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RATINGS: 513   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
I had the chance to grab one of these awhile back and it’s pretty damn good! A bit fruitier then most Stone brews which is a nice break from the usual. This brew pours a nice burnt orange and leaves good lacing rings around the glass (good head, too). I only wish I would have bought more and cellared some... Oh well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
Cloudy, honey colored, with a small white head. Fiarly sweet, malty nose with banana hints, meusli, nougat. Notable lime touches in the flavor, over a nice cereal/nutty taste; relatively sweet. The limeís an excellent choice, makes for a unique, nicely balanced flavor, and a dryness that leaves the palate wanting more. Big thanks to TannerTavernboys!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Appearance: A touch past golden. White head, moderate lacing. Aroma: Big banana/yeasty/lime leaf aroma, its taste is more subtle. Flavor profile: Creamy malts, smooth almost undetectable hops, a nice kick of beligan yeast, and a banana/lime leaf undertones that come out in the aftertaste. Light and crisp overall, definately worth of the word epic. Palate: Light and crisp as aforementioned, very refresing, heavier than most beers but relatively light for Stone. This beer was nigh perfection. I will miss it greatly.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3697) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Smooth, quiet hoppiness. Syruppy, with some fizz. Quiet as Iíve said., but possibly still tastier than the 03.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2005
I canít place the smell but itís nice. Little head, but to be expected. This is fairly earthy/grainy. I canít really notice the limes that much. A quite nice brew, and hopefully one that will get even better.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Now this is how you end a tasting! Big thanks to Harry and blankboy for bringing over so many fine beers to share. Dark yellow, small white head - bubbly and frothy. Dry floral hop and perfume aroma - reading the description I guess this is unfiltered wheat and Kaffir Lime Leaf. I loved it, but I could see how it would be off putting. Wow, I canít believe these floral and perfume notes have translated so well into the taste. Those characteristics plus some hops and wheat taste, all over a medium to light and fluffy mouthfeel. Again I really really enjoyed this beer but could see how others would not. What a unique creation I wonder how this will age. I think this is what a lot of Biere De Gardeís that I have tried have been trying to accomplish. This one succeeds tremendously where they have failed or just come up short. Well done Stone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer offers a hearty yeast aroma that is similar to the one given off by bread rising. There is a hint of orange that lingers in the back of the aroma. This thick beer tingles the palate with a robust wheat taste which fades to a sweet yeast taste that lingers well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
On tap @ the brewery. Wow, what a beautiful pour. Golden, straw color w/ a mild alcohol bite. Very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 24, 2008
Stone Half Vertical tasting. No head, which was a surprise compared to the previous years. Deep golden color. Caramel, bready with a touch of lime exuding from the nose. Malty sweetness is also a bit more present than I expected. Lime hits up front, caramel, smooth wheaty body that boders on cloying and then pulls back. Lingering sharp finish that came across has a fruity, oaky chardonney with a squirt of lime. Very interesting and my favorite of the Verticals.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
drank in late 08. strong aroma of barly and alcohol. taste was very crisp and had some apple sweetness in it. great drink.


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