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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 764   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4595) - 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 (3505) - 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 (7880) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6315) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22. Pours a crystal clear, brightish golden light amber. Fairly dense platinum blonde head that never gets very big or sticks around for very long. Decent sheets of lace. Nice sweet nose: clove, a little bit of bubblegum, maybe some dust and sweet light hop notes (mainly pine). Medium body, tingly carb. Nice resiny mid-palate with some dark spice followed by a rather drying bitter finish. Nice stuff but for a hoppy tripel it’s got a ways to go to reach the top of the heap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Bottle is a low fill, about 1" lower in the neck than other Stone beers I have, although this particular bottle was hand picked from a selection of 3 cases where each other bottle was filled even lower. Crystal clear, gold color with a finger of large bubbled white head. Moderate level of carbonation, but on the low end of the spectrum for something that’s Duvel-esque. Light rubbery phenols were present in the nose immediately after pouring, but as it warms, a really nice combination of black pepper and lemon citrus hops begins to emerge. The hops give a nice solid resinous backdrop to a really nice perfume of banana and violet petals. Hints of marshmellow scented pale malt sweetness and light alcohol presence. Medium light bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, velvety texture. The body could certainly stand to be more carbonated, as it’s missing a carbonic bite to help sharpen up the flavors. Flavors are very yeasty, with a light, doughy maltiness up front on the palate. Much more phenolic than I was expecting, with quite a bit of pepper and rubber band. Finishes moderately dry and hoppy, with a pleasant bitterness lingering in the finish. I love the concept of this beer and was really looking forward to trying it. The nose was pretty good, but the carbonation level and flavors, especially the rubber phenolic characters, were disappointing. Generally speaking, I find Stone’s execution to be near flawless, even if I’m not a fan of the general concept, so I’m not quite sure what happened here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (718) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2008
The color of this beer is great,rich golden like tupelo honey if you put the two next to each other you can not tell them apart.Off white head and leaves finger on a glass almost like red wine.Before I looked at the bottle I was thinking this is like a hoppy belgian then I read the bottle and found out than was the inspiration.All in all great beer must try if a fan of hops and or belgain beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle: this beer rocks. A Belgian Ale meets an American Pale Ale. Poured clear golden yellow with a medium sized white dissipating head. All notes from each are present. Citrusy hops, mild banana, mild clove. Flavor is mildly hoppy with citrus and banana. Mild sweetness after the first sip and then it dried out nicely with a lingering bitter finish. Well done. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2771) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22oz. bottle, nice looking head which gradually disappears, lovely golden color, nose practically blew mine off with the complexity and layers, resin, floral, green all at the same time, very complex flavors with multiple spice tones, allspice, nutmeg, fruits. Bitterness was a bit too much, and lingered a little long. Not perfect, but WOW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1797) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle found in PDX. A friend had already said this way a beauty, but I wasn’t expecting this! Wow! Light yet slightly hazed golden color with a big foamy white Belgiany head. Aroma brings out some banana clovey bit mixed around with familiar hop smells. Very yeasty aroma. Flavor is like a blend between a Belgian golden and pale...works quite nicely really! A nice and dry yeast filled malt blast starts it off, giving citrus to sugary notes, and moves swiftly into a very hopped up finish that blends beautifully with the flavor of the body. I was completely stoked I ended up forgetting to share the bottle! Ha! Definitely hit this one up...best VE in a few years!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3558) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Golden pour with fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruits, perfume, bubble gum. Flavor is mostly citrus, though some hops and spice shine through. Tastes like a hopped up version of the classic belgian golden with a slightly bitter finish, which ends almost a bit soapy at the end. Creamy body. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. I’m going to buy a few more bottles to cellar.

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