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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 522   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1370) - 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 (5016) - , 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 (2994) - 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 (12447) - 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. It’s very clean. There’s no heat. Finishes dry and something like a bitter wood - or maybe a lime leaf. It’s pretty tasty for over 8 years old, but I’m 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 (5432) - 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 (4617) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2226) - USA - DEC 27, 2012
On tap at Alewife’s Vertical Epic event - $8 for a 6 ounce pour. It was an interesting concept - offering all the still available Vertical Epics at one time and place. This was a good golden Belgian, with yeast, raisin, and biscuit flavors. It still tasted fresh after 8 years!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7550) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at City Beer. Pours golden blonde with a modest off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty sweet molasses and fruit flavor with the lime very evident, and a slightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma surprisingly brought brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, some slight earth, then it went into the more predictable lemon, orange, grape, and slight herbal notes, ever so slight oxidation but not bad, especially as it warmed up. Taste is a nice mix of brown sugar and vanilla, mixing into orange, biscuit, bread, hints of earth, slight orange, grape, pear notes, a slightly weird herbal note, finished fairly sweet.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Tap. Rating #465. This was better than I thought, picked up a little mustiness, but still decent. (2604)


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