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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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685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 170 | FT: 12
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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Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from 22oz into .5l gold-leaf Swiss Boot. Bottle notes this is designed to be drank after 2012. Oops.

A- Pale yellow, little head. You couldn't ID this beer from it's pour.

S- Fruit, cloves, and cinnamon up front. Sweet and spicy.

T- Very good. Fruity, sweet, candied fleshy fruit... and a bit of pepper on the back side. Very tasty. This beer is sublime. All the components work together in a very good way.

M- full-bodied, this beer hits all parts of the tongue. The spicy aftertaste is delightful.

D- Very high. No way you can tell this beer is -/+ 8%. A great taste, this beer could get you in trouble, it tastes so good.

06-13-2009 03:28:03 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Ligher yellow with a decent head and enduring lacing.

S - Strong citrus & floral scents - very Belgian

T - Complex tastes with hints of fruits & floral tastes - strong tasting.

Mounthfeel - very carbonated but also smooth

D - Very strong ale. Alcohol overpowers it a bit but that is part of its charm.

06-12-2009 21:21:48 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
Photo of flexinwext


3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

Couldn't wait to let this sit till 2012 so I thought I'd give it a shot. Clear golden yellow. Very "belgian" aroma of sweet malts, clove, citrus and piney hops. Very complex flavor with lots sweet malt upfront. Very carbonated. The alcohol is a bit overpowering in this one which hurts the drinkability a bit, but overall very good, I wonder what some age would do?

06-04-2009 23:26:58 | More by flexinwext
Photo of Casey10


4.1/5  rDev +3%

Very Good, would be interesting to see what it would be like in a couple of years.

A - light golden color minimal head although to be honest only had a hotel glass to pour this in.

S - light smell reminded me of a crisp belgin style ale similar to delrium nocturnum perhaps

t - crisp light hides the 8.6 well.

m - again light crisp, wheat like

d very drinkable didn't blow me away but very good.

06-04-2009 00:45:43 | More by Casey10
Photo of GRG1313


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Perhaps the best way to start is quoting one of the guys I was drinking with since, in summary, I share his conclusion....namely, "Beer Deluxe."
I agree. High quality; high taste.

The 08 08 08 is a light honey color with an assertive lemon/grapefruit nose. Nice balance of underlying malt but the hoppy character really carried at least this day.

Big grapefruit and lemon flavors but with a rich and bright mouthfeel. Beer tasted of quality. Big flavors and body. Complex layers of citrus.

This is an all around great food beer, as well. Don't just save these for your vertical tasting. Drink a few every now and then...good beer!

06-03-2009 04:46:42 | More by GRG1313
Photo of tpd975


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Pours a nice clear golden orange hue with a nice solid tight white head. Really nice retention but no lace. Lots of bubbles to boot.

S: Tons of fruity esters pour from the glass. Subtle notes of yeast, apple, and VERY floral hops.

T: Damn good to be honest. Wonderful marriage of sweet summer fruits, yeast, and grassy floral hops. There is a touch of spice and white pepper as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with amped up carbonation.

D: Good, enjoyed the entire bomber myself while lounging in the pool.

06-01-2009 23:25:56 | More by tpd975
Photo of scruffwhor


3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

Effervescant bone white head shows great aftr the pour, and slowly recedes to nothing after each sip. From the head you notice a light amber/copper mixed with sunshine pilsner yellow. The color mixed with the awesome sporadic bubbling. Mixed aroma of sweet husk malts, yeasty green apples, earthy hops, an astringent alcohol. Green apples and astringent alcohol hit the front of the palate. The earthy and herbal hops mix it up in the middle with some lightly toasted grains and some more alcohol. Great carbonation and grainy texture,but maybe a little too much booze.

05-29-2009 04:10:42 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of meatmallet


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: Poura a clear golden yellow with a thick foamy white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling. I detect some sweet malt and banana. A light pine hop smell. Very nice.

Taste: At first there is a spice and yeast flavor up front with some sweet malts. The hops is very smooth and not overpowering, even a bit grassy.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

05-23-2009 03:45:54 | More by meatmallet
Photo of gford217


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that hung on for ages and left good lacing.

