dhblane (6) - USA - APR 25, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an orangy pale color into a Stone tulip glass with 2 fingers of frothy, white head. Hints of yeast sediment are seen pleasantly floating around, which is to be expected, as this beer is meant to age until 2012. Aroma of light bread, banana and citrusy lime with a hint of alcohol at the finish. Flavor is lightly acidic and sweet, quickly turning pleasantly bitter and crisp and dry at the end. Very, very refreshing! This tastes like a good young Belgian Trippel, yet is very complex, a few months/years should allow the flavors to meld into something very special. I have a case in the old cellar to sample randomly over the next few years, if I can keep my hands off of it.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#550 on my beerwall, much lighter than i expected, nice golded color. Had some spice, maybe cloves? kinda citrusy and acidic tasting, don't know how im goin to wait till 2012 to taste the aged product.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon scented geranium aroma.Medium gold appearance.Perfumey rose lemon verbena flavors with banana, bubble gum bread dough flavors emerging as it warms.Long perfumey flowery finish.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal clear deep rich gold, with a huge white head and tiny bubbles that last as long as the beer in your glass ... just what a lager would look like in heaven. Nose made me smile ... yeasty beer with lemon? Is someone at Stone playing a joke on me? Will this be lemonade? Taste made me laugh ... they ARE playing with me ... Belgian bready yeasty taste, with German wheat, American hops, and could that be lemon or lime juice? Certainly too much citrus to be just Cascade or Willamette hops. What is this? Time to read the label! Yep ... that sounds right. How would I rate this? I guess I like it a little better than the Omegang equivalent, so it should come out about a 4.0 when I key this in. I like the lime, I like the reduced bready yeastiness, I like the balance.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2004 Pour is a clear golden amber with a small off white fast fading head. Nose is sweet, flowery (yeasty?) and peppery. The flavor is really complex: A touch of honey, a hint of lime, some light mint leaf. Finish is spicy and kinda dry. Smooth on the palate with a lingering orange peel, minty aftertaste. Unique., but does NOT live up to it's reputation.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden body with nice lively carbonation that lasts for a good while. The head is made of fine white particles. The aroma is sweet and biscuity malt and yeast. The flavor is a blast of malt then followed by a good dose of hops and lots of yeast in the finish. There is a defeinte citrus component that I amhaving a hard tome quantifying. Body is medium, finish is dry and crisp. All and all a nice belgian style ale. Should age very nicely.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice gold/copper color with a small head that leaves excellent lacing. Nice lazy carbonation that slowly makes its way up to the surface. Aroma is sweet estery yeast with a nice light spiciness. Nice banana and pepper notes. Overall the aroma reminds me of Stone's Sawyers Triple. Flavor is a nice sweetness blended with some citrus hop notes. I actually do detect the lime notes from the lime leaf. One of the most unique aftertastes of any beer...a dry bitterness combined with a smooth (a hate using that term) finish. The body is very clean and refreshing. Overall another great offering from Stone.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Sampled May 2005
This beer pours with a prodigious pale tan head that is held up by a medium level of carbonation. The head sits atop a slightly hazy orange-gold beer. The aroma is softly spicy with notes of vanilla, ginger, soft yeasty notes, and a note that is unmistakably from the Kaffir Lime leaf (a mix of lime and woody lime pith). The taste is dominated by the lime leaf up front, it actually seems to have intensified in the past year. This beer has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it, which is accentuated by a hint of vanilla. There are some nice herbal notes here that finish off with a bit of balancing sharp astringency in the finish. This is my favorite vertical epic so far, I don’t see it lasting all that long, but it is pretty good now.
Sampled April 2004
Pours a clear gold-copper color that is topped by a cream to tan colored head. As I pour this beer I get some good solid Belgian yeast aromas (spicy, and peppery, with notes of orange and a soft creamy vanilla thing going on). This smells sweet and thick. The taste is a bit sweet, but not as much as the aroma suggested. I must admit that this is quite a bit better than I was expecting. Nice sharp Triple character with some light dusty character combined with a lemony spritzy character. There are lots of interesting herbal spice notes, and it finishes with a bit of an astringent note which balances the sweetness up front. This is quite good now and, once again, I have serious doubts that this will last until the end.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy spritzy lemon and slight banana aroma, looks like a glass of honey, sticky and sweet with hints of cloves, alcoholic and big
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Sweet and quite spicy, this release of the Vertical Epic is like a Belgian tripel, but more malty with a moderate and somewhat unpleasant bitterness toward the finish; The finish is also a bit tart and perhaps with a bit of lime contributing to the bitterness, but it's hard to say if this isn't just the power of suggestion at work; Nose is pretty much just sweet honey with perhaps a touch of spice; Golden apricot color and only very slightly cloudy; Off-white head is small on the pour and disappears into nothing soon thereafter, leaving absolutely no lacing