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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikeclj (15) - 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

   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.

   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. I’m sure it will age nicely for the next 7 years, when I’ll 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 you’ve got a bottle, hang onto it for a while longer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changus (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2008
One of the first brews I ever tried when I turned 21. Nice golden color flavorful orange nice bitter sweet flavor. Aroma is super sweet and pulls you in. Bold mouth feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Head: I think my glass was dirty -- no head to speak of. Aroma: Mexican banana candy; phenol city; vanilla bean. Color: gorgeous clear straw. Would have preferred more funk in this brew for the purported style (Biere de Garde). Looks good nonetheless. Flavor: too many phenols. Some wet cardboard. The banana esters predominate a little too much for the style. Don’t notice the lime leaf much. I’ll wait and try again. Palate is a bit thin. Liked the 02 much better

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Achilleos (11) - Santa Maria, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bought this bottle, just to try and I wasnt dissapointed. Yes it has overtones of bananas and first taste I could definitely taste chilis on my palette. A thin white head when poured from bottle. Heavy carmel coloring that has definite appeal to it. I was quite surprised by the taste. I would use this as a opening beer on a tasting tray. I think it would surprise even the most discerning beer drinker.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikevid (11) - - MAR 27, 2013
Darker than night, but with a very strong warm scent like fresh banana bread. Sweet, bitter, fizzy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
785pro (10) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
All in all a pleasent ale, still enjoy Double over this one. Good over all apperance, very strong citrus and yeast flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhblane (6) - USA - APR 25, 2004 does not count
Poured an orangy pale color into a Stone tulip glass with 2 fingers of frothy, white head. Hints of yeast sediment are seen pleasantly floating around, which is to be expected, as this beer is meant to age until 2012. Aroma of light bread, banana and citrusy lime with a hint of alcohol at the finish. Flavor is lightly acidic and sweet, quickly turning pleasantly bitter and crisp and dry at the end. Very, very refreshing! This tastes like a good young Belgian Trippel, yet is very complex, a few months/years should allow the flavors to meld into something very special. I have a case in the old cellar to sample randomly over the next few years, if I can keep my hands off of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blazingstar (4) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 15, 2004 does not count
Light gold with a fine head that continues throughout experience. Not a very strong aroma, but has a hint of bubblebum or bananas. Taste is malty but no hint to the lime. Hop bitterness is subdued but in balance. Should develop very well over time. A little too young. Stone has done well in preparing for the future taste profile.

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