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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 512   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly hazy golden, large frothy white head with so-so retention, and decent carbonation.   Belgian yeast, flora, citrus, and banana in the nose.   Detectable alcohol in the aroma as well.   Slight fruity spiciness up front, but somewhat muttled.   The Belgian yeast taste is quickly interupted with a bitter and acidic taste, result of the Kaffir Lime Leaf perhaps?   By the time it finishes, I get a metallic tinge on the sides of my tongue.   Respectable lacing tho.   The 8.5% makes an appearance after the finish, slight warming of the throat.   The aroma was unique, interesting, combining the Belgian yeastiness with a typical German Hefe, but the flavor was muttled with the Kaffir Lime Leaf (assuming).   Too much going on here, each trying to battle each other, only resulting in a quasi Belgian Strong ale meets German Hefe meets tin can.   Overall, I think the tin can won.   Drinkable, but not all that enjoyable.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at City Beer. Pours golden blonde with a modest off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty sweet molasses and fruit flavor with the lime very evident, and a slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured cloudy orange with a smal white head. Strong herbal, floral, perfumy odour of coriander, pepper, scorched wheat, hops and faint orange juice. Taste reminded me of orange juice laced with pepper and PVC pipe - very spicy, bitter yet sweet, with a long linger - odd. Mouthfeel is bitter, spicy, almost harsh, but the floral/herbal/perfuminess is very dry. I didn’t know what to make of this - as tupalev says, it’s like a biere de garde that works. I decided I liked it, perhaps last beer of the night wasn’t the best time to rate it .....

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a white head that starts at the edges and dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of light flora and musty grain with a bit of earthiness. Flavor has light grain with a decent of mustiness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
In short: A past due-date blonde Belgian Ale
How: Sample from a bottle at Dark-Lord-Day 2008. Unknown generous soul.
The look: Cloudy yellow body with a medium white head
In long: Aroma of an old banana cake. Body falling apart, super soft carbonation. Tired yeasty fruity esters. Some orange and bananas in honey. No oxidation or bad aging problems other than everything felt old and tired. I could feel that this was once a good beer but it is now more tired than a Wal-Mart greeter at the end of a 50% off everything day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
22. thanks, bigern! pours a crystal clear bright gold with a loose white head. big creamy toffee nose with lots of dry honey. creamy medium body with woolly carb. crisp light airy body with sage, honey, caramel, and toffee on the mid plate. long dry herbal finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. A great choice to end a night of beer tasting with. Pours a very hazy dark orange with an average size white head. Aroma is quite sweet, very perfumy and hoppy. Flavour of oranges, piney hops and pepper -- now that’s different, I love it! What an interesting and unique beer, kudos to Stone for trying something different.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottle: A slow pour resulted in a clear amber hued beer with a long lasting frothy white head and good lace. Some floaties in bottom of remaining bottle. The aroma is a cross between an Abbey Ale and a Hefeweizen. Lots of banana like phenols on top of noticeable Belgian candi sugars. Other smells include: lemongrass, lime zest, toasted pale malts, wheat, light white pepper, clove and dusty esters too. The nose is nicely complex yet not overpowering. The taste starts spicy and sweet, the noticeable trait is the hefeweizen characteristics. Additionally, I get some citric and acidic notes in midsection. The finish is a dry, mildly bitter and moderately alcoholic. The spiciness does linger well after the final drink. I think this got a bad rap out of the gate, too much expectations. I like the bold hybrid style and it should be fine for a year or two (because of the alcohol) but the flavors and aroma are too refined to last much longer than that IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma surprisingly brought brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, some slight earth, then it went into the more predictable lemon, orange, grape, and slight herbal notes, ever so slight oxidation but not bad, especially as it warmed up. Taste is a nice mix of brown sugar and vanilla, mixing into orange, biscuit, bread, hints of earth, slight orange, grape, pear notes, a slightly weird herbal note, finished fairly sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (5612) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Golden pour, white head. A bit old, some vegetable soup elements. Sweet - grape and fig. Okay.


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