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RATINGS: 961   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 IPAs—beers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. It’s a big reason 2008’s 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, it’s our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 8, 2012
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in mid-August 2008. **Appearance**: Cloudy and a sort of brownish-orange in color. By pouring aggressively and splashing, I was able to get a tall, off-white head. It faded slowly to a thick, sticky ring. Decent lacing left behind. **Nose**: Fruity and sweet. There’s orange, mango, tangerine and pineapple, followed by a bready yeast aroma. **Mouthfeel**: Medium bodied and dry. The finish comes on quickly and smoothly. There’s not a lot of carb or alcohol bite, but that’s OK as they’re not needed in this beer. **Taste**: Bitter orange peel and bready yeast, followed by tangerine and orange. There’s no alcohol taste. The faded hops are evidenced by the lingering bitterness. **Overall**: This is an awesome beer. It’s one of the first beers that I bought specifically to be aged, so I’ve been looking forward to this and was not disappointed. **Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes great. I don’t have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I can’t say how it would have differed. I get the feeling it might have come out a little "better", but I don’t see anything wrong with this one.


3.7
Pdubyah (773) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 14, 2017
An unusual beer, little aroma, great looks, but not much by way of a head. Beer is unusually sharp and tart but has an earthy dryness at the finish.

3.2
yy0pp (1610) - - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle. Almost clear golden color with white head. Aroma - Fruity, pine, malt, resin, earth. Taste - Bitter, bubblegum, dirt, soap, weird.

3.5
mengo81 (55) - - JUL 4, 2017
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3.6
northropfrye (3677) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
Bottle in Calgary. Rich, flavourful, Belgian yeasty, with hop elements. Nice beer.

3.7
Arve_Christian (5215) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2017
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, march special releases. Slightly cloudy almost clear color with good bubbly foam. Medium aroma intensity; fruity, a bit artificial fruits / chewing gum, some peach and orange. Medium body & complexity . Some immediate sweetness, good bitterness and pretty good balance. Smooth & Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
garyford (4) - - MAY 12, 2017 does not count
Traditional English Porter. Has all the right notes, but nothing overwhelming. Good session Porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
rob19a (438) - - APR 30, 2017
14/20 really interesting beer. Cross between a Belgian beer and a wheat beer with orange and coriander notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
olsvammel (7274) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Light spicy smell, herbal and nutty (almonds). Similar taste, abit boozy. Felt belgian, like a tripel.

3.8
oobawa (1659) - Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2017
Bottled 8.27.15. Dry, boozy Californicated Belgian. Big, floral, yeasty nose, dripping with perfume and grass and a mild herbal hoppiness. Pours like a dream, beautiful gold giving up a massive white head and rings and rings of lace. Tastes moderately dry, wheat and meadow mixing with bread and sunshine, fresh and easygoing, light despite the hefty ABV. Refuses to grow cloy, instead getting a boost from the boisterous carbonation and some generous hops on the back end. Sugars start to show as it warms, adding a pleasant apple-peach undertone, but the booze-tinged finish and dry, doughy fade offer balance. I remember hating this beer back in ’08. No problems now. I’ve matured!

3.8
Chudwick (3332) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2017
bomber with bottled on date of late 2015. as I poured it I said WOW as I noticed it smelled like weed. A closer sniff is weed/skunk with honey or some sort of funny sounding berry. Saison funk with citrus hops. I would have liked a fresher version, but I do not own a time machine. Definite Belgian yeast. Grassy oily finish.


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