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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (522) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color like a wheat beer color. No head at all. Aroma is sweet, bready and a hint of saison. Taste is a little tart, peppery and again a little like a saison. Bitterness sticks around and a definite alcohol when you breathe. I tasted this thing blind, not knowing at all what style it was until I read the deScription here. I immediatly placed it as some Belgian style and it caught me off gaurd. I cannot taste the Amarillo hops at all. A decent beer but not a style I care for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
First whiff was definately not what i was expecting. a Big time hop nose with a massive candy sugar sweetness. The first sip comes across with a typical belgian with light cloviness, and super carbonated. It does not finish too bitter, but has a certain dryness to it that its hard to put my finger on. All in all a good brew, but nowhere near the flagships that Stone usually has .....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle at chris_o’s pre beer exposed tasting. Alround rating: Pppery, dry, quite a bit of raw bittering hop, pale sweet malts, to be honest i found it a pritty boring belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Does not have the umph I like in a BSA. Light colored. Earthy, grassy aroma with a hint of orange. Taste is not special but certainly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3562) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Tang-bronze color, little evident carbonation, and a ring of head. Musky and funky Belgian aromatic character with some skunk. Pepperiness toward the end. Likewise, quite funky tasting with warming phenols and a touch of black pepper or guinea pepper. Authentic old world Belgian quality. Would pair well with cheese, crusty bread, and mussels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle... Pours a golden yellow hue with a a light, fast fading white head. Aromas of skunks, pot, saaz hops???, grass and a slight hint of citrus. Mouth feel is medium bodied with flavors of a mellow spice (cinnamon and a touch of clove), banana, and again, a mellow touch of citrus. The overall feeling is one dimensional. I couldn’t drink more than a bottle, but this would be a pleasant brew on a hot summer day as it is refreshing with a nice, dry finish. I don’t feel that this, as with many other vertical epic brews, will age any more than two years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2009
(bottle). Pours a clear, light amber color with particles floating. Medium size off white head. Citrus hop aroma. Spiced flavor. Avg duration. Slick texture. Slightly astringent. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
A so so Belgian. Not bad, but there is no way this will stand up for 4 years. Aroma was average. Nice hoppiness with some apple. Pour was a nice medium gold with no bubbles but a one finger white head. Taste was a little thin. Apple, pear and and spices with little carbonation and an apple juice after taste. Very average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Just not very thrilled about this beer...not at all reminiscent of the style and alcohol heat dominate. 10 karat pour yields a dense 2-inch off-white foam. Aroma is mild banana, yeast, citrus, and spice. Flavor also celebrates banana and yeast; although the hops are definitely present, as well. Bitter and thin, with pungent alcohol present. Not bad but will hopefully hold up and mellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1902) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Aroma is yeasty with banana and a hint of spicy. Color is a bright gold with just a slight haze, mellow carbonation and a thin head. Taste is sweet, spicy and bitter. Starting with a light/medium body it goes down crisp with a spicy feel. Finish jumps out at you with a bright citrus that is very peppery then a slightly sweet yeast taste with banana tones that is taken down by a bitter ending. In the after taste the bitterness grows leaving you with a bitter pepper taste. This is an odd Belgian Golden, the hops are a bit strong with the spicy pepper tones standing out a little too much. With this said, I do feel it is just what the brewers at Stone wanted it to be, but not something I want to have again.

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