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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Golden color, with decent head and carbonation. Aroma is Belgiany and fresh. Quite a unique aroma and flavor, possibly due to the lime leaves but hard to pin down. One of the best beers Iíve ever had, and considering itís so young and should age nicely, this could develop into a truly amazing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
22 0z. Apparently from the description I wasnít supposed to drink this beer until 12 / 12 / 12. But I didnít read that unitl I had opened it and was half way into drinking it. Beautiful color - dull orange / copper - no head though, I even tried to produce a head and not much came around. Sweet malty flavor, I picked up on apricot, perhaps I am sensitve to that aroma because it seems like I pick it out fairly often. A hint of wood, a bit spicey maybe smokey. Delicious beer with a kind of slick, almost oily, medium body. I would give it my recommendation but Iím not sure its even available any longer. A solid Belgian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Crystal clear light golden color with a medium head of tiny bubbles. Aroma of a Hefeweizen. Hints of banana & clove and leaves you with a clean palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is a pretty darn good beer, but not one of stones better beers in my opinion. furthermore Iím not really a fan of this style. But it was pretty clean and refreshing and the citrusness wasnít too overpowering. Stick to the real beers Stone boys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Slightly cloudy golden/amber color with a thin white head. Very different from the 03, and 05. Bannana, apricot and alcohol esters combined with a pungent bitter malt middle. Not a hop bitterness, something else. This one needs another year in the cellar.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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~

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