mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle. Golden yellow, slight orange haze. Cloudy. Thick offwhite head. Citrusy smell with lots of yeast. Predominant lime scent with honey. Slightly dry finish, though not nearly as bitter as most other STone brews. Nice blend of hops and malts - slightly bitter with a full nutty flavor. Smooth in the mouth with lots of very fine carbonation. qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Bottle, orange color, mild head, smell of orange peel, mild alcohol taste, spice, lime. Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Pours a bright effervescent golden body with sudsy white head.
S: Spicy, citrus soap aroma, clove, powdery yeast, bubblegum, pepper corns, lime, bananas and a touch of oxidation.
T/M: Dull fruit flavors, citrus, lime zest, honey wheat bread, booze and timid tartness. Body is medium and has gritty soap chalkiness. Carbonation level is nice a crisp.
O: Flavors are dialed down but after 9 years a truly impressive beer that was a treat to enjoy. Line was the key ingredient in this brew and the spices really complimented it. Easy drinking and smooth.
Serving type: on-tap
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Pours a transparent golden/orange color with a fine white head and light fine carbonation. Head retention is low and the lace is fine and sticky. Aroma is subtle but deep; fruity esters, malt a slightly grassy background with a hint of those lime leaves. Palate is full bodied with a light (syrupy) sweet start and a biting, slightly tart, finish. Flavor has an interesting contrast of sweet and lingering bitter finish.
Interesting but does not display much of the complex characteristics I had encountered the first time I had this beer closer to its bottling.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2004
I didn’t really get that much out of this beer. It just seems like an average belgian style beer-tasty no doubt, but really didn’t blow me away.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Bright clear deep golden color, Some foam oozes out the top of bottle as it’s opened. Minty lime aroma, reminds me of gin. Floral and spicy, with mint leaves flavor. Light bodied, low carbonation. Complex bittersweet aftertaste reminds me of drinking tea.
Beer if full of flavor and very unique. In reading Stones tasting notes, the minty leaf flavor that dominates is in reality the Kaffir lime leaf, which pleasantly dominates the taste. Perhaps a bit thin, but otherwise very interesting beer.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Damn good. I liked the previous two years well enough, but this one is just the right style for me. Anything that tastes a little Belgian (the yeast strain was obvious at first smell and taste) and finishes like a German Hefe is fine by me. They are among my favorite styles. Add just the right amount of hops (but not over-the top) and you’ve got a winner. Mmm... Wheat, clove, banana, and citrus. Bottle conditioned too! Stone should make this one a regular! Very surprising twist from Stone, and very different than the previous two years. I like! If this is just an experiment, then I hope they keep it up! uvajed (187) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
I don't know quite what to make of this. It poured beautifully, with a thick, off-white head that left distinct lacing, and a wonderfully rich and slightly cloudy golden color.
The aroma is pleasantly sweet, reminding me of pears, and a tad spicy. The initial taste was rather shocking, being that all I could think of where bananas covered in pepper. My surprise and confusion subsided quickly and gave way to a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction as I began to comprehend this brew.
This installment of Stone's Vertical Epic really caught me off guard, but I plan to age a bottle or three for 2012, and likely another for a multiple-year sampling sometime before that. 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. frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Pours hazy brass colour with a white foamy head that mostly diminishes. Nose is banana, yeast and alcohol. Favor is banana, nutmeg, spicy and acidic, tropical fruity. Palate is kind of oily, can be described as having a light mouth feel. After taste is perhaps more complex than the body, which is what i find so unique about this one. Overall, this is a spectacular brew, don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.