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Old 08-09-2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Had the new Stone Vertical Epic last night, a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. Thought it was too sweet for the style, which surprised me since it came from Stone. Didn't really have the flavor profile you would expect from the style or the added hoppiness that has made Stone famous. Guess I will have to get another and let it age like I'm supposed to before I make a final decision.

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Old 08-09-2008, 07:34 PM   #2
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I don't understand breweries selling ale that is not aged and ready to drink.
They should age it before it is released. Otherwise they are selling substandard beer.

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Old 08-09-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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I've had the '06 and '07, and both were a bit sweet, IIRC. Not the best beers Stone has ever produced. I'm not sure that age will really help.

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Old 08-10-2008, 04:39 PM   #4
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Yes, I agree that it is stupid to put out a beer that has not aged properly. On the bottle it talks about the 08 being a Belgian Gold being conceived in "early 2008". This would give them only about 5 months to design a recipe, brew it, and get it out to the public. I hadn't even bottled my Belgian Gold after five months, it seems like Stone didn't really plan things out far enough ahead of time to do this right.

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I thought these were brewed with the idea of them not being drank until 12/12/12.

Am I off base here?

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Hi,
ALright, since it has been a couple of months, I figured I would strike this thread up. I just tried my bottle, strictly out of curiosity, and was really displeased. Still very sweet, not the best of aromas.

Has anyone else tried it since August?

How much better can this bottle really get?

If you have tried it, what could possibly come after another few years?


I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth looking for another bottle.
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Re-up of an old thread.

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I thought these were brewed with the idea of them not being drank until 12/12/12.

Am I off base here?

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Yes... That is the idea. I am going to crack open a bottle of 08 tomorrow night. I'll let you know how it has aged.
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