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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic AleStone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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89
very good

681 Ratings
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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 42
Gots: 167 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer!

(Beer added by: froghop on 08-04-2008)
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n2185

North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly murky gold with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Light spice notes at first followed by lots of candy sugar, caramel malts, and pear aromas. There are also some bubblegum and bread aromas mixed in.

T: Belgian spices here as well before candy sugar, sweet breads, caramel, and a light oxidation flavor kick in. The finish is yeasty with a surprising, though light, bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer isn't as light and crisp as I'd like, but avoids being too thick or sticky sweet.

O: Considering that this beer is 4.5 years old, it's not as bad as I was expecting. It's a little oxidized, but not enough so to ruin it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 11:51:26 | More by n2185
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-21-2013 02:20:13 | More by SpdKilz
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

05-18-2013 13:16:58 | More by ajzy
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

05-13-2013 22:27:45 | More by mikeincharleston
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-13-2013 01:50:18 | More by vrbulldog22
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-12-2013 02:35:01 | More by koopa
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-10-2013 01:46:41 | More by DarthKostrizer
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-07-2013 23:15:24 | More by cadaugherty
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-07-2013 09:43:42 | More by beertardis
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-29-2013 01:45:46 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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beergoot

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer appears a nice golden color with a small bubble, foamy white head. Floury aroma with hints of pear and apricot and a mild peppery spiciness. Nifty booze, malt, hop flavors come out with every sip; fruity esters combine with a rich malt flavors. Medium bodied, crisp and dry finish.

Bold and sharp beer with lots of interesting flavors. The hop aroma isn't very strong, but perhaps that's due to the age of the beer. Still, the grain/hop/ABV components make for an intense yet pleasurable tasting experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:39:36 | More by beergoot
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-27-2013 09:17:58 | More by Kelp
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AlphaKingKegger

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-16-2013 03:50:54 | More by AlphaKingKegger
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david131

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-13-2013 19:34:50 | More by david131
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12. Review from notes.

A: Lighter golden color, crystal clear with a small off-white head that reduces quickly. Small bits of lacing.

S: Tons of lemons right away. A bit of orange and vanilla with a good bit of grass.

T: Again, lots of citrus - mostly lemon and orange. A bit of caramel and grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

O: Quite good, definitely surprised at how citrus forward and hoppy this beer still was. Could be my favorite of the group.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2013 23:50:39 | More by mdaschaf
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-08-2013 16:27:11 | More by ShemRahBoo
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-06-2013 23:52:31 | More by jvillefan
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leedorham

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-06-2013 15:01:58 | More by leedorham
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-03-2013 06:06:42 | More by robbrandes
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DavidRose

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-24-2013 22:08:41 | More by DavidRose
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m0unds

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-20-2013 03:57:56 | More by m0unds
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DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-18-2013 23:57:27 | More by DruRho
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

03-13-2013 23:15:14 | More by chippo33
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obywan59

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden to orangey copper in color with a pure white 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a bit of nice sticky lacing. First glass was perfectly clear, but the second was rather cloudy with large sediment particles suspended throughout, but more thickly towards the top.

A little Belgian funk. Spicy citrus or faint mulled cider with honey. Spice is mainly clove. An occasional whiff of bubblegum and alcohol.

Faintly sweet but fairly dry. Cloves seem more distinct here. Some light tart citrus and a bit over balanced by a somewhat harsh bitterness in the first glass. In the second glass, the bitterness was less obtrusive.

Faint prickle from the light carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Drying to the point of astringency. Decent burn of alcohol.

The taste was the worst aspect for me, the bitterness was a detraction. The carbonation was weak, but the alcohol still seemed potent. Maybe it suffered for being in the fridge for 4 1/2 years?? I first drank this before I started doing reviews, but I'm pretty certain it was a lot better back then. It's not without merit, but If were still made, I wouldn't buy it again at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:09:34 | More by obywan59
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-09-2013 22:57:16 | More by spycow
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.