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RATINGS: 775   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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
I was shocked to see this still for sale. a four year old beer! Funny to think that if one were to go into a grocery store and ask for four year old this or that the workers’d give funny looks (same goes for the concept of older wine). Anyways, this is pretty good, but not my favorite. Stone has much better beers. This is very good for it’s style (I suppose), but just isn’t what I expected based on the deScription. Not nearly as hoppy as the deScription seemed to suggest. Good beer, but would I spend another 16.99 to acquire this? No, plain and simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3739) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2015
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Re-brewed for their 20th Anniversary Encore Series, 8.9% ABV. Bottled on 9/1/2015. Very slightly hazy vibrant golden orange with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of herbs, spices, a little white wine, black pepper. Tastes of herbs, spices, light banana, some citrus and stone fruit, some earthy and yeasty notes. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4793) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Aroma is bananas, citrus, fruit/berries and very slightly perfumed Belgian yeast. The flavor is bubblegum, citrus, hops/mild hop resin, malts and a mix of sour, bitter and heat in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinogq77 (1) - - OCT 1, 2015 does not count
08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops. spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a clear golden with no head. A white island of bubbles sits atop. Bubblegum and light spice on the nose. Mild fine carbonation on the tongue with just a bit more of a burn in the back of the throat. Medium- to full-bodied and gets moderately astringent. Bubblegum flavor right away. Some spiciness is noted as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Aromas of hey, lemon grass, coriander, wheat, citrus, lemon zest and noticeable hops. Pours a bright gold with a very thin white foam. Taste brings crisp malt, apple juice, caramel, vanilla, coriander, wheat, grains, Belgian yeast, funk, esters and crackers. Dry finish with noticeable hop presence and oils. Overall,a very unique brew with various flavors.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Luvystypotables (1178) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Probably the worst beer I’ve ever tasted from Stone. Aroma of gasoline with a hint of Belgian yeast and hops. Pours a pale straw color with a short lasting white well laced head. Taste of gasoline, hops and Belgian yeast with a dry feel light body and a chalky hops finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (926) - Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear golden with some white head. Nose is very Saison like. Banana, pepper and maybe a little eucalyptus. More orange and Belgian yeast in the taste. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma: Dry orange, mineral, yeast, touch of coriander and dry orange "syrup." Palate: Full-body Flavor: Moderately concentrated orange, mineral, yeast, followed by a bitter hop and orange peel bite on the mid-palate and yeasty finish. Comment: Well-integrated. This is a bit reminiscent of a S. French Viognier-like aroma and flavor and viscosity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2139) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2015
August 7, 2015 - bottle via trade. Cloudy darkish orange pour with nice amount of head that lasted for a bit. Aroma was strong citrus/orange, spice and yeast. Taste was more like a fruited saison than a hopped up belgian, which was a good thing for me and most likely a result of this being 7 years old almost to the day. Strong citrus in the flavor with spice and a faint bitterness and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6903) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks adnielsen). Looks good; a very hazy apricot with white head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet and hoppy with notes citrus zest and Belgian yeast. The yeast doesn’t dominate though, which is nice. Some caramel too. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable, and has withstood the test of time nicely.

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