Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.66/5 rDev -8%
poured into a Stone snifter
A- pours a clear golden color with some floaties swimming around, small fizzy white head disappears quickly, leaving nothing bend
S- the hop bitterness has subdued after six years, giving way to some nice fruity aromas with an emphasis on apple, there's a hint of spicy peppery spice left from the addition of the yeast, notes of apple as well
T- the hops are completely gone after six years, but there are some nice fruity notes of apple, pear and berry. Very subtle spiciness remains from the yeast, finishes bone dry with more fruit on the linger
M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy dry finish
O- as expected, hops are gone, but the yeast lends some nice fruity notes. Still very drinkable but nothing like a Belgian IPA at this point
07-20-2014 02:33:37 | More by Treyliff
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
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.