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RATINGS: 758   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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
bottle. Pours an average appearance- pale hazy yellow color, smallish off white head that clears fast. Sweet fruits and some sharp citrus in the nose. For one of the VE series, the flavors are pretty tame. Typical Belgian strong pale- fruity phenols, smooth sugary sweetness, and some noticeable yeasty twang. Decent hop character- a nice mix of mild earthy notes, sharp citrus, and solid but not overdone bitterness. Palate is decent, though on the thin and slick side. Overall an enjoyable beer- though I can’t imagine anything good happening here in terms of ageing until all the VEs are out.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Pours translucent gold with a thin white head. Smells strongly of a typical belgian strong ale. Flavor is very yeasty, mellifluous malt, cinnamon, hoppy, and very alcoholic. Maybe it’s because Golden Monkey is a regular part of my diet but this was not that impressive and much less complex. The hops were a nice addition but insufficient to overcome the spicey yeast esters, they seemed more like an afterthought in this beer. Cellaring another bottle for 2012.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle. Wonderful beer! Pours a hazy blond with aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Heavy hop smell that equates to heaven. Taste lasts long and the perfect amount of bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Warm golden color with a very small white head and great lacing. Aroma is spicy with hints of anise, all spice and cloves. Flavor is fairly well balanced between hops and spices. I found there to be a slightly unpleasant hop astringency. Slight lactic after taste as well. Moderately carbonated mouthfeel and overall enjoyable on the palate.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soyorganic (283) - 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.

3.6
   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.

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.

3.7
   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.

3.8
   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.


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