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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Had this as part of a tasting of the 03, 04, and 05. This one really stood out. There was a lot of drinking in a public place this night, so my description isn’t as detailed as usual. This had your standard witbier flavors - bright citrus and corriander, slightly tart wheat. But there were some extras as well: it definitely was bigger than a typical wit, the lime flavor hasn’t melded with the other flavors yet - it definitely stood out, and there was quite a bit more bitterness than a normal wit, such that it was out of balance. We’ll see how it tastes in another 6 years...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
22oz bottle. Light hazy color, spicy aroma, taste like black licorice. Interesting epic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle - yellow/orange in color with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Spicy aroma. Coriander? The flavor does not knock me out. I don’t typically care for spicy beers - this one is not exception. I get none of the banana notes from the description. There is a touch of lime notes just at the very end of the flavor that is pretty interesting. Palate is standard, nothing outstanding. I love Stone, but this one I’m not crazy about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours an egg yolk orange color with some suspended sediment, and a thin layer of ivory bubbles, with the concentration around the edges. Aroma is of nice malts, prominent alcohol, and some grass and fruit. Taste is of bready malt and fruit well blended with grassy bitterness and notes of brown sugar. Oily texture, medium bodied and lightly crisp, with ample carbonation. Ending is lightly sweet with some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Cloudy golden to tan color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of alcohol, butter, mild spritzy notes and yeast. Very full mouthfeel with booming malt, candy, yeast and some very minor lemon background notes. Alcohol is a bit too much out front in the aroma, but this is a very fine and enjoyable beer. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
Hazy golden color with a medium white head. Sweet malt, clove, citrus and banana aroma. Clove, banana, lime and citrus hops flavors. Crisp feel. At first, I was getting a very harsh metallic aftertaste about 15 seconds after each sip. It went away after a few minutes. Overall, pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Very glad I got this beer. Great floral, grapefruit, spicy aroma. Good deep orange, light amber appearance. Big creamy white head that lasted the entire beer. Pretty impressive. Very complex flavor. Slightly sweet, spicy, little alcohol. Not really too much like a Belgian. Crisp, dry. Great beer. Pumped for the rest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
22 oz bottle. This beer blew me away. Belgian style tripel/saison: lots of grapefruit, flowers, lemon and lime. I’ll keep my eyes open for next year’s concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Pours with little head and a clear golden body. Aroma is banana and yeast. Initial sweetness in the flavor with some coriander and clove coming in the middle. Finish is alcohol, light fruit, and dry and hoppy. Leaves my mouth feeling salty. I like it. The date of this brew is of significance to me personally therefore I have several more bottles to enjoy in the years to come and as I do I will update this rating.

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