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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2342) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ben4321 (4027) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/25/13

Aroma:†The nose is OK, but pretty dull, with some malts, yeast, and a little cardboard
Appearance:†This one pours an orange color with an average sized head
Flavor:†Taste-wise, it really falls off, not only is it kinda dull, but it has oxidation on the finish
Palate:†The mouthfeel was not bad, but nothing special, light-mid body, and not the best finish
Overall Impression:† With the 04.04.04 we really got what we were expecting to get with the 03.03.03, but after that one was such a pleasant surprise, I thought we might be for a really nice vertical. Unfortunately, this bottle was less then stellar.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcos (1562) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 25th, 2013 during day 1 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours an orange cloud.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, orange.
Taste: Tasted like somewhat malty orange juice.
† † Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: After 03.03.03 turned out well, was a little disappointed in this one. Maybe the bottle wasnít preserved as well but I canít know. Hard to finish this one.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Great banana notes in both taste and aroma very light chestnut color definitely big beer and very smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1359) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle. opened 12/23/12. drank with father-in-law and brother-in-law. heavy copper pour with thin head. lively body. funky, wet paper, malty aroma. lively on tongue. mild funk, apricot, wet cardboard. holds up ok. perfume.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Served in a Stone Vertical Epic glass. Dry and bready. Medium body. A touch of yeast spice, but mostly just taste like bread. Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer is bright orange and hazy with a thin white head. The aroma offers mint, tea, citrus, malt, lime, kiwi. The flavor is a bit odd, showing signs of age. Well water, oranges, light toffee. Light in body with low carbonation. This was ok.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Tap at City Beer. Pours clear golden orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is lightly fruity. Maybe a touch of banana ester. Med body. Mild carb. Flavor is slightly woody/astringent with some Belgian yeast/spice and some lime/citrus. Hints of toffee. Itís very clean. Thereís no heat. Finishes dry and something like a bitter wood - or maybe a lime leaf. Itís pretty tasty for over 8 years old, but Iím thinking it was kept chilled all that time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5159) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma os sweet caramel. Tastes of sweet caramel, honey, fruity, with a medium bitter. A bit thin and fizzy for me. thanks brent

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a translucent golden with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of cardboard, citrus, various spices and bananas. Flavor of lime, cardboard, Belgian yeast spicy notes


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