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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2008

8/13/2008: Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ae has a juicy and sharp citrus aroma that also has some tropical fruity maltiness to it. As far as appearance goes, it is a transparent golden blonde color with a frothy average-size head. The flavor has a subtle Belgian Trippel-like malt (bready), fruit (tropical: pineapple, apricot, even hints of raspberry in the aftertaste), and spice (white pepper) to it followed by a juicy, citrusy hop flavor (orange, hints of mango) and mild bitterness to it in the finish. There is something a little weird toward the finish that I can’t put my finger on though. The body of this beer is medium-light with a crisp and refreshing palate. Overall this release is pretty good, but not great. It’s obvious that they were trying for something similar to Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but I don’t think this beer is nearly as good and is slightly disappointing. It definitely has the Belgian Tripel crossed with an IPA flavor, but it is a bit to disjointed. Maybe a year or two would actually help to harmonize the two styles together in this one bottle...

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (8.6% Alc/Vol) from The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. Rating #64 for this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bomber poured a hazy yellow with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of earthiness, skunk bud, pine, passion fruit and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, grapefruit zest, light passion fruit and a hint of orange with a lightly dry moderatly bitter lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2008
YEAH! Pours a cloudy orange colour with a fairly small white head. Aroma is alcohol infused, nice caramel malt, bananna and clove accents. Taste is sweet, creamy with vanilla, grapes and pear flavors. Finish is long, alcohol again with a soft spice bite at the end. Tastey brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2008
I’ve had the 07 and the 06 but rated neither. This year’s version pours clear golden with a medium sized fluffy white head with pretty good retention and great lacing. Little yeast particles float around - it’s nice seeing a bottle conditioned Stone beer, wish all their stuff was. Belgian yeast is the first noticeable aroma. Lots of esters - bubble gum, pear, cotton candy. Clove also noticeable. The yeast definitely overtake the hops. I was expecting more hoppiness. Simcoe is noticeable underneath the yeast qualities, I definitely get some pine but it’s certainly not huge. Flavor is smooth, hoppier in flavor than in the nose. Mildly but pleasantly bitter - a clean bitterness. Somewhat dry finish with a little bready malt character lingering and a touch of the estery yeast character. This is just fine though like the other two epic ales I’ve had not a big standout. I like this well enough but it’s certainly not something I’m going to miss when it’s off the shelves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5086) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
22oz Bomber - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Great Belgian aroma with good malts . Nice Fruit like aroma quality.
Appearance – Golden in color, Thin head and hazy.
Flavor – Great malt and hops flavor the Belgian yeast was wonderful this might actually hold up for a few more years.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, Nice texture with a Good dry finish.
Overall – A wonderful beer but will it hold up we will see I got my first few bottles to hold on to for the great 12-12-12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Tap. Pours to a clear pale 24k gold body with a thin creamy white head. The aroma is very fruity. Pineapple, apricots, some Leffe-like yeasts, peaches. The flavor is fruity and Belgian yeast estery. Yeasts meets west coast style hops. Nicely balanced bitterness. Apricots, plantains, and sweet mangoes. Very balanced and surprisingly non-alcoholic for 8.4%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1373) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is banana, musty yeast, some cloves with some spicy hops.

The flavor is a bit of a mish-mash - sweet bananas fight with peppery hops. There’s also a little sweet bready malt and a little clove and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some light but sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn’t really care for this. I don’t like bananas in my beer and it was strong in this one. The blend of bananas and hops was strange as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2008
on tap at the Pre-GTMW Stone event at BrasserieV. pours clear golden with white head. nose is perfumy, grapefruit, green, and leafy. flavor is rather green, grapefruit, melon, sweet matls and estery yeast finish. mouth feel is a tad heavy. not great but probably the best VE in a while, although I couldn’t imagine this doing anything positive with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Poured a Rich golden copper body. Cloudy with a big white head. Nose of floral Pacific Northwest hops and Phenolic esters. Clove, banana, sugar, fruits, and pine resin. I would have liked this beer better if there was not Belgian yeast in it. Not bad, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5701) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours a light hazy golden with a good head and sticky lacing. Aroma of west coast hops - grapefruit and pine as well as spicy esters. More bitter citrus hops are upfront and followed by sweet fruity and spicy esters. I really like hopped up Belgians. There was a touch of noticeable alcohol that made me a little warm. I really enjoyed this one.

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