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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 532   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
22 oz bottle Amber in color. Quickly dissipating head, foam sticking around the edge of the glass. This really smells yeasty and a little bit like apples. I’m liking the malt and I’m liking the hops. Just bitter enough and just sweet enough. I guess I should make another trip to grab another bottle while I can, and save that one for some time, see how it ages. One year seems to have been good to this ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Light golden yellow pour with a thin layer of creamy head. Aroma was quite complex, with some floral notes, bananas, dough, and wheat. Very nice hefe-twist to a Belgian strong! The banana came through with a wheaty backbone. Lime was also lightly present in the flavor. You don’t usually find these alongside the Belgian yeast. Finish was somewhat dry, and carried through some yeasty bananas. This has mellowed out since the release, and certainly for the better!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
Lightly hazy golden ale with a no head. Tangerine spicey malt with honey notes in aroma. Very restrained in mouth, but classy, with notes of ginger, coriander, and honey. Upon reading the bottle, I note the limeleaves in mouth. Nice lingering sustained hops. Very good. (Spring 2005)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2006
From a bottle shared by Blake. Nice lemony/orange Pledge aroma with a Juicy Fruit sweetness in back. Hazy orange body. Enjoyable aged, complex flavor - butterscotch, lemon pie filling over shortbread. The finish leaves you with some citric orange peel and a very light alcoholic pepperiness. The years have been good to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours brilliant clear golden with a snowy white head. Very lemony aroma. Dusty yeast. Sort of soapy. Faint banana. Very clean tasting. All the flavors are very well blended. Citrus and yeast. Pleasant bitterness. Slight lingering finish. Really a damn fine beer. If you are sitting on a bottle, you should drink it now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
On tap at Stone May 2007. Clear orange amber with white fluffy head. Aroma of banana, grapefruit, lime, and yeast. Slightly sticky palate. Initially sweet malty taste transitioning to a slightly sour fruit taste and finishing with a yeasty lime taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bomber, which I drank on Election night. After opening an infected Flat Earth beer earlier, I needed something fairly special for such a monumental night. After all, it was the fall of the evil empire, which in itself is cause for celebration. I was highly impressed by this one. Super nice, light, full bodied ale. I got just a hint of the Kaffir Lime, which was surprisingly tasty. If you were to mix a triple, a Hefeweizen and a Saison, it would probably taste something like this. Good Job indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Consumed 2/13, poured dark with a nice sweet aroma. Flavor has become roasted sweet mellow, with a flat feel, but still nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2004
The beer as it jettisons from the 22 ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazy amber with a mountainous light tan and spumescent head, the lace a thick sealing sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a nice hint of yeast, biscuit like, also a smidgeon of hop spiciness noted, quite crisp and clean to the senses, start is rich in malt, somewhat sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, and a pleasing hop bite, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, another great beer from a great brewery, having said that I do think like the 03 that it will benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours a nice gold/copper color with a small head that leaves excellent lacing. Nice lazy carbonation that slowly makes its way up to the surface. Aroma is sweet estery yeast with a nice light spiciness. Nice banana and pepper notes. Overall the aroma reminds me of Stone's Sawyers Triple. Flavor is a nice sweetness blended with some citrus hop notes. I actually do detect the lime notes from the lime leaf. One of the most unique aftertastes of any beer...a dry bitterness combined with a smooth (a hate using that term) finish. The body is very clean and refreshing. Overall another great offering from Stone.

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