Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -23.4%
This one was a little disappointing. It looked good, a nice golden color. Smell was pretty average, I got mostly hops. The taste initially was of hops, with a citrus aftertaste. An okay beer, but not something I'd buy again, though I've got another kept to age. Hopefully the experience will improve.
10-02-2008 04:34:46 | More by HomeRunBaker
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
12-14-2013 21:12:16 | More by KYGunner
District of Columbia
3.11/5 rDev -21.9%
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
Gusher! had to be decanted and served in a pitcherThe beer is radiant orange yellow hued. Fairly hazy with a small white cap. The aroma brings coriander, limes, crackers, malt, spice. The flavor is watery orange juice, light spice. Malty body and fairly light on the palate. Moderate carbonation. This was ok.
01-12-2013 22:07:09 | More by Huhzubendah
3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
Light amber color. Very apple juice colored. Thin, light head laces the sides.
Aroma is very belgiany. Light whiffs of banana, clove, coriander, musty yeast, and herbal hop.
Taste is dry, but sweet. Herbal and citrusy hops meet dry malt backbone.
After taste is a bit watery, but as you drink warmer alcohol burn stays with you.
Not my favorite VE. Too sweet, and too dry in the after taste.
08-20-2008 03:22:43 | More by Freshie
3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
Sharp and fruity strong ale.
I would call it a "pungent' aroma. It is so sharp in the back of the throat I pause in mid sip. Definitely an overexuberance of Belgian flavors taking over, but unrestrained by the usual Belgian malty funk. I call it an IPA that's been jacked up with Country Time lemonade powder.
I wonder if these beers should be stored refrigerated? I bet there is a giant cooler chugging away somewhere in an industrial part of Escondido with a vast store of Verticals in suspended animation waiting for the big day. Me, I'm going to pull the ones I have left and drink 'em now. Well, not right this minute.
03-23-2010 04:58:57 | More by mactrail
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.