Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Hazed golden amber with fine white bubbles that settled into a ring. Decent retention and fair lacing given the small bit of head that formed. Mild spice in the nose, along with bready yeast, wheat, and fruity notes. Apple and bubblegum complement these characters in the flavour and the spice is a little more pronounced here too. Slightly dry with carbonation just slightly on the low side, which made for an easy drink. Solid!
05-17-2006 02:18:17 | More by DrJay
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
ditmier pulled this one out of his cellar for our recent VE tasting.. thanks buddy!!! I will save mine for the End of the World Party!!
Pours hazy orange... okay 1/2" head.. no real retention or lacing..
Nose is lite phenolic spicy... pretty sweet.. very dusty... bits of citrus.
Flavor is mildly oxidized.... some cardboard... but the backbone is still there.. sweet pale malts with some background pear ester.. banana shows more with warmth.. despite the dust, there is still some green apple..
Body and carbonation are still about right... but the oxidation is definitely there.. I doubt this was ever good after a year or so.
Oh well... we cracked it a couple of years early... I can only guess we did things right.
11-07-2010 07:55:38 | More by JohnGalt1
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
The beer as it jettisons from the 22 ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazy amber with a mountainous light tan and spumescent head, the lace a thick sealing sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a nice hint of yeast, biscuit like, also a smidgeon of hop spiciness noted, quite crisp and clean to the senses, start is rich in malt, somewhat sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, and a pleasing hop bite, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, another great beer from a great brewery, having said that I do think like the 03 that it will benefit greatly from a few years in the cellar.
04-18-2004 16:33:37 | More by Gusler
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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