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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
everyone else’s pour may have been hazy but mine was clear & filtered as fuck with a spicy yeast nose showing notes of plump citrus. This was the continued theme in the flavors with the yeast taking bubblegum characteristics and the citrusy hops clash with this. The yeast, like most of the recent VE releases is too damn spicy and peppery and the peppery nature overshadows the citrusy hops. The ending is nastily peppery leaving unwanted flavors in my mouth.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Changed (427) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2008
22 oz bomber, pour looks like urine, with almost no head, no matter the temperature (w-t-f mate?) Smell is sickly sweet, taste is along the same lines. Tastes pretty artificial... Easy to drink, but who cares when it doesn’t taste great? These Vertical Epics are really changing my attitude towards the Stone Brewery. If they continue to make beers like this, they can count on going out of business. Luckily, these are just special editions. My advice: stick to Russian Imperial Stout and the like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Slightly hazy straw body, thin off-white head. Herbal nose with citrus rind. Bitter, grapefruity, rindy body with a peculiar bitterness, peppery and oily, with residual sugars. The upfront bitterness subdues the rest of the palate with unrestrained tannins. The harsh, hollow bitterness overwhelms any other elements in this beer. A big whiff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Well it finally has happened, A Stone release that just doesn’t appeal to me. I couldn’t figure out what this beer is trying to be, and I can’t help but feel that it’s really underdeveloped. At times this beer showed some promising qualities, but each time these got masked by the awkward bitterness and extremely dry qualities that simply overpower everything in it’s path. Pours a sparkling, golden color. A fading, swirling head coupled by spotty lacing. Mildly assertive hop aroma, I’m guessing Columbus and/or Cascades are involved due to the similarity of a recent home brewed Pale Ale of mine. The aroma is lightly floral and heavily vegetative with some sweetened cereal mixed in. Dry, and I mean extremely dry on the palate as well as overly bitter. Both of these create a distracting, lingering, stinging mouth feel. Aftertaste is soapy. Bold pine hop flavor. Fruity yeast adding notes of banana, and a spicy mustiness. The beer is very hot, high octane alcohol burn is unavoidable. Biscuits with some candied sugar. The hop bitterness is overdone and there is not enough malt flavors to back it up. Good thing I paid the price of most standard Stone offerings instead of the going rate for this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. Appley malt and bubblegum ester meet a floral and citric hop character in the aroma. Candied citrus hop flavors dominate up front. Sugarly apple juice malt character peer through. Tinges of phenolic spice mark transition to the finish. Vestiges of hops combine with bubblegum and dusty yeast characters in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly drying and hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle:   Pale golden, slight haze, moderate spritzy white head, spotty lacing.   Soft melon rind and tropical fruit on the nose.   Very slight touch of candied citrus peel and/or piney hops.   Heavy alcohol yeastiness on the tongue.   A bit biting and over the top.   Raw alcoholic citrus rind follows.   I get a quasi Belgianesque and IPA sort of mix, and I must say that the hop aspect is not as bright as other examples, which is nice.   However, the alcoholic warmth and fire seem to offset the usual over abundance of hops.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a bit of alcoholic warmth.   The Belgian aspect of this beer is just not strong enough.   While not overly hopped, its too fiery and alcoholic.   Decent beer, just wished that either 1) it was more Belgian like or 2) it was not as alcoholic.   The style of combining an IPA with a Belgian still puzzles me to this day.   Picking a freaking side already, its tough to do this right.   Stone makes a great IPA, an okay Belgian, but mix the two and you get schmutz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2010
pale golden pour with minimal white head. aroma of sweet hops, honey, and florals. flavor of pepper and grass at the start. finishes very bizarre and spicy, with a slight pickely and putrid finish

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