Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Sampled May 2005
This beer pours with a prodigious pale tan head that is held up by a medium level of carbonation. The head sits atop a slightly hazy orange-gold beer. The aroma is softly spicy with notes of vanilla, ginger, soft yeasty notes, and a note that is unmistakably from the Kaffir Lime leaf (a mix of lime and woody lime pith). The taste is dominated by the lime leaf up front, it actually seems to have intensified in the past year. This beer has a soft creamy mouthfeel to it, which is accentuated by a hint of vanilla. There are some nice herbal notes here that finish off with a bit of balancing sharp astringency in the finish. This is my favorite vertical epic so far, I don't see it lasting all that long, but it is pretty good now.
05-20-2005 04:57:24 | More by Gueuzedude
3.13/5 rDev -19.1%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a deep gold to orange with a small white head, some minor lace.
S: Kaffir lime, ethereal, interesting flowery character, hint of oxidation.
T: Lemon, grass, lime leaf. Somewhat bland, good tasting when I can find it, but a tired flavour.
M: Medium-bodied, very soft carbonation, a bit flabby.
O: Drinkable, but this has seen better days, nowhere near as good as the '05 was.
12-14-2012 02:40:30 | More by Halcyondays
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Apeearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" head that fall to surface foam rather quickly. A few slow rising bubbles are the only signs of carbonation. Light lacing develops.
Smell: banana, yeast, and light medicinal odor.
Taste: very sweet as malts are up front, but there is a muskiness / earthiness to this brew. Some bananas, peach, lime, balsa wood, honey, and mild bitterness round this out. Yeast and alcohol are mildly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start with a mild smoothness at the finish. The finish is long on the flavors, especially the earthiness.
Drinkability: not bad, but this is a very slow drinking beer, and one bottle would be more than enough in a session. My other 04.04.04 bottle will consumed in a few years for comparision.
03-25-2006 22:21:38 | More by Gavage
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
08/23/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. No freshness date needed. Will save my other for 2012.
Appearance- Copper colored pour with a nice 1/2 inch head and light lace.
Smell- Odd scents going on here. Super scented confectioniers sugar, maybe a bit of cotton candy action as well. Maybe even a bit of vanilla.
Taste- Just as many other people pointed out...there is actually a lime rind like taste here along with lots of other spices. Some corriander, clove, nutmeg, pepper. Lots of stuff.
Mouthfeel- Average carbonation level.
Drinkability- Odd tasting brew to be sure. This is one of those that I am still trying to figure out if a really liked it as much as I am giving it credit for. Enigma so far. Maybe I'll know more in 7 years when I try my next one.
Re-review in year 2006.
Just finished off a bottle of the 2006. Seems as though a lot more of the sugary flavor comes out as well as some peaches and some rose water flavoring. Boosting this one up a tad due to good aging.
08-25-2005 00:11:38 | More by GClarkage
District of Columbia
2.28/5 rDev -41.1%
22 oz bottle.
Pours a clear golden orange with a thin bubbly off white head. Nose is minty and medicinal, with some strawberry and green tea. Odd. Syrupy body with minimal carbonation. Very sweet, cloying flavor. Sort of like the juice from a can of pineapples or peaches. Watery, stale and sticky. Pass.
01-13-2013 18:40:20 | More by yourefragile
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Woohoo what a brew! Another fine Stone brew for Belgian lovers (like me). Tried it on tap at the BT in NYC. Poured into a Belgian type glass, basically no head, just that typical Stone tiny bubble film. Light Golden in color, with perhaps a melon shimmer. I got Bubblegum in the nose, along with some yeast. Warming, strong, crisp and tasty. Typical Belgian (If such a thing exists) yeasty, spicy, phenolic notes. Suffice to say that If you like Belgians, this one is well worth seeking out. A very tasty and wicked Stone creation.
07-02-2004 12:24:40 | More by Billolick
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer pours a hazy golden with a strong carbonation with a white cream thin head.
S- Very clean light bread aroma with a hit of lime and some soft wheat notes.
T- This beer has a light wheat taste with a crisp lime leaf taste. There are some peppery notes with some bright citrus almost lemon notes. The alcohol is very gentle but has a nice warming
M- medium body with not a fizzy taste and no alcohol heat.
