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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 761   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Loverly, delicate golden. Color, pale opaque, lite golden color, no hint of red. Crazy nose, sweet wine-esque, almost like a Sauv Blanc or even Viognier. Peach? Very lite and delicate on the palate, considering its 8.7%. Cany wait to taste in a few years

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2009
I am so deeply sorry this is limited because I just about died drinking it.
its almost a Belgian, hoppy like an ipa, even after a year of storing it, and its just fabulous. Bitter, esters, fruit, citrus and pine perfume, but not at all choking or cloying, it calls you in for sip after sip. I think I polished off the whole bomber in less than 20minutes. Burp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
bottle. Light amber color with a nice head. Aroma is a mix of hops, yeast and fruit.Medium palate. Flavor starts out hoppy with a yeast middle with a fruity then lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours out a clear golden color with a small white head that dissipates almost immediatley. Aroma is a bit fruity with a little alcohol present. Taste is of spices and a bit of alcohol with a bit of warmth going down. Overall, a decent brew, but I would expect alot more from Stone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Aroma was flat with little of anything coming through. Clear gold colour with a decent head and good bubbles. Loved the flavour as it was a big surprise...hoppy bitterness mixed with a passing hint of its Belgian beginning. Sharp then softening palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Pours light amber/orange (dark golden) clear, with full white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus and hops. Flavor begins with nice citrus on the palate. Flavor develops into herbs, spice and pepper. Finishes with a pleasant kick of hops. Throughout there seems to be hint of banana. Body is medium and smooth, head fades quickly. Easy to drink, very nice. Not sure how this will develop with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Golden/amber color with white fizzy head. Spicy, fruity, and bitter. Fizzy on the palate and bitter finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bought 2 one to age and one to try now. Definitely an interesting brew. Deep gold in color nice aroma of fruity malt dried apricot nice malt aroma. Tastes resemble a well crafted belgian ale but with a stronger hop profile than a typical Belgian, Citrus annd fresh grass on the hop aroma not much bite Awaiting maturation for final review.

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