Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 532   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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stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Gold pour with some sediment. Still carbonated. Honey malt. Malty honey some oxidation present. Lemon lime. Tastes like a mix of flat sprite and a mead.

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burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured an orangish color with aromas of light wheat, citrus, malt and banana. Flavors are the same with some light esters.

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JStax (6509) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a clear light gold with no head. Bready, caramel, cardboard, honey in the aroma. Tastes sweet and herbal. Light body and light carbonation.

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Hoprider (683) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours clear dark golden with a beige head. N: sweet overripe plum. Light belgian strong ale . T: creamy, herbal, spicy yeasty. Aftertaste .. Well along the same lines as the nose and taste.

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egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Poured a slightly hazy, orange gold color with a small off white head that quickly disappeared. Spicy aroma of yeast and clove, some freeze-dried banana as well. Clove and yeast are prominent in the taste. It was very sweet, light citric acidic ending. Not bad at all, very tripelish.

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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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pivo (2685) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
OK, it’s way to early to sample this, but what the hell: Perfumy nose (not quite enjoyable, but I imagine this would improve greatly with age), shimmering gold color and a tall fluffy head. Fruity start: orange maltiness that turns to a more grapefruit-like taste once the hops kick in. Medicinal ending and a odd bitterness - like an orange peel. Alcohol not really present. This should turn out to be an amazing beer in 8 year.s

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amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Hazt amber in color, lighter than the 03.03.03. Foamy, soft bubble head. Unique aroma of flowers and banana. Sweet, sweet and more swwet when tasted. Dry finish. Pretty good, I would like to try agian in about a year.

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heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Has a strong aroma of limes, pine cleaner and a touch of a hefe weiss grass. The coloring is very deep with gold and a red touch. The head is thin and white. The taste is sweet, like a Belgian dubbel. Bubblegum, bananas and some funky sweat socks. Has soap as it warms up. The lime is very very subtle and only noticed in the finish. Overall, certainly an interesting twist.

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skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
The strong aroma is of banana and flowers - even perfumey. The flavor is mild and unique, with the combo of wheat and traditional saison parts. Unfortunately the body is too thin to hold the alcohol, and the mouthfeel suffers.


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