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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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very good

304 Ratings

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 100
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of drewone


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-13-2012 02:42:03 | More by drewone
Photo of jaasen64


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap at Lord Hobo's Vertical Epic Event on 12/12/12. This was part of flight "A" (03, 04, 05). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Light straw colored translucent golden without much carbonation or head.

S- Lightly soured presence of honey, straw, faint hint of lime, and light esters, not overly aromatic. I feel as if this definitely got a little bit soured/funked as it aged (which I kind of expected).

T- Lemons, straw, hint of lime, some faint esters, finishes lightly sour with a hint of tartness. Interesting, definitely a nice sour pale ale presence that is attributed from the aging.

M- Light, low carbonation, easy drinking.

O- This was an interesting beer and perhaps the beer that changed the most in the series (although I never had any of the earlier ones fresh). It definitely took over a nice sour tart presence that fit well with the beer but didn't make it anything special. I liked this beer and I definitely enjoyed drinking it. It took a very nice presence aging, but it still definitely isn't my favorite in the series.

12-13-2012 02:07:31 | More by jaasen64
Photo of SFC21


4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-12-2012 23:54:06 | More by SFC21
Photo of GeoffreyM


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-12-2012 21:40:31 | More by GeoffreyM
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Part of a flight at the Alewife Queens Vertical Epic event.

04 Vertical Epic pours an opaque goldenrod, with minimal head or lacing (partly a function of the pour?). The aroma has plenty of banana, with a bit of lime noticeable also. The lime peel is a bit more present in the flavor, probably sharing equal billing with the banana esters. A touch of sherry like oxidation adds a bit of subtle complexity to everything. Mouthfeel wise the carbonation doesn't jump out right away, but it's plenty lively. The body is just a tad heavy though. It's remarkable how well 04VE has held up.

12-12-2012 19:48:16 | More by axeman9182
Photo of stewart124


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a hazy orange.

Nose has tons of lime and citrus in general. Some farmhouse characters, hay possibly.

Taste is sweeter than I anticipated but delicious. Almost a candied sweetness. Thin but very drinkable. The kaffir lime comes through strong and obviously fruity, citrusy in general.

This is delicious. I could put back a few of these. Alas, is not available. So easy drink. There is little to no trace of alcohol and it's hard to believe that this is 8.5%.

12-11-2012 01:45:12 | More by stewart124
Photo of AgentZero


4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2012 05:25:37 | More by AgentZero
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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

11-12-2012 01:16:13 | More by marct
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-10-2012 21:02:16 | More by ezperkins2
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-06-2012 13:51:03 | More by bradfordjohnson
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-27-2012 14:38:13 | More by beerpadawan
Photo of Auracom


2.55/5  rDev -34.1%

Talk about the most random bottle ever. Shared by Jeff near the end of a very long night. Thanks bro. 3-4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Very clear, bright-golden coloring. Great looking one finger eggshell head. Marginal lacing, slight legs.

S - Faded hops, a bit of wet cardboard, port-like oxidation, underlying Belgian yeast banana aroma. Part blah, part "Okay I can live with this."

T - Blended light fruit juice, pears, further oxidized cherry peel, definite clove and yeast flavor with a hint of buttered bread. Lightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body, good carbonation for the age, semi-dry finish.

D - Ages more gracefully than I'd expected, but I'm not sure why something like this really exists. Despite its docile nature you can tell where this came from and compared to where it is now, it's not horrible.

06-11-2012 16:33:55 | More by Auracom
Photo of Tyrawlings


4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-16-2012 20:06:22 | More by Tyrawlings
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-27-2012 18:54:28 | More by PhineasGage
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-09-2011 04:30:30 | More by rab53
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-08-2011 20:14:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2011 05:16:38 | More by jerz
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-16-2011 02:34:40 | More by Magery
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-15-2011 05:36:55 | More by hyuga
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 22:28:59 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of FARGO619


5/5  rDev +29.2%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle

A-Golden orange beer with a pure white head that stays lingered throughout and slowly dissipated with nice lacing throuhout-Vanilla aroma. Banana mildly sweet like silk candy.

T-Vanilla flavor, a with a spicy undertone.

M-Light body, still well carbonated.

D-Very smooth with hint of vanilla that was enjoyable all the way through. Very easy to drink. Can't wait to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 12:55:48 | More by FARGO619
Photo of JohnGalt1


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
Photo of jrallen34


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

On tap into a taster...Medium tan beer with a very low carbonation level, not much head, no lacing...A malty aroma of bread, pineapple, honey and a touch of hops. Sounds like it would be really enticing but its not strong or defined enough...The taste is super light, misses most of the aroma, light wheat, floral and a little honey.

Maybe its past its prime, maybe its just not great. Either way 6 years later don't waste much to get it.

10-10-2010 20:12:49 | More by jrallen34
Photo of womencantsail


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks to Gil for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a burnt orange color with some hints of gold and a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose is quite sweet and surprisingly citrus heavy. A few more sniffs give off some vanilla, honey, and yeast esters (namely bananas).

T: A similar story on the palate. Sweet vanilla, orange honey, and banana along with some spicy esters and caramel malt. A touch of tropical fruit, too.

M: The body is on the light end of medium with a carbonation that seems to be a bit low too.

D: The low carbonation does not do much to quell the intense sweetness of this beer. Good flavors, but like drinking a sweet mead at times.

09-10-2010 01:38:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ZX6Chris


4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

Shared at a Vertical Epic Tasting.

A-Golden orange beer with a pure white head that stays around. Nice lacing.

S-Vanilla aroma. Banana mildly sweet.

T-Vanilla flavor, a bit spicy. Estery and smooth.

M-Light body, still well carbonated.

D-Nice beer, I really enjoyed the vanilla and could drink this all day!

08-26-2010 01:30:12 | More by ZX6Chris
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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