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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ghawener (1542) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
At RateBeerians Tasting. Bottle: Canīt think of any way to make this better, excellent balance. An instant favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2008
best beer ive had golden color white head that lasts to the bottom unlike othre belgians it wasnt hazy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a very light yellowish gold color with a foamy white head. Also has some nice lacing. The smell is sweet, a peppery, floral hop feel. The taste was sweet as well, a nice malty flavor. with some nice hop feel. A great floral flavor. The mouthfeel is really even, smooth and is quite easy drinking. This is anther good Stone beer. It is full flavor and it really great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2008
A very citrus aroma. Orange, lemon and lime. This is a great hopped-up triple. Thick with a good spicy and hoppy flavor. It seems to start like a triple and finish like an imperial IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A spicy hop nose with some lingering light fruits. Flavor is a massive dose of the freshest american hops ive had, mango fruit, spices. Its like they put together a class A belgian, and an IIPA, and you get this orgasm of a beer. I think the Westy 8 just got an american ass kicking. What can i say, the gargoyle does his job well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle. Wonderful beer! Pours a hazy blond with aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Heavy hop smell that equates to heaven. Taste lasts long and the perfect amount of bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. The ale is colored as a solid golden hue with a dense appearance and a fluffy patch of foam. The nose is a spicy aroma of Belgian yeast with a slight notice of perfumed hops as well as soap in a distant background. The flavor is sweet nectar of hops blended so well with the strain of yeast that itís just incredibly tasty and well spiced. As for the palate, itís a war of carbonation occurring across the tongue yet easily quaffable. The drink earns a strong score with me and reminds me a little of the vertical epic 2004 which I so longed to taste fresh again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Orange-gold with good, foamy white head / Hoppy, citrus nose / Medium body, moderately sweet, good balance, and excellent, slightly biting finish / Delicate, floral flavors of violets, orange muscat, fresh pine, and honey / Stylish and terrific.

   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 Iíll 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, Iíd put a case of this in for a few years.

   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!

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