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RATINGS: 527   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Aroma of over-ripe banana overlayed with clove and buttered popcorn (almost certainly unintended). Appears with a slightly hazy golden hue with notable effervescense and a very slight white creamy head that, though modest, lingers and laces nicely. Sweet bready taste at the start that is quickly overpowered by horse blanket that stays to the finish. Alcohol content is covered nicely. Palate is thin, light and refreshing with a bubbly tingle of carbonation. While I would not typically enjoy a drink with these attributes, somehow this one comes together into more than the sum of its parts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Orangish-gold in colour topped by a medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly yeasty with a touch of spice. The flavor is slightly sweet with a nice banana flavor. Yeasty notes with a slight bitter hoppiness. Grassy, citrus flavor. I guess this is the lime. I like it, I think Iíll try it in one of my future brews.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Poured a golden color, with a medium white head. Aroma was yeasty and fruity. Flavor was slightly sweet, not too bad, this was a different flavor for my taste but not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2004
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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
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~

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 8, 2005
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Bottle, orange color, mild head, smell of orange peel, mild alcohol taste, spice, lime.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2004
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2004
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.


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