Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. This time around we used some unmalted wheat, just the right touch of Kaffir Lime Leaf, and a really cool Belgian yeast. The result is a bit like a strong Biere de Garde / Saison-esque influenced beer coupled with some aromatic Bavarian Hefeweizen style phenolic banana esters, and a backnote hint of lime from the lime leaf.

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burg326 (5619) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured an orangish color with aromas of light wheat, citrus, malt and banana. Flavors are the same with some light esters.

Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Hazy amber pour at the sat tasting. Sweet but muddled. Flavors are cardboard and toast and caramel. Definite ly past its prime.

ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3, ’12
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass in Denver, CO.

A: Very strong banana and coriander notes, with a sharp note of ripe plantain. Slight alcohol burn.
A: Poured a deep coppery-golden color and very clear with a fine white head that quickly dissapated into a ring.
T: Followed the nose closely. Strong flavors of creamy banana and coriander fade into a citrus, orange-lime transition with an under-stated, moderately bittered finish. Wasn’t very complex.
P: The body and carbonation were quite good for the flavors. I really enjoyed the subdued sweetness level, making for a nicely drinkable strong ale.
O: I’m optimistic about this beer. While it’s wasn’t all that drinkable at release (the flavors are a bit harsh, and too bluntly separated, lacking continuity), the flavors are interesting, and I’m pretty confident that with age they will blend together into a truly lovely brew.

kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Clear gold with a Lager like aroma. Wheat body with spice and a bright citrus flavor. Very straight forward profile. Certainly not epic. Must let warm before the flavors come through. Better than first sip.

jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Banana with citrus and belgian yeast. Still pretty good.

TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours orange, mostly flat (not surprising). Aroma is some weak belgian yeast. Some malts and banana flavor, again fairly weak.

portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured golden with a thin white head that faded to a thin ring. Aroma was old faded fig and malt yeast. Taste was also hidden fig and fruit with oxidized malt yeast. Palate thin slick.

BVery (11390) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Golden pour, white head. A bit old, some vegetable soup elements. Sweet - grape and fig. Okay.

DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to skinnyguy! Clear orange pour, minimal carbonation and an aroma of slightly oxidized Belgiany yeast. Flavor is lightly oxidized malt, sweet and slightly bitter dry banana. Holding up very well.

JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bright gold pour with not much head. A lot of honey in the aroma and it is prevalent in the taste. Most of the cinnamon is missing due to age. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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