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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2004
Smell: first spice, yeast, and then alcohol; Backed up by slight bitterness. Flatness on the tongue; thin sweetness and yeastiness in the aftertaste. Slow burn from the upfront alcohol in the chest. Pale yellow with low carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - APR 17, 2004
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. More than obvious date of 04/04/04. Poured out a golden straw yellow color, with a fast fading white head. It left a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aromas are of Belgian yeast, biscuit like, bready aromas. Phenolic notes as well. Not quite band-aid, but not far off either. Sweet, faint citrus notes way off in the background. Tastes of the lime leaves they talk about, but the yeast is simply overpowering. It's basically all I can taste. The damn yeast simply overpowers all other subtle notes of this beer. It could be much better than it is.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Dark honey color. Very thick white head, almost looked like a nitro pour. Big time banana aroma. Lots of banana and citrus flavors mix it up with bisuity malts. Very sharp finish. Nice hoppy presence throughout. Would pair well with a variety of foods. Will probably be better with a little age, just to take some of the edge off the finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Head is small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, lemon, herbs), with notes of marshmallow, pineapple, banana, clove, lime leaf. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. As with Sawyer’s Triple, not the most attractive Belgian yeast strain, but it’s Belgian all right (hey, I don’t like St. Bernardus’ yeast either, so I’m not picking on Stone here). Smells as sweet as it tastes...and I mean that in the literal sense. Again, as with Sawyers, it’s too sweet to drink an entire bottle of (how odd, given the brewer’s penchant for overhopping). Kaffir leaves are definitely noticeable (just made some Tom Kha Kai soup last night, as it happens!), but not quite so obvious amongst the other elements that you’d mention it (if you didn’t know it was an ingredient). Typical small & quickly dying Stone head (why???).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2004
For a belgian, its not all that bad. Clear golden with white long lasting head. The nose is predominantly yeast iwht the nose. Orange peal too. The taste is mostly yeast. I just dont like belgians.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Head: I think my glass was dirty -- no head to speak of. Aroma: Mexican banana candy; phenol city; vanilla bean. Color: gorgeous clear straw. Would have preferred more funk in this brew for the purported style (Biere de Garde). Looks good nonetheless. Flavor: too many phenols. Some wet cardboard. The banana esters predominate a little too much for the style. Don’t notice the lime leaf much. I’ll wait and try again. Palate is a bit thin. Liked the 02 much better

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Golden body with suspended sediment, white head receding, banana nose. Banana flavor, minimal alcohol presence. I would have expected more citrus from Stone.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Spicy aroma with notes of clove and floral hops. Flavor is malty with heavy spice and a somewhat off putting astringency. Slight earthy hops round out the finish Alcohol is noticeable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bomber drank 10/07: Pours a hazy orange with floaties and a white head, alcohol, bananas and other light fruit in the aroma, medium bodied with a crsp ending and medium carbonation, starts and ends lightly bitter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bomber poured a clear amber with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of lime, wheat, yeast, spice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a sharp finish. Flavors of light oxidation, lime, light carmel and light spice with a smooth lingering citric finish.


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