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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic AleStone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 100
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-07-2004)
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kingmaker

Louisiana

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
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-19-2014 06:07:19 | More by zestar
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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-28-2014 23:30:43 | More by LakerLeith
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Rothobinide

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-28-2014 22:44:32 | More by Rothobinide
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-15-2014 17:30:24 | More by Canada_Dan
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-03-2014 23:47:17 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-07-2014 15:36:26 | More by Kurmaraja
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imperialking

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

02-14-2014 18:49:35 | More by imperialking
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scootny

New York

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
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blindtiger24

Colorado

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
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-22-2014 02:50:39 | More by kvgomps
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-06-2014 14:34:58 | More by ThatsThatDude
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-30-2013 13:54:49 | More by BuckTuckian
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-14-2013 02:13:57 | More by jkball01
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-24-2013 00:14:40 | More by WanderingFool
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-09-2013 00:33:49 | More by mothman
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-14-2013 20:31:07 | More by mendvicdog
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bum732

Lesotho

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

10-13-2013 01:50:25 | More by bum732
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jaybrough

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-12-2013 03:45:08 | More by jaybrough
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-07-2013 03:06:58 | More by LXIXME
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

09-12-2013 19:07:43 | More by CityofBals
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-21-2013 00:17:32 | More by beernads
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-18-2013 23:36:11 | More by TXhomebrewer
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-14-2013 21:18:09 | More by BAsbill
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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.