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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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
The hops make this. It’s like a Belgian IPA--if such a thing existed. It’s a Belgian strong ale or maybe even an abbey dubbel or trippel with extreme hops. My concern with this is that by12/12/12, the hops will have fallen off. I don’t see how this beer can age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is grass, clove, bananas. Flavor is spicy, hops, cloves. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bomber pours amber with little retaining off white head into a tulip; nice lacing. Crisp hoppy aroma with honey sweetness, tea/herbs, clove, banana chips, bready malts. Flavor starts with bready malts and delicate hops, honey sweetness is prevalent throughout, almost flora with clove, tea, and lemon pepper finish with noticeable yeast and banana. Similar to a tripel. Pillowy mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation level. Mellows nicely as it warms. Quite drinkable, easy to take it down, hides the abv well. Refreshing, but a bit too spicy in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 15, 2008
First whiff upon cracking the bottle: HOPS!;!;!;!; So they didn’t lie. Transparent yellow with active, quickly and mostly diminishing white head. Pine resin, honey, grapefruit, and a roll of new carpet. Reminds me of my first real big hop beer, which I think was Bells Two Hearted. Initially sweet flavor and sticky mouthfeel followed by prickly pine needles and light banana. Lightly alcoholic and acidic finish with lasting bitter and salty metal. I really like Stone. Another thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours golden straw color with minimal white head that fades quick. Aroma is sweet, butterscotch with some floral and grassy hops notes. Flavor is same as the aroma with some honey, and citrus. Spicy phenolics give some pepper and some banana/clove in the mineral-like finish. Nice dryness level, nice kicked up hops level. This is a great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2008
best beer ive had golden color white head that lasts to the bottom unlike othre belgians it wasnt hazy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured golden yellow out of the bottle with almost no head. Smells citrusy, lemons and fresh cut grass. Seems to remind me of a wheat beer at the start. Spicy sweet flavor and goes away a little bit bitter. Very hoppy, but balanaced well. this beer is fantastic now but will probably be top notch in about 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle. Clear, golden pour with very little head. Complex aroma of bitter hops, spice, fruity esters, banana and a touch of sweet candi sugar. Powerful flavor that starts fairly sweet with some fruit and spice that fades to bitter hop finish. Interesting beer with a lot going on in both aroma and flavor.

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