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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Golden yellow hazy pour with a thin white head. Maybe I’m seeing things but I swear there’s a slight green tint to the beer. Very spicy aroma - peppery and floral with some lemon citrus. Spicy flavor - cardamom and clove. Malty with a touch of yeast and citrus hops. A bit of grapefruit on the finish and alcohol. Crisp and refreshing, although theres a very bitter alcohol finish which dries the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at Brasserie V - Madison. Poured clear bright golden with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma was spicy with pears, mangoes, and passion fruit upfront followed closely by a bunch of white pepper and clovey yeast character.. quite fragrant with much more citrusy hoppage present at this point in time.. I think the elements will balance out (hops and yeast) in 6-12 months, and then the yeast will dry it out and change the beer greatly.. can’t wait to check that theory. The flavor had juicy passion fruit and pineapple at the core laced with banana and white peppery esters.. spicier on the back with white pepper leading. Medium-bodied and spicy on the palate.. solid feel and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured golden yellow out of the bottle with almost no head. Smells citrusy, lemons and fresh cut grass. Seems to remind me of a wheat beer at the start. Spicy sweet flavor and goes away a little bit bitter. Very hoppy, but balanaced well. this beer is fantastic now but will probably be top notch in about 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Light golden color with a moderate, yet stable off-white head. Big lemon-lime and lemon grass hops scent. HInts of malt and wheat. Reminds me of NG Imperial Weizen, without as much malt in the aroma. Sweet wheat and bubble gum start. Stays rather sweet throughout. Hops flavors pick up in the middle with some grass, herb and mint. Citrus also picks up in the linger and into the finish. Fairly heavy in feel. Easy drinking. Linger has some caramel and mild spice, with ginger and clove. This one keeps my interest all the way through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Clear golden yellow with nice swatch of creamy white head that sustains with moderate lacing. Crisp bread malts, yeast, spices, light fruits, and floral hops. Initial taste of biting pepper and spices along with dry earthy hops; candy, citrus, bananas, pears enter midway with a moderate alcohol presence; pepper and hop dominated finish. Slightly chewy with moderate carbonation exacerbated by the spice profile. Plenty of hops here, but almost overwhelmed by the pepper and spice nuances and hot alcohol, might balance out better with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1044) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2008
crisp clear yellow with bubbles (from bottle) & thick white head. Soft ho aroma with the alcohol, lemon & white flour, flavors of powdered sugar, vanilla, a distant tang. Lips are sticky but finish not all the way to cloying, apricot?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2008
22 oz bomber from J. Barleycorn’s in Nashville. Poured a clear light gold color with a four finger white head. Aroma was floral and citrus. Some yeast notes too. The flavor was similar to the aroma. Some citrus notes with a floral hop bite. Well balanced. This was a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle from StateLine, a great purchase. The pour was with a full head, hazy golden color, nice lacing. The aroma was floral hops, light fruits of peach and pears, bread/yeast. The flavor followed suite, and well, this one impressed me (I was already not anticipating greatness because I don’t love the Stone VE series all that much, and don’t buy into the Am Hopped up Belgian Strongs). A nice and drinkable concoction from one of my more favorite brewers in the country. Good stuffs, somewhat dry finish. Thanks, Stone!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a translucent gold color with a small white head. The aroma is dominated by Belgian yeasts which bring a sweet and spicy banana. The flavor is sweet with rock sugar candy giving way to hops and a bit of citrus. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is extraordinarily dry with a bit of lingering sweet caramel. Overall: I like this. This is a very intriguing concoction. I hope it ages well. Gonna stash a few bottles away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
I managed to rate this one on its official day! Golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is dominated by the classic candy sugar of a trippel with a bit more citrus and hoppiness than usual. Flavor has a nice spicy tang to it with a good amount of floral and citrus hops, candy sugar, oranges. spice, and a solid finish that lingers. Nice feel. I am really digging hoppy trippel/Belgian styles lately and this one really brings it. It will be interesting to see how this one tastes in a few years.

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