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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1900) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ghawener (1527) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
At RateBeerians Tasting. Bottle: Can´t think of any way to make this better, excellent balance. An instant favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle. Pour is a transparent gold with a small white head. Sweet honey-like malt, cloves and bananas are the top aromas... almost has a white grape juice tilt to it and if I really pull in a big sniff I can pick up just a touch of grapefruit-type hops. Flavor is nice and crisp, just about you might predict given the aromas mentioned above. The perk is that there is a nice little fruity/citrus hops bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pour a clear golden color with a white head. Smelled of sweet hops. Flavor seemed a bland bitter sweet combination that was carbonated yet smooth and finished bitter. It did get better as it went on, mostly due to adjusting to the bitterness of this Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Almost clear orange in color with a medium off white head that dissipates and leaves a touch of lacing here and there on my delerium tremens glass. Aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit hops- amarillo really sticks out with the orange, mango, and some simcoe. A touch of belgian yeast in the background as well as sweet hops. Taste is full of tropical fruit- orange and pineapple, with some mild belgian esters and a moderate cotton candy like sweetness in the mid-palate. Dries out a bit in the finish with the hop bitterness as well as some alcohol warming. Call me picky, but I would have liked a bit more yeast in suspension (almost looked filtered) . Almost tasted too refined IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - 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)

   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!

   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.

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