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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 756   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008 Fruity aroma. Clear golden coloured strong in alcohol hoppy and floral with a crisp and bitter malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TwoSipDip (8898) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Hazy, dark orange appearance with an off white head. Spicy yeasty, bready, orange citrusy aroma. Tangy, coriander, orange citrusy, chewy bready flavor. Some oxidation notes, Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8867) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
golden pour, fluffy head. Yeasty, fruity and lightly hopped aroma. Flavor is pretty sweet with some yeast and honey notes but has a pretty nice hop balance. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle… Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. Fruity, spicy aroma imparts Belgian-style esters and phenols, such as clove, fuzzy fruits and light smoke. Full-bodied and creamy with tingling carbonation. Well-balanced, fruity flavor. Finishes with lingering fuzzy fruits, Begian spices and moderate bitterness. Bottle provided by scraff!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8777) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bread, citrus, candi sugar, and fruity. Tastes of bread, black pepper and other spices, fruity, citrus, and floral. Alcohol content hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
Aroma is like a saison, getting pepper first of all, clove and bannanas. Golden blond colour with white Caesar head. Understated hops. ABove average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
Pale golden coloured beer with a thin white head. Lightly hazy appearance. Aroma is quite lovely. Lots of big citrusy/spicy hops. Lemongrass and tropical fruit over a big spicy yeastiness. Clove and a bit of light fruitiness as well. A bit of bubble gum and lemony citrus. It is quite aromatic and in many ways is similar to the Cali-Belgique or the Stone/Mikkeller/Alesmith collaboration. Spicy flavour with a lot of bright lemon peel and tropical fruit. Light lingering hoppiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
22oz bomber. Pretty much is a heavy tripel. Pours a fairly clear, deep orange with loads of floaties. Good head and lace. Tropical fruits aroma. Pina colata, fresh bread, tamarind, fruit cake, and golden raisins in the nose. Taste is complex. Very dry, alcoholic, loads of fresh bread rolls, a little soapy and somewhat spicy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
22 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse. Golden pour with a small head and floaties. Aroma of hops, banana, candi sugar and clove. Fruity taste with notes of pear, peach, spice and hops. Full spicy mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7937) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Aromas are smoky with biscuit malts and citrus. Some pineapple with yeast and woody notes. Peppery. Flavours are tropical fruit and yeast with lots of pepper and strong alcohol. Decent.


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