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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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone RBSG. Appearance is very clear and yellowish golden; very clean fermentation. Aroma is strange and funky; very fresh, bright, and a bit of bananas. Bananas, apricots, and bright malt dominate the flavor with a good, mild belgian yeast character. Good carbonation and very bright on the palate. I really liked this beer; just very funky and different. Delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - DEC 7, 2008
This brew is thick, heavily carbonated and has a bittersweet flavor. Despite all the hoppiness, the beer doesnt leave a bitter aftertaste. It pours a light golden color with a small head. I wouldnt proclaim the brew to be epic, but is certainly a fine beer worth a try if you see it this year.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
The new and improved vertical epic! A very floral belgian style ale with a slight sweetness to it. Great aroma, great flavor. Buy it if you can find it and hope for good things for 09.09.09!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
pours golden with barly any head, aroma is very nice, pepper, little bannana and spices. Flavor is fruity, then flows very nicely into a hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma: light, bread, wood, dust, hops, slight fruit. Appearance: slightly cloudy, medium white creamy head, pilsner light golden. Flavor: yeasty, belgian, fruit, hoppy end with lingering yeast. Palate: smooth start to slightly abrasive back tongue raking finish, dry. Overall: decent belgian knock off - well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtodd5dot1 (44) - Marina, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
This is probably the most complex beer that Iíve been able to tell what the complexities where. Partly a hop heavy IPA type flavor and mouthfeel, yet a spicy (coriander?) malty tastes as well. Very good. Obviously I couldnít wait ítil 12.12.12.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
thanks to moelikebeer for this one. Sweet spicy and a light hop aroma. Pale gold color with a head that was nice when it was there but it quickly went away. Nicely complex flavor, sweet up front, spice in the middle and a noticeable hop at the end. Nice dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
found this at Bev Mo (beverages and more) and then was fortunate to make it to the brewery and enjoyed it there also. another great one from Stone!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
22oz bottle from local store. Pours deep golden color with lots of bubbles and frothy white head. Fruity aroma with notes of apricot. Refreshing and complex flavor with apricot, cloves, and banana coming to the forefront. Relatively strong alcohol presence, but not too overwhelming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Ahhh, 8/8/08- My wifeís birthday nonetheless.. 22oz Bottle. Pours translucent, honey-golden, with a rather light wisp of carbonation clinging to the edges of my St Feuillien goblet. A spicy, zesty, belgian yeast hits the nose- primarily clove ; and as this beauty warms, the american hoppy citrus, and tropical fruitiness start to come out much much more, as well as the banana lurking in the background. The initial burst of flavor is sweet grainy malt, candy sugar, spiciness, stone fruits (ironic?), melon, rich green hop flavor, a hit of alcohol heat ( I mean it is a well hidden 8.6, anyhow) with a well described "refreshing bitterness" .. Indeed.. A very delicious complex beer, that Iíd argue might just bunk the myth of aging-The freshness will best serve the hop character that is so pleasant in this yearís version.. I suppose time will tell, but alas, CHEERS to Stone for another unique, delicious offering. The hop character alone on this one deserves some stocking up.. Underrated?


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