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RATINGS: 522   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Clear deep golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of Belgian yeast, and plenty of peppery coriander spice. Nice sweet malty and candi sugar flavor at first, turning more dry and spiced toward the finish. Pretty well balanced, but could use some aging, which I guess fits well with the theme.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bomber thanks to someone a bit ago. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. The aroma is a stale cuppa tea, some grains and lemon. The flavor is also tea-like with some paper, light fruit and banana. Of course it is downhill, but I kind liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6810) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle shared by madsberg. Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. The aroma is oranges, lime, caramel, light yeat and sweet caramel. The flavour is spicy lime, lemon grass, oranges, caramel, light yeast and citrus. Taken the age its a very good blonde ale. Thanks Mads!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6622) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a small diminishing white head. The aroma is citrus hops (could be lime, but I think more lemony) and sweet caramel malts. The flavor is much of the same. The fact that this beer was not quite up to the 03 was disappointing. I wounder how this will age? Any chance it improves? Time will tell.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a strong saison indeed...or an UBER hefe...either way...pretty good stuff here. i wasnít a big belgian fan when i first tried this but it sent me down that road. tasted mellower but possibly better 2 years later - havenít had one since."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 13, 2004
Pours average head, gold, fine haze. Fresh, malt aroma. Sweet front , some ginger , a bit tangy . Alcohol and hops follow the act . Better as it warms up.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Head is small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon, herbs), with notes of marshmallow, pineapple, banana, clove, lime leaf. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. As with Sawyerís Triple, not the most attractive Belgian yeast strain, but itís Belgian all right (hey, I donít like St. Bernardusí yeast either, so Iím not picking on Stone here). Smells as sweet as it tastes...and I mean that in the literal sense. Again, as with Sawyers, itís too sweet to drink an entire bottle of (how odd, given the brewerís penchant for overhopping). Kaffir leaves are definitely noticeable (just made some Tom Kha Kai soup last night, as it happens!), but not quite so obvious amongst the other elements that youíd mention it (if you didnít know it was an ingredient). Typical small & quickly dying Stone head (why???).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6513) - 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 (6433) - 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 thatís 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 (6373) - 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.


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