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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 514   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1170) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
A - pours clear light golden amber with no head, some lacing. S - very faint odors. Musky citrus leaves, lightly floral, hints of grains, honey. M - medium bodied. Simple sweet palate. No carb. Lingering sticky honey. T - overbearing honey, floral notes, up front. Honey, citrus notes, grains on the palate. Lingering sweet doughy (cheap sugar cookies) musty citrus leaves and caramel malts on the end. O - simple sticky sweet honeyed floral golden. 3.4 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3196) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
On draft at church key in DC. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Fruity aroma with hints of orange. Bread, hints of lime and banana in the flavor. Short bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1661) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours a slightly cloudy gold. Aromas of funky yeast, spice, banana, honey. Taste is more of the same, slightly boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2192) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz from tap at Brouwer’s in Seattle, leftover from Vertical Epic night. Rich orange, grayish head. Sweet orange, yeast, spice. Juicy body with some sweet herb spicing. Tasty for an American belgian style, quite enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Light transparent IPA orange. Caramel and booze-soaked citrus. Some oak, and lemon candy. Quite juicy, and not in the least bit dry. Somewhat like a stale (but quite tasty) DIPA. I like it.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Cloudy dark gold pour. Looks great and a surprising amount of carbonation for the age. Bready aroma. Taste is amazing especially for the age. Very fragrant and flowery lime flavor dominates. So good. After a few sips the farmhouse and bittering hop qualities start to make their presence known. Very impressive how well this held up.. I’d buy a pint of it on tap tomorrow.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (3132) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Aroma of banana, clove, caramel and spice. Taste of yeast and the lime really makes it somewhat sour for me. Oxidation is all over this brew and it shows mineral water notes.The lime with age didn’t really work for me. Medium body and flat carbonation. For 8 years old not terrible.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12. VE night. Thanks to Travlr for the pour. Full haze lighter golden to straw pour. Good white foam dwindling. Spotty lacing. Nose is full on perfume, candied orange peel, lemon verbana, sage, rosemary, white pepper. Very perfumey. I like these types of beers though :-) Taste is spicy, herbal, big sage, garden freshness, rose hips. I’m down with this. Oily to near sticky palate doesn’t ruin it thankfully.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) clear medium gold, no head. Nose of lime, spice, alcohol, aged hops. Taste is very herbal, spicy, hops held up surprisingly well, a bit of alcohol heat, interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (687) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours clear orange red to medium brown. Nose is citrus and mild oxidation notes. First sip is key lime flavors with malty aldehydes also present. Finish is mild apple cider like qualities. Not bad.


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