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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Hazy golden pour with a small white head. Doughy yeast aromas. Sweet malty flavor with some subtle spice character on the palate. Notes of clove and banana add a nice complexity to this one. Very drinkable. Props to StFun and Sloth for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1683) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Brown sugar. Spicy. Sweet. Nice beer. No head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle, 22oz, from trade with Papsoe. Itís a lightly unclear golden colored beer topped by a small, off-white head. Thereís still a lovely hoppyness in the aroma, even though itís close to five years old. Citrus peel, pine cones, alcohol and a nice maltyness too. The flavor has a nice bitterness, itís slightly sweetish, with pine cones and citrus peel. Some alcohol and a malty backdrop. Full body, a tad too much carbonation. Bitter and fruity finish. A pretty pleasant and moreish one. Perhaps a bit unbalanced, but I like it anyway. 130607

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe during an 06-10 VE tasting. A: Golden, hazy with single finger fine white foam which sticks around. Decent spider lacing. Golden butterscotch look. S: Peppercorns, green apples, belgian yeast. Floral qualities, jasmine. Decent, but not great. T: Cloves, apples, bananas over a slightly sour amberesque ale. The beer also evolves to reveal a slight alcohol flavor. Not really a taste I would anticipate from an IPA (even belgian). M: medium body with fine, assertive carbonation. Leaves the palate dry. D: This is a decent beer, but not nearly as good as some of the other offerings from the series I sampled. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5003) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
This bomber from Sahara Mart back in the day, for $7.99. Nose is sweet, predominately Belgian yeast with lemon and golden malt, some vanilla/meringue. Poured a hazy orange edging golden, with a short bright white head. Spicy taste, faintly tangy with light bitterness, moderately dry, lots of golden malt with earthy, spicy gentle hops swirling around, a very full body with medium carbonation and plenty of nice oily, resinous, citrus-heavy hop elements. Strongly phenolic (clove most of all) with some faint pepper and medium-strong orange peel. Very lightly woody. The yeast is nice but not particularly showy; at this point, you could have poured this from a blank bottle and told me it was a standard Tripel, and I would have absolutely believed you -- have to imagine the fresher hops would have imparted a very different character instead of lurking in the bg, though they do still provide some chewy resin. Alcohol is very well-integrated, an impressively uniform achievement across this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured an orangish color out of the bomber with aromas of caramel, resin, light banana, and some sweetness. Flavors match the aromas, pretty easy drinker overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2272) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
22 oz bomber from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark orange/amber and cloudy appearance with an off-white head and sticky lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, fruity esters, herbal/floral notes, resinous hops, alcohol, Belgian yeast, pepper and light spices. Similar flavor adding toffee and a touch of vanilla, the hop flavor seems to have mostly faded. Medium plus malty sweetness and light earthy bitterness. Pretty full body with soft carbonation and a sweet, light boozy finish that mellows out as it warms. My favorite of the series so far, better than 10, 11 and 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Citrus and belgian yeast with some caramel. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kpbutsko (23) - - OCT 10, 2013
Cellar aged. Poured beautifully & still unfiltered with a bright white head. Smells very fruity. Taste is still really potently tripel/alcoholic with lots if fruity fore & aftertaste. Amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2008 bomber, Brandonís house, split 3 ways. Thanks, Brandon. Spectacularly good Belgian strong. Textbook perfection plus more, with added spicy peppery notes, cloves, and Banana, plus a nice dose of hops. This aged remarkably well and at 5 year old it tasted shockingly fresh. I donít usually go crazy for Belgians but this was right up my alley.

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