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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 532   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 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 Stoneís vertical epicís 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 (3597) - 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 (2270) - 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 (3509) - 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; canít say Iíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 3, 2004
This bottle conditioned beer poured a clear golden yellow with a huge white head. Aroma of banana, yeast. A nice beer and I really want to age a few to see how it develops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2004
"Juicy Fruit" was my first thought upon tasting it. In its infancy, it exhibits a lot of its lime leaf and ester character. The aroma is juicy candy too. THis sounds as if it were too sweet to drink, but it is not. It is just unbelievably fruity. Perhaps this would be sophisticated when it ages and integrates. For now, it?s something of a luscious bimbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Light, clear and inviting. I especially enjoy the subtle bitter finish. The flavor is sweet, with banana tones such that is might just be the most belgian tasting american "belgian" iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
This is going to be one heck of a good beer in a year. Its a little "young" and a little to harsh right now, but watch out... I would describe it as Belgian strong ale blended with a Hefe-weiss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle - yellow/orange in color with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Spicy aroma. Coriander? The flavor does not knock me out. I donít typically care for spicy beers - this one is not exception. I get none of the banana notes from the description. There is a touch of lime notes just at the very end of the flavor that is pretty interesting. Palate is standard, nothing outstanding. I love Stone, but this one Iím not crazy about.

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