Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.71/5 rDev -31.9%
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.
02-13-2014 23:07:36 | More by BoardwalkBock
3.38/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
01-22-2014 20:35:22 | More by blindtiger24
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
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.