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RATINGS: 514   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Poured a slightly hazy, orange gold color with a small off white head that quickly disappeared. Spicy aroma of yeast and clove, some freeze-dried banana as well. Clove and yeast are prominent in the taste. It was very sweet, light citric acidic ending. Not bad at all, very tripelish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle - yellow/orange in color with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Spicy aroma. Coriander? The flavor does not knock me out. I donít typically care for spicy beers - this one is not exception. I get none of the banana notes from the description. There is a touch of lime notes just at the very end of the flavor that is pretty interesting. Palate is standard, nothing outstanding. I love Stone, but this one Iím not crazy about.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2563) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
OK, itís way to early to sample this, but what the hell: Perfumy nose (not quite enjoyable, but I imagine this would improve greatly with age), shimmering gold color and a tall fluffy head. Fruity start: orange maltiness that turns to a more grapefruit-like taste once the hops kick in. Medicinal ending and a odd bitterness - like an orange peel. Alcohol not really present. This should turn out to be an amazing beer in 8 year.s

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Hazt amber in color, lighter than the 03.03.03. Foamy, soft bubble head. Unique aroma of flowers and banana. Sweet, sweet and more swwet when tasted. Dry finish. Pretty good, I would like to try agian in about a year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Has a strong aroma of limes, pine cleaner and a touch of a hefe weiss grass. The coloring is very deep with gold and a red touch. The head is thin and white. The taste is sweet, like a Belgian dubbel. Bubblegum, bananas and some funky sweat socks. Has soap as it warms up. The lime is very very subtle and only noticed in the finish. Overall, certainly an interesting twist.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
The strong aroma is of banana and flowers - even perfumey. The flavor is mild and unique, with the combo of wheat and traditional saison parts. Unfortunately the body is too thin to hold the alcohol, and the mouthfeel suffers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 I keep getting distracted by the way this thing fizzes up whenever I get any in my mouth. (The effect is rather like that caused by the Borium powder one tries to ingest with water before having an upper GI series done.) It pours a tightly carbonated, golden liquid with a slender fizzy white hea... no wait, a film, not a head. It took me a while to nail the aroma, which scores more points for "interesting" than it does for "good." Back in the late 50ís (yeah, Iím that freakiní old), my great-grandmother used to eat these noxious, pungent candies called SinSins, or some such. 04.04.04 smells just like the tin that the candy came in! (I do detect some old grapefruit, malt, prairie flowers, wheat-induced acidity, and Kaffir Lime Leaf [..yeah, right..] as well, but that old ladyís candy keeps coming back to me.) As noted earlier, this light-bodied ale tends to explode in the mouth in a frenzy of bubbly foam. This effect dies down once the ale has decanted (?) for a while. The flavor begins with a vinuous, sweet, doughy malt. Thereís some fruit in here also - some apples and bananas and a pear - but it all seems to have sat on the counter top too long. SinSins, too. "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...." says Stone. Hmmm. Itís a fun drink, but methinks their ambitions got out of control. I got a whiff of the hefe (but, not the Bavarian sort) on the finish, but mainly I got some bitterness, sweet malt, anise, crushed flowers... and SinSins, of course.

7/21/2005 Update: Amazingly, the day after entering the above, the Chicago Tribuneís crossword puzzle had as a clue, "Brand of breath mint." It worked out to be SenSen.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Had this as part of a tasting of the 03, 04, and 05. This one really stood out. There was a lot of drinking in a public place this night, so my description isnít as detailed as usual. This had your standard witbier flavors - bright citrus and corriander, slightly tart wheat. But there were some extras as well: it definitely was bigger than a typical wit, the lime flavor hasnít melded with the other flavors yet - it definitely stood out, and there was quite a bit more bitterness than a normal wit, such that it was out of balance. Weíll see how it tastes in another 6 years...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
From a 22oz Bottle. Cloudy, pale orange pour with a quickly receding white head. Sweet, sugary orange aroma with a bit of banana and some herbal notes. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Plenty of light fruit flavors conjure up images of peaches and pears with a touch of the lime coming through on the backend of the palate. Herbal finish with a touch of yeasty spice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2006
Thanks to Kook! Golden coloured body with a short head. Mandarin and mushy banana in the taste and I wasnít too enthusiastic about the nose.


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