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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 757   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (1961) - 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 (5564) - 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 (2867) - 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 (6514) - 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 wasn’t 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 didn’t get any hop character out of it though perhaps it didn’t 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 (1132) - 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 (1548) - 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 I’m unlikely to ever find it again.


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