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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HighWine (946) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Cloudy dark gold pour. Looks great and a surprising amount of carbonation for the age. Bready aroma. Taste is amazing especially for the age. Very fragrant and flowery lime flavor dominates. So good. After a few sips the farmhouse and bittering hop qualities start to make their presence known. Very impressive how well this held up.. I’d buy a pint of it on tap tomorrow.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (3939) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
At Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Murky kinda opaque golden/copper with a fluffy white head with lots of lace. Nice perfumy aroma of grapes, fresh cut flowers, spicy orange zest. Flavor was zesty and smooth with a kind of wine-like essence, nice floral yet subtle hoppy bitterness, a little orange, and some gentle oak and toffee. Very nicely balanced and smooth, with nothing offending or too heavy.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 AOBF 04. Bottle. Light gold, with some light green hints, yellow straw and a good firm white head. Mostly hazy, bottle conditioned. Smells of sweet pears, wheat, honey, and yeast. Nice and zesty. Flavor is thick, lightly syrupy and sweet. Honey, citrus (lemon-lime), and a decent hops kick near the end. This beer was unique in that it had mostly lighter, softer qualities to the flavors, yet when you drank it, it didnt seem light bodied or thin and there was plenty of flavor. No alcohol apparency, and a good thick body, but I can’t honestly say I’m not concerned for this thing when you think about the 8 more years it is supposed to cellar. We shall see, hopefully my worries are in vain. I can definitely see this stuff aging well for at least 3 or 4 years though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Clear gold with a creamy head. Nose is fruity, some sugars and lots of yeast. Interesting flavor, fruity and vaguely citric, loads of yeasts, some candy sugars, and a very odd set of spices. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured cloudy and golden, very small head. Hoppy and fruity nose. Inital pull is smooth and creamy with fruity notes taking up the front. A little hoppy and some light alcohol tones. All in all, very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
belgian strong? looks like a tripel to me.. but whatever- pours out a yellow color with a thin white head. smell is of bananas, fruit, and some spices. smells similar to a wheat beer. taste is rich and oily feeling in the mouth with a sweet / sour kind of thing going on. i can pick up the hints of lime that are said to be about in this beer on the back of my mouth. reminds me a lot of allagash tripel, but better. a nice hoppy and malty backbone accompany this brew. what i kind of expect from stone. a nice nice beer. im glad i have another to age until what, 2012? we’ll see if it makes it that long.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5960) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottle. REMARKABLY mellow and yet subtle, complex, and flavorful. Unique for the style, and it’s even guezelike in some ways. Somewhat tame floral aroma. Yeasty, barnyard, sweetness abound throughout. The bountiful finish yields nice nectarine type flavors...great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle. Golden yellow, slight orange haze. Cloudy. Thick offwhite head. Citrusy smell with lots of yeast. Predominant lime scent with honey. Slightly dry finish, though not nearly as bitter as most other STone brews. Nice blend of hops and malts - slightly bitter with a full nutty flavor. Smooth in the mouth with lots of very fine carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Yeasty doughy aroma of bread. Little hazy Yellow color body. Head was good on the pour. Small head stayed with the beer till 3/4 way through then a thin layer settled on top of beer. Good amout of lacing on glass. Flavor had an acidic citrus bite at first. Half way through the lime flavor was good and tasty and the acidic bite was gone. Good beer 14 months later.


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