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RATINGS: 754   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pretty decent stuff. Dry finish. Complex nose, with some floral notes. Peppery and full-bodied, I think I should pick up another one and let it age till 2012.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours a crisp, clear gold with a short white head. Pale, bready, lightly citrus, Belgian aroma. The flavor is also very bready and light with some citrus flavors and a light lingering herbal flavor. Light carbonation but clean flavor. Easy to drink. Higher ABV is well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soyorganic (277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bomber: pours a cloudy copper with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, hops and candy sugar. Taste: so this beer is quality... a nice citrus, banana, candy sugar and yeast taste followed by a nice touch of hops. The hops are definitely noticeable but they don’t kill the other flavors in the finish and a nice candy sugar flavor lingers. Medium-low carbonation that makes this extra drinkable. This sort of reminds me of the De Ranke XX but better. Hard to taste the alcohol. I am glad I bought this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
pours a beautiful orange-gold. aroma is tangerine zest, alcohol, lychee, underlying barnyard funk. taste has prominent orange/tangerine juice qualities with a nice hop finish. like a citrusy duvel. longer than average finish. quite improved since last year.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Served cold from 22 oz. bottle. Sorry, I couldn’t wait until 2012. Pours clear gold in color, with an aroma of mixed fruits. Taste combines cloves, caramel and hops. Good spice, good bitter finish. I’m a big fan of this. If someone in the LA-area wants to share one with me four years from now, drop me a line.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice creamy white head. Smells citrus along with orange, and tropical fruits. Taste is hoppyh with a sweet malty base. An easy brew to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Pour a clear golden color with a white head. Smelled of sweet hops. Flavor seemed a bland bitter sweet combination that was carbonated yet smooth and finished bitter. It did get better as it went on, mostly due to adjusting to the bitterness of this Belgian.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brucebruce81 (253) - Wyoming, USA - SEP 12, 2009
I like this beer its one of the better ales light in color poured good with little head it was a little bitter but not bad

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2008
This one is all about Marvin Gaye smoothness and style. No big deal aroma, no big deal look. What a big deal with the silky delivery and finish. Grassy, mildly yeasty, apricot butter and velvety all the way. Mild smell and taste but quality all the way. Thanks for the offering. 22 oz. 2008.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Bottle. Pours a great golden color, with a little haziness. Medium beige head .I didn’t get a huge belgian influence in the taste. More like a nice, solid, strong IPA. Clean finish.


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