The aroma is very fruity up front with some lemons leading the way and giving way to some apples and pears. There are lots of sweet yeasty aromas with hints of spice in the nose as well.

The taste follows the aroma and kicks the spiciness up a little bit, especially in the finish. Overall, lots light bready malts, light fruits and light citrus hops.

The mouthfeel is fairly dry with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian style beer from Stone.

05-22-2009 02:31:56 | More by gford217
Photo of glid02


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of equal amounts light fruits - bananas and pears - and herbal, slightly citrus hops. As it warms floral hop aromas join in the mix.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are soon joined by fresh banana and pear flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors - herbal grapefruit - enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few of these.

Overall this was a tasty beverage and I was surprised at how well the hops held up. Definitely worth a try, even this late in the game.

05-16-2009 19:37:29 | More by glid02
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Rich golden brew, clear, with a billowing white head at first, then settled to a small film. A quick swirl brings it around again, modestly.
Phenolic/clove in the aroma, with some esters and lemongrass. Not overly fruity, just enough though. Some hints of sugary malt and cedar (?)

A good taste. Seems like a Belgian-yeasted-up pilsner. Estery, some noticeable malt backbone, a bit sweet, yet has the hops to kick in at the end. Good carbonation. Not sure how this would age. What would be affected the most?

Good abv cover, easy drinking..perhaps a touch syrupy. Nice spring beer. The other two will age...

05-15-2009 16:21:58 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of OlieIPA


3.7/5  rDev -7%

The first beer of our 04-08 tasting...thanks PatronWizard!

A: Pours a bright golden color with a big and beautiful two-finger head. The lacing is decent and the head quickly dissipated.

S: I nice light-sweet malt with a very gentle hop profile; very well balanced.

T: Super sweet, but isn't overly sweet like an aged barleywine. A lot of Pale Ale qualities that includes that delicate Belgian touch; could have had more Belgian spices. Hides alcohol well.

M: Nearly perfect for the style....sufficient carbonation, light-body, and a slight velvety feel.

D: A good beer...not great. Could have any day of the week, but I could go without as well.

Overall: I think aging will hurt this beer, so I recommend having this brew fresh. A good beer. Cheers!

05-13-2009 03:55:29 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of TaddyPorter


3.9/5  rDev -2%

Jon Winterbottom and I picked this up at Fairway after a wonderful meal with our girls at Dinosaur BBQ. I'm trying to turn Jon on to beer reviewing, so we're writing this one together.

Appearance: A touch of cloudiness and sediment in the glass. Poured with a fat single finger head, which very quickly dissipated to just a ring around the glass. Golden and light in color, and plenty inviting.

Smell: A bit of citrus up front, almost astringent hop oil bitterness, smells like a hop pellet. Fruity yeast aroma hanging behind the hops...definitely smells like a Belgian IPA, could be a dead ringer for the Houblon Chouffe.

Taste: Hits the tongue with a nice, light effervescence and then washes over it first with a citrusy, yeasty, fruity wave, and then follows up with a major hop presence with lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the more carbonated side but not over-carbonated, it's one I could chew on for a while.

Drinkability: A little extreme on the bitterness, but it's nicely balanced by the fruity flavor of the yeast. Satisfies in an extreme beer kind of way, and we would definitely have another.

05-09-2009 19:25:48 | More by TaddyPorter
Photo of MacDomer


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Picked this up at From the Vine in Columbus in December, 2008. Thanks for holding this one for me, Jaimie!

Had this one with some friends over the weekend as we were enjoying a nice warm spring day in Chicago. Looks nice, bright gold with light orange highlights. Decent head and lace. The nose has mild Belgian character and nice American hoppy notes - citrus and pine. There's a good malt base with some sweetness coming through. Mid palate comes phenols and fruity Belgian esters (apple, pear, peach), complimented by a nice biscuity backdrop. Very crisp, very nice, very tasty. Perfect for a bright, warm spring day!

