Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
2.5/5 rDev -35.4%
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a ton of yeasty floaters in the pour. Some light splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Flowery and herbal with some light fruity undertones. Some plum with stale, oaty malts.
T: Paper and light oxidation with some light caramel malts. Flowery notes with some mild glue and light lime. A little prune-like oxidation.
M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Not much remaining on the flavor.
O: Did not enjoy this one at all. The lime notes seemed out of placed and it made the overall taste take on an Elmers glue-like flavor profile.
02-13-2013 02:14:25 | More by Treebs
3.99/5 rDev +3.1%
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel and light sugar with a bit of cherry and sherry notes. Hint of lime and spicy yeast notes provide a nice contrast to the sweetness within. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel and sherry notes balanced by peppery spicy bready yeast flavors. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This was a nice beer and over the years the flavors have melded quite nicely. The lime aroma and flavor are different, but work against the backdrop of the other flavors.
01-27-2013 02:20:50 | More by johnnnniee
2.89/5 rDev -25.3%
Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.
Beer pours a clear, light medium-gold. Slightly hazy, no head.
The aroma is nebulous esters and phenols; the only thing I could definitely pick out was lime.
Flavor was slightly sweet with notes of clove, pepper and lime. Very low to no bitterness.
Mouthfeel was flat and otherwise unremarkable.
Sadly, this one doesn't seem to have aged very well.
01-21-2013 18:41:14 | More by charlzm
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured into the Vertical Epic Glass.
First pour was careful so as not to disturb the yeast. It poured a very clear coppery gold with no retained head.
The smell was surprising, and included light minty and buttery qualities. Some swwetness is also present.
Very subdued peach is detected among the hop flavor. The taste is light with mild tannin.
The tannin is present on the feel, but other than that, it is clean and slightly warming.
01-20-2013 18:46:13 | More by Doppelbockulus
2.96/5 rDev -23.5%
A. Poured into my VE glass this brew pours a golden yellow with a little murky yeast. One of our tasters had a crystal clear pour.
S. The aroma is plain and bready. Some oxidization, but less than 02 and 03.
T. The flavor tastes of bready tones with notes of hops that used to be dominate. Again, no belgiumy tones.
Mf. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, a little rough on the finish.
Overall not as an impressive choice for aging.
01-19-2013 01:42:35 | More by TKEbeerman
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Enjoyed at the 'Most Arrogant Bar in America', Barley's Pizzeria & Taproom in Greenville, SC! Served from tap into a tulip. Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, caramel, earth, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, caramel, earth, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on the style of this brew and the age, I really didn’t know what to expect going into it. I know that the 03.03.03 had changed quite a bit over time so I expected more of this with the 04.04.04. However I found that this one really hadn’t changed too much based on the style. This one wasn’t hugely complex, but did manage to stay quite well balanced though. Just wish that it would have taken it to another level though. Worth your time trying this one if you get the opportunity.
01-15-2013 11:51:59 | More by thagr81us
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
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
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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