08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale
Stone Brewing

08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale
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From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - Belgian
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Ratings:
915
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 14, 2022
Added:
Aug 04, 2008
Wants:
  43
Gots:
  255
SCORE
89
Very Good
08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale
Notes: 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!
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Photo of Whyteboar
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

2015 version, consumed February 2022.
Poured golden amber, the color of honey, with barely any head.
The aroma was lively, with what I can only think are Belgian spices or scents from the yeast. Cloves and mild pepper and anise lead.
The taste followed, with an additional tart flavor, for a brief moment vinegar like, but maybe that’s my imagination.
The feel was “sparkly” - odd for a Belgian Triple, but as it is 7 years old I wouldn’t complain. Enjoyed drinking this.

Feb 14, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by bleague from California

I was cleaning out my basement and found a couple of cases of Vertical Ale. Started with the latter years and not much a fan of dark beers. The 2010 blond was flat and sweet. The 2008 had great carbonation, mouth and taste. Pour was very hazy with lots a yeast floating around. I really enjoyed this beer, hard to believe after sitting 12 plus years in a bottle it is still good.

Jan 28, 2021
 
4.16 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 12, 2020
 
4.13 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 16, 2020
 
3.5 by trickynicky from Maryland on Jul 27, 2019
 
4.25 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Jul 16, 2019
 
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 26, 2019
 
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 26, 2019
 
4.21 by Dillinger from Mississippi on Jan 05, 2019
 
3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

It's been awhile since I had it, but I remember really liking it.

Sep 16, 2018
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

This review is based on the "Encore" edition bottled in 2015. Aged extremely well for an ABV % below 10%. The Beligan notes, i.e., sweetness really come through very nicely. Very well made ale!

Sep 16, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bdevilbullet from Alabama

Purchased back in '08. Opened today.

Pours clear and copper in color. Still effervescent 10 years later. Tastes of mellow bitterness interlaced with sweetness. Muted Belgian spices present throughout.

Jul 06, 2018
 
4.02 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Feb 24, 2018
 
4.09 by qcghost from North Carolina on Feb 11, 2018
 
4.1 by Rootscipio from Texas on Jan 01, 2018
Photo of Steve1315
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Steve1315 from California

Had the reissue or “Encore”. Unusually sweet but good flavor. Bitterness was as to be expected. I bought a couple bottles and will buy more if I see them again.

Dec 18, 2017
 
4.04 by raycoll from New York on Nov 05, 2017
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

Clear medium Amber. Very good looking. Smell has a fruity and slight honey sweet yeast and make. Light hop bitterness. Nice honey smell.
Taste is good. More bitter with lighter sweet honey taste. Light Belgian spices.
Feel medium. Biting carbonation.
Very good. Nice Belgian notes.

Sep 15, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

Rating from 9/28/09. 22 oz bottle into a Trappist glass. I tried this last year shortly after it was released. I remember loving it then, and my reaction is the same today. Excellent beer! I had to buy it and compare it to the 9.9.09 which I just bought. Aroma is bursting with pepper, clove; smells Belgian definitely. Pours a hazy orange with not much head. Very spicy brew. I taste pepper and that somewhat indescribable distinctive aftertaste that beers which have been cellared seem to always have. Next up: 9.9.09. Can’t wait til 2012! 8,3,9,5,18 = 4.3

Re-rate on 6/4/11. Bomber shared with brenn79, poured into tulip. I drank one of these when it was released (before I joined Ratebeer) and bought an extra one to age to 2012 back then, but I don’t remember anything about it. Looking back, I guess I rated one in 2009, which escapes my memory. Much to our surprise, my brother found an extra one (along with an ’07) in his cellar so we’re gonna (re) rate it. Pours faintly hazy gold with a medium head that falls in a couple of minutes. Nose is spicy and smells a bit old; too sweet. Taste is spicy and sweet. Carbonation is low, body is medium-full. Better than the ’07 but it was definitely better fresher. 6,3,8,4,16 = 3.7

12/22/12 re-rate: Pours clear golden with some floaties and a small off-white head. Aroma is faint caramel malt, some clove, a little wet dog and oxidation. Taste is lightly sweet and finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness. I’m getting some fruity apple flavors; a little boozy. Carbonation is soft. This was better fresh...but hold on! There’s a total brett presence towards the bottom of the bottle--very nice. It raised my score quite a bit. 7/3/8/3/17

Jun 10, 2017
 
3.74 by unclekeith from Alaska on Mar 25, 2017
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

Got an anniversary bomber. Everything about was just ok, then the buzz kicked in. Gives you you that real mellow feeling that lasts awhile. Very nice

Mar 25, 2017
 
4.4 by AlvinLin from New York on Mar 24, 2017
Photo of Sak3
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Sak3 from Connecticut

Look: A fairly deep orange to brown that I can see my fingers through as an even darker hue. There was little to no head with a soft pour and as the beer sits I can see a hefty amount of carbonation to this.
Smell: This fills my nose with spices and a solid kick of alcohol to it.
Taste: The taste presented here is full of a wide range of fruits with a gentle finish of spices.
Feeling: Light on the alcohol but the carbonation is VERY present throughout this drink.
Overall: A good beer but wasn't anything to write home about.

Mar 15, 2017
 
3.96 by TXRobbo from Texas on Dec 24, 2016
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2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by TerryMills from Tennessee

poured into globe glass.

2 finger thick creamy white head with lots of thick lacing, head doesn't fade either.

Smell is mostly citrusy malt with some alcohol smell.

Taste is pretty disappointing , taste like too many spices to even describe and overwhelming rotted orange flavor.

Feel is very nice, medium body with a creaminess .

Overall I do not like this beer, wouldn't buy again or recommend .

Dec 20, 2016
 
4.04 by dertyd from California on Dec 04, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Opened November 2016
Look - cloudy copper color with a good lasting head
Smell - sweet Carmel strong booze. Smells like a strong ale
Taste - sweet Carmel but with some hops left even though it's been aged.
Feel - fairly light but expected with aging.
Overall - fantastic beer!

Nov 15, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by zeppedled from Wisconsin

Fantastic copper color, light head, smooth taste and a great aftertaste. Tastes like a smooth lager, mixed with a smooth belgian ale and a taste of hops. Great beer, must try it!

Nov 12, 2016
 
3.85 by n2pux from Texas on Oct 02, 2016
 
4 by Walnut from Missouri on Oct 01, 2016
 
4.78 by Bob_Rhoades from Maryland on Sep 25, 2016
Photo of BWood
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BWood from California

L: great head from a hard pour. Lacing is nice..

S: smells nice. Yeast and earth.

T: after 2 bad beers today this is refreshing. Solid ale taste. Belgian taste without the spice. Yeast ale dominated.

F: slight bitter linger. Nothing extraordinary here.

O: another great showing from Stone. They never disappoint. Try this .

Sep 07, 2016
 
4.09 by icemanls4 from Switzerland on Sep 03, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

Thanks to @Byronic.
Served chilled in a tulip.
Easy pour with a generous and steady ivory head.
Slightly muted aroma. Sweetness and breadiness.
Flavour is banana with spice, with yeast notes.
Firm and solid mouth feel.
A solid beer for its style.

Aug 18, 2016
 
3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Aug 15, 2016
 
4.02 by life_of_agony from Australia on Aug 05, 2016
 
4.5 by GameOfBeers from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2016
 
4.1 by dag1991 from Ohio on Jul 16, 2016
 
4.66 by jcubz from Canada (SK) on Jul 16, 2016
08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 915 ratings