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RATINGS: 754   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (745) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours yellow with orange overtones. Thin white head. Sweet fruit aroma. Body is thin and spicy. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Slightly cloudy, golden yellow. Decent head and lace. Big aroma of tropical fruit, powdered sugar, citric hops, perfume and others. Medium bodied, slick, almost creamy, lots of spiciness, pale malts come out for a minute but the simcoes jumo all over the palate. Nice mix of flvors, the bitterness works here, nothing overdone. Extremley drinkable for a 8.4% brew and I must say i am liking it, one of my favorites of the VE series. No clue how it will age, have to assume hops will fade and hopefully yeast contiues to work to make this a big ,not too sweet estery bomb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7803) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Big, huge nose of semi-soft Belgian candy sugar, spiced bread, some mild brett-like saison yeast… interesting, especially with a green apple fresh hop note. Big, heavy, easily drinkable, a medium dryness that is surprisingly and welcome in the VE series.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Golden pour, with a white head. Aroma is hops, tropical fruit, and spices. Flavor is citrusy hops, tropical fruit, spices, and banana. This is one of the better veriticals. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange body with thin head. Aroma is citrus hops, spicey, floral. Flavor is light citrus - oranges, lime, earthy, and cloves. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not sure on how this would age but this is awesome fresh. I might need to buy a case of this...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - AUG 6, 2008
On tap at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Pours gold with a peach hue. Head is rather similar to that of fizzy yellow beers. Poor retention, little lace. Aromas of fresh tropical hops: mango, pineapple. Some banana in there as well, from the wheat. Flavors of Belgian yeast, banana, mango hops. Kind of like if someone made a fresh hop Belgian IPA. Mostly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Clean on the palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
22 oz Bottle. Initially I loved this beer. Citrusy, piney aromas. Flavors followed suite with the aromas citrus, pine, slight pepper and a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel was excellent and the finish was dry and hoppy. Wonder how it will age?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On tap at Stone. Pours a very clear yellow, with no head retention and virtually no lacing. Strictly speaking, looks like a fizzy yellow beer. Aroma has a spicy tropical feel, very hoppy, with some dry Belgian yeast qualities. Some oily hops in the flavor, Belgian yeast, interesting spices and clove. Sticky mouthfeel, not sure of the style at all, but drinkable and all-in-all an interesting beer. Will like to see how this ages.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Opening - good carbonation pop. Nose upon opening - phenolic, spicyness (yeast derived) Color -light straw, white head that fades after 30-50 seconds Taste/Flavor - phenolic, bitterness is more pronounced than most strong ales we have here (yes they are more bitter in Belgium when they are fresh) Spicy, Malty Alchohols are present, but seemingly subdude by the phenols. A little too sharp and astringent in the finish for me. Yeast character remains in the finish. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. Overall Its a nice drinkable beer that I think would pair very well with some Morbier cheese and some ripe pears. It does not seem to be very cohesive (possibly time) with regard to all of the flavors. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I would buy again though...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Yellow golden color with a quickly diminishing, heavily dense foam. Aroma is sparse, but shows some notes of banana and clove along with minor hop aromatics. Flavor is heavily sweet, boozy and is dominated by yeast (pepper, bubble gum, spice) and hops (floor cleaner, lemon, pine.) Mouth feel is very heavy, firm and has lots of weight, unlike most Belgian styles. Had really high hopes for this one but it failed me. Overly boozy, forced, poorly balanced and it just seems very unauthentic. I was hoping for something comparable to Houblon Choffe, unfortunately, it’s not even close.


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