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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22 oz purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. Aromas of clove and yeasty dough. Light sweetness, with some pear or apricot, pepper, hopps. A little hot. Can’t wait to try this on 12/12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22oz - Purchased at Perfect Pour. Dark gold, creamy white head. Spiced grassy aromas warm to notes of powdered sugary citrus. Sweet hop candy flavors balance over notes of spiced pineapple. Light swirls of abv heat emerge as it nears (beach temperature). Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite epic...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (737) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
1st tasting 8/23/08

Golden straw with a thick creamy head that quickly collapses to a thin cap. Streams of tiny champagne like bubbles rise to the surface.

Aroma is complex to say the least. Definitely banana up front with subtle tones of clove spice, layered with citrus and pine, - "You got IPA in my Belgian Golden ALE, no, you got Belgian Golden Ale in my IPA!"- Whatever happened itís interesting.

Flavor is complex as a well, peach apricot, spice, followed up by some pine and light citrus.

Finish is long, lightly dry, piney hops and fruity malts. Nicely balanced. This one should hold up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Tasted 8/22/08. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized with foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and yeasty, with a touch of banana and peaches. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of peach and apricots. A touch of banana flavor. The hops are floral and earthy. Starts out kind of sweet and fruity, and finishes dry with some hop bite. Touch of pepper. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. The carbonation dances off the tongue. The finish is clean, dry and crisp. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22-ouncer. Dark gold, maybe almost orange-wait-who-cares color. Not a whole lot of head going on, but some lasting foam patches (Does that count as head? I guess.). The aroma strikes me with plenty of apple juice and some orange, then lots of spicy, garlicy hops, plus a little doughy yeast. The flavor is like a cleaner belgian strong golden that is pretty sweet for the style, and then a bunch of extra spicy hops are thrown in. I was expecting maybe something similar to the Chouffe IPA, but where that is different but works so effortlessly, this just seems a little awkward and forced. Neither in the Duvel mold or the Ruination mold, this seems stuck in a weird limbo. I can see how this could be amazing in theory, but just doesn’t click for me. Still drinkable and interesting, but a little odd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
yellow orange with a small white head. Oranges and flower aroma. Similar flavor with spices and earth. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Orange colored, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is fruity hops, some grass, grain, spice. Medium to full bodied, quite sweet despite what the deScription said. I liked last years better.

   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 (1208) - 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 (2611) - 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.

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