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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: 46 | 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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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-13-2013 18:38:06 | More by JTomczak
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

08-13-2013 16:45:04 | More by kscaldef
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

08-07-2013 02:40:17 | More by tommyguz
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moonknight31

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-24-2013 05:40:31 | More by moonknight31
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-17-2013 01:32:40 | More by pathman
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-13-2013 23:13:21 | More by IrishColonial
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-13-2013 23:10:05 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-13-2013 23:09:32 | More by Rhettroactive
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-08-2013 04:42:53 | More by WOLFGANG
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-07-2013 11:53:41 | More by jaxon53
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ebrifan

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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dmsohyea

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

07-03-2013 23:33:31 | More by dmsohyea
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-23-2013 13:54:54 | More by Geuzedad
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andysc83

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-07-2013 22:39:01 | More by savagepm
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zeff80

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-27-2013 12:10:43 | More by zeff80
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-25-2013 10:28:34 | More by Slatetank
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-21-2013 02:19:23 | More by SpdKilz
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-12-2013 02:32:31 | More by koopa
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kaseydad

California

4.14/5  rDev +7%

Had a few of these through the years...time to review today.

Pours a pretty clear amber/copper color with a nice sized off-white foamy head. Still carbonated nicely for being almost 10 years old. A few cloudys in the bottle where they shall stay. A touch of lacing.

The aroma consists of belgian yeast, banana, orange, apple and grape. Getting a large fruit forward whiff. Hefe style aroma.

The aroma is still very belgian yest forward. More subtle banana. Lime and slight lemon. Wheat. Good tangerine and orange flavors. A touch of bitterness on the swallow and yeasty finish.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated for the age. Proper cellaring folks!

Overall this is still holding up nicely. I was hoping for the best, but my expectations were exceeded. Sure it's not fresh, but I appreciate it for the longevity and changes that have occured. More fruit and belgian yeast are shining through. I tell ya...cellar these correctly and you have a treat on your hand. Albeit an older treat.

05-09-2013 01:12:21 | More by kaseydad
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-29-2013 01:43:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-27-2013 09:27:08 | More by Kelp
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mdaschaf

Washington

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
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.