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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (5734) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gription79 (2615) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. This shows solid signs of oxidization. Fruity, cardboard, mint, peach. This finished very dry. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a ton of yeasty floaters in the pour. Some light splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: Flowery and herbal with some light fruity undertones. Some plum with stale, oaty malts. T: Paper and light oxidation with some light caramel malts. Flowery notes with some mild glue and light lime. A little prune-like oxidation. M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Not much remaining on the flavor. O: Did not enjoy this one at all. The lime notes seemed out of placed and it made the overall taste take on an Elmers glue-like flavor profile. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Diacetyl in the aroma and flavor. A bit of citrus lime pops up, but none of the hefe influence claimed on the bottle. Color is as orange as I have ever seen, so it is interesting, but not exactly appealing. No head. Very little carbonation and extremely watery. A tad bit of alcohol in the flavor as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (5806) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Light amber with a small head. Nose is pretty damn oxidized. Apple juice and cardboard. Attic dust. Perhaps a touch of lime citrus. taste is not agreeable. Rotting apples and cardboard. Some honey. medium body, soft carb. Way past its peak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/04/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005

hazy dark yellow, spicy moldy horse blanket aroma, dry malt flavor with a nice dose of spices, light body, will age help this beer?

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 7/20
Rating: 1.9/5.0
Score: *+/4
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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2004
pours beautifully; warm as a neon peach, the head is a briefly billowy bliss. my nose approached the glass, like a hungry ardvark closing in on a juicy mound of ants-- but then: "Gaaaa!" i cried as if someone had dumped icewater down my back. my lord, i canít get around that aroma-- or "stink" as i came to refer to it. itís inexplicable to me, i canít pentrate the skank of that-- that-- odious kafir lime leaf. itís like a malodorous forcefield, i canít even get near the beer-- me and the glass kareem off each other like recoiling magnets. maybe iím allergic to it, because it engenders symptoms of extreme malaise and the paranoid sense that an awful trick has been played on me. perhaps i was imprinted as a youth to rettain a protective revulsion to that smell-- maybe i was abused by a fat ugly person who used the cheapest lime aftershave in a putrid attempt to cover his body odor. i donít know. i know i respect stone enough to have actually bought this product twice-- with the same results. after iíd plugged my nose with plumberís grout, i could proceed with a tremulous tasting. it has soft carb, lime soaked cedar flavor, a bit of alcohol, strong doughy effect and a dramatic slug-fest between sweetness and bitterness. medium bodied. all other qualities and proportions check out reasonably. clearly i have a problem with kafir (i also loathe new belgiumís íloftí). everyone says itíll age well. thatís bad news to me-- stuff like this that doesnít go away even with age should be buried deep in yucca mountain.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Smells like dirty socks rubbed in bananas. Tastes like dirty socks might taste with some added bananas. Not a very pleasant tasting beer. Never again!!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 Bottled. Golden pour. Medium white head. Possibly the strangest nose Iíve ever encountered. It reminds me of something, but I cannot quite place it. Twizzlers maybe? Lime twizzlers if they made them. Weird. That doesnít really explain it very well, but this stuff smells very strange. And honestly, not all that pleasant. Flavor begins with more of the lime twizzlers. Soapy, in the same way I found the 9th to be soapy. The flavor makes me cringe and shake in the way that a combo of orange juice and toothpaste would. Fairly dry, but it has a mildly sweet finish. Overall really odd, but it could have been a lot better. A lot. Man am I glad I didnít buy more than one bottle. This is quite close to being a drain pour. Yep, it is a drain pour. Yuck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2007
Easily the worst Stone product that I have tasted. I just donít get the Epic series. Hazy gold./ Decent white head and lasting skiff. Plain aroma at first. Have to sniff to get the lime to rise above the dirty banana. Between shivers while sipping I get pasty lime, heavy pepper and banana leaves.

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