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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
Had in March 2009, days short of the five-year mark of the bottle. First impression: It can’t be a hefe, but it strongly smells and tastes like a hefe, with orange and a unique kick-in of lime taste. Marvelous one-of-a-kind. Not lasting head, lighter colour.Above average mouthfeel.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Re-rate 2/2/13: Bottle sample at a Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy deep orange. Aroma of honey, caramel, fruits, some oxidation, chocolate notes and some spicy notes. Sweetish flavor of honey, fruits, caramel, a bit of spiciness and some oxidation. Light to medium-bodied. So-so. 6/3/5/2/11=2.7

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. Hazy orange with a white head. Really spicy aroma with some malty notes and fruits. Spicy flavor with lots of vanilla, fruits and some piney hops. Medium-bodied. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Crystal clear, light golden ale with a very small, creamy, white head. Spicy aroma with notes of lemon, banana, bubble gum, coriander and nutmeg. The flavor is very decently balanced despite the incredibly rich malt. Tangy and sweet. Full-bodied with a very oily mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Dry, spicy finish. I get no lime out of this beer in any way, shape or form. I hate lime anyway.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2010
Cloudy amber with a tiny white head. Hoppy aroma with floral and malty hints. Sweet flavour with lavendar, hops and fruity notes. Finished dry and bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a white head that starts at the edges and dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of light flora and musty grain with a bit of earthiness. Flavor has light grain with a decent of mustiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Golden body, smallish white head. Aroma is familiar but I can’t place it, perhaps the yeast? Triple like, slightly sweet aroma with some alcohol pushing its way to the front occassionally. Flavour is sweet witha vague touch of something like lime and mild spice. Palate is smooth, but a touch light. Very nice beer that might have scored slightly better with a bottle to my self.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours turbid orangish with a John Madden sized white head. Aroma just like a bier de garde aroma, with citrus, malt, hops, some fruit, florals, peat, and slight lime. Tastes citrusy, dry, very bier de gardish, with a final dry, slightly sour burst of citrus, lime, peat, and banana. Good complexity and well hidden alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma surprisingly brought brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, some slight earth, then it went into the more predictable lemon, orange, grape, and slight herbal notes, ever so slight oxidation but not bad, especially as it warmed up. Taste is a nice mix of brown sugar and vanilla, mixing into orange, biscuit, bread, hints of earth, slight orange, grape, pear notes, a slightly weird herbal note, finished fairly sweet.


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