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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 778   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Aroma was flat with little of anything coming through. Clear gold colour with a decent head and good bubbles. Loved the flavour as it was a big surprise...hoppy bitterness mixed with a passing hint of it’s Belgian beginning. Sharp then softening palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Golden/amber color with white fizzy head. Spicy, fruity, and bitter. Fizzy on the palate and bitter finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Bought 2 one to age and one to try now. Definitely an interesting brew. Deep gold in color nice aroma of fruity malt dried apricot nice malt aroma. Tastes resemble a well crafted belgian ale but with a stronger hop profile than a typical Belgian, Citrus annd fresh grass on the hop aroma not much bite Awaiting maturation for final review.

   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!

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