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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Just had a bottle at the Norfolk Taphouse, what a find! Pours a slightly hazy orange color, small almost non-existent white head. A little bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma was a little citrus hops (almost lime). The flavor was utterly amazing. Did I detect some coconut? It sure seemed like it. A little bit of a malt and grass kick to it as well. Extremely smooth beverage, and the alcohol presence was almost non-existent. If I ever find this beer again (or if I get the pleasure of grabbing a bottle at some point) I’d love to see how it ages in 4 or so more years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7346) - 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 Sawyer’s Triple, not the most attractive Belgian yeast strain, but it’s Belgian all right (hey, I don’t like St. Bernardus’ yeast either, so I’m not picking on Stone here). Smells as sweet as it tastes...and I mean that in the literal sense. Again, as with Sawyers, it’s too sweet to drink an entire bottle of (how odd, given the brewer’s 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 you’d mention it (if you didn’t know it was an ingredient). Typical small & quickly dying Stone head (why???).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Light amber with a small head. Nose is pretty damn oxidized. Apple juice and cardboard. Attic dust. Perhaps a touch of lime citrus. taste is not agreeable. Rotting apples and cardboard. Some honey. medium body, soft carb. Way past its peak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sledutah (7063) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2012
22oz bottle shared by Doug
Appearance: Clear golden with a big white head and some lacing
Aroma of caramel and herbal. Taste was caramel, herbal and mint. Past it’s prime, footbalmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle sample at DLD 2010 from a generous visitor to our table. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Grainy and bready nose with some banana character that doesn’t completely take over and some citrus notes as well. Flavor is creamy and bready malt with a spicy clove finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6956) - 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 it’s 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 it’s age shows. Give it the benefit of the doubt here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6862) - 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.

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