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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2004
creamy spritzy lemon and slight banana aroma, looks like a glass of honey, sticky and sweet with hints of cloves, alcoholic and big

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
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

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly hazy golden, large frothy white head with so-so retention, and decent carbonation.   Belgian yeast, flora, citrus, and banana in the nose.   Detectable alcohol in the aroma as well.   Slight fruity spiciness up front, but somewhat muttled.   The Belgian yeast taste is quickly interupted with a bitter and acidic taste, result of the Kaffir Lime Leaf perhaps?   By the time it finishes, I get a metallic tinge on the sides of my tongue.   Respectable lacing tho.   The 8.5% makes an appearance after the finish, slight warming of the throat.   The aroma was unique, interesting, combining the Belgian yeastiness with a typical German Hefe, but the flavor was muttled with the Kaffir Lime Leaf (assuming).   Too much going on here, each trying to battle each other, only resulting in a quasi Belgian Strong ale meets German Hefe meets tin can.   Overall, I think the tin can won.   Drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
Very different... unique aroma of citrus, flavor is sweet ... yet some fruity bitterness... odd... yet enjoyable... powerful...raw... different than most anything else i have had... I like it but ... i think it needs time to age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
I like this more than the '03 I just had at Obrien's. This is lighter in color, and more tripel like. It's also more crisp, and not as bready. Spicy, limey, slightly sweet up front, then dries out at the end leaving a chalky, bitter aftertaste. Actually didn't think I was going to enjoy it this much. IMO, better than the '03.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Dark honey color. Very thick white head, almost looked like a nitro pour. Big time banana aroma. Lots of banana and citrus flavors mix it up with bisuity malts. Very sharp finish. Nice hoppy presence throughout. Would pair well with a variety of foods. Will probably be better with a little age, just to take some of the edge off the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2004
The beer as it jettisons from the 22 ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazy amber with a mountainous light tan and spumescent head, the lace a thick sealing sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a nice hint of yeast, biscuit like, also a smidgeon of hop spiciness noted, quite crisp and clean to the senses, start is rich in malt, somewhat sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, and a pleasing hop bite, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, another great beer from a great brewery, having said that I do think like the 03 that it will benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
Hazy golden color with a medium white head. Sweet malt, clove, citrus and banana aroma. Clove, banana, lime and citrus hops flavors. Crisp feel. At first, I was getting a very harsh metallic aftertaste about 15 seconds after each sip. It went away after a few minutes. Overall, pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
Slightly hazy golden orange color with a medium white head. The aroma was very citrusy...lemon, orange and lime with banana and some peppery/spicy hops tones. The flavor was slightly sweet...banana and orange tones dominate...lime and peppery hops bitterness in the aftertaste. The feel was mildly crisp...kinda soft and mildly thick. Better than 03.03.03.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 17, 2004
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. More than obvious date of 04/04/04. Poured out a golden straw yellow color, with a fast fading white head. It left a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aromas are of Belgian yeast, biscuit like, bready aromas. Phenolic notes as well. Not quite band-aid, but not far off either. Sweet, faint citrus notes way off in the background. Tastes of the lime leaves they talk about, but the yeast is simply overpowering. It's basically all I can taste. The damn yeast simply overpowers all other subtle notes of this beer. It could be much better than it is.


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