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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Non descript bright copper with wan, reticent head. Aroma is similar to New Belgium Loft, except stronger with the lime leaf, gloopier malts and less of the fruity complexity. Flavor is quite sweet, which doesn’t work well with the incisiveness of the lime. Bitterness levels are about right. It tastes bigger than 8.5% and the sweetness makes me whince a bit. An interesting effort, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Pours with a small, diminishing head; aromas of lime, clove, and banana; flavor is somewhat peppery and spicy, with notes of corriander, orange peel, perfume, citrus; presents a noticable alcoholic burn and dry finish after a sweet, slick mouthfeel. I don’t care for this one. It's just way too perfumey, and the lime leaf, though I like lime, doesn't improve a thing, flavorwise........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
785pro (10) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
All in all a pleasent ale, still enjoy Double over this one. Good over all apperance, very strong citrus and yeast flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(on bottle) Had this baby a bit too warm, so...Dark, clear redish-brown, with a small beige head. Sent of fried bananas and a light molasses. Has more burn, mocca, notes in flavour, big sweetness and got cloying in the end. A bit of a alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Expecting something special I popped the top on this.... low and behold..... what a letdown. Pours a yellowy golden color with a moderate bubbly head. Strong floral aroma that is almost too sweet and yeasty. Flavor was plesant, mostly banana and spice with a good ammount of hop in the finish. For one of the famned Vertical Epic beers this is a dissapointment, but is drinkable and who knows, maybe in eight years will be much different.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006
I did not care very much for this beer. Reminded me mostly of bananas and leaves, which is not surprising as the commercial description says that it should taste that way, but it simply doesn’t work as an overall product for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2007
The aroma was fruity with a strong presence of lime (after all these years?). The aroma contained a light sweetness coupled to a wheat presence and a bit of spice. Caramel was also notable, but remained in the background. The beer poured crystal clear golden into the glass with a wispy white head which retreated in an instant but did last enough to lace the glass. The flavor was malty with caramel and a strong presence of the those darn lime leaves (will this stuff ever go away). The flavor had wheat and a tannic tea flavor to boot. The base flavors were good but the lime just did not trip the trigger. The body was medium full and with a moderate level of carbonation was well done. The finish was dry with lasting lime leaves that made me feel like Koala Bear sitting in a tree chewing on eucalyptus leaves. Enough already! 22 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
22oz bottle. Light hazy color, spicy aroma, taste like black licorice. Interesting epic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Cloudy gold with whitish head. The aroma is bland and sweetish with a hint of honey and grain. The flavor is a bland, flat honey (to rip off Shag, "honey from retarded bees") and slight seltzer. Some chalky malt notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Lightly hazy orange-brown, white cover. Aroma is cardboardy, light caramel malt. Taste is very caramel, lots of cardboard. This one is done.

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