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. 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! 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. DanielBrown (4500) - 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. dwyerpg (6078) - 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.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Now this is how you end a tasting! Big thanks to Harry and blankboy for bringing over so many fine beers to share. Dark yellow, small white head - bubbly and frothy. Dry floral hop and perfume aroma - reading the description I guess this is unfiltered wheat and Kaffir Lime Leaf. I loved it, but I could see how it would be off putting. Wow, I can’t believe these floral and perfume notes have translated so well into the taste. Those characteristics plus some hops and wheat taste, all over a medium to light and fluffy mouthfeel. Again I really really enjoyed this beer but could see how others would not. What a unique creation I wonder how this will age. I think this is what a lot of Biere De Garde’s that I have tried have been trying to accomplish. This one succeeds tremendously where they have failed or just come up short. Well done Stone. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer offers a hearty yeast aroma that is similar to the one given off by bread rising. There is a hint of orange that lingers in the back of the aroma. This thick beer tingles the palate with a robust wheat taste which fades to a sweet yeast taste that lingers well. 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. TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 24, 2008
Stone Half Vertical tasting. No head, which was a surprise compared to the previous years. Deep golden color. Caramel, bready with a touch of lime exuding from the nose. Malty sweetness is also a bit more present than I expected. Lime hits up front, caramel, smooth wheaty body that boders on cloying and then pulls back. Lingering sharp finish that came across has a fruity, oaky chardonney with a squirt of lime. Very interesting and my favorite of the Verticals. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
drank in late 08. strong aroma of barly and alcohol. taste was very crisp and had some apple sweetness in it. great drink.