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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2004
Light hazy golden color with bubbles rising to the top. Creamy white head. Spicy aroma, pepper. Some citrus, malt, banana in the flavor. Light carbonation, well balanced. I like this better than the 03.03.03. Seems to be a good aging beer too. Bought this 22oz bottle at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2004
Smell: first spice, yeast, and then alcohol; Backed up by slight bitterness. Flatness on the tongue; thin sweetness and yeastiness in the aftertaste. Slow burn from the upfront alcohol in the chest. Pale yellow with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
Poured clear orangey-golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a thin foam. Very belgian aroma, fruity, yeasty and very sweet. Initial flavor is tart and sweet intricately mixed and dancing on the tongue followed by a bready middle and bitter, slightly acidic finish. Mouthfeel is moderately full with crisp carbonation. This one does seem like it will benefit from some aging - after all, it is supposed to last another eight years - and I look forward to trying it again in a few months (then again in a few months after that, and a year or so after that etc...). Grin!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 8, 2004
Good stuff. So buzzed I can't describe the flavors. Seriously, it's a fine Belgian style, better than the Sawyer's Triple from last year. Nice tartness, with a bit of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Good balance of sweetness and spice. I like the 030303 better, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cornholio (3) - USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
Crisp golden ale with banana / clove yeast flavor and aroma typical of many Belgian ales. First sip finds the beer very bitter for the style, although the bitterness fades after a while. I don't taste any lime, maybe some age will mellow the hops and allow other flavors through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2004
This brew pours with an orangish-gold body topped by a thin to medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly yeasty with a nice banana note and a touch of spice. The flavor is slightly sweet, with nice banana notes, similar to banana nut bread, with yeasty notes and a slight bitter hoppiness. Medium bodied, crispo and smooth yet slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Burning sunrise with covered by a veil of uniform bubbles. Minimal head if left to sit but easily replenished. Notes of Bubble gum, pineapple and peppery spices in the nose. Thick yeasty notes in the first sip degrading into spice with surprising spikes of juicy-fruit gum. It has a fairly light mouthfeel throughout the drink but thickens after the last sip has been swallowed into a thick tropical fruits and bubble gum. Fruit flavors become more pronounced with the addition of the yeast Very upfront in its flavors, should be interesting to see how this ages. (3.8) rerate june 05 Corriander, juicy-fruit gum, a touch of earthy herbal bitterness is becoming more present. Flavors are not a bright as I remember them and are mellowing nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours a golden hue, almost lager-like with a creamy white head that disapates quickly. Armomas of belgian yeast and bananas with a slight spice. The flavor is definitley belgian. The first sip...wait wait wait wait... I just brushed my teeth... let me eat quickly..... The first taste is spicy. Not hot spicy, but the spicy that tickles all of your tastes buds and leaves them gasping for air. This brew isn't thick in the slightest, but the flavors hit every point on the palate, it's kinda bizzare. mmmmm.... I hope this beer does better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 the clarity is scary for i'm not one for transparent beers...This one was pretty transparent and an interesting orange color..however, the second pour yielded a more cloudy pour...not too cloudy though..the head was white..poured semi-thick but settled rather thin, with a thicker ring...very yeasty and spicy aroma..i get a little orange peel and ginger, maybe some nutmeg/cloves, and in fact, after contemplating the aroma..i think i do notice some subtle lime citrus notes and some spilled 5-alive juice..yes..indeed i do get lime in the aroma ...spicy yeast flavors..ginger and mild orange flavors too, with growing bubblegum notes..I get subtle lime notes behind the spiciness, but I really had to search to find them...I'm just not a fan of this yeast i guess, because if the lime leaf was the only spice put in here, that's one freakin' spicy yeast they got there...Some soft banana notes come around too..fluffy palate though, which i guess i must say that i do like, though it needs more carbination..moderately bitter ending for a belgian-styled ale, and fabulous orange-flavored burps. Damn, that burp made me realize that maybe i do like this beer after all.

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