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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Clean deep golden hue with a frothy fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of resiny and herbal hop, pepper and clove, buttery bread, earthy Belgian yeast and some candi sugar. The taste is spicy and yeasty with some fruity notes and lots of pale malts in the background. At this moment this beer lacks depth of palate... but then this hop forward beer will likely not take much more that a year of aging either. IMO, this will be like many other VE and will become heavy on the oxidization in due time.

(Dearest Stone Brewers, stick to massive Quad/Abts or English Old Ales/ Barleywines for the VE lineup, thanks)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2008
This is not my favorite in the series, not at all. Pours without much head and it disappears in a hurry. It’s kinda spicy, it’s pretty yeasty, but there’s something about the mouth feel I don’t care for, seems a little flat. Especially once it sits in the glass a little bit. It’s not bad by any means. I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy it again, though. And I can’t see it lasting four years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6462) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Clear light amber with a fleeting head. Nice aroma is citrusy tropical fruit with clove. Medium body. Yeasty, estery flavors of bananas clove, with pale malt that’s mixed with bitter hops that doesn’t really meld very well at all. Maybe this one will develop with some time in the bottle?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Smells a bit like bubble gum. Supposedly has a bunch of hops in it, but I don’t really taste them that much. I guess I’m not sure what a hoppy trippel would taste like. Interesting beer, but seems awfully similar to last year’s VE. Would like to see something a little different next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
22 ounce bomber purchased from the Covell Nugget in Davis, CA. Aroma is delightfully hoppy with some herbal, hemp, and orange characteristics. This is followed by some straight forward banana notes from the yeast. There is a bit of sweetness in there, which makes this a very enjoyable beer to smell. I honestly don’t think the aroma will improve with age. I expect the opposite, as a matter of fact. Transparent honey-colored body with a wispy, off-white head that is pretty small. Start is pretty carbonated, which becomes a little herbal with hop flavors. In the middle, there are some big, sweet, yeast/ester flavors which dominate. Some more bitter piney hop flavors come in later, which are followed by an unfortunate, dry, ethanolic finish. This had great potential given the aroma, but this just seems like a cluttered mess. I have a feeling that age will confuse things even more. I enjoyed this more the first couple times I had it when I was drunk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle at chriso’s pre-GBBF ’Raise the Roof’ Shindig ’10. Gold with a small white head. Yeasty aroma. Sour alcoholic taste. Mid bitter finish. I remember enjoying this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours a clear golden body with a very thin white head. Spicy with bananas, cereal, bubblegum, ending dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours an orange-gold with no head. Some citrus, banana, yeast, spice. Not much hop flavor at this point, still a little boozy, mostly, banana, yeast funk and some citrus flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4537) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours clear amber with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is grassy and floral hops, biscuit and toasted malts, lemon, pears, and faint yeast. Flavor is belgian yeast, grassy and floral hops, lightly sweet malts, and light fruit esters; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours murky amber with white ring. Floral, yeasty, peach and compote aroma. Compote, slightly hoppy bitterness. Medium body, delicate fizz and long, peachy finish.

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