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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 765   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (659) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1141) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a crisp golden color with a small soapy white head, and some streaks of lacing. Aroma is banana, clove, citrus, and some hops. Taste is about the same, with some bubblegum aspects and a little alcohol on the finish. Pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a nice slightly hazy golden color with a small soapy white head. Aroma of bananas, cloves, pineapple, hops, citrus. Flavor is hops, pineapple, citrus, spices, banana, cloves, yeast, malt. Slightly syrupy body, excellent lacing in glass, nice mouthfeel. Interesting style combination, can’t wait to try this one alongside it’s other 9 brothers in a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottled. Pours a clear, maybe slightly hazy, gold colour with big carbonation driving a nice white head. Some lacing. Big citrus aroma of pineapple and grapefruit. REALLY easy to drink, nice spice blended well with some more citrus flavour, alcohol and a nice warming finish. Great for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours clear as a bell golden yellow into my tulip. nice white head with impressive lacing. aroma of spicy hops and crisp fruit (some alcohol too)). flavor is balance and a little dryfruity. nice finish with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with little head and no lacing. Yeasty nose with lots of banana and a little spice and citus in the background. The flavor is dominated by the yeast with the sweet malty banana and hints of spice, citrus, grapes, alcohol, and clove ending with a slight bitter and dry warm finish. Nice big body, lively carb, light syrupy texture, and dry feel. Nice brew, but a bit rough around the edges. I belive the other bottle I have will age and have a little more to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Strong Belgian, Trappist, Tulip, Tumbler ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 372 C Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99 Aroma: inviting, fruity overtones, some hops. 8 out of 10. Visuals: brilliant, clear, golden, white head, short lived, very little lace. 4 out of 5. Taste: some fruit, mostly hops, smooth, medium craft. 8 out of 10. Palate: wet, sticky, medium bitter finish. 4 out of 5. Overall: Reminds me of a lighter version of Brooklyn’s Hopfen Weisse or Chouffe’s Belgian IPA mix. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t wait until 2012 for it. A well crafted beer, but not a favorite. I like the style quite a bit. 17 out of 20.

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