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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
I like this more than the '03 I just had at Obrien's. This is lighter in color, and more tripel like. It's also more crisp, and not as bready. Spicy, limey, slightly sweet up front, then dries out at the end leaving a chalky, bitter aftertaste. Actually didn't think I was going to enjoy it this much. IMO, better than the '03.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 18, 2005
Thanks to Argo0. Floral, hoppy aroma. To me the appearance was disappointing, but thatís just because I like my beers darker or cloudier in general. Copper color with a slightly off white head that didnít last very long. The flavor is good, a touch sweet (the Belgian yeast is apparent) from the yeast and the malts. The mouthfeel is smoother than one would expect for the amount of alcohol - but a bit sticky. This might go down too quickly... The aftertaste has some apple in it. I agree with other raters that this beer will get better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Light, clear and inviting. I especially enjoy the subtle bitter finish. The flavor is sweet, with banana tones such that is might just be the most belgian tasting american "belgian" iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2007
The aroma was fruity with a strong presence of lime (after all these years?). The aroma contained a light sweetness coupled to a wheat presence and a bit of spice. Caramel was also notable, but remained in the background. The beer poured crystal clear golden into the glass with a wispy white head which retreated in an instant but did last enough to lace the glass. The flavor was malty with caramel and a strong presence of the those darn lime leaves (will this stuff ever go away). The flavor had wheat and a tannic tea flavor to boot. The base flavors were good but the lime just did not trip the trigger. The body was medium full and with a moderate level of carbonation was well done. The finish was dry with lasting lime leaves that made me feel like Koala Bear sitting in a tree chewing on eucalyptus leaves. Enough already! 22 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 8, 2004
Good stuff. So buzzed I can't describe the flavors. Seriously, it's a fine Belgian style, better than the Sawyer's Triple from last year. Nice tartness, with a bit of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Good balance of sweetness and spice. I like the 030303 better, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Very pale with a golden tint, soft white foam. A confusing array of mild but distinct aromas, itís a border war between Belgium and Germany with Bannanas fighting oranges a peaches for supremacy. Medium bodied, it sarts soft and marshmallow-y then a hint of orange creeps in, followed by a subtle cherry pie flavor then some lime. Saisontripelweizen of the highest order!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured cloudy and golden, very small head. Hoppy and fruity nose. Inital pull is smooth and creamy with fruity notes taking up the front. A little hoppy and some light alcohol tones. All in all, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Poured dusty yellow with a quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is big and yeasty. Alcohol, pepper, and other spices. Flavor is yeasty, tangy and has somewhat of a liquid soap taste. Also citrus and orange. Not a real hoppy brew more of a peppery bite from the alcohol. Rather syrupy and thick mouthfeel. Seems a bit rough, but it will be interesting to see how it matures.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Golden color. It didnít have a big head but it had lots of hop flavor! It was a bit green at that point so I would like to try it again in 6 months to a year. Itís a good beer as I tasted it but I am sure it will improve with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Clear golden pour, smallish head, but nice lacing. Grassy, citrus aroma. I think Iím tasting the lime in there, and itís not something Iím really liking. Also, Iím not a big fan of the yeast. Itíll be interesting to see how it mellows...

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