D- This has some nice triple qualities but the bitter lime taste is a little to overpowering. It might be much better after some aging. Definitely an interesting beer just not a great beer yet.
06-16-2005 01:15:19 | More by rhoadsrage
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a two-fingered white head, fades quickly to a ring and leaves no lace. Clear amber color. Nose is alcohol and hints of apple cider. Alcohol is right there at the start along with some sweetness, alcohol finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Totally different from last year's 03.03.03. $8.00 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
07-16-2004 22:40:58 | More by jdhilt
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours a cloudy golden brew with no head at all.
Smell is sweet and super fruity with a bit of spice and a shot of coriander thrown it to. Earthy smells are in here to like raw honey and an oak/cork smell. Malt and banana smells are strongest.
Taste is lightly sweet with a pineapple flavor I didn't expect. There is a complex blend of flavors in this. I can taste clove, pineapple, banana, coriander, some raw alcohol flavor, and something else I name at the moment.
Mouthfeel is thick almost syrup.
Drinkability is very good, considering the power of this brew two bombers will put you in bed.
05-04-2004 04:43:59 | More by Zorro
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
22ozer bottle from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the straw/amber hued brew. Laces okay. Sweet aroma is dominant. Taste is initially of wheat, then hands the baton to the sweetness and a bit of banana flavor as well. Mouthfeel is okay, the sweetness takes a bit of a step back as the brew warms, and drinkability is okay as well, more for interesting flavors rather than sessionability.
08-01-2004 19:46:57 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
2.98/5 rDev -23%
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer is bright orange and hazy with a thin white head. The aroma offers mint, tea, citrus, malt, lime, kiwi. The flavor is a bit odd, showing signs of age. Well water, oranges, light toffee. Light in body with low carbonation. This was ok.
01-12-2013 20:54:19 | More by Huhzubendah
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours with good head, bright orangy colour. Excellent aroma, jam packed with fruity notes, coriander and a bold Belgian yeast musk. Very strong wheat character, certainly an easy beer to get a grip on. Yeast really dominates (stronger still, considering it has aged 2 years) Some more subtle malt in the backbone. Exceptional flavour, long resonance, absolutely no alcohol. Mouthfeel great on the front end of the mouth. Not exactly how I like my wits/tripels/Belgian pale ales (or whatever!), I can see where others might find room to criticize. But I rather enjoy this yeast and the Belgian tang it leaves. Certainly not as refreshing as others in the style, to that I think we owe the big hops (ohh Stone, you and your hops!) But I think it works. Who knows what style this fits under - ah cool, they created something original. A tasty ale I was very grateful to try, wish I got to try fresh and hope I'll get to try again! Thanks Dr.Jay!
04-16-2006 15:58:54 | More by biegaman
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a nice hazy amber/gold, small white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is caramel, pine/floral, spices, vanilla, yeast and wheat. Taste is wheat, caramel, floral/citrus, and some yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very nice, not sure of it as a tripel, but a damn tasty beer nonetheless. Thanks DrJay!
04-13-2006 01:58:00 | More by Viggo
2.71/5 rDev -30%
Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12. Review from notes.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head with minimal retention or lacing.
S: Very chalky, sort of like baby powder. It is slightly floral, sort of like air freshener.
T: Not much going here at all. Some faint fruit, a little citrus and floral/grassy flavors.
M: Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.
O: Not very good, probably my least favorite of 3-12 that I was able to try.
04-08-2013 22:47:28 | More by mdaschaf
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Slightly hazed golden appearance with an orange tint to it. Thin off-white head with some retetion. Lacing is moderate. Great nose of bread, belgian yeast, pepper, lime and dough. Quite the complex flavor profile, but overall, fairly subtle. A light layer of ethanol coats flavors of floury dough, lemon, pepper and hops. The hops are bitter, but held in check. Malts seem to be biscuity in nature. Some esters of banana and bubblegum give a slight "hefe" fell to it. The body is close to medium and the level of carbonation is appropriate....not too gassed up and not too flat. This one goes down way too easy. Nice and refreshing feel to it. And a lingering dryness that begs me more.
04-28-2004 04:42:52 | More by Bighuge
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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