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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 761   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!

biz82's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle. Clear yellow with abundant carbonation and a thin creamy head. Bready floral, CO2 and peppery spice aroma. It has a hop flavor with distinctly american notes of pine and citrus that are mellow enough to let the yeast and malt flavors shine through. Tasty fruity malt character. Great, light hearted beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1010) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Light amber. I get a lot of honey in the nose and booziness. Flavor is weaker with some graininess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep gold with a small head. Nose is golden apples and banana. Some clove. General spice rack. Paper. Cereal. Taste is pretty oxidized. Peppery, loads of paper. So tied. Medium body, soft carb. Not good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"a dark, dry hopped beer...yummy. fairly unique brew, and even though dry hopped, not overly hopped, especially by Stone’s standards, as another rater noted. frsh re-releases after the 11th anniversary have gotten even better. the last two times i had this nice freshly hoppy dark brew, it’s been awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3877) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is strong yeast, clove, banana. Medium mouthfeel with nice resin, light spice, vanilla, oak, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2014
From my cellar Slightly hazy orange body with a small, fleeting white head. Fruity, candy aroma. The flavor is slightly sweet on the front with some dryness as it moves into the finish. OK, nothing bad, nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Got a 22 oz. bottle in a trade with Skyview, thanks for the opportunity! This was the only vintage I was missing after The Lord Hobo 12-12-12 event. Color displayed is hazy orange amber color still a sold amount of carbonation. The hiss after popping the cap made me smile knowing this was going to fine. Aroma is all fruity notes of Belgian yeast. Old ripe mango, peach and light musty basement.

Flavor has the yeast taking over the majority of the flavor. Orange zest, light peach and hints of pepper up front. The pale malt base doesn’t show much oxidation, light tone of cardboard. But it doesn’t kill the overall flavors. The finish has a citrus zest that is found in the beginning of the sip, no bitterness at this point. No alcohol taste anywhere.Overall I was surprised how well this held up to the test of time. It truly speaks well of the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a light orange color with a soapy white head. Good lacing. Aroma of tangerine, apple, Belgian yeast, and clove. Citrus fruit flavor with tangerine and some banana, pepper, and spice combine for a complex and very tasty brew. Wish I had more than one bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2239) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Belgian Yeast, Spicy, Citrus Zest Appearance: Golden Straw/Amber Hue, Passes Most Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Belgian Yeast, Belgian Sugar, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Spicy Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is hazy golden with no head. Aroma is caramel malts, light fruit, and pale malts. Flavor brings out more of the belgian qualities - yeast, banana, cloves, cane sugar, and grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
I get the hops here on the front side, and that’s impressive on account of the age of this bottle. There’s some pepper there, too. Golden, nice Belgian senses though not the best that Stone brews. Bottle.

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