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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
22 oz bottle. This beer blew me away. Belgian style tripel/saison: lots of grapefruit, flowers, lemon and lime. Iíll keep my eyes open for next yearís concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is a damn great beer. A near perfect meldding of American West Coast styles (hopy), Belgian Strong Ale Style, and the the citrus common to Wheat beers. It worked very well for me. Iím going to keep a few on hand and let them age up a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Ripe banana aroma, belgian yeast flavored spicey Belgian Strong Ale. Golden body, good lacing. Nice beer to share with friends. Thanks to dberger624 for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Orangish-gold in colour topped by a medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly yeasty with a touch of spice. The flavor is slightly sweet with a nice banana flavor. Yeasty notes with a slight bitter hoppiness. Grassy, citrus flavor. I guess this is the lime. I like it, I think Iíll try it in one of my future brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Not quite clear yellow look. Spritzy carbonation and a thin white head. Aroma of yeast, bubblegum, salt water and citrus. Strong candy lime flavor supported by a good malt body and moderate sweetness. Finishes with a lime starburst flavor and mild bitterness. Very interesting and well executed ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Light golden to copper color and makes a thin off white head. Aroma is rather lighty malted, hoppy and slightly sweet. Banana esters, coriander spice, hints of orange-lemon-lime citrus, nice even hop/malt balance. Has a sweetness to the finish. Body is medium to full and lightly warms the palate. A fine ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
This one tastes a lot better tahn it looks (imo). Pours hazy orange with a layer of white head. Smells sweet, spicy (nutmeg or cinnamony or something) and malty, taste is similar to the smell, nice and sweet with some cinnamon/clove spice in there. finishes a little bitter. the mouthfeel is a little lacking (thin), but still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Aroma of peach/bananas. Nice and fruity. Pretty well balanced, something alittle tiny bit off but i canít really pin point it. Lots of peach flavor. Nice and satisfying especially on a warmer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drunkmonk (13) - hillborough, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2005
bottle purchased @ beeryard 4/04. nice golden orange, thin lacing head. complex aromas spice,fruit,yeast. yum spicy notes upfront, lead into somwhat citrus finish, slight bannanna esters. very nice, alcohol well hidden, gets better as it gets warmer. better than I remember last april. nice damn beer. gonna let the rest of the case sit even longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 22 oz. bottle from Mr. Liquor in Santee (still a bunch left.) Poured a hazy yellow/orange with microparticals moving around. Big, white head, dissipated quickly, but really nice lacing. Aromas of fruit, mostly lime, maybe a little strawberry?. Hoppy nose as well. Flavors of ripe banana and hops. Lots of carbonation. A little syrupy on the palate, and an alcohol aftertaste that is quite nice. Right, like I was going to wait 8 years to drink this. Maybe I will pick up another one, but Iím afraid I will drink that right away too.

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