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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 No head on top of a deep golden, almost clear body. Obvious lime in the nose. Nice honeyish malt. Mostly pleasant although the yeast strain appears a bit dull to me if not quite in the same line than averyís. Toasty, hoppy and spicy nose. Even spicier in mouth where sage and mint abund and match the floral and citrusy profiles. Rather hot altogether, heating to say the least and even more so after a few sips. Weird body, it doesnít quite coat the mouth, it just seems to stay in the middle of the tongue and carbonation is a bit low for the fair medium-full body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - 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 didnít know what to make of this - as tupalev says, itís like a biere de garde that works. I decided I liked it, perhaps last beer of the night wasnít the best time to rate it .....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - 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."

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a baige head. Sweet caramel malty fruity light hoppy aroma and taste. Medium body and at sweet alcoholic finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Cracked this one on 09.13.2008. Murky orange/yellow with a viscous eggshell head. Nice aroma is dusty pale malts with yeasty banana and sweet citrus/spices. medium body with mild carbonation. Decent flavor is bready malt with some wheat malt tartness. Has a drying citrus spicy alcohol twang to finish. No real oxidation in taste or aroma. Some beers age well, some don’t; this didn’t.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
22 oz bottle shared by Matt. Pours a murky dark amber orange pour, vicious glow with a good healthy haze, a decent bright white frothy head that laces ok. Aromas are citrusy, oxidzed malts, lemons and oranges, touches of bread dough, spice, vibrant oranges really seem to dominate. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering a decent bitterness, dry florals and citrus, oranges, spice, bread dough, pale malts, and a touch of spice. Really lost much of itís base beer with age. Finish is lingering malts, bread, some toast, vibrant citrusy orange, some lemons, oxidized malts, cardboard, touch of suntan lotion. Ok, but itís age shows. Give it the benefit of the doubt here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5938) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Hazy, nectarine colored pour with a delectable, sticky, clumpy white head that sticks around for a while. Thick lacing. Has the aroma of a hefe, banana -like and estery with some bubblegum notes and just a wee bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is clean and tangy, wraps itself well around the tongue. Flavor has some Belgian Tripel notes with some sweet candy sugar notes siting on top of the alcohol which is blended in well, buit you know itís there. Also detect bubblegum and banana in the flavor. Iím sure this will taste even better in 2012, but itís not too bad now.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5635) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) clear medium gold, no head. Nose of lime, spice, alcohol, aged hops. Taste is very herbal, spicy, hops held up surprisingly well, a bit of alcohol heat, interesting.


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