Hello fellow beer geeks!
I’ve just moved to a new apartment, and so haven’t had much time to post a new review yet. And since my beer budget is a bit tight now (and my bacon & beer fund isn’t quite full yet), I’ve had to go into the realm of beer notes I took but never got around to writing up. Or started writing up but never finished. I am a horrible procrastinator. Or rather, I’ve been busy drinking beer and not writing about it.
Here is one such beer that didn’t deserve to be waiting in the wings for so long. Hopefully, with this wonderful and sincere review, the beer gods can forgive me.
If you’ve been reading this blog regularly (I’m looking at YOU, everybody who I had to remind to check my blog), then you know I’ve reviewed two Stone Vertical Epics previously, the 11.11.11 and the 10.10.10. I have a 12.12.12 waiting for me to drink and review (honest), but until then, let’s focus on our current Vertical Epic: the 08.08.08.
Spotting this beer was lucky, really, seeing as there were only 5 of them on the shelf and the store was probably emptying its stock. So huzzah for me, I get to try another year! And the best part was on the label, stating that this beer would be ideally aged by December 2012. Since I bought and drank this at the end of December, it was perfect. It was like providence, or more likely the beer gods guiding me in the right direction at the right time. In any case, this 8.6% beer was delicious.
Appearance: A pale, yellow/golden color with a white creamy head. It’s a little hazy toward the top of the glass, although that might have been from the cold. There’s a good amount of carbonation, but the head disappears fairly quickly.
Aroma: A fruity/yeasty smell, much like a saison or farmhouse ale. It doesn’t have a powerful aroma, but it does smell very nice. Possibly has a hint of spice to it.
First Sip: A surprising but nice hoppy presence, making this beer similar to a Belgian pale ale. There’s a nice fruity flavor with the hop bitterness. I don’t know what this tasted like fresh, but it appears that aging has made this taste awesome. There’s a yeasty and spice flavor in there as well that hits the back of the throat. To be honest, I was quite surprised that a hoppy beer had aged so well, but that’s probably because it’s more Belgian than an IPA.
Mouthfeel: For a lighter colored beer, it’s quite full bodied. Seems a little creamy, but it has some carbonation that gives it a crispness. It’s possible that aging it has mellowed it out a little.
Aftertaste: A spicy, hop flavor mostly, with a tiny bit of fruitiness. The taste is pervasive and it sticks around.