Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
Finally getting around to these beers for my birthday. 04 s now ten years old! I used a tulip glass.
A: Not much sediment at the bottom of the glass. It pours a golden amber/ copper color, pretty clear. A good finger of head appears and steadily fades leaving the thinnest of a ring of bubbles around the glass
S: A rich peppery Belgian smell rises up with a good deal of alcohol behind it. The alcohol begins to dominate as it warms.
T: The Belgian yeasts are heavy hitters up front. Some bananas and citrus towards the end and it ends on a nice rich malt. A little lime comes as it warms.
M: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Amazing carbonation for the age
O: I'm glad I was able to cellar this properly. It was interesting balance (or competitive evolution) of the saison and hefeweizen flavors. I was really impressed with the beer especially since I had no idea what to expect from this when I opened it.
08-18-2014 01:11:25 | More by kingmaker
3.66/5 rDev -5.4%
Darkish golden brew with a khaki head that stays for a bit. Streaks of lace here and there.
Nose carries some sweet honed notes and wheat malt. The lime brings some citrus.
Taste is a little angular at first as the Belgian profile sets you up to be caught unaware but the lime. After the first swallow however it comes into its own. Pale malt and Belgian yeast bring the typical malt and honey with light fruits. Finish is lightly bittered and the lime adds a punchy citrus.
Feel is lighter and mildly carbonated.
Easy drinking. Light weight
Pretty good stuff
02-03-2014 01:53:56 | More by scootny
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.
A: Apricot color, low carbonation, and spotty head.
S: Stone fruit smells like apricot, also apple and cinnamon.
T: Apricot, honey, graham cracker tastes.
M: Sweet bourbon mouthfeel with throat warming.
O: Manages to be refreshing and not overly sweet. Really enjoyed the aroma and taste.
01-22-2014 20:20:33 | More by blindtiger24
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Nine year old Four had an entrancing brightness of darkened gold color that was topped of with an effervescent bubbling head.
Cider is evident in the nose with a peppery spiciness and then a dry cereal malt finish.
The flavors are interesting in that they don't really go together yet they seem to flow effortlessly. It starts with a lavender taste with some juniper. Then a wine like fruit flavor followed by toffee and pecans. Finally it ends in a peppermint like coolness which lends to feel.
You never know what your going to get after almost a decade but this one still looks and tastes good.
12-15-2013 13:20:03 | More by KYGunner
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.