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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 754   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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
writerljberg (489) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22oz bottle. A: Clear orange color with a thin white head. Nice lacing and good bubbles. N: Caramel, toffee, mandarin orange, some oxidation, leafy hops, esters. T: Well balanced by the bitter and sweet elements. Tastes more like a barleywine/old DIPA than a BSA M: Sticky, medium body. Alcohol is prevalent. O: Not too bad. Hops have faded significantly and the oxidation level is light. Still solid, but not my favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is an unclear, light yellow with some head. Quite a bit of citrus on the nose and tons, belgian yeast, banana, finished bitter. Best of the ones I tried, wish I had finished the vertical.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured pale hazy yellow with a thin fading head. Aroma had decent citrus orange peel lemon scent with a mild spice malt. Taste more citrus a little bright and fruit rind with a spice and Belgian yeast/banana. Palate thin slick and warming. This one was nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Hazy yellow pour with a white head. Yeast, plum, some banana, quite cool!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Clear lemon colored pour, light carbonation, citrusy lemon hop aroma. Flavor is decently malty, medicinal clover and white pepper.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours yellow-orange. Aromas of stone fruit and pineapple again. Some bread. Taste of earthy hops, dry malt, and balanced bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits and floral. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter, Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
Finally got around to rating this one, 5 years after it was made but figure what the heck. Amber with a nice white head that fades to pretty much nothing. Quite boozy at first but with some time to air out things become more balanced. Candied sugar with a nice blended citrus aroma, alcohol, some belgian yeast, orange zest and rind. Moderate carbonation and body, somewhat sweet, becomes dry and a bit bitter, a bit boozy on the finish but still worthwhile.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5385) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some mint , alcohol, grains and herbs. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, grains, malt and mint. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2473) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle at Akkurat. Cloudy golden colour, due to some of the sediment following the pour, with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity, hops, some spices. Flavour is fruity, spicy, some hops, a hint of alcohol.


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