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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
A slightly thin but well balanced Golden Strong, grainy background with notes of banana, pear, and bright citrus from the three varieties of American citrus-hops (Antheum, Amarillio and Summit I’m told). This is a quite quaffable beer, despite its high ABV at almost 9%. Spicy, hoppy and fruity, a sweet beer with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear bright gold with a pale head. The aroma is extremely strange. My nasal passages actually feel warm as I inhale. Initially there is a spike of floral and spiced bouquets. Malts that seem to resemble burnt cardboard quickly envelops the flowers and spices. It’s strange. The malty aroma feels like it’s affecting the walls of my nostrils instead of affecting my palate. The experience is unique. The flavour is also quite interesting. Initially, spiced and floral notes are prominent with a melon-like fruit (much like a honeydew) and honey close behind. With the mouth closed, fruit and honey flavours rapidly increases. But as air enters the mouth, notes of yeast become instantly apparent initially before the dry spiced and floral flavours burst along with some light hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is a subtle flavour, but is very noticeable as it warms the chest on its way down. Towards the finish, fruit and honey flavours slightly diminish. Spices fade slightly to introduce some grain flavours. Hops and a semi-metalic bitterness increases a little as well, complementing the spices. The finish is also dry... very dry.

I’m not a huge fan of spices. But this creates some interesting layering effects between the spice/floral and the fruit/honey flavours that I find rather neat and intriguing... and not to mention the aroma...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Clear, gold beer with a white, disappearing head. Fine carbonation throughout. Aroma is clove and banana. Flavor is grassy, spicy, and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth, a bit bitter and nicely sweet. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BallyLoser (136) - Redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Spicy aroma.Thick white head. Gold colour. Peach flavor up front, bitter spice finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Pour from 22oz is mostly clear yellow with creamy head white head and some lacing. Tart nose a little fruit, a little yeast. Medium body that sticks in the back of the throat. Taste of spice, hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v8powered (135) - 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 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
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.

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