Beer Review: Stone Vertical Epic
Epic Fail: Drinking this shortly after purchasing it. Potential epic win – what it could have tasted like if we had waited until December of 2012.
So the original idea was bottle conditioned ale, 1 batch made per year with each successive batch made 1 year, 1 month, and 1 day after the previous beer.
All of them designed to be enjoyed sometime after December 12, 2012. This ale is also brewed with Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes as well as Chamomile.
We weren’t sure what to expect…the beer was incredibly floral, very acidic with absolutely no hop…which, to be totally transparent…is frequently what I enjoy in beers. The hoppier the better! Woody’s comments included sweet notes, and a bit soft. It’s hard to imagine that after another two years of bottle conditioning that the beer would sharpen up.
Ultimately, this was not my favorite beer, but I do love me some Stone Brewery though…and I’ll continue to try anything new we see on the shelves and support the little guys!