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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - 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 (2919) - 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 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, 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 (6400) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy apple juice copper with a ring of white foam. Nose is heady belgian style happiness. Lots of fruit notes and evident alcohol. Tangy peppery hop bite on the front of the taste with some nice acidic bite on the end. Body is fluid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 2008-08-15. Crisp dark yellow body with a modest white head that fades. (3+) Big aroma of fruity hops - I swear I am getting notes of grape or grape leaves? Flavour has similar hop character, fruit, light alcohol with a sharpish bitterness in the finish, very light herbal notes to the hops. (7+) Average palate. Pretty nice, different. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A spicy hop nose with some lingering light fruits. Flavor is a massive dose of the freshest american hops ive had, mango fruit, spices. Its like they put together a class A belgian, and an IIPA, and you get this orgasm of a beer. I think the Westy 8 just got an american ass kicking. What can i say, the gargoyle does his job well.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4734) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2387) - 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.

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