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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 775   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (572) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Stone took a pretty good shot at a brewing a belgian IPA. A close second to Mikkeller/Struise Eliot’s brew. Golden with a fluffy white head. Belgian yeast with a lot of sweet spice, finishes a bit bitter. High drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours a clear pale yellow with a bigish foamy, quickly descending head. The nose is full of hops and fruit and alcohol and bubblegum. Light syrup sweetness over an otherwise dry body. Straw and bigger juicy hops, making more astringency than tropical fruit. Creamy lighter body, with higher carbonation. There’s spicy belgianness to this, but even more so big old American hops, giving this something very fruity and spicy to peppery. Some wheaty esters. Some herbal hop notes for sure too. Straw. Alcohol. Not a ton of sweetness, which is nice. Lingering peppery finish. A big creamy in the finish. My second favorite of the series after 05.05.05.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Clear golden color with a foamy white head, it’s a nice looking pour. Aroma is a touch yeasty & fruity, while the flavor starts out w/ a bit of fruitiness and finishes dry and hoppy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle… Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. Fruity, spicy aroma imparts Belgian-style esters and phenols, such as clove, fuzzy fruits and light smoke. Full-bodied and creamy with tingling carbonation. Well-balanced, fruity flavor. Finishes with lingering fuzzy fruits, Begian spices and moderate bitterness. Bottle provided by scraff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4956) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2008
22 oz bomber purchased at EZ Liquors. Aroma on this one had lots going on, hoppiness, yeastiness, pepper, corriander, doughy notes, tropical fruit(especially banana). Flavor is yeasty, spicey and finishes bitter. Some tropical fruit notes in the flavor as well. This one finishes on the dry side which I have never been a big fan of. This beer is strange in the sense that it has lots of bitterness from the hops but then lots of pepper and spice almost like a saison. Not really caring for this one right now so I will have to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
I am not sure that I see the point in aging this beer. It would, I think, only dull the remarkably fresh character of the hops. I found that the flavor of peach predominates in my sample of this beer, which I really liked. I noticed that, for a moment, the beer seems to want to end sour and ultra dry, but then it seems to turn away from this sort of finish. Good thing, too. All of that wonderful light peachiness would be ill-served by such an ending. The mildly bitter finish with lingering fruit is much, much better. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Aroma is yeasty with banana and a hint of spicy. Color is a bright gold with just a slight haze, mellow carbonation and a thin head. Taste is sweet, spicy and bitter. Starting with a light/medium body it goes down crisp with a spicy feel. Finish jumps out at you with a bright citrus that is very peppery then a slightly sweet yeast taste with banana tones that is taken down by a bitter ending. In the after taste the bitterness grows leaving you with a bitter pepper taste. This is an odd Belgian Golden, the hops are a bit strong with the spicy pepper tones standing out a little too much. With this said, I do feel it is just what the brewers at Stone wanted it to be, but not something I want to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Clear golden with medium head. Sweet and slightly spicy Belgian yeast aroma. Sweetness doesn’t come through as much in the taste, but a punch of alcohol, bitterness and a mix of dry spices come together nicely. While I get plenty of bitterness from the hops, I don’t get that much flavor. It’s a nice balance, but I was hoping for it to be a bit more hop forward I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle. Aroma is sweet spiciness and belgian yeast. A vibrant golden color with a thick white head. I like this one better than the 07, mainly due to it’s strong hop bitterness that you won’t find in most belgians and moderately dry finish.

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