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RATINGS: 525   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Consumed 2/13, poured dark with a nice sweet aroma. Flavor has become roasted sweet mellow, with a flat feel, but still nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a ton of yeasty floaters in the pour. Some light splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: Flowery and herbal with some light fruity undertones. Some plum with stale, oaty malts. T: Paper and light oxidation with some light caramel malts. Flowery notes with some mild glue and light lime. A little prune-like oxidation. M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Not much remaining on the flavor. O: Did not enjoy this one at all. The lime notes seemed out of placed and it made the overall taste take on an Elmers glue-like flavor profile. Serving type: bottle

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bought this one off the shelf over christmas, and it was sadly oxidy badly, it had a bit of a belgiany flavour, but overall it was difficult to drink, it was a drank pour too much oxy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3621) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours hazy amber with white wave. Clotted honey aroma and a very sweet and delicate taste. Smooth texture, medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
on tap at churchkey 1/4/13....also a bottle 1/26/13(which was oxidized and drain poured) so i’ll rate the draft. Pours dark yellow, no head, minimal carbonation. Probably the most disappointing to the VEs to me because everyone said it held up great and I thought it was fairly bland. Sweet, kind of fruity, but not much going on. Possibly it was just too old.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Clear golden pour with a fizzy white head. Lots of citrus and spicy yeast in the aroma. Surprising amount considering the age. Sweet citrus flavor at the start with a mildly dry malt middle and a very smooth and spicy Belgian yeast finish. Still has a nice smooth flavor to it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! Murky amber pour with some sediment and no head. How the hell does this still smell like booze? With more notes of orange pith, oxidation and sweet pale malts. Flavor is pretty similar with more candy sugar and yeast spice. Not terrible, they’re getting better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3534) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel. Pours a translucent copper with quickly dissipating head and no real lacing. Aroma is faint, belgian yeast and light citrus. Taste is faintly sweet, bitter citrus and a hint of belgian funk. All mild but really well balanced and the booze is well hidden. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (517) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Gold pour with some sediment. Still carbonated. Honey malt. Malty honey some oxidation present. Lemon lime. Tastes like a mix of flat sprite and a mead.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3268) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel and light sugar with a bit of cherry and sherry notes. Hint of lime and spicy yeast notes provide a nice contrast to the sweetness within. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel and sherry notes balanced by peppery spicy bready yeast flavors. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This was a nice beer and over the years the flavors have melded quite nicely. The lime aroma and flavor are different, but work against the backdrop of the other flavors.


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