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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

305 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 100
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

dagubna, Wednesday at 09:36 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

malfunxion, Aug 25, 2014
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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.

kingmaker, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Canada_Dan, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Mikeluzzjr, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kurmaraja, Apr 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

imperialking, Feb 14, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

scootny, Feb 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

blindtiger24, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KYGunner, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

WanderingFool, Nov 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

bum732, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jaybrough, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

LXIXME, Oct 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.