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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!

   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 (1537) - 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 (3221) - 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 (736) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Just not very thrilled about this beer...not at all reminiscent of the style and alcohol heat dominate. 10 karat pour yields a dense 2-inch off-white foam. Aroma is mild banana, yeast, citrus, and spice. Flavor also celebrates banana and yeast; although the hops are definitely present, as well. Bitter and thin, with pungent alcohol present. Not bad but will hopefully hold up and mellow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A so so Belgian. Not bad, but there is no way this will stand up for 4 years. Aroma was average. Nice hoppiness with some apple. Pour was a nice medium gold with no bubbles but a one finger white head. Taste was a little thin. Apple, pear and and spices with little carbonation and an apple juice after taste. Very average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bomber from Casa De Oro Liquor. Solid medium golden color. Slightly sweet yeasty aroma with some spices mixed with pungent hoppiness. Flavor is like a highly hopped golden Belgian Ale. Stone did a really good job at balancing the yeastiness and the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev, jerc & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy gold with really tiny floaties and a small diminishing white head. Aroma: Wow, that’s nice and original: Spicy, yeasty and hoppy along with leaves (someone at the table said grape leaves I believe?), alcohol and citrus fruit. Spicy, yeasty flavour has a surprising amount of hops, some fruit and some notable alcohol present. Nice bitter finish. Oliy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Quite good -- an interesting take on the style and a joy to drink.

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