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RATINGS: 756   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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2452) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (474) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Aromas of vanilla, pine resin, banana, biscuit, grass. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth but hot, medium dry. Medium sweet, then a little citrus, with a lasting medium bitter finish. Good, but not as great as I had been hoping. Still, it aged fairly well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1794) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle @ Belgian Brewfest. I never got into the vertical epic vertical tasting crowd but I do appreciate these Belgian strong ales as reasonably priced high quality brews.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3943) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James – the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy – the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 – for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, in all my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat volatile spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun – IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE I’ve ever head, heheh. There – you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (561) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma: hoppy, grapefruits, sweet orange, juicy hops, spices, quite nice and did not expect to find hops in a beer this old...Taste is nice grapefruit,pine, some sweet malts, spice, banana, yeasty. Quite nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4860) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear and bright yellow gold body with a small fizzy white head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is pale slightly sweet malt with a little bit of spiciness and some minimal lingering hops. Reminds me a bit of a similarly aged Duvel. The flavor is showing it’s age a bit in that it’s a little dulled, but there’s still some nice spice notes, especially a little bit of pepper. Not a whole lot of oxidation, but there is some, mostly just dulled quite a bit. Finishes with some doughy maltiness and a little hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with a bit of clinginess one the finish and nice fizzy carbonation. This one isn’t bad at all, but it is a bit lacking in character.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Copper in color. Two finger head that decipated quickly. Weak lacing. Caramel aroma. Butterscotch aroma. Malty aroma. Whiskey flavor. Watery palate. Hoppy flavor. Odd. Liked the 07 vintage better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (3934) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clear dark golden, nearly copper with a thin laceful white head. Musky aroma of dank fruity hops, earthy toffee, basement musk, apricot, some rustic caramel malt, and a subtle touch of white wine barrel. Flavor was smooth and rich, with a nice balanced body, full palate, subtle bit lively carbonation...put together really well. The flavor though, I wasn’t too fond of. Slight acidic sourness like white wine, floral bitterness, oak, dusty yeast, earthy pale malt, and a dry finish. Kinda ’meh’.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3513) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
A clear, pristine gold color. Earthen yeasty aroma but crisp. A little bit of peat. Bubbly bitter yeasty taste with some light fruit notes. A great night opener.


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