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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


4.8
   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 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.

4.3
   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!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whiskeyfairy (27) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Amber in color with a small ring of head. Looks a lot like apple cider. Strong smell of apricot. Taste seemed somewhat sweet for me. A little bit of hop taste but overwhelmend by the apricot. Had a short finish. Although I sound negative on this review I did somewhat enjoy sippin on it.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeerkatTampa (23) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Started our vertical with the 04. Lotís of yeast. Kind of like a Fat Tire mated with a port. Backgrounds of citrus, but it reminds me much more of an aged wine than a beer.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Great banana notes in both taste and aroma very light chestnut color definitely big beer and very smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNOB (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Thanks to Foolish Mortal for the bottle. This beer tastes exactly as once should expect it to - immature. Iím sure it will age nicely for the next 7 years, when Iíll probably try it again. The head was off-white and produced little lacing. The beer was hazy and looked like a Golden Ale in colour. There is a citrus scent (lime) to the beer, and a taste of ginger. It was astringent (high alcohol, tannins?) with a long, acidic finish. If youíve got a bottle, hang onto it for a while longer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drunkmonk (13) - hillborough, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2005
bottle purchased @ beeryard 4/04. nice golden orange, thin lacing head. complex aromas spice,fruit,yeast. yum spicy notes upfront, lead into somwhat citrus finish, slight bannanna esters. very nice, alcohol well hidden, gets better as it gets warmer. better than I remember last april. nice damn beer. gonna let the rest of the case sit even longer.


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