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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1400) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
The color of a (golden) lit candle. Hazy. Starts with a puffy head that takes a while to subside. Tiny bubbles. Really nice. Dual blast of sweet, citrusy hops, and sweet Belgian spices. Woody, flowery, spicy; a dry, champagne malt. Perfumey and superior. Strong, citrusy flavor. The spices of the flowery citrus hops mesh beautifully with the spices of the Belgian malt. A dynamite, spicy and citrusy flavor. Fizzy in the feel like champagne. A splendid, citrusy and spicy beer. Absolutely outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpbigb (2) - , California, USA - OCT 21, 2009 does not count
Bottle. I enjoyed this one. It had a great flavor and had a nice finish. I will definatley drink this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Another highlight from BCTC 08 for me. I love the whole "hoppy Belgian" thing that has been catching on a bit lately and that is exactly what this beer is. Big and hoppy with Belgian yeast esters. Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange with a medium sized off white head that left sticky lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma of very floral/citrusy hops, some pine notes Belgian yeast esters, a little bready with caramel malt. Flavor was chewy hops, complimented nicely with the Belgian yeast esters and balanced well with the caramel malt, some pine and floral notes. I think I went back to the Stone table for this 4 times. The thing with this beer though...drink it fresh. With all those hops you really have to make sure you at least try this one fresh. It may hold up well to aging, but if you want to age some, make sure you buy enough to open a few bottles fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A nice light peach color with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving only a ring around the glass. Smell of fresh apricot, peaches, mango, clove, and bread. Bitter beginning with peaches, apricots, mangos, clove, bread, and oranges. Less than medium body and higher than medium carbonation. This is a real fun and exciting beer. I still love Stone’s regular offerings, but this is one I’d like to see made more often. This one is a homerun to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Crystal clear pale golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is mostly yeast of banana, clove, and pepper. Flavor is much of the same but has a nice balance with the fruity and spicy hops. This is a very, very good beer. Extremely well balanced, smooth on the palate then finishes bitter and slightly dry. This is by far the b est Belgian Strong I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. Body-very pretty dark honey orange with a lasting quarter inch foamy white head. Nose-coriander, orange, Kaffir lime leaf, light soap, some unsticky PNW hops. Taste-wet hops, light non-acidic lime, watered down orange juice, lots of soft “foamy” esters, some pear, some grapefruit juice, lively CO2. A perfect mix of citrus, yeasty esters, CO2, and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Stone Brewing Company--Stone Vertical Epic Ale 08*08*08--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.60% ABV--65 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Trippel--Sediment hint. Foamy lacy white head. Fizzy clear thin bright gold color. Rich pine hop Belgian clove ester front. Earthy malty citrus pine Belgian clove ester body. Balanced rich complex Belgian Golden Ale Hop Spice end. Back & Forth Belgium IPA Flavor. Sampled 7/5/2009. $7.99 Each.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Got at McScrooges on N. Peters Road. in 08. Personally aged till 1/Jan/2013. I was a patient one. Amber. Medium beige head. Aroma: Pine hops, spices, sweet malts. Very nice. Flavor: Caramel, Spices, Pine Hops. Sweet, dry malty finish. Very complex, more than my words state. I know this sounds funky but this beer gave me the most tasty burb I ever had with a beer. I had to include it with the pallet rating. Stone beers are known for strong hops but this one was more balanced yet still held the "Devils Attitude". If you didn’t like this, you didn’t age this beer correctly. Stop giving low ratings when it is your own fault, not the beers fault!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kpbutsko (23) - - OCT 10, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours deep golden hue, minimal foam. Nice spicy funky aroma, touch of hop bitterness. Taste is sweet funky spicy with middling hot resin hops. Some clove and banana in the middle palate before a spicy warm ABV finish. Tight, well- balanced brew. Great stuff.

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