Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GordonQuid:
5/5 rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a 22oz bottle to a freshly washed goblet.
Golden in color with a fluffy white 1 inch sustaining head, ample lacing. Like the sun peering through puffy white clouds on a perfect summer day. Very alluring as many Stone brews are...
The smell is romancing; that of an Imperial IPA. Fresh cut cascade, magnum, and galena hops. Carapil, Munich malty sweetness is also in the nose along with sweet fruity esters. Extremely inviting and appetizing!
The taste is explosive on flavor! Like the aroma indicates; like an imperal IPA balanced with a malty Belgian maltyness. I can taste the high alpha hops almost one at a time and then all together; flowing perfectly into the embrace of its malt characteristics as it finish.
Perfectly complex and entertaining, thought provoking my analysis. Pure pleasure...
The mouth feel is a perfect medium body. True to the class of a Belgian Strong Ale.
Drinkability is extreme! Upon my first taste of this elixir I could hardly wait to bring the goblet back to my lips for another sample. When my bottle was finished I was sad to know I had not another to open and enjoy immediately. This may be the most perfectly balanced beer I have ever had the pleasure to drink.
I feel privileged to have experienced this fine beer. Simply embraceable for beer lovers!
Enjoy and get it on!
-Gordon Quid of the Highland Quid Clan
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2008 15:57:43 | More by GordonQuid
More User Reviews:
2.71/5 rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22 oz. purchased about a week ago poured into an Ommegang goblet. Not sure of how well this bottle was conditioned, but here we go.
A: Hazy, yellow and orange. Some visible sediment at the bottom of the glass. Not a problem. Being a home brewer, I am used to seeing sediment in my beer.
S: It smells like a year old IPA. Tons of stale malt and a slight hint of whatever hops remain.
T: Taste like it smells. It just taste like a really old IPA where the malts are dominant but stale and the hops are non-existent. Yeast flavor is prominent at the end. Brings up some fruit flavors at the very end to help alleviate the awful stale taste. Pretty bad.
M: Light to medium bodied; slight carbonation but pretty faded.
O: Overall, this beer has not aged well. I remember having an 08 vertical in the summer of 09 and it was phenomenal. Also had a fresh one in 08. This, however, has just turned to a stale, bitter, tasteless beer. I saw this for 9$ and figured what the hell. Glad to have tried it, but will never seek anything besides a 12 vertical at this point ever again.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 23:07:36 | More by BoardwalkBock
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.
A: Copper colored with a thin head.
S: Apple and cinnamon smell.
T: Orange sweetness and slight bitterness from orange peel.
M: Creamy mouthfeel that is short lived and is dried about by bitterness of the peel.
O: Fell flat in the taste and mouthfeel departments.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2014 20:35:22 | More by blindtiger24
3.08/5 rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Five year old Eight pours with a bright orange coloring and a sizeable foam cap.
This bottle was stored properly but it smells like plastic. Lots of phenolic and alcohol make it very off-putting.
The phenolic quality holds in the taste for the beginning but subsides quickly to give a nice fruity orange, tangerines and nectarines flavor.
The feel is sprite and bubbly but smooth and full.
Fresh this may be a fantastic rendition of a Belgian IPA but time seems to have been hard on this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2013 21:12:16 | More by KYGunner
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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