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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
In 2008, Stone Brewmasters Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele traveled to Belgium, where they enjoyed a number of hop-forward Belgian tripels, pale ales and IPAs—beers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. It’s a big reason 2008’s summer season came to be known at Stone as our “Summer of the Triple.” Upon their return, they crafted Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, the seventh beer in the 11-beer Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, it’s our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 8, 2012
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in mid-August 2008. **Appearance**: Cloudy and a sort of brownish-orange in color. By pouring aggressively and splashing, I was able to get a tall, off-white head. It faded slowly to a thick, sticky ring. Decent lacing left behind. **Nose**: Fruity and sweet. There’s orange, mango, tangerine and pineapple, followed by a bready yeast aroma. **Mouthfeel**: Medium bodied and dry. The finish comes on quickly and smoothly. There’s not a lot of carb or alcohol bite, but that’s OK as they’re not needed in this beer. **Taste**: Bitter orange peel and bready yeast, followed by tangerine and orange. There’s no alcohol taste. The faded hops are evidenced by the lingering bitterness. **Overall**: This is an awesome beer. It’s one of the first beers that I bought specifically to be aged, so I’ve been looking forward to this and was not disappointed. **Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes great. I don’t have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I can’t say how it would have differed. I get the feeling it might have come out a little "better", but I don’t see anything wrong with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1784) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
Draught. Belgian fruitiness, floral and sweet malty notes. In taste medium sweet, fruity with spicy finish. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, finish is bitter. Great Belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2684) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2016
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, belgisk jäst, tropisk frukt med toner av ljus torkad frukt. Fin maltsötma, lätt kropp, något kryddig, fruktig, välbalanserad men något anonym.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
msbernac (1858) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Draught Aroma-floral, fruits, barnyard Appearance-golden, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, Palate-medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maarten1993 (935) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2016
Drank with Marijn, Bram and Lennart in the Stone brewery bar (awesome place!) in Berlin. Reminds me of a triple. Taste is okay, but not that compelling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (2220) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Deep gold. Nose of light overripe fruit, Belgian yeast, and light hops. Flavor is sweet fruit and malt with a light bitterness, Belgian yeast, and mild spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
Bomber. Pours a clearish pale golden with a short lived white head. Aroma is peach, pear, grapefruit, lemon and vanilla. Flavor is loads of peach and pear, sweet cake, bubble gum and vanilla. Finish is grapefruit, lemon, lime, pine and melon. Lingering strong bitterness, citrus, peach, pear and melon. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation. Whooaaaa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (628) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow with a huge white foamy head. Nice crisp aroma and a very smooth texture. Very enjoyabl

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arn8897 (300) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Pours golden with a white head. Aromas of hops and pear. Almost like a Belgian mixed with an ipa. A lot of pine flavor. Light lacing light palate. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Orange color, clear. Sweet fruit aromas, oranges, spices. Spicy taste, yeast, alcohol and fruits. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1276) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Clear gold pour, steady white head. Nose is hard fruit and yeast. Middle is creamy malt, some pear, and some herbal hops. Finish is warm and mellow.

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