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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Achilleos (11) - Santa Maria, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bought this bottle, just to try and I wasnt dissapointed. Yes it has overtones of bananas and first taste I could definitely taste chilis on my palette. A thin white head when poured from bottle. Heavy carmel coloring that has definite appeal to it. I was quite surprised by the taste. I would use this as a opening beer on a tasting tray. I think it would surprise even the most discerning beer drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2016
22oz bottle 9/29/16 (FlandersNed trade at an old DL day)-42 in Trappist Glass-Pours a reddish orange with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian Yeast, lime, wheat, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a bit more sweetness, hay, malt, and caramel. This medium to full bodied brew has held up well and is darn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4802) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy reddish orange with a small offwhite head that doesnt leave any trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell mostly oxidised with biscuits, raisins, leather, cardboard, prunes, dried apples and pears, minerals and hints of lemon peal. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and oxidised. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny dry, very tiny tart and medium bodied. Finish is surprisingly pleasantly oxidised. Kind impressed this is holding up as it does.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3981) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
August 17, 2016. Bottle, courtesy of rlgk.
Lugjt hazy dark golden with a small white head. Aroma is malty and fruity with candi sugar, caramel, plum, figs and a touch of citrus. Taste is sweet, malty, dried fruits. Finish is sweet malty, sweet grapes, some sugar and toffee, figs, raisins, almost no bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Nice oxidization.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1184) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
A: Light brown/orange coloured with a thin white lacing. N: Lime, thyme, lemongrass, lemonbalm, yeast T: Lemongrass, caramel, lime zest O: Very pleasant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18843) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle at TradeBook featuring Mark 160817. Thanks Per! Cloudy beige/ brownish beer with a small head. Malty fruity aroma, yeasty, caramel notes, raisins, figs, herbal notes. Fruity caramel aroma, raisins, grapes, yeast notes, slightly spicy, figs, some citrus, hay notes. Quite nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoprider (614) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours clear dark golden with a beige head. N: sweet overripe plum. Light belgian strong ale . T: creamy, herbal, spicy yeasty. Aftertaste .. Well along the same lines as the nose and taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Clear copper of color with a white head. An aroma of honey, malt and orange. A flavor of honey, fruity, apples and orange.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didnt happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.5 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Didnt make much of a head. 3.5 S: Honey, lime, pepper, clove, and dog biscuit. Musty and simultaneously spicy. Smells almost like a much less old saison. 3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. A lot of lime and dog biscuit. Musty, a bit tangy, and spicy. Pepper, honey, and clove. 3.5 M: Medium body. Lightly spritzy with good moderate carbonation. 3.0 D: I wouldnt want to drink it again, but for an old ass beer its not bad. ★ 717 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Not overly sweet, mellow banana bread flavor, some kinda spice taste. Good rich hefeweizen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7658) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Slightlyh malty aroma lime tartness and a yellow haze. Lime still prominent.

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