Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
22oz. bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to Chris for sharing!
(A)- Pours a murky golden orange color. Minimal white bubbles.
(S)- Kind of a hodge podge of dry resin, orange citrus, and an ever so earthy-like hint of lime.
(T)- Rather sweet in comparison to how dry the aroma was. Lots of honey and a sugary, almost candy-like orange and lime.
(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Quite sweet with an interesting citrus flavor to it. A touch muddled though due to its age.
(O)- I think this one is showing its age too, though I did appreciate the kind of awkward orange and lime citrus this has taken on.
03-12-2013 15:46:30 | More by sweemzander
3.13/5 rDev -19.1%
Bottle I got from KAME a long time ago. Served in a tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Hazed, dark apricot body.
S - Shockingly, the Kaffir lime leaf has held up, even after nine years. It doesn't really mix well with the stale oxidation, marmalade, and caramel flavors though. Not offensive, but a tad strange.
T - The taste isn't quite as distince, with more nebulous sweetness. Again, it's largely caramel, fruity oxidation, and perhaps a touch of lime.
M - Medium body, with less carbonation than the previous two years. Lightly sticky texture and finish, and again no obvious alcohol.
D - Very weird. If you like lime then this might still be somewhat palatable, but it's certainly not something I could drink in large quantities. Still, better than the 03.03.03 in my book.
03-06-2013 04:05:37 | More by MasterSki
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.