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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Hazy golden color with small white head. Aroma: I have NO idea what´s going on in this one. Cake, sweet cookies, some spicy lemon, feels like the original flavours have blended together. Bubblegum, sticky, rotten, strange moldy hay... Taste is: funky, yeasty, banana, overripe fruits, orange, chocolate, tastes a bit moldy, pineapple and other tropical fruits. More interesting than good...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear bright gold body with a thin fizzy white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is just as oxidized as the first two, which is to say plenty. No noticeable spice notes as far as the lime goes, though there may be a touch of yeast. The flavor is pretty poor, very thin and oxidized, though it’s a bit more drinkable than the first two. A little bit of alcohol on the finish and a little sweetness. Still not something that you’d want to drink a bottle of by yourself. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with light fizzy carbonation. Another clunker, that makes three in a row. Nothing even remotely resembling the commercial description left here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear yellow orange gold color. Minimal khaki head. Some orange citrus floral nose. Kind of bigger body. Lighter but kind of pronounced carbonation. Light sour, mild bitter taste. Yeasty, bit medicinal? Not digging it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
At Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Murky kinda opaque golden/copper with a fluffy white head with lots of lace. Nice perfumy aroma of grapes, fresh cut flowers, spicy orange zest. Flavor was zesty and smooth with a kind of wine-like essence, nice floral yet subtle hoppy bitterness, a little orange, and some gentle oak and toffee. Very nicely balanced and smooth, with nothing offending or too heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7470) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at Churchkey. Pours a clear gold with one ring of white head. Nose of nail polish, fusel alcohol, paint, plastic. Flavor of apples, almost like an ice cider, pear, a little candy, light spice. Medium bodied, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4161) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On two at ChurchKey in DC. OMG THIS IS EPPICK!!! Beautiful golden color with a small white head and great lacing. Honey, lime, and wheat aroma with sherry oxidation. Nice but oxidized flavor with wheat, honey, lime, and sugar. Medium-full body with a smooth mouthfeel and lowish carbonation. Surprisingly tasty brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Maybe it’s the age...but...not much aroma to this beer. If anything, reminiscent of a saké than anything else. Flavor brings out some more complexity and is sweet, but still a bit of a let down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1459) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6174) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1670) - 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.

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