05-08-2009 02:52:45 | More by MacDomer
Photo of mntlover


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a nice golden yellow with a decent white head feed by sparse rising bubbles, falls to ring that leaves some decent lacing behind.

Aroma is wonderful sweet malty lots of fruit banana, mango ect. Nice soft west coast hops citrus and pine not overpowering but adding greatly to the wonderful aroma.

Taste is malty sweet but with strong yeast notes, fruity at first but strong earthy notes jump out front. Hops play a part with nice bitterness, citrusy. Aroma is so smooth and wonderful, but the taste is not so smooth. Too much harsh yeast that seem to overpower the brew along with hops combining to not make it so smooth. Might smooth out with age, man if it just tasted like it smelled it would be great.

Mouthfeel is great nice medium smooth, but carbonated at same time.

Drinkability is ok thought it was going to be wonderful, almost buy this one to just smell it. But taste is not as good. Had this one while ago review is from notes so it might be great now.

05-05-2009 20:52:47 | More by mntlover
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a light golden color, clear. One finger white head, with minimal retention. Good carbonation. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Nose of bready and yeasty, sweet malts with typical Belgian spices. Spicy fragrances of estery fruits, with bananas, cloves, and cinnamon the strongest. One way to describe the smell is that of bubblegum, strange as that sounds. Very well balanced and very appealing.

Taste: The taste follows the nose well. Nice combination of yeasty malts and spicy fruit flavors (bananas and cloves). Very mild in that no flavor overwhelms another; incredibly well balanced. Not bitter at all, very smooth; only a hint of a hop bite is up front, but nothing really at all. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden; there is no indication that the beer is 8.6%.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Very smooth and crisp. Excellent clean finish.

Drinkability: An excellent take on a Belgian Pale. All the requisite yeasts, esters, and spiciness, in an incredibly smooth beer. Incredibly easy to drink. The alcohol is so well hidden that the beer will sneak up on you pretty quickly; a good or bad thing depending.

05-05-2009 03:10:08 | More by jonziefle
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%

A - An hazy orange-amber brew with a ton of carbonation and a sizable foamy head. Thick clumps of lacing cling in discordant rings all down the sides of the glass.

S - A sweet malt and aromatic floral (lilies) hops - obvious at first whiff that this is a Belgian strong pale ale.

T - Initially a burst of intense floral (lilies) hops with a bit of sweetness and a warming alcohol feel. Then it progresses to a biscuity aspect coupled with a lingering floral hop that shifts into a mild bitter floral hop flavor.

M - A little harsh, thick, and not very refreshing.

D - A little intense and strong. Fortunately, I see almost no reason to place much weight on the drinkability of this release.

05-04-2009 02:26:58 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of jdense


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

22oz bomber opened before 'optimal' date-please don't turn me in to the beer police.

Hard pour resulted in two finger semi-rocky head, fairly quick dissipation on top of orange/amber clear body. A bit of funk in the nose, phenolic-ish, but dominated by juicy juicy oranges and a bit of coriander. Oranges, hibiscus, candy sugar, warming alcohol and trace of hops on the back end. Marvelous mouthfeel and carbonation. Slight lean towards tripel instead of BSA, IMHO. Not a real drinkable brew, I hope my stashed bottle makes it to 2012. Nice American version of the style.

05-04-2009 01:38:08 | More by jdense
Photo of BeerStine


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with minimal head and low carbonation. Smells is of caramel malts with a fruity hops undertone. Taste is a fruity hoppiness at first followed by a sweet caramel malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a medium/light with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. I would drink many of these.

Taste is borderline bananaish for me. But still a good beer.

