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RATINGS: 532   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18322) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle at TradeBook featuring Mark 160817. Thanks Per! Cloudy beige/ brownish beer with a small head. Malty fruity aroma, yeasty, caramel notes, raisins, figs, herbal notes. Fruity caramel aroma, raisins, grapes, yeast notes, slightly spicy, figs, some citrus, hay notes. Quite nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16523) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16197) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15304) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle. Faint spicy aroma, not the pungent type, but very subtle, hint of fruit. Hazy golden colour. Very small bubbly white head. The flavour has some caramelly hop and malt notes. Hint of sweet, spicy fruit. Quite sweet, but attempted balanced by the faint fruit note. Seems a little alcoholic, but is not as flavourful as it could have been. 737317

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, perfume, some floral notes, and a bit of oxidation. Flavour brings out notes of perfume, citrus fruits, some floral notes, and light spices. Somewhere between a saison and a light Belgian strong ale. Past its prime for sure, but not too oxidized. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14183) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - 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.

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