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!
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at brewery for the RBSG. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Apricot and peach aroma and taste with some mild spice. Quite good.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funny Goldtwins entering from a far, anyhoo tap @ RBSG @ stone. Pours ornage with an off whtie ring. Nose is strange I cna’t place it its spiced with a bit of nutmeg. Taste isvery spicy prickly not bad.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone’s incredible RBSG luncheon. Orange amber color. Small off-white head. Nice bitterness. Little Belgian yeast aroma that I was expecting. Not sweet or dry. Kind of a homebrew quality to it.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Stone during the RBSG ’08. Poured a slightly hazed golden amber with a small off-white head. Caramel malt aroma with some toasty notes. Some fruitiness. Nice mix of sticky sweet toasty malt, yeasty spice, and light alcohol. Semi-dry finish with a little bitterness and bite. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel on a medium-full body. Nice warmth.
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