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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 764   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!


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikeclj (15) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Slightly cloudy medium to dark wheat like color slightly more than medium body grapefruit aroma an overall great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3952) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours clear amber with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is grassy and floral hops, biscuit and toasted malts, lemon, pears, and faint yeast. Flavor is belgian yeast, grassy and floral hops, lightly sweet malts, and light fruit esters; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (2755) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. Gusher! had to be decanted and served in a pitcherThe beer is radiant orange yellow hued. Fairly hazy with a small white cap. The aroma brings coriander, limes, crackers, malt, spice. The flavor is watery orange juice, light spice. Malty body and fairly light on the palate. Moderate carbonation. This was ok.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artmcd8 (1926) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill Drinking a 4.5 year old beer. Smells a bit like coins. Still smell the hops after all this time. Fizzy palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5339) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Consumed on 01/04/2012. Massive gusher. By the time I was able to pour, I got maybe 14oz out of the 22oz bottle. For the record, this had been stored in one place, upright, cool and dark since August 2008. Bad bottle? Hazy orange, one finger creamy head. Strong brett aroma, sorta like a beefed up Orval, spritzy lemons, herbs, dusty, grass, straw, honey. Flavor is similar, grapefruit rind, lemon rind, dried orange peel, white pepper, some old pine needles, a little jalapeno. Full, spicy finish but also very dry. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about an obvious infection. If you didn’t know what it was supposed to be, you’d assume this was someone’s attempt at an Imperial Orval.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
22oz bottle, Highly hopped is great, if you drink it fresh, 4 years has killed the hops and leaves just a dried papery taste subtle taste of belgian yeast but mostly dominated by the faded hops.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Got at McScrooges on N. Peters Road. in 08. Personally aged till 1/Jan/2013. I was a patient one. Amber. Medium beige head. Aroma: Pine hops, spices, sweet malts. Very nice. Flavor: Caramel, Spices, Pine Hops. Sweet, dry malty finish. Very complex, more than my words state. I know this sounds funky but this beer gave me the most tasty burb I ever had with a beer. I had to include it with the pallet rating. Stone beers are known for strong hops but this one was more balanced yet still held the "Devils Attitude". If you didn’t like this, you didn’t age this beer correctly. Stop giving low ratings when it is your own fault, not the beers fault!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3864) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Canaan Valley. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Notes of orange zest in the nose. Hops are pretty muted after this many years, but there is still a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2747) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
There is quite a bit of bottle variation - wow! 4 bottles within a few weeks and they are totally different. First bottle brought a ton of funky Brett and some Belgian sugars so nice in the nose. Hops have all but disappeared on the nose and up front, but the Belgian yeast dominates as usual. There is a bit of a bitter ending, perhaps the hops held on there because the lingering is prevalent as described.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Pours an almost perfectly clear gold with no head. Aroma is a nice mix of Belgian spiciness with some aged hoppiness. Taste is almost syrupy, sweet, with the hop flavor being aged out.


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