Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic

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    Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic
    Stone Brewing Co – Escondido, CA
    8.6% ABV
     
    Stone lists this beer as ageable til 12.12.12 – well guess what? It lasted about three weeks in the refrigerator.
     
    This beer seems to be a cross between a Belgian dubbel & and IPA. They mention getting inspiration from Belgium.
     
    Appearance – a cloudy golden color. Kind of thin head without a ton of lacing. 
     
    Nose – Bready hop nose with quite a bit of spice. Pick out nutmeg, maybe clove and allspice. Also orange peel, and citrus mixed in.
     
    Taste – somewhat malty with a definite hop presence. The spices come through, as does the orange and citrus. I liked the combination of tastes with this beer. Kind of unusual. It kept morphing in my mouth to something different.
     
    Mouthfeel – medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation, somewhat drying.
     
    Drinkability – Very drinkable, not too alcohol present. A treat
     
    Would give this beer an “A-“
3 comments
  • Chodite
    Chodite Mix of a Belgian dubbel and an IPA? I'd say Belgian tripel and an IPA. Certainly not a dubbel though.

    Either way, GREAT beer. I have one bomber left and it might not last through the weekend.
    April 4, 2009
  • oregonbeerlover
    oregonbeerlover Yeah tripel probably fits...I agree
    April 4, 2009
  • ironarrow42
    ironarrow42 I love this beer, and have been zealously guarding my remaining bottle. I seriously doubt it will last anywhere close to 12/12/12, though!
    April 5, 2009