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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours golden with a small white head and good lacing. The aroma is of hops, bananas, yeast, and a bit of citrus. The flavor is of bananas, citrus, yeas, hay and a hint of lime. The palate was watery. The second half of the bottle was much yeastier than the first, but there weren’t any dregs. I’d say its a decent beer, easy to sip...nothing special though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from Andronico’s Market. Pours light and hazy with a thing quickly vanishing head. Deep aroma has hops, malt, nuts, and fruit- very inviting and interesting. Palate was surprisingly full and syrupy with light carbonation. The flavors are numerous and well-balanced. Fruit, sweet caramel, malt, nuts, and strong hops interplay but are never overbearing. Warming alcohol in the background so the higher A.B.V is detectable but subtle. Long floral finish with grass, spice, and hops. I had this on a hot summer day and it was a bit heavy-bodied but still refreshing and very enjoyable. This is an impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2008
The first VE beer I have ever really loved. But, I am a huge fan of anything with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Aroma jumps out of the glass. Light to medium body with a very dry finish. Lots of great apricot and peach flavors from the hops. Nice brew. Interested in trying on of these after some age.

   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!

   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.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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 I’ve 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 couldn’t wait ’til 12.12.12.

   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!

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