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%
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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
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Not as enjoyable as the 03 by any means. Similiar color, but the nose is very perfumy, like that of a grandmas bathroom. Very sweet flavor, but a little bit watery on the mouthfeel. The beer has a tripel like sweetness that fit it, but the hop balance is not really there. I am overly hard on this beer due to the anticipation of trying it, and although the 03 was better, it still was very nice.

4
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.

3.5
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 20, 2004
22oz bottle Certainly not overwhelmed...crystal clear copper color w/o much head. Phenolic spicy nose is understated. Tastes include banana and other things related...Limey?? citric thing. A nice fruity ale balanced as far as sweetness/bitterness, more dry than bitter and slightly acidic. Enjoyable in the rain by the Vrain, but it seems too delicate for much age, although maybe that alcohol in the finish might diminish.

3.5
beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Noticable lime-citrus hoppiness combines with a banana-sweetness in the aroma. Enticing. Nice malts and hops in the citric flavours and a lingering finish. Cheers to Radek for bringing this one to the Toronto Fall Gathering.

3.9
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Lots of dark fruit, spice, and sweet malt notes in both the aroma and flavor with a substantial alcohol character. Fermentation notes are well integrated into the dense flavor profile. The fermentation characteristics make this quite a distinctive Belgian-style ale.

3.9
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Hazy golden in colour with a tight white head leaving a thick sheet of lace. Nose is spicy, yeasty with a strong character of banana and lime. Flavour is same, just fantastically complex and yummy.

3.5
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Golden liquid, great head. Looks very nice. You can taste the banana’s right from the getgo. Not an overpowering flavor but present. Again, If you asked what this was without knowing, I’d of guess a German Hefeweizen. Very nice beer.

3.2
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Had this as part of a tasting of the 03, 04, and 05. This one really stood out. There was a lot of drinking in a public place this night, so my description isn’t as detailed as usual. This had your standard witbier flavors - bright citrus and corriander, slightly tart wheat. But there were some extras as well: it definitely was bigger than a typical wit, the lime flavor hasn’t melded with the other flavors yet - it definitely stood out, and there was quite a bit more bitterness than a normal wit, such that it was out of balance. We’ll see how it tastes in another 6 years...

3
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
22oz bottle. Light hazy color, spicy aroma, taste like black licorice. Interesting epic.

3.2
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bottle - yellow/orange in color with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Spicy aroma. Coriander? The flavor does not knock me out. I don’t typically care for spicy beers - this one is not exception. I get none of the banana notes from the description. There is a touch of lime notes just at the very end of the flavor that is pretty interesting. Palate is standard, nothing outstanding. I love Stone, but this one I’m not crazy about.


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