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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6400) - 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 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Yellow golden color with a quickly diminishing, heavily dense foam. Aroma is sparse, but shows some notes of banana and clove along with minor hop aromatics. Flavor is heavily sweet, boozy and is dominated by yeast (pepper, bubble gum, spice) and hops (floor cleaner, lemon, pine.) Mouth feel is very heavy, firm and has lots of weight, unlike most Belgian styles. Had really high hopes for this one but it failed me. Overly boozy, forced, poorly balanced and it just seems very unauthentic. I was hoping for something comparable to Houblon Choffe, unfortunately, its not even close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz. brown bomber. Poured out a golden straw color, with a sticky tan colored head. Aromas are of cloves right off the bat. No banana or pepper in this bottle. Flavors are of cloves, sweet malts, lime leaves. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Sub-par effort from Stone this time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Aroma very much the hybrid they claim it to be with yellow and tart fruits and melon from the Belgian side with citrus and tropical notes from the hoppy American side. A slight metallic note creeps in, but hardly a bother. Flavor turned very odd for me though with astringent bitterness, metallic fruits, bittersweet fruits. Something just seemed to go a little awry in the mouth. Overhopped for the style perhaps?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2008
A bit sweet for my taste and I hate to pan anything by Stone Brewery but this missed the mark for me. Too sweet for my palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ipwnyou (3) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008 does not count
22oz. poured into mug. Pour is light hazy copper with thick frothy head. Aromas of bannanas, citrus, and spices. Flavor is all much of the same. This is the only brew that I have not liked from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
hazy yellow gold, medium quickly reducing head, lacy. aroma of sweet malt, belgian yeast, spice. flacor is christmas spicy, like gingerbread, pine and grapefruit notes. medium body, dry finish. not bad, but then again, not good. sampled with cornfield, whiling away the time at his place.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GardenGabe (136) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Pour from 22oz is mostly clear yellow with creamy head white head and some lacing. Tart nose a little fruit, a little yeast. Medium body that sticks in the back of the throat. Taste of spice, hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1342) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Light amber. I get a lot of honey in the nose and booziness. Flavor is weaker with some graininess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crajun (1090) - , Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2015
bomber - no idea from who or when or how old? not sure this is a Belgian either - aroma was beer - malty sweetness. orange hued pour. taste - meh; kinda a sugary yeasty slight hop mess. some redeeming qualities but not good together.

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