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RATINGS: 966   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In 2008, Stone Brewmasters Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele traveled to Belgium, where they enjoyed a number of hop-forward Belgian tripels, pale ales and IPAsbeers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. Its a big reason 2008s summer season came to be known at Stone as our Summer of the Triple. Upon their return, they crafted Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, the seventh beer in the 11-beer Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, its our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperNeub (1) - , Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008 does not count
This is the best of the Verticals. Others were too bitter and horrible finishes. This seems to be the lightest of the group.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours a golden color with a small lacing white head. Nose is fruity and hoppy.Flavor shows the same with some sweetness in the mix.The finish had some hoppy bitterness to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1633) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours a clear golden color with a nice frothy head. Slight citrus aroma with a hint of some spices and caramel. Nice, balanced flavor. Some spice, as well as a bit of yeast and some citrus. Another great vertical epic from Stone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2008
bottle, golden colored pour with a cotton candy sweet nose, flavors of pine, refined sugar, fruit and white pepper, finished hoppy and sticky

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: clear dark gold, wispy off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: big sweet malt aroma with a candy sweetness, lots of spicyness mixed with a big floral hop presence
Flavor: well balanced flavor with the malt sweetness matched by the spicy phoenolics and spicy hops

Date: May 15, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.1
sweetness has dried out a lot, hops and spicyness has come out a bit but still well balanced,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13872) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste is medium sweet, Belgian yeast, fruity/melon, light pepper. Medium body, light stickiness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. The ale is colored as a solid golden hue with a dense appearance and a fluffy patch of foam. The nose is a spicy aroma of Belgian yeast with a slight notice of perfumed hops as well as soap in a distant background. The flavor is sweet nectar of hops blended so well with the strain of yeast that its just incredibly tasty and well spiced. As for the palate, its a war of carbonation occurring across the tongue yet easily quaffable. The drink earns a strong score with me and reminds me a little of the vertical epic 2004 which I so longed to taste fresh again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7111) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Pours a clear gold hue with a small white head that never quite goes away. Aroma is full of yeast, honey, and clove. Throw in a dab of pepper. Nice! Flavor offers more pepper spice and more bitterness than the aroma would indicate. Likewise with hops. This is a well hopped beer bringing pine flavor and bitterness. Clove and banana show up as the beer warms. Finished peppery. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4402) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
beautiful pour into my duvel tulip! Wicked aroma! lots of spicy american hops, some nice citrus notes, and some subtle pepperiness. There is also a nice creamy sweetness that mixes very well with the citrus from the hops. The flavour is so nice, lots of nie hops, spicy, and lots of citrus, but there are nuances of cloves, and some slight wood notes. Incredibly drinkable, such a nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Thanks to Dkachur for this bottle. Hazy pale gold pour with fizzy white head. Spiced aroma. Fruity flavor mostly banana and pineapple upfront. Spicy hoppy finish


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