SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while and it did not dissapoint! Pours yellow-gold with moderate white head. Really nice "beligian gold" aroma of clove and spice, with a lot of hop character. Hop aroma is piney and citrusy. Flavor is a delicious balance of spice and sweetness wrapped around citrus from the hops. Good carbonation. Really liked this one! Don’t know if I can save the others unitl 12-12-12.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahhh, 8/8/08- My wife’s 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 I’d argue might just bunk the myth of aging-The freshness will best serve the hop character that is so pleasant in this year’s 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?
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was shocked to see this still for sale. a four year old beer! Funny to think that if one were to go into a grocery store and ask for four year old this or that the workers’d give funny looks (same goes for the concept of older wine). Anyways, this is pretty good, but not my favorite. Stone has much better beers. This is very good for it’s style (I suppose), but just isn’t what I expected based on the description. Not nearly as hoppy as the description seemed to suggest. Good beer, but would I spend another 16.99 to acquire this? No, plain and simple.
wajacobs (26) - USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pale golden ale with a strong amenican hop aroma (piney and grapefruit). The flavor decidely hoppy with some strong spicy notes and a light malt background. the overall mouthfeel is light but the spiciness lingers awhile. my bottle of 080808 suffered from poor head retention and could use more carbonation.
teamrassas (26) - USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet hoppy aroma Pale golden blonde color, strong citrus flavors on front nice sweetness in the middle and a solid hop finish
Kpbutsko (23) - - OCT 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cellar aged. Poured beautifully & still unfiltered with a bright white head. Smells very fruity. Taste is still really potently tripel/alcoholic with lots if fruity fore & aftertaste. Amazing beer.
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aleyin (14) - Murrieta, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Golden with white creamy head. Citrus, malty, hops in aroma and taste. Dry, slightly bitter and refreshing. I will buy a couple to store if I can resist the urge. Tastes of an IPA at this point as Stone says this is one to wait upon.I think this will age nicely to become another Stone classic.
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy medium to dark wheat like color slightly more than medium body grapefruit aroma an overall great beer
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mwa423 (10) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first Vertical Epic, and I must say I’m going back to the store to buy a case or more of it! It pours a clear golden with about a one inch head that dies down to a nice lacing.
The smell is fantastic with plenty of citrus, hops and other things I can’t quite place.
I greatly enjoy the taste, it almost tastes like a hybrid between an Belgian and an IPA. Plenty of hop bite but not at all overwhelming. I couldn’t taste anything that would suggest the extremely high ABV.
Palate is fantastic, goes down very smoothly, especially considering the high abv. The finish is very dry and makes your mouth water for the next sip.
Overall, this is exceptionally good beer. The taste profile is exceptionally complex and excellent, the very high ABV will get you in a good mood after one bottle and yet you can’t taste it at all.
thebarista (5) - USA - SEP 9, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nicely and has a beautiful color. It is complex enough to spark an interest yet smooth enough not to offend. Very pleased with the experience and developed a little love affair afterward.