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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11375) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
Had in March 2009, days short of the five-year mark of the bottle. First impression: It cant be a hefe, but it strongly smells and tastes like a hefe, with orange and a unique kick-in of lime taste. Marvelous one-of-a-kind. Not lasting head, lighter colour.Above average mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (11300) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Flying Saucer for 12-12-12. Pours a clear orange gold with paperthin wht head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma is faint yeast and clove. Medium mouthfeel with strong banana and lime, light booze, held up well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10893) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours an amber color with a hardly any head. Aroma of raisins, bread, and honey. Taste is bread, oxidation, banana and wet basement wood. This one suffered a bit from time.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/04/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RateBeer SE Gathering, 2005

hazy dark yellow, spicy moldy horse blanket aroma, dry malt flavor with a nice dose of spices, light body, will age help this beer?

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 7/20
Rating: 1.9/5.0
Score: *+/4
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10707) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Crystal clear, light golden ale with a very small, creamy, white head. Spicy aroma with notes of lemon, banana, bubble gum, coriander and nutmeg. The flavor is very decently balanced despite the incredibly rich malt. Tangy and sweet. Full-bodied with a very oily mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Dry, spicy finish. I get no lime out of this beer in any way, shape or form. I hate lime anyway.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10433) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2010
Cloudy amber with a tiny white head. Hoppy aroma with floral and malty hints. Sweet flavour with lavendar, hops and fruity notes. Finished dry and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10416) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a strong saison indeed...or an UBER hefe...either way...pretty good stuff here. i wasnt a big belgian fan when i first tried this but it sent me down that road. tasted mellower but possibly better 2 years later - havent had one since."

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10360) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a white head that starts at the edges and dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of light flora and musty grain with a bit of earthiness. Flavor has light grain with a decent of mustiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10075) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Pours turbid orangish with a John Madden sized white head. Aroma just like a bier de garde aroma, with citrus, malt, hops, some fruit, florals, peat, and slight lime. Tastes citrusy, dry, very bier de gardish, with a final dry, slightly sour burst of citrus, lime, peat, and banana. Good complexity and well hidden alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Golden body, smallish white head. Aroma is familiar but I can’t place it, perhaps the yeast? Triple like, slightly sweet aroma with some alcohol pushing its way to the front occassionally. Flavour is sweet witha vague touch of something like lime and mild spice. Palate is smooth, but a touch light. Very nice beer that might have scored slightly better with a bottle to my self.


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