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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!


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (2004) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours murky amber with white ring. Floral, yeasty, peach and compote aroma. Compote, slightly hoppy bitterness. Medium body, delicate fizz and long, peachy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Summer 2008. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon, apple, pear, honey, bread, pepper, light pine, light clove, floral, grass, herbal, floral earthiness, and light yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes and yeast esters. Taste of lemon, orange zest, apple, pear, honey, bread, light pine, pepper, clove, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, light pine, herbal, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of hop flavors with yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong ale! Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
First one I really liked at my VE tasting...still had a slight bit of hops (or it was the pepper coming through) with the sweet belgian golden. Either way it was very well balanced and enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5036) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Hazy golden. Aroma of malt, old hops, a bit of fruitiness and light oxidized hints. Sweetish malty flavor with a bit of caramel, honey hints, some fruitiness and a moderately bitter finish, slightly spicy, with an orange note. Medium-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3220) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Clear gold pour with a puffy white head. Sticky sweet aroma of bubblegum, yeast and spice. Very sweet throughout the flavor. Lots of sweet fruits, candy sugars and loads of sweet yeast at the finish. A bit cloying for my taste but still decent.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevencon (401) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Clear straw white head. Bottle had more head than draft. Sweet pale malt yeasty pineapple. Tastes like a Belgian triple and I don’t like Belgian triple. Not bad but not for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1458) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft at Proof. Gold pour with a bubbly white head. Tart raspberries and cherries up front on the aroma with some bubblegum yeast, hints of spice, and mild candy sugars. Sweet and chewy mouthfeel, vanilla, light tart fruits, candy sugars bubble gum with hints of spice. Nice, blended and smoothed out. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
On tap at Proof. Pours a clear golden orange on tap with filmy white head and light lacing. Aroma of sweet belgian malts and tart fruits, but light on both accounts. Taste is a fruity belgian, but nothing that exciting. Meh, good but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1449) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 26th, 2013 during day 2 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours an orange haze.
  Aroma: Aroma of light orange, yeast.
  Taste: Faint hop, yeasty, some orange.
    Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: The first Vertical Epic of night 2! A solid belgian strong ale, decent way to start the day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2044) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a smallish off white head that sticks for a bit. The aroma is lemony with a touch of hop still evident and a nice spicy and fruity aroma to balance the sweetness of a bready and sweet maltiness. The flavor is sweet and spicy with light sugar with a touch of lemon and citrus Light hop flavor still evident, but certainly faded. Moderate level of carbonation with a light body and a sweet mouthfeel. Decent brew that may have held up better than expected. Nice beer.


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