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RATINGS: 516   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikevid (11) - - MAR 27, 2013
Darker than night, but with a very strong warm scent like fresh banana bread. Sweet, bitter, fizzy.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Possibly one of my all-time favorites. A beautiful golden-colored ale with an aroma of bread and citrus, like walking through a lime orchard about 30 yards from an open window, through which wafts the aroma of fresh-baked bread. The mouth feel is mellow, malty and pleasantly yeasty, with a faint flavor of lime from the Kaffir that gradually increases in intensity, peaks at a pleasant, not overpowering level, then fades right behind the malt. I am fortunate to have a small liquor store nearby that has a stash that it seems only I know about....

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 bottled: was at a local bar this weekend when the bartender pulled this out...he knew i would bite. pours golden brown with a large white head. nose of citrus fruit and bananas. mouth nice medium bodied feel. more of the wheat bubblegum flavors pushing up and some crystal malt character, buttery and warm and ending with citrus. rminds me of an american triple. the 8.5 slips away without a peep. some yeast mustiness. this was the last beer of the night, so i couldnt appreciate it as much as i could/should. when the bill arrived....$25 fín dollars. i know areas i can get blown for that. now i gotta try it again, when im sober to see what really was going on. rerate: 1 year later(6/05) i popped this open the other night with my father in law who is a huge wine buff. he was seriously impressed by this beer. with the initial pour the nose is largely lime wheat characters as the beer warms you get a most intest lavender flower killer nose. the body is quite perfect with a small warmth of alchohol that tickles the belly. rich round robust flavors. one of the most unique beers iíve had, just wish i had more. this has matured magnificiently.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Very good ale. Very young. Iím going to buy another bottle and put her in the fridge for the next ten years...Right. Still another nice product from a great beer producing company and town. Theyíre taking a stab at gimmicks now which isnít necessarrily uncool just...I doní see beer drinkers waiting a decade to pop open a brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radagast83 (4781) - Fairfax, 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) Iíd love to see how it ages in 4 or so more years.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3139) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Pours a beautiful golden color, with a small white head. The aroma is breathtaking! Sweet cherries, loads of lemon, and lime zest, sweet fruity candi sugar, and just an overall abundance of sweet fruity esters, just amazing! I could stick my nose in this all day! The flavor is awesome! more of those great fruits! apricots, lemons, limes, cherries, bananas. A great sweet cherry finish. Holy hell this is outstanding. Its like fruit cup in a glass. This has aged VERY well. simply perfect!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Enjoyed at Smallbar in Chicago, IL one day after finishing the Chicago Marathon. I feel like I stumbled upon One-Eyed Willieís treasure chest from the Goonies, its like drinking in a time machine. Aroma like candy, possibly Belgian candi in there mixed with a stong barley wine odor. Appearance like gold with a thin head. Taste of caramel, slightly sweet, very smooth, tastes like it was aged in oak barrels. Great malt flavor, a hint of fruit in the back as well. Freaking incredible.

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeerkatTampa (20) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Started our vertical with the 04. Lotís of yeast. Kind of like a Fat Tire mated with a port. Backgrounds of citrus, but it reminds me much more of an aged wine than a beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 Very light and transparent, crystal clear yellow with a light creamy head. Smelled like spice, banana and candy. First sip was banana, cloves, brown sugar and a little citrus. Really delicious overall, I look forward to seeing how this one ages.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Golden color, with decent head and carbonation. Aroma is Belgiany and fresh. Quite a unique aroma and flavor, possibly due to the lime leaves but hard to pin down. One of the best beers Iíve ever had, and considering itís so young and should age nicely, this could develop into a truly amazing beer.


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