Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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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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ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
belgian strong? looks like a tripel to me.. but whatever- pours out a yellow color with a thin white head. smell is of bananas, fruit, and some spices. smells similar to a wheat beer. taste is rich and oily feeling in the mouth with a sweet / sour kind of thing going on. i can pick up the hints of lime that are said to be about in this beer on the back of my mouth. reminds me a lot of allagash tripel, but better. a nice hoppy and malty backbone accompany this brew. what i kind of expect from stone. a nice nice beer. im glad i have another to age until what, 2012? we’ll see if it makes it that long.

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BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottle: A slow pour resulted in a clear amber hued beer with a long lasting frothy white head and good lace. Some floaties in bottom of remaining bottle. The aroma is a cross between an Abbey Ale and a Hefeweizen. Lots of banana like phenols on top of noticeable Belgian candi sugars. Other smells include: lemongrass, lime zest, toasted pale malts, wheat, light white pepper, clove and dusty esters too. The nose is nicely complex yet not overpowering. The taste starts spicy and sweet, the noticeable trait is the hefeweizen characteristics. Additionally, I get some citric and acidic notes in midsection. The finish is a dry, mildly bitter and moderately alcoholic. The spiciness does linger well after the final drink. I think this got a bad rap out of the gate, too much expectations. I like the bold hybrid style and it should be fine for a year or two (because of the alcohol) but the flavors and aroma are too refined to last much longer than that IMO.

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AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottle. REMARKABLY mellow and yet subtle, complex, and flavorful. Unique for the style, and it’s even guezelike in some ways. Somewhat tame floral aroma. Yeasty, barnyard, sweetness abound throughout. The bountiful finish yields nice nectarine type flavors...great stuff.

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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.

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Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Yeasty doughy aroma of bread. Little hazy Yellow color body. Head was good on the pour. Small head stayed with the beer till 3/4 way through then a thin layer settled on top of beer. Good amout of lacing on glass. Flavor had an acidic citrus bite at first. Half way through the lime flavor was good and tasty and the acidic bite was gone. Good beer 14 months later.

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bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Bomber found in the back of a "secret" liquor store in north county!!! Pours with a big creamy white head, moderate lacing. Aroma still has a banana/yeasty/lime leaf aroma, its taste is more subtle. Flavor is 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. Very refresing, and a rare treat I enjoyed very much. Nicely brewed Mr. L. Chase~

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bikeclj (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Great banana notes in both taste and aroma very light chestnut color definitely big beer and very smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Burning sunrise with covered by a veil of uniform bubbles. Minimal head if left to sit but easily replenished. Notes of Bubble gum, pineapple and peppery spices in the nose. Thick yeasty notes in the first sip degrading into spice with surprising spikes of juicy-fruit gum. It has a fairly light mouthfeel throughout the drink but thickens after the last sip has been swallowed into a thick tropical fruits and bubble gum. Fruit flavors become more pronounced with the addition of the yeast Very upfront in its flavors, should be interesting to see how this ages. (3.8) rerate june 05 Corriander, juicy-fruit gum, a touch of earthy herbal bitterness is becoming more present. Flavors are not a bright as I remember them and are mellowing nicely.

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mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
Lemon scented geranium aroma.Medium gold appearance.Perfumey rose lemon verbena flavors with banana, bubble gum bread dough flavors emerging as it warms.Long perfumey flowery finish.

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uvajed (188) - 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.


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