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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 512   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13353) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle, 22oz. Pours a slightly hazy golden body under a nice dense head. Orangey hops dominates the aroma, with some herbal notes and a malty sweetish aroma to give some balance. Sweet and fruity in the mouth, with white sugar, some alcohol and caramel. Full-bodied, slightly warming. Sweet finish. A nice beer, but too strange to be real good. (081229)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12535) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled @RBESGí05
Pale hoppy yellow, small white head. Citrusy, apricot nose. Medium to full-bodied. Sweetish grassy, some licorice there too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy golden body with a small off-white head. Aroma of mustiness and lime. Flavor of orange, herbal tea, banana, and cloves.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Golden particulate-filled body topped by big off-white head. Aroma is banana, some clove. Taste is medium sweet, banana, coriander, finishing with alcohol, giving the impression of a banana liqueur. Medium-full body. I will be curious to see how this will age, but at this point I am not overly impressed.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10902) - 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. Itís very clean. Thereís no heat. Finishes dry and something like a bitter wood - or maybe a lime leaf. Itís pretty tasty for over 8 years old, but Iím thinking it was kept chilled all that time.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/04/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005

hazy dark yellow, spicy moldy horse blanket aroma, dry malt flavor with a nice dose of spices, light body, will age help this beer?

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 7/20
Rating: 1.9/5.0
Score: *+/4
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10728) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a burnt orange color with some hints of gold and a fingerís worth of white head. S: The nose is quite sweet and surprisingly citrus heavy. A few more sniffs give off some vanilla, honey, and yeast esters (namely bananas). T: A similar story on the palate. Sweet vanilla, orange honey, and banana along with some spicy esters and caramel malt. A touch of tropical fruit, too. M: The body is on the light end of medium with a carbonation that seems to be a bit low too. D: The low carbonation does not do much to quell the intense sweetness of this beer. Good flavors, but like drinking a sweet mead at times.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10540) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with a medium white head. Good complex aroma of malt and citrus. Medium body. Very good flavor of malt and citrus with a long balanced finish. As good or better then 2005.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10412) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Golden colour witha white head. Aroma is dry, spices, malt. Flavour is sweet, dry, spices, hop, alcohol, malt, flower. Nice beer.


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