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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 765   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b79turner (239) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Well, I wonder what this beer tasted like on its release. It seems that age has not been a good thing. Little head, no lacing. I canít even accurately describe this beer. If you have an 08, go ahead and drink it now...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (2820) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. Gusher! had to be decanted and served in a pitcherThe beer is radiant orange yellow hued. Fairly hazy with a small white cap. The aroma brings coriander, limes, crackers, malt, spice. The flavor is watery orange juice, light spice. Malty body and fairly light on the palate. Moderate carbonation. This was ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (2032) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. More tripel tendencies. Not a big fan. Lots of spices and stuff going on. Not unpleasant, just not incredibly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Pours a gold-orange with a large head. Aroma is of citrus and spice; A little weaker aroma than expected. Flavor is boozy, fruity, and then boozy again, with room for little else. I was hoping for more hop bitterness. Palate is slightly oily, with low carbonation, thin overall. Iím sorry but this is so overhyped. Not bad, but just not the messianic figure that itís made out to be. My humble opinion. Overall, fair to good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours into the glass gold with an enormous white head. Aroma has little hop aroma and a bit of a vinegar like scent. I think this is possibly an infected bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mmmbeer (1291) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in shaker (aquired via trade from either Snojerk or Douglas- canít remember)- poured a mostly transparent light golden color, head did form and become a white ring around the glass, a few floaties present upon the vessel while partaking, light carbonation. Aroma of caramel, honey, orange, and pine- interesting. Hits the mouth with a light body, malt gets a little lost with initial spices (clove and pepper), an ever so faint hop wave in the middle, finish has a slight twang of sweetness with oil. I imagine that it wasnít so bad fresh, but clearly this one was well on the way of decomposing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is banana, musty yeast, some cloves with some spicy hops.

The flavor is a bit of a mish-mash - sweet bananas fight with peppery hops. There’s also a little sweet bready malt and a little clove and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some light but sharp carbonation.

Overall, I didn’t really care for this. I don’t like bananas in my beer and it was strong in this one. The blend of bananas and hops was strange as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (20678) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2008
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Lightly hazy golden. Very fruity with coriander, glue and almonds surfacing first. Sweet and sticky, slimmer than expected. Juicy and sugary, very spicy. Soapy bitterish finish. Too sticky at this point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
coldbrewky (1491) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber at the rip and run. Pours a nice golden with minimal lacing and head. Light carbonation. Nose of salt and spices. Mouthfeel is twisted and quite yeasty, to a distracting level. the salt lingers into the undefinable body and ends with a flat alkaline finish. I will not be puchasing any more of this vertical epic series. I di not think I will partake in this series at all in future years. As in my last year’s review it only seems to take money from my pocket while the rest of this brew gets poured down the drain.

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