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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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a light golden color moderate carbonation and a little white head. Smell is of fruit/hops. Taste is of bananas/spice/cloves and has a light hop finish. Overall a pretty good beer, but nothing special.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
portableparty (2302) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured golden with a thin white head that faded to a thin ring. Aroma was old faded fig and malt yeast. Taste was also hidden fig and fruit with oxidized malt yeast. Palate thin slick.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2004
pretty excitable, was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. murky amber. quite a yeasty aroma, not sure if i would have noticed lime if it wasnt mentioned on the bottle but anyway. tasted largely of cloves with a little banana and watermelon, very sweet, with a strange background-lurking citric tang that was a little off-putting. i dunno, okay but a bit of a mess

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3981) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear orange/amber witha small fizzy off-white head. A very thin white ring is maintained with only r\traces of lacing.A light fruity aroma, apple, peach, pears and very little hops. Flavors include a pumpkin/clove notes with asome of the common belgian traces. A sharp slightly bitter aftertaste and a smooth slightly thin feel.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (23886) - Tyres, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2004
Bottled, thanks hopsrus! Bright golden, creamy head. Strange salty banana aroma. Full bodied and soft, byt assaultingly sweet and with syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol comes shining through the layers of lemon grassm orange and sugar. Interesting, but not terribly good. Perhaps time will change this?

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (12329) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Re-rate 2/2/13: Bottle sample at a Stone Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy deep orange. Aroma of honey, caramel, fruits, some oxidation, chocolate notes and some spicy notes. Sweetish flavor of honey, fruits, caramel, a bit of spiciness and some oxidation. Light to medium-bodied. So-so. 6/3/5/2/11=2.7

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. Hazy orange with a white head. Really spicy aroma with some malty notes and fruits. Spicy flavor with lots of vanilla, fruits and some piney hops. Medium-bodied. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lambent25 (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
A little boozy. Lacks any unique character to get excited about. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcos (1786) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 25th, 2013 during day 1 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours an orange cloud.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, orange.
Taste: Tasted like somewhat malty orange juice.
Palate:Medium light body.

Summary: After 03.03.03 turned out well, was a little disappointed in this one. Maybe the bottle wasnt preserved as well but I cant know. Hard to finish this one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draft. Continuing on with these beers that have been aged longer than they should have been. When this beer was released I was 18 and a freshman in college. I was in my third trimester of college. I remember I spent that trimester going to sleep early, walking up early, attending my PoliSci 101 class at 8 am. I didnt drink beer then. I didnt like it. I hated the odd sweetness of the cheap lagers that flowed like water in college. This is golden, small white head. Aroma of oxidation, weird candy lime notes, some mild generic sweetness. Mild clove. Flavor is sweet, lots of cardboard, weird old belgian spices, some candy lime notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Finishes oddly sweet. Meh.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (21971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. Cloudy golden color. Aroma is an odd combination of peppermint and fruit that grows less pleasant as it warms. Taste is similar.


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