Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Very good ale. Very young. I’m going to buy another bottle and put her in the fridge for the next ten years...Right. Still another nice product from a great beer producing company and town. They’re taking a stab at gimmicks now which isn’t necessarrily uncool just...I don’ see beer drinkers waiting a decade to pop open a brew. bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Pours a yellow/gold with minimal head. Hoppy aroma that led to a flowery mouthfeel. Some malt hides in the background but now quite enough for a good balance. Finishes with citrus flavors flowing through your mouth. mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
22oz bomber: poured into tulip glass, and can i say whoA BANANAANANAS? a hint of lime too in the aroma/finish. Cloudy light golden pour. and a nice frothy, thick white head. I wish i had started aging Stone’s vertical epic’s since 02.02.02. Tastes of banana maltyness, and a citrus fruity goodness, Slight hops on the finish too. i like it. i want to rate more belgians... Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Possibly one of my all-time favorites. A beautiful golden-colored ale with an aroma of bread and citrus, like walking through a lime orchard about 30 yards from an open window, through which wafts the aroma of fresh-baked bread. The mouth feel is mellow, malty and pleasantly yeasty, with a faint flavor of lime from the Kaffir that gradually increases in intensity, peaks at a pleasant, not overpowering level, then fades right behind the malt. I am fortunate to have a small liquor store nearby that has a stash that it seems only I know about.... ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Appearance: A touch past golden. White head, moderate lacing.
Aroma: Big banana/yeasty/lime leaf aroma, its taste is more subtle.
Flavor profile: Creamy malts, smooth almost undetectable hops, a nice kick of beligan yeast, and a banana/lime leaf undertones that come out in the aftertaste. Light and crisp overall, definately worth of the word epic.
Palate: Light and crisp as aforementioned, very refresing, heavier than most beers but relatively light for Stone.
This beer was nigh perfection. I will miss it greatly.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
I had the chance to grab one of these awhile back and it’s pretty damn good! A bit fruitier then most Stone brews which is a nice break from the usual. This brew pours a nice burnt orange and leaves good lacing rings around the glass (good head, too). I only wish I would have bought more and cellared some... Oh well. icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2004
Smell: first spice, yeast, and then alcohol; Backed up by slight bitterness. Flatness on the tongue; thin sweetness and yeastiness in the aftertaste. Slow burn from the upfront alcohol in the chest. Pale yellow with low carbonation. Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Best of the Verticals so far! Nice forthy head. Pale blonde color. Poured half glash, swirled the bottle and repoured on advice of the brewer. Brought out wonderful banana/yeasty flavor, nice compliment to citrus notes from lime leaves. Wonderful take on a Saison! whiskeyfairy (27) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Amber in color with a small ring of head. Looks a lot like apple cider. Strong smell of apricot. Taste seemed somewhat sweet for me. A little bit of hop taste but overwhelmend by the apricot. Had a short finish. Although I sound negative on this review I did somewhat enjoy sippin on it. MeerkatTampa (23) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Started our vertical with the 04. Lot’s of yeast. Kind of like a Fat Tire mated with a port. Backgrounds of citrus, but it reminds me much more of an aged wine than a beer.