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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 524   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6600) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6527) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6487) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - 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 .....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of yeast, lots of spice, some earthy hints. Tastes of wildflowers, some residual sugar, some hints of oxidation, but not as prevalent as in the 050505. Palate is thick with a nice bite on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6341) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at Churchkey. Pours a clear gold with one ring of white head. Nose of nail polish, fusel alcohol, paint, plastic. Flavor of apples, almost like an ice cider, pear, a little candy, light spice. Medium bodied, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sledutah (6250) - 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 itís prime, footbalmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6162) - 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.

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