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RATINGS: 758   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!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A nice light peach color with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving only a ring around the glass. Smell of fresh apricot, peaches, mango, clove, and bread. Bitter beginning with peaches, apricots, mangos, clove, bread, and oranges. Less than medium body and higher than medium carbonation. This is a real fun and exciting beer. I still love Stone’s regular offerings, but this is one I’d like to see made more often. This one is a homerun to me.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2008
A very citrus aroma. Orange, lemon and lime. This is a great hopped-up triple. Thick with a good spicy and hoppy flavor. It seems to start like a triple and finish like an imperial IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a slightly cloudy orange gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of fresh mango, amarillo hops, pepper, cloves, banana and floral tones. Taste of light mango, amarillo hops, cloves, banana, pepper and yeast. Lightly spicy and the best of the Vertical Epics I’ve had to try so far.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle. Soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the hops. A pleasent surprise. Yellow/orange in color. Decent head. Another twist was the taste. Very bready, yeast, banana, flower hops, spicy but all well balanced. Good light texture. Easy to drink. Kind of a hybrid beer. Very impressed and will have to buy some more. Sad to see the end of the bottle....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Deep golden-orange pour with a small but lasting head. First impression of the aroma is a tripel. Very fruity, with pear, apricot, and apple, plus some sweet malt and yeast. The spicy hops come through in the aroma as well, they are just harder to find. Flavor is much the same, sweet, fruity and yeasty up front, with a spicy hop and alcohol bite near the end. Lightly carbonated and smooth on the palate. A good, interesting brew, but I would have enjoyed the hops to be a bit more prominent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2008
The first VE beer I have ever really loved. But, I am a huge fan of anything with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Aroma jumps out of the glass. Light to medium body with a very dry finish. Lots of great apricot and peach flavors from the hops. Nice brew. Interested in trying on of these after some age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle (220z). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and jerc. Pale gold pour, smallish white head, tiny floaties. Boozy tripel aroma - alcohol, hint of turpentine and pear, sharp yeast. The hopping comes through in the taste - dry, yeasty, spicy, the alcohol seems a little more subdued - nice bitter finish, a bit of lemon zest at the very end. Interesting - I think with a little cellaring this would soften and the fruit would emerge more.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2008
22 oz bottle poured deep yellow and slightly orange with a small white head. Orange, pineapple, and mango aromas along with the bread-like yeast backbone. Wow, a grapefruit flavor sticks out at me along with some peaches and some herbal hops. My favorite VE by far! Nice job.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2008
As I pour I can tell this brew is not just another Belgian Strong. The nectar is viscous with a pale yet deeply yellow color. The head rises to the occasion and sticks like a gymnast should. Bold aromatics waft forward filling the air with wild tropicals, apple, and banana aromas. The nectar is thick like a soupy mucous causing the user to swallow twice just to make sure. Flavors are fresh and clean yet rich and ripe. As the bus goes by I here the profile calling out to me. On banana, on peaches, now spicy clove, now bubblegum, and kiwi, and melon. Theres a mildly defined hop bittering component that just makes itself heard. Right before the chewy malt slide overcomes it that is. The finish is long with lingering sweetness. Overall: 888 is chewy, decadent, and very generous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Pours light amber/orange (dark golden) clear, with full white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus and hops. Flavor begins with nice citrus on the palate. Flavor develops into herbs, spice and pepper. Finishes with a pleasant kick of hops. Throughout there seems to be hint of banana. Body is medium and smooth, head fades quickly. Easy to drink, very nice. Not sure how this will develop with age.


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