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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15092) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
20th November 2010
Cloudy gold - amber beer. Small off white head. Light semi soft palate. Sweet tripel like malts with herbs and spice. Seamless blend of ginger, lemon, floral things and a little sherbet. Finishes semi soft and semi dry. A few oxidisation notes at the start but they burned off quickly. If you have one of these - I would drink now!

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Achilleos (11) - Santa Maria, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bought this bottle, just to try and I wasnt dissapointed. Yes it has overtones of bananas and first taste I could definitely taste chilis on my palette. A thin white head when poured from bottle. Heavy carmel coloring that has definite appeal to it. I was quite surprised by the taste. I would use this as a opening beer on a tasting tray. I think it would surprise even the most discerning beer drinker.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange body with a thin white head. Some banana, caramel, and spicy yeast. A bit thin but has held up better than I anticipated.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4361) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Slightly hazy amber pour, with white head. Caramel, dusty bread, somewhat stale, yeast, light spice still hanging in there. Sure it’s over the hill, but it’s not terrible. Excited that I got to try it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
This poured a darker yellow to amber color with a small white head. Aroma was yeasty, and some spices, didnt really pick up the lime here, and some metalic notes too. Flavor was a bit of oxidation and minerals. some saison yeast and must and spice. Past its prime but not terrible.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Lightly hazy orange-brown, white cover. Aroma is cardboardy, light caramel malt. Taste is very caramel, lots of cardboard. This one is done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6489) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle shared by madsberg. Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is oranges, lime, caramel, light yeat and sweet caramel. The flavour is spicy lime, lemon grass, oranges, caramel, light yeast and citrus. Taken the age its a very good blonde ale. Thanks Mads!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear golden/amber - white head. Oxidation, nutty, fruity, walnuts, lime notes, caramel, toatsed, spicy notes, honey sweetness, light phenols notes, yeasty notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Cloudy gold with whitish head. The aroma is bland and sweetish with a hint of honey and grain. The flavor is a bland, flat honey (to rip off Shag, "honey from retarded bees") and slight seltzer. Some chalky malt notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Stone 04 vertIcal epic. 22oz bottle thx to matt... Pours a lazy orangey copper brown hue and a soft pillowy white head... Aroma yeast and papery carbonation with a dark semi-ripened fruit aspect... Ripened sweet dried fruit and yeasty notes throughout. Oxidized but still pretty drinkable. Thinner bodied due to length of aging. Good to try. 7/4/7/3/12


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