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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
tap at hopcat event. Deep golden with small head. Very sweet and fruity. Hops are mild but crisp. Awesome - really outstanding beer. Sad that Iím unlikely to ever find it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours a golden amber color with a soapy white head. Aroma of grass, banana, peach, and caramel. Has a sweet caramel taste with some citrus and zest. Slight banana underneath. This beer is past itís prime. You get that grainy dry aftertaste as the beer begins its descent into a malt bomb. Not sure why they chose a hoppy beer for 08, knowing the hops would fade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz bottle served in a branded glass at a tasting at Danís alongside the 2007 edition. Pours hazy amber with a moderate tan head that fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big floral notes with fruity esters, citrus and a slight pepperiness. The flavour is moderately bitter and slightly sweet with piney notes and citrus. On the palate, it is medium in body with a slightly dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Belgian style ale with California-style hops. I suspect that the hops have not held up as expected, as there is a slightly off character in the body. 2012-08-11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a light amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. Recedes slowly leaving some sticky splotches of lace down the glass. S: Fruity and flowery hop notes some mild citrus as well. A little honey sweetness with some bready malts. Light background yeasty spice. T: Stone fruits, fruity esters and some spicy. Light paper with some sweet malts. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Light level of bitterness on the finish. O: The hops were still around as well as the light spiciness from the yeast. The hops just werenít as potent, obviously, but it definitely wasnít bad. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours murky amber with white ring. Floral, yeasty, peach and compote aroma. Compote, slightly hoppy bitterness. Medium body, delicate fizz and long, peachy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3748) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Summer 2008. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon, apple, pear, honey, bread, pepper, light pine, light clove, floral, grass, herbal, floral earthiness, and light yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes and yeast esters. Taste of lemon, orange zest, apple, pear, honey, bread, light pine, pepper, clove, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, light pine, herbal, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of hop flavors with yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong ale! Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavor and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
First one I really liked at my VE tasting...still had a slight bit of hops (or it was the pepper coming through) with the sweet belgian golden. Either way it was very well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Hazy golden. Aroma of malt, old hops, a bit of fruitiness and light oxidized hints. Sweetish malty flavor with a bit of caramel, honey hints, some fruitiness and a moderately bitter finish, slightly spicy, with an orange note. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Clear gold pour with a puffy white head. Sticky sweet aroma of bubblegum, yeast and spice. Very sweet throughout the flavor. Lots of sweet fruits, candy sugars and loads of sweet yeast at the finish. A bit cloying for my taste but still decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevencon (517) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Clear straw white head. Bottle had more head than draft. Sweet pale malt yeasty pineapple. Tastes like a Belgian triple and I donít like Belgian triple. Not bad but not for me.

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