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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 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 Stone’s 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 I’ll 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, I’d 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.

   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 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.

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