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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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
8/15/08: Bottle
Orange-yellow body with a small off white head. Large bread dough/yeast aroma with spice and citrus. Flavors include yeast, spice (pepper, coriander, ripe banana, lemon peel and a bit of grapefruit. (#900)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it in last nite El Salvador Beer Session. Wow, right up my alley. Perfect combination of malt and spices with hops. It is like a belgian meets and American IPA. Nice marriage!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pours a very clear and very light, pale straw color. About a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of strictly citrusy American hops (amarillo and simcoe I think). Taste is very interesting. A classic American IPA meets Duvel. Lots of Belgian spice and character cut through the resiny hops in a very interesting and pleasant way. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Gracias hawie desde sta monica hasta el salvador parece una maredsous al principio pero luego se refresca delicioso. Muy buena vale la pena beberla

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2008
bottle from southbay. Nice, but, like the other ve’s, nothing special. Spicy, fruity, hoppy, and peppery with a bubblegum sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Loverly, delicate golden. Color, pale opaque, lite golden color, no hint of red. Crazy nose, sweet wine-esque, almost like a Sauv Blanc or even Viognier. Peach? Very lite and delicate on the palate, considering its 8.7%. Cany wait to taste in a few years

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours golden color with a puffy white head that settles to a thin layer. Aroma is clove, banana, light pepper, and grapefruit. Flavor is banana, clove, grapefruit, pine, light malt. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter, with a nice peppery bite. I like this one!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (657) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Nice clear golden pour with small head. Aroma and flavor are wonderfully matched, banana, spice and citrus. Very clean and delicious beer. I want more.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 A magical Belgian inspired ale. Instead of ending with some twangy yeast flavors, it ended with a nice layer of hops. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya. Better at near room temp. instead of cold.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Thanks to my bro for pickin this up. Pours a yellow/golden color with a minute amount of haze and thin white head. Aroma is very reminiscent to Hopslam with huge amounts of citrus hops, pineapple and slight coriander. Taste is a bit more subdued the aroma with the coriander and Belgian spice being the dominant character with the citrus hops tagging along for the run, but never leaving your palate behind. This BSA finishes pretty smooth with only a hint of citric tartness in the finish. Damn good.


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