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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 756   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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5538) - 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 (2792) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle, at Aces & Ales. Brassy gold body, hazy, with an orange luster. Aroma is sweet, honeysuckle, light spice, light yeast, undefined fruit. Palate is sticky but not cloying, sweet malts that lean toward floral honey, dried peaches, lightly spicy. No hop bitterness to speak of, but more of a sweet treat that calls to mind sauterne, but without any petroleum or funky depths. I was expecting more hops, but even without having my expectations met, I wasnít disappointed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
The aroma was nice, fruity and spicy. It poured a beautiful pale golden color. The taste was sweet up front but had a nice clean, dry finish. I didnít get any hop character out of it though perhaps it didnít age well. Still an excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours deep golden hue, minimal foam. Nice spicy funky aroma, touch of hop bitterness. Taste is sweet funky spicy with middling hot resin hops. Some clove and banana in the middle palate before a spicy warm ABV finish. Tight, well- balanced brew. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1095) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Clear golden with a pale head. Aroma is sherry, apricot, honey, wood, sweet white wine. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate, lingering sweet finish with a vague hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Taste is apricot, honey, orange blossom, sauternes. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1527) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Glowing yellow pour with small white head. A nice fruity aroma with a good earthy and malty bite. Pretty damn good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel, Pours radiant yellow with a small head, aroma of honey, caramel, toffee, orange jam, flavor is slghtly bitter with honey, apricot and alcohol, medium bodied

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
tap at hopcat event. Deep golden with small head. Very sweet and fruity. Hops are mild but crisp. Awesome - really outstanding beer. Sad that Iím unlikely to ever find it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours a golden amber color with a soapy white head. Aroma of grass, banana, peach, and caramel. Has a sweet caramel taste with some citrus and zest. Slight banana underneath. This beer is past itís prime. You get that grainy dry aftertaste as the beer begins its descent into a malt bomb. Not sure why they chose a hoppy beer for 08, knowing the hops would fade.


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