the impression of a banana liqueur. Medium-full body. I will be curious to see how this will age, but at this point I am not overly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Very pale with a golden tint, soft white foam. A confusing array of mild but distinct aromas, it’s a border war between Belgium and Germany with Bannanas fighting oranges a peaches for supremacy. Medium bodied, it sarts soft and marshmallow-y then a hint of orange creeps in, followed by a subtle cherry pie flavor then some lime. Saisontripelweizen of the highest order!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Hugely fruity and somewhat exotic aroma, with suggestions of banana, papaya, pear, mango, tart apple, lemon zest, hints of spices and of the kaffir lime leaf, faint pepper and more; very complex yet festive. Medium golden color, amber cast, lightly sedimented and hazy with a lush, off-white head. Flavor is sweetly malty up front, progressing to a lightly bitter and mellow spiciness before the citric, estery and faintly yeasty finish. Quite refreshing for a beer with 8.5% alc. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent, body is medium-full. Unique and tasty. Thanks a bunch to Emily and Jeff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
22oz bomber: poured into tulip glass, and can i say whoA BANANAANANAS? a hint of lime too in the aroma/finish. Cloudy light golden pour. and a nice frothy, thick white head. I wish i had started aging Stone’s vertical epic’s since 02.02.02. Tastes of banana maltyness, and a citrus fruity goodness, Slight hops on the finish too. i like it. i want to rate more belgians...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Cloudy golden to tan color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of alcohol, butter, mild spritzy notes and yeast. Very full mouthfeel with booming malt, candy, yeast and some very minor lemon background notes. Alcohol is a bit too much out front in the aroma, but this is a very fine and enjoyable beer. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2004
22 oz bomber-pours a nice light orange hue with a big whispy white head. Aggressive carbonation and nice lacing! lots of banana, apricot, corriander, nutmeg and other spices on the aroma. foavors are strong and describe the aromas very nicely. banana and corriander are the most noted. I think this is a great beer even though it maybe "unbalanced" for some. 1-2 years of aging would do wonders to this one. The palate is a little bite-y, but I dont mind it. long hoppy/spicy finish with cool citrus notes too. This is close to being one of the best belgians i have ever had! Stone can do no wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Orange color with a huge soft & creamy white head, medium in body, very smooth & drinkable, banana & yeast in the nose, lots of fruit flavors, yeasty finish, hint of lime, very enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Bright orange-gold with a creamy white head. Creamy carbonation, medium-bodied. Nice and sweet malts, but they kind of take the back seat, behind the hops, spices, and yeast. Flowery, herbal hops with a mild bitterness. Interesting spices; can’t say I’ve tasted them in beer before (had a curious mint-like sensation). Notes of yeasty banana and spicy lime. Dryish finish. At first I found it kind of odd, but the flavors grew on me.

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