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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 761   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2008
bottle. Pours an average appearance- pale hazy yellow color, smallish off white head that clears fast. Sweet fruits and some sharp citrus in the nose. For one of the VE series, the flavors are pretty tame. Typical Belgian strong pale- fruity phenols, smooth sugary sweetness, and some noticeable yeasty twang. Decent hop character- a nice mix of mild earthy notes, sharp citrus, and solid but not overdone bitterness. Palate is decent, though on the thin and slick side. Overall an enjoyable beer- though I can’t imagine anything good happening here in terms of ageing until all the VEs are out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Duvel tulip. Clear coppery-golden body on a small, quickly dissipating head. Banana, spice and maybe some sweet orange aromas. Flavor is a lot of candi sugar and vague fruits with some a touch of bitterness. I also get strong notes of cooked corn with some sips. Thankfully, It does clean/dry up a little in the finish as I could see this being overly sweet. Hard to believe that this is supposed to be "highly hopped". Chouffe Houblon it is not. Some strong flavors and aroma but a bit dull and clumsy overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2008
pours out a clear amber color with a larger head. aroma is sweet, yeasty, and spicy. flavor was sweet with a bit of a twang to it that i didnt find so appealing. the finish was rather hoppy which i was happy to see. over all not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: clear dark gold, wispy off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: big sweet malt aroma with a candy sweetness, lots of spicyness mixed with a big floral hop presence
Flavor: well balanced flavor with the malt sweetness matched by the spicy phoenolics and spicy hops

Date: May 15, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.1
sweetness has dried out a lot, hops and spicyness has come out a bit but still well balanced,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2008
Bottled At SBWF08. Pours out in a slightly hazy golden color with a small white foam. Sweet, yeas, quite sugary aroma of oranges, red apples and apricots with notes of cumin and cinnamon. Full-bodied with a strong but still with unrefined and raw sugary flavours of candied oranges, soap and asprcots. Spicy finish of cinnamon with notes of flowers, tangerine and alcohol. I’m not overly impressed. A tad better than the 070707.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Lots of these PNW-hopped Belgian goldens floating around now, the best American version being from Flossmoor Station. This one pours a slightly hazed golden body with a moderate head and so-so lacing. Pleasant aroma of soft fruit, warm spices, pine and citrus smoothly blended together. In contrast, the hops seem to take over the flavor with a tasteless bitterness that overshadows the malty sweetness and yeasty fruitiness. As a hop-head, I enjoy the bitterness, but it seems to defeat the intent of the ’style’ in this case. Not bad, but the nose promised so much more.

Liquor Stop, Highland, IN

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4707) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 Not going to change my rating in 2012 but where did all the mint aroma and flavour come from??!! Big bottle. Gold colour with thin white head. More mellon than hop in the aroma. Nicely hopped golden ale, perhaps more smooth and American than Belgian. A bit of aggressive bitterness does not quite seem supplied by the hops. Doesn’t have the big Belgian profile I would expect and the hops are moderately high but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2009
Pours sparkling goldenrod color with a white, average, fizzy, fluffy head which does stick around for quite some time but leaves minimal lace. Nose is fair with lots of estery yeast with banana, clove, and some pepper and only undertones of citrus (pear) and faint bubble gum. Flavor is not what I was expecting; starts with some estery yeast, light candi sugar, and pear but quickly dries out and turns bitter with resins and pepper leaving no sweet Belgian notes. The bitterness is completely overshadows the Belgian notes and leaves a sharp notes lingering. Palate is medium, spicy, soft to lively, and drying. Finishes bone dry and moderately bitter with pepper. Not what I thought I would get from Stone, American hops and Belgian notes competed to much. This overly hopped Belgian golden is hard to make work and this one was not one of the better examples. Stone should stick to American beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2009
hazy goldeen hue. allspice and earthy hops on the nose, followed by hints of coriander and mild sweet citrus. the taste yields a mirrored palate of the aroma, with a grassy barnyard component. the finish is well-rounded, smooth, but slightly high in carbonation. the yeast is definitely prominent in this young ale. should develop nicely over the next few years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle that’s cooled its heels for the past 6 months. Poured quite clear, and quite still. Produced very little head either. The aroma is flat-out orange soda-like. It follows that this drinks with a fruity essence as its predominate character, quite light in the loafers, too. There’s nary a hint of any 8% kick to this at first either. Only after it warms a tad and one delves a little deeper does a bit more start to kick in -- a little sting of pure hops, and a spicy finish. (#3511, 2/18/2009)

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