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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!


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2874) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 Draft sample at Finnegan’s of Plainfield. My 100th California beer! More of an American hop smell than the 07.07.07. Even clearer gold color. I taste a lot of catty Amarillo type hops, which I didn’t know where there until now reading the description. Slick but chewy Belgian pils malts, with a backing of some citrus and plum, and little yeast bite compared to the 07.07.07. Did I mention it’s yummy, and a notch above the older vertical? Yes, it is!


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crajun (1047) - , 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11675) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle at home, big thanks to Fin for swapping this one with me, 18/01/15. Hazed orange amber with a decent off white covering that dissipates a little then retains. Nose is candied fruit peel, pepper, spice, clove, sugar, light caramel, bitter orange. Taste comprises light must, yeast esters, spice, clove, white pepper, grassy, bitter citric notes. Medium + body, fine carbonation, yeast esters and bitter fruit licks in the close. Decent Belgian strong, good balance, not too sweet, has aged well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2502) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours hazy light orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of even lace. The nose is lightly sweet caramel with some aged hops, spicy and estery yeast and a light vegetal note. The flavor is candi sugar and caramel malt, spicy yeast, and some aged hops, tastes just like a hoppy, aged tripel. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long spicy caramel with a touch of heat finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1591) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Sampled around a StlBrews table, thanks for sharing! It poured a hazy golden colour with deep white foam, long-lasting with lots of fine Belgian lace. Grainy, caramelly sweet, surprising amount of citrusy hop bitterness and flavour still intact. Tangy fruit flavours, subtle peppery yeast spice. At 6+ years old, it was definitely oxidized. A hint of soy sauce, but not bad, not as mushy and cardboardy as typical with beers this old. Still tasty and complex. Boozy, warming, but not harsh. Light-medium body, strong carbonation, well-balanced bittersweet aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1128) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (5404) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep gold with a small head. Nose is golden apples and banana. Some clove. General spice rack. Paper. Cereal. Taste is pretty oxidized. Peppery, loads of paper. So tied. Medium body, soft carb. Not good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6649) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"a dark, dry hopped beer...yummy. fairly unique brew, and even though dry hopped, not overly hopped, especially by Stone’s standards, as another rater noted. frsh re-releases after the 11th anniversary have gotten even better. the last two times i had this nice freshly hoppy dark brew, it’s been awesome

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5179) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is strong yeast, clove, banana. Medium mouthfeel with nice resin, light spice, vanilla, oak, very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3224) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2014
From my cellar Slightly hazy orange body with a small, fleeting white head. Fruity, candy aroma. The flavor is slightly sweet on the front with some dryness as it moves into the finish. OK, nothing bad, nothing outstanding.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4081) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Got a 22 oz. bottle in a trade with Skyview, thanks for the opportunity! This was the only vintage I was missing after The Lord Hobo 12-12-12 event. Color displayed is hazy orange amber color still a sold amount of carbonation. The hiss after popping the cap made me smile knowing this was going to fine. Aroma is all fruity notes of Belgian yeast. Old ripe mango, peach and light musty basement.

Flavor has the yeast taking over the majority of the flavor. Orange zest, light peach and hints of pepper up front. The pale malt base doesn’t show much oxidation, light tone of cardboard. But it doesn’t kill the overall flavors. The finish has a citrus zest that is found in the beginning of the sip, no bitterness at this point. No alcohol taste anywhere.Overall I was surprised how well this held up to the test of time. It truly speaks well of the series.


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