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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beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Hazy pale golden yellow color, finger high, tight foamy white cap, resides to an ever present skim and the lacing sticks in moderate stringy patches. Aroma is quite nice with a dried pepper toastiness over the base of lively citrus of lemon and lime skins. Strong and pleasingly persistant nose on this one. Complexingly layered flavors within every sip, quite a nice brigade of dried pepper and clove spice, maybe a pinch of salt too, make for a pleasing finish. The forefront is built up of a solid mild citrus fruit salad of lemon and lime zest mixed with some banana underneath. Feel is about medium bodied with a firm carbonation thats not overly biting, which I like, most triples have either too much ot not enough. This is just about right, a bit more creamy feel and body and it would be terrific for me. I really enjoyed the finish on this, spicy of pepper and citrus zest thats drying yet the body remains wet and firm. And has just enough alcoholic/ethanolic kick to keep you in check. Nicely done. All in all, this is one well put together, spicy little Abbey Triple. A bit out of the realm for Stone, but bless their hearts for being such pioneers of trying new dimensions in the brewing universe. matter how hard I try, I just can’t be as wordy as their back labels, always a fun read!

MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Yellow with a white head. Phenolic aroma, baby powder? Fruity, malty Belgian-like triple flavor. OK brew, and maybe will improve with age, but definitely needs more character.

matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Thanks to my pal up in Philadelphia, dberger624 for trading out this 04 Brew!

Yeah, this is what I’m talking about, Baby!
You know how I like the Triple style… yep- yep!
Pours a Marvelous golden / orange body, and a most bountiful cotton mound of head! The aroma is walking into a Florida flower nursery mid spring! A bouquet of floral notes, jasmine, citrus blossoms, gardenias, and magnolias! The flavor is rather tropical sweet…suggestions of tangerine, papaya, and big bananas... Definetly noting a great deal of keylime pie, butter crust and all.. lovein it!! A yeasty-ness in the finish that is quite entrancing…. Slick WD40 palate! Great beer!
I’d love to have another for the cellar!

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 bottled: was at a local bar this weekend when the bartender pulled this out...he knew i would bite. pours golden brown with a large white head. nose of citrus fruit and bananas. mouth nice medium bodied feel. more of the wheat bubblegum flavors pushing up and some crystal malt character, buttery and warm and ending with citrus. rminds me of an american triple. the 8.5 slips away without a peep. some yeast mustiness. this was the last beer of the night, so i couldnt appreciate it as much as i could/should. when the bill arrived....$25 f’n dollars. i know areas i can get blown for that. now i gotta try it again, when im sober to see what really was going on. rerate: 1 year later(6/05) i popped this open the other night with my father in law who is a huge wine buff. he was seriously impressed by this beer. with the initial pour the nose is largely lime wheat characters as the beer warms you get a most intest lavender flower killer nose. the body is quite perfect with a small warmth of alchohol that tickles the belly. rich round robust flavors. one of the most unique beers i’ve had, just wish i had more. this has matured magnificiently.

YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
We should have saved it - we are to gready and we knew - damn it. Nice orange brew, medium frothy head, fizzy carbonation. Light orange nose, grapey bitter taste, also lime. Intense yeastyness. Medium long lasting.

bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Golden beer with a good white head. Aroma is a mixture of yeast, hops, lime, and malt with the lime and banana dominating. Taste is of yeast and malt with a little citrus - a slightly heavier wit beer with more depth. Very good beer that finishes clean, smooth, and has you wanting more. Alcohol is there, but not too strong. Not your typical Stone and I wish it would become a regular... Should not be classified as a Belgian strong ale - much less sweet.

BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Thanks again to matta! Now this is more like it. Beautiful golden color - nice white head. Smells like a cross between a nice Belgian Triple and German Hefe. Banana fruit and spicy nose. Flowery. Smooth texture. Mildly bitter bite on the finish but very enjoyable.

joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured cloudy and golden, very small head. Hoppy and fruity nose. Inital pull is smooth and creamy with fruity notes taking up the front. A little hoppy and some light alcohol tones. All in all, very nice.

duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Belgian style, obvious Belgian influences, with the yeast and orange peel characters. But i tasted a lot of American style hops in here (could be wrong, i dunno). Didn’t taste particularly Belgian to me. Interesting all same. Probably have to hang on to a bottle to let in soften. A little too much alcohol showing in the finish.

gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Head: I think my glass was dirty -- no head to speak of. Aroma: Mexican banana candy; phenol city; vanilla bean. Color: gorgeous clear straw. Would have preferred more funk in this brew for the purported style (Biere de Garde). Looks good nonetheless. Flavor: too many phenols. Some wet cardboard. The banana esters predominate a little too much for the style. Don’t notice the lime leaf much. I’ll wait and try again. Palate is a bit thin. Liked the 02 much better

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