Home >

Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Share this beer with friends!
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Opening - good carbonation pop. Nose upon opening - phenolic, spicyness (yeast derived) Color -light straw, white head that fades after 30-50 seconds Taste/Flavor - phenolic, bitterness is more pronounced than most strong ales we have here (yes they are more bitter in Belgium when they are fresh) Spicy, Malty Alchohols are present, but seemingly subdude by the phenols. A little too sharp and astringent in the finish for me. Yeast character remains in the finish. Carbonation is lively and appropriate. Overall Its a nice drinkable beer that I think would pair very well with some Morbier cheese and some ripe pears. It does not seem to be very cohesive (possibly time) with regard to all of the flavors. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. I would buy again though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma similar to a tripel with that peppery/yeasty goodness, but with a citrus hop smell added in. The taste was similar with a surprisingly full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v8powered (127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2009
As always, the Vertical Epic line is a treat. This one has great flavors of select hops, corriander spices, pepper, and banana. It has quite a spice and some alcohol tones. I enjoyed drinking this but after a few beers, this one hit me hard. Great buzz!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with little head and no lacing. Yeasty nose with lots of banana and a little spice and citus in the background. The flavor is dominated by the yeast with the sweet malty banana and hints of spice, citrus, grapes, alcohol, and clove ending with a slight bitter and dry warm finish. Nice big body, lively carb, light syrupy texture, and dry feel. Nice brew, but a bit rough around the edges. I belive the other bottle I have will age and have a little more to offer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Poura a clear golden yellow with a thick foamy white head.Sweet smelling. I detect some sweet malt and banana. A light pine hop smell.At first there is a spice and yeast flavor up front with some sweet malts. The hops is very smooth and not overpowering, even a bit grassy. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2009
beautiful golden color with a nice head. belgian fruity/banana yeast and lots of spicey, piney hops at the nose. taste follows suit with the addition of sweet light malt. one of my new favorite styles out there now... like a belgian IPA, or along teh lines of their Cali-Belgique. very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rallison (116) - USA - AUG 29, 2008
Smells mostly of lavender and coriander. Tastes pleasant. Lavender notes are still strong backed by a sweet malt presence. Nice, balancing West Coast Hop presence that somehow works very well with Stones choice of yeast and Belgian spices. Having had an earlier, experimental Belgian IPA from them, this is much better. Carbonation is strong but appropriate and drinkability is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 16, 2009
Brilliant clear golden, rocky and sudsy head with excellent lace. Spicy aromas of bananas and citrus of dry straw. A bit of candy sweetness and full malt behind the tangy hops. The back of the tongue tingles with the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dastrn (115) - Warsaw, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2009
The smell hit my nose before I could raise the glass to take a look, so Ill give you that first: smells very sweet and creamy, with clove, vanilla, banana, orange and yeast. It poured VERY orange in color, with a small, creamy foam head, about 1 finger, into a trappist glass. The flavor is very complex and bitter, with clove, burnt vanilla, pepper, and resiny citrus hops. Fantastic taste! Palate is dry and long-lastingly bitter. All around an absolutely stunning masterpiece. If I had a cellar, Id put a case of this in for a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2009
smells wheaty, sour and of bananas. medium pale golden yellow with a thin head. very hoppy. flavors are hard to pick apart. lemon peel, spicy, maybe some anise? maybe even a little salty. heaver than smell indicates but is fairly smooth. hops overpowers any flavor.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 69 70 71  72  73 74 75

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50