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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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4.3
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Banana and clove aroma, perfumy, reminiscent of a hefe-weizen. Dark gold in appearnce with lots of particalia. White head but not much lace. Rich and full-bodied and strong alcohol mouthfeel. Cinammon, clove, and ginger notes evident. Lime leaf adds a unique flavor. Very complex and outstanding. Smooth

4.3
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Beautiful Straw color; fluffy white egg whites head. Belgian candy sugar nose- almost Duvel like. Right away hits the mouth with an amazing "roundness". Lot sof yeast, but not European like. Very American-like in it’s "yeastiness". The Saison characters are not in place yet.

4.3
pineypower (3348) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Wish I could have waited a while but I got 4 of them, so the others will have to sit. It pours out a light gold color with almost no head to speak of. It has a fruity aroma. It has a fruity taste that is nicely balanced with malts and hops, will improve with age, but I had to try this one. One hell of a beer, just wait a bit and it will get even better.....if possible

4.3
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Gorgeous pale orange coloration, slight haze, under a firm cap of creamy froth. Nose is smoothly citric, just-so spicy, crammed with yeast, a fresh-cracked new loaf of lemon bread, right from the oven. Herbal and even a touch minty, with fruit aplenty stirring about, this is a complex and abundantly pleasant aroma. Has the character of a wit, mixed with a saison, wrapped in the guise of a tripel. Masterful mouthfeel, commands the palate at once, spills pleasure all along the senses, with a nearly sharp citric twang, then cool and mellow fading out. Rings in again with each new encounter on the tongue, oozes enchantement, drips with delight. Body is medium, finish long and fruit-astic, with the alcohol content, average for the style, never stinging or standing at attention. That said, it’s my kind of tripel all right, exquisite, and tasty to say the least. Another class act from Stone, and I’m doubly glad I have another to sit still for the journey to 2012! Actually, I ought to procure another pallet-ful, I’m liking this so much!

4.3
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.

4.3
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
Cloudy, honey colored, with a small white head. Fiarly sweet, malty nose with banana hints, meusli, nougat. Notable lime touches in the flavor, over a nice cereal/nutty taste; relatively sweet. The lime’s an excellent choice, makes for a unique, nicely balanced flavor, and a dryness that leaves the palate wanting more. Big thanks to TannerTavernboys!

4.3
ragesaq (72) - 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.

4.3
DanielBrown (4544) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Smooth, quiet hoppiness. Syruppy, with some fizz. Quiet as I’ve said., but possibly still tastier than the 03.

4.3
dwyerpg (6405) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2005
I can’t place the smell but it’s nice. Little head, but to be expected. This is fairly earthy/grainy. I can’t really notice the limes that much. A quite nice brew, and hopefully one that will get even better.

4.3
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
On tap @ the brewery. Wow, what a beautiful pour. Golden, straw color w/ a mild alcohol bite. Very smooth.


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