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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!


3.8
   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!

3.2
   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.

3.8
   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

3.3
   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

3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.4
   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

3.9
   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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