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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 761   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle. Clear yellow with abundant carbonation and a thin creamy head. Bready floral, CO2 and peppery spice aroma. It has a hop flavor with distinctly american notes of pine and citrus that are mellow enough to let the yeast and malt flavors shine through. Tasty fruity malt character. Great, light hearted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Golden pour that is clear with almost no carbonation and a frothy white head. Nice American hop aroma with grass and citrus notes predominantly. Pleasant, if not unique, Belgian not of candy and yeast. Very interesting brew. Iíve got to say that in 4 more years, youíve got to believe that this will have none of the current American hop profile. Right now you get nice clean and powerfully present earth and spice (almost pine) but the Belgian golden flavors are also pronounced. Yeasty spice, pepper, green pepper, rubber and booze as it warms. The mouth feel is medium and the finish is dry. With some age, I doubt Iíll like it. Right now, better than HopIt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Banana and clove aroma is good on the nose, little malt grain also. Cloudy gold body with white head. Good banana flavor to start with more like a wit or Hefe. Then near the middle a thick malt presence was there that had a wet wheat flavor. Filling beer and alcohol had a medium warming effect. Good brew different from most BSA’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Many thanks to Skyview! Light gold color with a medium head. Marshmallow and candi sugar aroma. Strong, grainy taste. Bitter Noble hops, even though it appears they didn’t use any. No yeast flavor at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Received 22-oz bomber from Liquid Solutions in Oregon, Pours a semi-clear golden pale brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and just barely a ring. Aroma of floral hops, cloves, a touch of banana esters, and a touch of nutmeg. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of grassy and floral hops, a touch of candi sugar, banana and cloves. Finish has a mild alcohol warmth with some banana and clove aftertaste. Nice spicy aftertaste made this one stand out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Clear, gold beer with a white, disappearing head. Fine carbonation throughout. Aroma is clove and banana. Flavor is grassy, spicy, and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth, a bit bitter and nicely sweet. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22oz. Golden straw color, thin white head. Spiced aroma, banana, bubble gum, alcohol, grass in the way back. Tripel. Similar flavor, marked belgian yeast and candi sugar. Ultra small bubbles. A little bit sweet, with a flat, mushy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4528) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours gold into a snifter. White head quickly subsides leaving no lacing. Woody rum and alcohol aromas. Sweet banana and clove upfront. Flat with a lasting, slightly sour citrus and pepper finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3464) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a slightly cloudy gold with a fat off-white head that left a great deal of lacing rings. Nose is powerful, with citrus hops and some pine. Smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of zip. Flavor is complex with hops, some spices, and a little touch of ripe fruit. Dry finish. Great now and we will see how it ages. I bought five bottles, so I have one for each year until the series runs and we all live it up on 12/12/12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours a hazy yellow body with a large, creamy white head. Aroma is nice spicey hops with mango, clove, and rotten banana. Taste is spicey hops and a bit of banana. Smooth mouthfeel, that is a bit dry but has nice lively and light bubbles to back it up. Nice hoppy belgian.

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