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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (4690) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/26/13

Aroma: The nose is still grapefruity, it has nice spice, sweet malts, and some fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head and light, spotty lace
Flavor: The taste leans sweet, but it has some spice and just a little bit of hops left too
Palate: The body is medium, it has a clean feel, some some stickiness, and a light dry finish
Overall Impression:  I think this one has held up really nicely, I was surprised that there’s even a little amount of the hops left. Really solid.
3.9: 8/4/7/4/16

Location: 22 oz Bottle from Norm’s Sept ’08

Overall Impression: First one of the Vertical Epics I have tried, and it was really tasty. Stone is definately one of the best American brewhouses out there.
4.3: 9/4/9/4/17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (4538) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Exquisite bouquet of pine needle and thistle within a funky apple and clove base, moderate strength. Clear golden, medium head. Initial taste of funk and clove, takes on a fruity apple/pear and strawberry character at midpalate and finishes with a bit of bitter grass. Lovely transitions, delightful complexity. Great beer. Blind taste this to a friend and s/he’ll swear it’s from Belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured a hazed apricot with a pretty nice head. The smell is a bit of sweet malt, spices, and citrus. THe taste was quite the same with some more Belgian yeast in there, with the citrus flavors coming a bit to the front. Mouthfeel was pretty big as a result of the sweetness. Quite drinkable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-20-2010

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
adamah (214) - - APR 20, 2013
The aroma was nice, fruity and spicy. It poured a beautiful pale golden color. The taste was sweet up front but had a nice clean, dry finish. I didn’t get any hop character out of it though perhaps it didn’t age well. Still an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[BCTC 08] Poured a lightly hazy, darker amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, caramel malts, light spices, and citrus fruits. Taste of caramel, resiny pine, spices, light tobacco, and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Slightly cloudy, golden yellow. Decent head and lace. Big aroma of tropical fruit, powdered sugar, citric hops, perfume and others. Medium bodied, slick, almost creamy, lots of spiciness, pale malts come out for a minute but the simcoes jumo all over the palate. Nice mix of flvors, the bitterness works here, nothing overdone. Extremley drinkable for a 8.4% brew and I must say i am liking it, one of my favorites of the VE series. No clue how it will age, have to assume hops will fade and hopefully yeast contiues to work to make this a big ,not too sweet estery bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2008
22 oz bomber from J. Barleycorn’s in Nashville. Poured a clear light gold color with a four finger white head. Aroma was floral and citrus. Some yeast notes too. The flavor was similar to the aroma. Some citrus notes with a floral hop bite. Well balanced. This was a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured golden yellow out of the bottle with almost no head. Smells citrusy, lemons and fresh cut grass. Seems to remind me of a wheat beer at the start. Spicy sweet flavor and goes away a little bit bitter. Very hoppy, but balanaced well. this beer is fantastic now but will probably be top notch in about 2 years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bottle and the color was a beautiful golden with a moderate white head.The aroma is extremely yummy with lemon, banana, tangerine, belgian yeast, and a bit of pepper spice. Almost Chardonay wine like.Nice and smooth on the palate with a medium body.Flavors of well balanced bitter hops, sweet malt. Long lasting hoppy finish a bit dry but not overly so. Great beer and can easily drink plenty of these.

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