RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (2105) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Wonderful bitter after taste, with Belgian yeast tastes upfront. Solid body and head. Gold color. Stone could enter the Belgian segment if they would brew this on a regular basis!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3938) - Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2008
22 oz bottle generously given to me by csbosox. Pour is a slightly hazed yellow golden with a one inch white head. Sporadic carbonation bubbles lift to the surface. Falling head leaves behind nice lacing. Aroma of fresh resin hops, floral aspects, lemon grass, and some interesting sweet Belgian yeastiness. I also get some faint nuttiness, peanut shells almost. Interesting nose. Taste is pretty sharply bitter initially, with the resin hop, and some orange peel sweetness. I get the same nuttiness mid-palate, and this follows through to a dry and dusty finish. As it warms, I get more rock candy Belgian yeastiness out of it. Some black pepper spiciness too. The palate is medium to thin, pretty slick. There isn’t a lot of sweetness in this beer, yet something was quite cloying in the finish. It’s almost a metallic grassiness (I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either). Overall, this was a creative, interesting beer that was well made. Thanks for bringing this one back for me Chris.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle. Wonderful beer! Pours a hazy blond with aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Heavy hop smell that equates to heaven. Taste lasts long and the perfect amount of bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottled. Brilliant yellow-gold color with fizzy carbonation and a developing rocky white head. Sweet malty aroma with a sappy, hoppy bite. Ginger spice and a bit of grapefruit citrus follow. Flavor leans sweet with some clove and mango tones above the malty tripel base, finishing crisp and bitter. Tastes pretty good fresh, not sure what this will be like in a few years. Reminds me of Signature Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Pours a transparent bright golden with a wispy-lacing froth of clingy white head. Aroma of rich, sweet biscuity pale Belgian malts and light fruity esters with a good clove spice. Body starts with a good sweet doughy malted wheat and caramel flavor balanced with resiny piny hops and mild citric grapefruit. Finishes slightly warming and crisp. Should age fairly well and smooth out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber - Poured golden amber in color with a medium whitish head. Slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy with plenty of bready Belgian yeasts... clove/banana and citrus hops. Flavor is rich with bready yeast, clove/banana, spices and resinous hops. Medium bitter in the finish, which was short and clean. Really good...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
coldbrewky (1721) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber at the rip and run. Pours a nice golden with minimal lacing and head. Light carbonation. Nose of salt and spices. Mouthfeel is twisted and quite yeasty, to a distracting level. the salt lingers into the undefinable body and ends with a flat alkaline finish. I will not be puchasing any more of this vertical epic series. I di not think I will partake in this series at all in future years. As in my last year’s review it only seems to take money from my pocket while the rest of this brew gets poured down the drain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2008
This is not my favorite in the series, not at all. Pours without much head and it disappears in a hurry. It’s kinda spicy, it’s pretty yeasty, but there’s something about the mouth feel I don’t care for, seems a little flat. Especially once it sits in the glass a little bit. It’s not bad by any means. I’m pretty sure that I won’t buy it again, though. And I can’t see it lasting four years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle. Nice orange pour with some white head. Aroma is candy sugar, dark fruit, spices, and fruity yeast. Flavor is pretty sweet belgian malt, tripelesque, banana- bubblegum like sugar, with resinous hops and a fair amount of spicing. The spicing and the hops come off a little medicinal when together like this, but I am guessing that will change in 4 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Very thin head, copper color. Very interesting taste, not what I expected at all. Very fruity with figs, grapes, and spices. A good beer that would probably age well.

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