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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 757   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle at home ... From Beers of Europe ... amber ... big fruity yeasty nose ... clove and sweet malts at front with a little bitterness and little banana and some yeastyness in background... little tart ... spice linger... alcohol is quite present

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Clear yellow - white head. Lovely hoppy, grainy, spicy, straw, hay, licorice, licorice yeasty, honey, pepper, light light banana notes, piney, resin. Lovely - very lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13268) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle at the Angry Fist of Santa tasting at Chris_o’s. Like a tripel. Fresh tangerine/satsuma aroma. Lovely aroma. Bit harsh in the mouth. Peppery hop. Pretty excellent tripel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13194) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle, 22oz, from trade with Papsoe. Itís a lightly unclear golden colored beer topped by a small, off-white head. Thereís still a lovely hoppyness in the aroma, even though itís close to five years old. Citrus peel, pine cones, alcohol and a nice maltyness too. The flavor has a nice bitterness, itís slightly sweetish, with pine cones and citrus peel. Some alcohol and a malty backdrop. Full body, a tad too much carbonation. Bitter and fruity finish. A pretty pleasant and moreish one. Perhaps a bit unbalanced, but I like it anyway. 130607

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2009
Golden-amber. Hop-light fruit aroma with light bubblegum as well and only a faint pale malt note. Slightly fruity on the palate, with a herbal note and good alcohol muscle. Some pale malt as well. Good - just dry enough to make it work.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
(Draught on 08.08.08) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Fruity aroma of pineapple, orange, banana, mango, passion fruit, pepper, and clove. Flavor of Belgian yeast, hops (pineapple, citrus), and spices. Nice!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste is medium sweet, Belgian yeast, fruity/melon, light pepper. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11129) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_oís Pre-Beer Exposed Tasting, September 2008.
pours clear golden with a small, creamy white head. Aroma is super hoppy (pine) and wonderfully fruity. Fine, dry mouthfeel. Flavour has some forest, pine, low yeastiness. Not much maltiness behind the heavy hoppiness.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a rich white head that laces and hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is pine/citrus hops, some mange, coriander/pepper, medium malt-bready. Taste has a lot going on. Perfumy/spice/citrus hops-somewhat bitter, spice-too much, black pepper (which dominates and detracts), some medium malt/grainy, yeast. Dry. OK for sipping. Some alcohol comes through. Thanksjwc215 for picking this out.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: clear dark gold, wispy off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: big sweet malt aroma with a candy sweetness, lots of spicyness mixed with a big floral hop presence
Flavor: well balanced flavor with the malt sweetness matched by the spicy phoenolics and spicy hops

Date: May 15, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.1
sweetness has dried out a lot, hops and spicyness has come out a bit but still well balanced,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4


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