BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden hue to this ale. Banana and clove are the primary tastes to me. Not really tasting any lime, but I do note the weizen aspect. Not the most well-rounded belgian Iíve had, but a nice, refreshing effort
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Bomber found in the back of a "secret" liquor store in north county!!! Pours with a big creamy white head, moderate lacing. Aroma still has a banana/yeasty/lime leaf aroma, its taste is more subtle. Flavor is creamy malts, smooth almost undetectable hops, a nice kick of beligan yeast, and a banana/lime leaf undertones that come out in the aftertaste. Light and crisp overall, definately worth of the word epic. Very refresing, and a rare treat I enjoyed very much. Nicely brewed Mr. L. Chase~
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden yellow, slight orange haze. Cloudy. Thick offwhite head. Citrusy smell with lots of yeast. Predominant lime scent with honey. Slightly dry finish, though not nearly as bitter as most other STone brews. Nice blend of hops and malts - slightly bitter with a full nutty flavor. Smooth in the mouth with lots of very fine carbonation.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, orange color, mild head, smell of orange peel, mild alcohol taste, spice, lime.
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Pours a bright effervescent golden body with sudsy white head.
S: Spicy, citrus soap aroma, clove, powdery yeast, bubblegum, pepper corns, lime, bananas and a touch of oxidation.
T/M: Dull fruit flavors, citrus, lime zest, honey wheat bread, booze and timid tartness. Body is medium and has gritty soap chalkiness. Carbonation level is nice a crisp.
O: Flavors are dialed down but after 9 years a truly impressive beer that was a treat to enjoy. Line was the key ingredient in this brew and the spices really complimented it. Easy drinking and smooth.
Serving type: on-tap
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent golden/orange color with a fine white head and light fine carbonation. Head retention is low and the lace is fine and sticky. Aroma is subtle but deep; fruity esters, malt a slightly grassy background with a hint of those lime leaves. Palate is full bodied with a light (syrupy) sweet start and a biting, slightly tart, finish. Flavor has an interesting contrast of sweet and lingering bitter finish.
Interesting but does not display much of the complex characteristics I had encountered the first time I had this beer closer to its bottling.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didnít really get that much out of this beer. It just seems like an average belgian style beer-tasty no doubt, but really didnít blow me away.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Bright clear deep golden color, Some foam oozes out the top of bottle as itís opened. Minty lime aroma, reminds me of gin. Floral and spicy, with mint leaves flavor. Light bodied, low carbonation. Complex bittersweet aftertaste reminds me of drinking tea.
Beer if full of flavor and very unique. In reading Stones tasting notes, the minty leaf flavor that dominates is in reality the Kaffir lime leaf, which pleasantly dominates the taste. Perhaps a bit thin, but otherwise very interesting beer.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn good. I liked the previous two years well enough, but this one is just the right style for me. Anything that tastes a little Belgian (the yeast strain was obvious at first smell and taste) and finishes like a German Hefe is fine by me. They are among my favorite styles. Add just the right amount of hops (but not over-the top) and youíve got a winner. Mmm... Wheat, clove, banana, and citrus. Bottle conditioned too! Stone should make this one a regular! Very surprising twist from Stone, and very different than the previous two years. I like! If this is just an experiment, then I hope they keep it up!
uvajed (171) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don't know quite what to make of this. It poured beautifully, with a thick, off-white head that left distinct lacing, and a wonderfully rich and slightly cloudy golden color.
The aroma is pleasantly sweet, reminding me of pears, and a tad spicy. The initial taste was rather shocking, being that all I could think of where bananas covered in pepper. My surprise and confusion subsided quickly and gave way to a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction as I began to comprehend this brew.
This installment of Stone's Vertical Epic really caught me off guard, but I plan to age a bottle or three for 2012, and likely another for a multiple-year sampling sometime before that.