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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 22oz. botle. Darkish gold color, quickly dissipating head. Spicy/citrus aroma, not bad. Sweet flavor to it, slight hops in the backround, a little too sweet for me, still an alright brew. Hid the alcohol really well though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Rating #1 Bottle at City Beer Store event on the eve of the release (7 3 8 4 17). A medium golden color with an off-white head. Thick and smooth on the palate with a rich texture and a spiced, citrus, hoppy and bubblegum flavor. Quite nice and much better than the 07.07.07 which I tried again the same night. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 3 16). A clean golden color with a white head An aroma of crystal sugars, pepper, and clove. Dry, very Belgian-like, hoppy, sweet and peppery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Pours a very light gold in color. No head forming on the pour, which struck me as odd, but anyway. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the typical Stone hopping, which is nice and appreciated. I think this is still a bit too fresh because the hops are covering up all the belgian characteristics of the beer. Will give a bottle a chance to age and settle down a bit. Very good mouthfeel, just waiting for more of the belgian traits to show themselves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22 oz bottle from MCAS Miramar Marine Mart: Pale, hazy golden-yellow with a small, fading off-white head. Aroma is spicy, yeasty and floral. Flavor starts fruity sweet followed by some peppery yeast and spice, a hint of bubble gum and a rather dry orange rind bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body is oily with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (586) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Nice! Off the bat it reminded me of Hop-It, but as I got through the bottle I realize it’s different in it’s own way. Think Chouffe Houblon, Urthel Hop-It and then make it taste like it released yesterday. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours a clear, deep golden yellow with a medium sized off white head. Tons of fruit and floral hops on the nose. Flavor had spice, hops, malt and Belgian yeast. A great Belgian Stonge Ale!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bomber from GM Liquors; Nose of floral hops, ginger, corriander, and caramelly yeastiness; hazy gold with a small off-white head; flavor is hop bitterness, ginger, and light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5513) - 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

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