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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 516   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Belgian style, obvious Belgian influences, with the yeast and orange peel characters. But i tasted a lot of American style hops in here (could be wrong, i dunno). Didn’t taste particularly Belgian to me. Interesting all same. Probably have to hang on to a bottle to let in soften. A little too much alcohol showing in the finish.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a strong saison indeed...or an UBER hefe...either way...pretty good stuff here. i wasn’t a big belgian fan when i first tried this but it sent me down that road. tasted mellower but possibly better 2 years later - haven’t had one since."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1023) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Draft at stone co store. Clear gold pour, white head and lacing. Smells old and decaying. Cardboard, garbage, cloves, overripe banana. This is the banana cream pie you forgot about too long but then ate anyway out of remorse and self punishment. Taste: sweet up front. Floral, sort of like banana perfume. Twist of faded lime. Dry empty finish. Palate: body is fullish, but texture remarkably thin. Oily with lively carbonation. Overall: only $3 for this 4oz pour which I appreciate. Perfect example of a beer that is too old. Sad.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Flying Saucer for 12-12-12. Pours a clear orange gold with paperthin wht head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma is faint yeast and clove. Medium mouthfeel with strong banana and lime, light booze, held up well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (12360) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bomber courtesy of John Reagle from way back in 2004. Thanks John. Pours a light rusty orange copper color with a medium off white/light cream colored head. Aroma of banana esters, Belgian yeast, bubble gum and mixed tropical fruit. Taste of banana, Belgian yeast, papaya with a hint of lime skin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3858) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
22 oz bomber on 04.04.14 from Enniskillen. Nose is light bubblegum, banana, and spices. Clear amber with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, spicy, with only a slight bit of oxidation. Still drinking very nicely after 10 years.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
A lovely copper colored beer with a scant thin head, more lacing than foam. Caramel, bread smeared with honey and a hint of citrus in the nose. Sweet candy sugar, yeasty, alcohol, tropical fruit. Finishes sweet, but not cloyingly so. I can’t believe this bottle has survived 3 moves, being stashed away in my household goods shipment from Misawa, to Okinawa and then to Yokosuka. Didn’t wan’t to chance another move to Hawaii. Sorry I didn’t call anyone to share this with! Hope I can have this again one day, on tap would be nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is hazy copper with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor is of honey, caramel, citrus peel, and belgian funk.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Pours a bright effervescent golden body with sudsy white head. S: Spicy, citrus soap aroma, clove, powdery yeast, bubblegum, pepper corns, lime, bananas and a touch of oxidation. T/M: Dull fruit flavors, citrus, lime zest, honey wheat bread, booze and timid tartness. Body is medium and has gritty soap chalkiness. Carbonation level is nice a crisp. O: Flavors are dialed down but after 9 years a truly impressive beer that was a treat to enjoy. Line was the key ingredient in this brew and the spices really complimented it. Easy drinking and smooth. Serving type: on-tap

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1043) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle, hazy golden pour. Aromas of citrus and herbs with notes of clove and banana. Flavor has a nice citrus zing at first with the clove and banana notes coming through in the finish. Very drinkable and has held up well. Props to StFun for the bottle!


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