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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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (5714) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Re-rate 2/2/13: Bottle sample at a Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy deep orange. Aroma of honey, caramel, fruits, some oxidation, chocolate notes and some spicy notes. Sweetish flavor of honey, fruits, caramel, a bit of spiciness and some oxidation. Light to medium-bodied. So-so. 6/3/5/2/11=2.7

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. Hazy orange with a white head. Really spicy aroma with some malty notes and fruits. Spicy flavor with lots of vanilla, fruits and some piney hops. Medium-bodied. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lambent25 (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
A little boozy. Lacks any unique character to get excited about. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 25th, 2013 during day 1 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours an orange cloud.
  Aroma: Aroma of caramel, orange.
  Taste: Tasted like somewhat malty orange juice.
    Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: After 03.03.03 turned out well, was a little disappointed in this one. Maybe the bottle wasn’t preserved as well but I can’t know. Hard to finish this one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (10342) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. Cloudy golden color. Aroma is an odd combination of peppermint and fruit that grows less pleasant as it warms. Taste is similar.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jzzbassman (1511) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 23, 2006
I really wanted to like this more, but I couldn’t get past this medicinal/ jello flavor. Starts very bright citrus, and then gives way to an aftertaste that reminds me of fruit "flavored" candies. The banana is quite a bit to me, with a band-aid hit. Smells really nice, and for fans of the hefe flavors I’m sure quite nice. At least it isn’t boring, and well worth a try, even if not my cup of tea.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2381) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2006
Quick thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S., amongst others. Served up at backyard patio temperature at a small tasting here in Perth.
Sunny orange-gold with a bad case of the ’sea-monkeys’. Good, solid, creamy white head formed that held and laced well. ’Ajax’ and bleach singed the nostrils first before a burst of concentrated orange and lemon juice attacked what was left. A plastic, yeasty, solventy and woody, nutty palate prevailed in the mouth not quite coming together. Is this supposed to taste so chemical, I doubt it!. It is extremely dry but heavily draped in acidic citrus fruits, very bitter on the peak of the swallow and yeasty into it. Body is smooth, not big but viscous in a way it overstayed its welcome. I really need to try this one again, it doesn’t quite work at all. (1 pint, 6 Fl.Oz, age unknown)

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2012
22oz bottle shared by Doug
Appearance: Clear golden with a big white head and some lacing
Aroma of caramel and herbal. Taste was caramel, herbal and mint. Past it’s prime, footbalmed.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (6283) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear yellow orange gold color. Minimal khaki head. Some orange citrus floral nose. Kind of bigger body. Lighter but kind of pronounced carbonation. Light sour, mild bitter taste. Yeasty, bit medicinal? Not digging it

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ontbeertaster (2323) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bought this one off the shelf over christmas, and it was sadly oxidy badly, it had a bit of a belgiany flavour, but overall it was difficult to drink, it was a drank pour too much oxy.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (5009) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. Strong aroma, verging on the unpleasant, with notes of oak, brown sugar, lime and molasses. Flavour is oaky, alcoholic and too sweet, with notes of lime and lemongrass in the background. Not a love affair for me this one.


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