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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Light golden to copper color and makes a thin off white head. Aroma is rather lighty malted, hoppy and slightly sweet. Banana esters, coriander spice, hints of orange-lemon-lime citrus, nice even hop/malt balance. Has a sweetness to the finish. Body is medium to full and lightly warms the palate. A fine ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Spicy aroma with notes of clove and floral hops. Flavor is malty with heavy spice and a somewhat off putting astringency. Slight earthy hops round out the finish Alcohol is noticeable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Very good ale. Very young. I’m going to buy another bottle and put her in the fridge for the next ten years...Right. Still another nice product from a great beer producing company and town. They’re taking a stab at gimmicks now which isn’t necessarrily uncool just...I don’ see beer drinkers waiting a decade to pop open a brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Pours a yellow/gold with minimal head. Hoppy aroma that led to a flowery mouthfeel. Some malt hides in the background but now quite enough for a good balance. Finishes with citrus flavors flowing through your mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
22oz bomber: poured into tulip glass, and can i say whoA BANANAANANAS? a hint of lime too in the aroma/finish. Cloudy light golden pour. and a nice frothy, thick white head. I wish i had started aging Stone’s vertical epic’s since 02.02.02. Tastes of banana maltyness, and a citrus fruity goodness, Slight hops on the finish too. i like it. i want to rate more belgians...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Appearance: A touch past golden. White head, moderate lacing. Aroma: Big banana/yeasty/lime leaf aroma, its taste is more subtle. Flavor profile: 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. Palate: Light and crisp as aforementioned, very refresing, heavier than most beers but relatively light for Stone. This beer was nigh perfection. I will miss it greatly.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Possibly one of my all-time favorites. A beautiful golden-colored ale with an aroma of bread and citrus, like walking through a lime orchard about 30 yards from an open window, through which wafts the aroma of fresh-baked bread. The mouth feel is mellow, malty and pleasantly yeasty, with a faint flavor of lime from the Kaffir that gradually increases in intensity, peaks at a pleasant, not overpowering level, then fades right behind the malt. I am fortunate to have a small liquor store nearby that has a stash that it seems only I know about....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
I had the chance to grab one of these awhile back and it’s pretty damn good! A bit fruitier then most Stone brews which is a nice break from the usual. This brew pours a nice burnt orange and leaves good lacing rings around the glass (good head, too). I only wish I would have bought more and cellared some... Oh well.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2004
Smell: first spice, yeast, and then alcohol; Backed up by slight bitterness. Flatness on the tongue; thin sweetness and yeastiness in the aftertaste. Slow burn from the upfront alcohol in the chest. Pale yellow with low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Best of the Verticals so far! Nice forthy head. Pale blonde color. Poured half glash, swirled the bottle and repoured on advice of the brewer. Brought out wonderful banana/yeasty flavor, nice compliment to citrus notes from lime leaves. Wonderful take on a Saison!


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