Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 532   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Clear golden pour, smallish head, but nice lacing. Grassy, citrus aroma. I think Im tasting the lime in there, and its not something Im really liking. Also, Im not a big fan of the yeast. Itll be interesting to see how it mellows...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Golden color, with decent head and carbonation. Aroma is Belgiany and fresh. Quite a unique aroma and flavor, possibly due to the lime leaves but hard to pin down. One of the best beers Ive ever had, and considering its so young and should age nicely, this could develop into a truly amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (6314) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 AOBF 04. Bottle. Light gold, with some light green hints, yellow straw and a good firm white head. Mostly hazy, bottle conditioned. Smells of sweet pears, wheat, honey, and yeast. Nice and zesty. Flavor is thick, lightly syrupy and sweet. Honey, citrus (lemon-lime), and a decent hops kick near the end. This beer was unique in that it had mostly lighter, softer qualities to the flavors, yet when you drank it, it didnt seem light bodied or thin and there was plenty of flavor. No alcohol apparency, and a good thick body, but I cant honestly say Im not concerned for this thing when you think about the 8 more years it is supposed to cellar. We shall see, hopefully my worries are in vain. I can definitely see this stuff aging well for at least 3 or 4 years though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Art of Beer 04: Golden color with small tan head. Earthy pine aroma. Malty and sweet but still refreshing with a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Its a pale straw color with a thick head of tightly packed bubbles. Its very clear and clean looking. It has an aroma very reminiscent of a Belgian ale. There is yeast, spice, and light wheat present. The taste is quite heavily spiced and that hangs around in the mouth. Its smooth combination of malt and yeast flavor leaves and almost creamy feeling. There is also a present faint citrus taste, Im assuming comes from the lime leaf. Its an interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2004
aroma is of belgan yeast. pours golden with a white head. flavor is sweet with bannanas and apples, a little bit of spicyness to it. overall a pretty interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottle. A slightly hazy golden color with a lush off-white to orange head. Strong grapefruit, yeasty, sugar, banana, and clove aroma. The high abv is noticeable, although it does not distract from the beer. The alcohol is accentuated by the dry spice. The flavor has candy, citrus, and typical belgian spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13892) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Golden particulate-filled body topped by big off-white head. Aroma is banana, some clove. Taste is medium sweet, banana, coriander, finishing with alcohol, giving the impression of a banana liqueur. Medium-full body. I will be curious to see how this will age, but at this point I am not overly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Very pale with a golden tint, soft white foam. A confusing array of mild but distinct aromas, its a border war between Belgium and Germany with Bannanas fighting oranges a peaches for supremacy. Medium bodied, it sarts soft and marshmallow-y then a hint of orange creeps in, followed by a subtle cherry pie flavor then some lime. Saisontripelweizen of the highest order!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Hugely fruity and somewhat exotic aroma, with suggestions of banana, papaya, pear, mango, tart apple, lemon zest, hints of spices and of the kaffir lime leaf, faint pepper and more; very complex yet festive. Medium golden color, amber cast, lightly sedimented and hazy with a lush, off-white head. Flavor is sweetly malty up front, progressing to a lightly bitter and mellow spiciness before the citric, estery and faintly yeasty finish. Quite refreshing for a beer with 8.5% alc. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent, body is medium-full. Unique and tasty. Thanks a bunch to Emily and Jeff!

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