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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.


1.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Smells like dirty socks rubbed in bananas. Tastes like dirty socks might taste with some added bananas. Not a very pleasant tasting beer. Never again!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
Troubled pale orange, the head was pretty frail.
Lemon pepper at first, but then this strange aroma that Iíve never detected in a Beer before. It was hard to describe, soapy lavander is the best I can come up with. Maybe crushed szechuan pepper, but with an added perfume that made me think of that time I went to a Persian restaurant, the desserts were perfumed with rosewater and other flowers.
Matching the aroma, the flavors were like some strange concoction a holistic healer would make out of whatever weird herbs, magic powders and air freshener he had laying around his house (aka the Van down by the river). It had a taste of flowers and flour! It was quite complicated, and honestly, I canít even give you a verdict if I liked it or not. This truly is a case where giving this Beer a score is pointless for me, because the taste is something absolutely new to me and my brain is still processing it, trying to associate it with something and coming up with nada. I think at first my reaction wasnít too favorable (I would have given it a 3), but now a few days have past and Iíd be willing to try it again, just to see how I would react to a second dose (I would have gone up to 4).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Bottled. Mammoth, off-white head, lasting 3/4 through the glass, frothy, minimal lacing, albeit thick; clear body, incredibly golden. Aroma is rich and heavy: malt laden sweetness, strong citrus hops, alcohol, clove and with warmth the banana really comes out. Full bodied, some syrupy quality, lightly carbonated with lively bubbles, mouthwatering, yet very dry finish. Heavily malted, caramel, honey front followed by a nice bitter finish, a bit acidic, not overpowered by clove, but well blended; clove maintaining dominance but sharing with citrus hops(lime) and alcohol, touch of banana with warmth. Crisp, spicy, citrus//clove aftertaste, so dry...like biting into a percimon that isnít ripe, but not so bad. Not a typical Belgian(yay!), "American" style with all those hops... This needs the aging as itís kind of sloppy right now, like a freshly brewed barleywine only very complex. Iíll rate it again in a few years. =p

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Gold pour with some sediment. Still carbonated. Honey malt. Malty honey some oxidation present. Lemon lime. Tastes like a mix of flat sprite and a mead.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
Lemon scented geranium aroma.Medium gold appearance.Perfumey rose lemon verbena flavors with banana, bubble gum bread dough flavors emerging as it warms.Long perfumey flowery finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
This is going to be one heck of a good beer in a year. Its a little "young" and a little to harsh right now, but watch out... I would describe it as Belgian strong ale blended with a Hefe-weiss.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Aroma is very sweet, though not unpleasantly so. Yeasty overtones in the odor. Golden yellow coloring, with hints of amber. Very carbonated, and a small off-white head. Very dry flavor. Starts out slightly biting, and then goes into a very dry spot. Very yeasty finish, and the mouthfeel is light, but still substantial. Overall, a different kind of Belgian/Strong, which is kind of the point. Makes me want to track down the others. Another winner from Stone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer offers a hearty yeast aroma that is similar to the one given off by bread rising. There is a hint of orange that lingers in the back of the aroma. This thick beer tingles the palate with a robust wheat taste which fades to a sweet yeast taste that lingers well.

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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Expecting something special I popped the top on this.... low and behold..... what a letdown. Pours a yellowy golden color with a moderate bubbly head. Strong floral aroma that is almost too sweet and yeasty. Flavor was plesant, mostly banana and spice with a good ammount of hop in the finish. For one of the famned Vertical Epic beers this is a dissapointment, but is drinkable and who knows, maybe in eight years will be much different.


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