05-03-2009 04:17:06 | More by BeerStine
Photo of greshdoghophead


5/5  rDev +25.6%

22 oz bomber from the sharon square fridge since the arrival poured into large snifter

A - thank god they kept it upright at the beer store all the sediment was caked on the bottom
poured thrice giving a slight bubbly head that dissapated quickly
S - awesome! in a nut shell...one could gather several aromas including angelfood cake, banana bread, cloves, lemon merenge, and pine.
T - perfection - probably atypical to a true Belgian lover but exactly what I prefer; balanced malt action with yeasty buttery notes that may be nutty and mildly peppery but mainly like a warm bath of the tropics with a side note of a breakfast cake or something perhaps of another world
M - just enough lingering to beg temptation for more yet so complex as to force the palate to wait and contemplate
D - give me more and more, the time needed to make notations is wasted in my need to get some more in my mouth - like a wet dream
I can't imagine what it would be like to wait until 12/12/12 to try them all.
I had it 07 and 08 and its better every time!

05-03-2009 01:21:40 | More by greshdoghophead
Photo of nickfl


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

A - One finger of white foam on a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Peppery aroma of basil, cloves, and fennel. Some malt in the background with spicy, grassy hops.

T - Spicy, peppery yeast flavor, backed by rich pilsner malt. Distinct green pepper flavors come out in the middle along with a nice toasted note. The finish is surprisingly smooth and well balanced with nice malt character and grassy, anise like hop flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very nice, very drinkable Belgian golden. The yeast character is robust and spicy and melds perfectly with the herbal hops. The aroma is nice, but the flavor is where the beer really comes to life. This brew borders on a saison in terms of spicy character and is very drinkable.

04-27-2009 04:11:08 | More by nickfl
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

The look is straw colored, a bit cloudy, glowing, topped by a thin head of almost pure white. Picture Duvel with a bit less color/head perfection.

Ah, that fragrance which brings one back immediately to the fine Belgian strong pales one has sipped in life. I'm carried by wings of apricot, belgian style yeast, alcohol, and mild spice to past enjoyments. So simple, so complex, so seductive.

Brandied apricots lead an orderly stampede of flavor. Spice, pear, alcohol hints, herbal hints, earthy tones, yeasty tones, ending in a tart, modestly bitter, tiny-bit-sweet-and-alcohol-warm finish that satisfies immensely. Lacks some of the startling complexity found in others of this style. Makes up for it by being extremely delicious.

Mouthfeel is just short of marvelous. Carbonation is just right, but it seems a bit resinous for something that isn't jump on your tongue hoppy.

Due to its wonderful flavor, drinkability is quite good, if not dangerously so.

04-23-2009 22:01:39 | More by cavedave
Photo of crazeguy


4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a Pilsner Glass.

Its a mango colored yellow/orange. Nice white head with good retention.

Smell is fruity, delicious, and could be mistaken for candy. I have never smelled a beer like this.

Taste, sweet and slight fruit. Its great but has a lackluster finish. Only minimally takes away from the overall experience.

Mouthfeel, zesty and nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is up there. Its smooth and tasty. I would keep my fridge stocked with this if it was more easily available.

04-16-2009 09:55:13 | More by crazeguy
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev +0.5%

pour is a light orange. medium white head. nose is pineapple, earth, lemon zest, lipton sweet tea malt with a light tea bitter. palate. american hopped. complexity fades as it settles. a sweet back in bitterness. well balanced and consistent as an american take.

04-15-2009 07:17:08 | More by rtepiak
Photo of dankbrew21


5/5  rDev +25.6%

Stone Vertical Epic 08.08.o8
Specifically designed to age to December 12, 2012! I can not wait that long. Hopefully I can aquire another. I was very happy to get this brought back from California. Thanks pops!

Appearance is a pale yellow/orange. Quickly receding head. Very few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smells remind me of a hoppy Duvel! Fruity aroma, some spiciness. Strong hop scent for a belgian but I know that is how Stone does business.

Taste is amazing!! Smooooth on the tongue with a slight sharpness from the hop resins. Tastes like a Duvel with much more hops, which is an awesome thing! This beer is wonderful, buttery and sweet with a good hop kick for a strong Belgian.

I can not imagine what this beers potential is aged appropriatly to the right time. I need to get my hands on another, put it in a cool, dry, dark place and let it do it's thing! This was my most exclamatory(if thats a word) review. Get two of these, drink one now, and save one for 2012! MMM MMM MMM

04-14-2009 20:44:29 | More by dankbrew21
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.