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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jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 11, 2005
This one tastes a lot better tahn it looks (imo). Pours hazy orange with a layer of white head. Smells sweet, spicy (nutmeg or cinnamony or something) and malty, taste is similar to the smell, nice and sweet with some cinnamon/clove spice in there. finishes a little bitter. the mouthfeel is a little lacking (thin), but still pretty good.

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Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Aroma of peach/bananas. Nice and fruity. Pretty well balanced, something alittle tiny bit off but i can’t really pin point it. Lots of peach flavor. Nice and satisfying especially on a warmer day.

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drunkmonk (13) - hillborough, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2005
bottle purchased @ beeryard 4/04. nice golden orange, thin lacing head. complex aromas spice,fruit,yeast. yum spicy notes upfront, lead into somwhat citrus finish, slight bannanna esters. very nice, alcohol well hidden, gets better as it gets warmer. better than I remember last april. nice damn beer. gonna let the rest of the case sit even longer.

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fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 22 oz. bottle from Mr. Liquor in Santee (still a bunch left.) Poured a hazy yellow/orange with microparticals moving around. Big, white head, dissipated quickly, but really nice lacing. Aromas of fruit, mostly lime, maybe a little strawberry?. Hoppy nose as well. Flavors of ripe banana and hops. Lots of carbonation. A little syrupy on the palate, and an alcohol aftertaste that is quite nice. Right, like I was going to wait 8 years to drink this. Maybe I will pick up another one, but I’m afraid I will drink that right away too.

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Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
22 oz bottle Amber in color. Quickly dissipating head, foam sticking around the edge of the glass. This really smells yeasty and a little bit like apples. I’m liking the malt and I’m liking the hops. Just bitter enough and just sweet enough. I guess I should make another trip to grab another bottle while I can, and save that one for some time, see how it ages. One year seems to have been good to this ale

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Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Light golden yellow pour with a thin layer of creamy head. Aroma was quite complex, with some floral notes, bananas, dough, and wheat. Very nice hefe-twist to a Belgian strong! The banana came through with a wheaty backbone. Lime was also lightly present in the flavor. You don’t usually find these alongside the Belgian yeast. Finish was somewhat dry, and carried through some yeasty bananas. This has mellowed out since the release, and certainly for the better!

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Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
Lightly hazy golden ale with a no head. Tangerine spicey malt with honey notes in aroma. Very restrained in mouth, but classy, with notes of ginger, coriander, and honey. Upon reading the bottle, I note the limeleaves in mouth. Nice lingering sustained hops. Very good. (Spring 2005)

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DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2006
From a bottle shared by Blake. Nice lemony/orange Pledge aroma with a Juicy Fruit sweetness in back. Hazy orange body. Enjoyable aged, complex flavor - butterscotch, lemon pie filling over shortbread. The finish leaves you with some citric orange peel and a very light alcoholic pepperiness. The years have been good to this one.

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tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours brilliant clear golden with a snowy white head. Very lemony aroma. Dusty yeast. Sort of soapy. Faint banana. Very clean tasting. All the flavors are very well blended. Citrus and yeast. Pleasant bitterness. Slight lingering finish. Really a damn fine beer. If you are sitting on a bottle, you should drink it now.

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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
On tap at Stone May 2007. Clear orange amber with white fluffy head. Aroma of banana, grapefruit, lime, and yeast. Slightly sticky palate. Initially sweet malty taste transitioning to a slightly sour fruit taste and finishing with a yeasty lime taste.


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