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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 768   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5392) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours a clear, fizzy gold, lacking much of a head - aroma of banana, pineapple, and some phenolic character, with a fairly strong, earthy simcoe hop presence and a peppery quality - the flavor profile is bookended by a pretty strong hop flavor and a bit of dry floral notes - I normally like hoppy belgian ales, but it doesn’t quite work here - some tropical fruits, yeast/bread, and belgian-ish esters run through the middle, but they finish and end abruptly, never trying to integrate with the hoppiness - a little but of alcohol heat in the finish - the hops work well in the finish, though, as if becomes dry and light, more like a belgian golden ale - decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36043) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is caramel and spiced. Smooth caramel and spiced flavour lingering into a the finish with a smooth impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at the Bistro. Pours a lightly hazy dark orange, with a small off white head. Fairly mild nose, some caramel malt, and a little dark fruit is all I got. Just was tough for me to pull much out for me for some reason. The flavor is pretty bitter. Got some hops that I didnt detect at first in the nose. Kind of like a blend of hop bitterness, spice, and malts make up this brews flavor characters. Wasnt blown away here, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Lighter yellow, slightly orange with a medium fizzy and fading white head. Aroma is very malty, almost fresh grain or cereal. A bit of fruit in the flavour on a thin but building body.. Has some spice and a slightly drawn out hop flavour to finish. This is a bit off kilter from the previous but I think it may be one of my favourites so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours yellow with orange overtones. Thin white head. Sweet fruit aroma. Body is thin and spicy. Nice beer.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8638) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1736) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1737) - 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, 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.

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