Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stone Vertical Epic Ale

I was in the neighborhood of the Shoppers Corner market and took a look at their selection of beers just for the hell of it when I came across a bottle of
Vertical Epic Ale.
Stone Brewing Company the makers of 'Arrogant Bastard' in Escondido, California is responsible for this beer. I haven't seen this in any of the other local grocery stores so I picked up a bottle to sample. First I'll tell you my experience with this beer but you can hear all about it directly from the brewer Lee Chase at Stone by clicking on the video at their site.

This is a Belgian style Wit beer with plenty of yeast induced phenols along with peppery spiciness, coriander, juicy fruit gum, sweet orange, light caramel,a hint of alcohol and a lingering bitterness. Moderately carbonated, the head on this beer is small and dissipates rapidly. I fairly enjoyed this beer although from the website I discovered that it is best after aging for several years. In fact the whole premise behind this beer is that you purchase some from its limited release each year so that in the year 2012 you will have 10 samples (one per year) of each to compare. Hence the name 'vertical'.

I didn't know these rules at the time I bought and drank it but it was tasty non the less. I hope I don't get into trouble. I don't really have the capacity to save any beer that long anyway. I do have an Imperial Russian Stout that I kegged in May of 2009 and am hoping to save it until March when I get back from Mexico. But that is a rare circumstance and the needed disciple doesn't invoke in me any particular pride.

If you've tried Vertical Epic tell us about it in the comments.

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