8.6% ABV from a bomber (limited release)
A bit tardy to the party, but better late than never!
Here’s the deal, the great Stone brewery–who still won’t reward my beloved touting of their mindblowing beers with any free shit–releases a new specialty beer one year, one month, and one day from the previous Vertical. This started on January 1, 2001 (01.01.01) and will end on December 12, 2012 (12.12.12). The thinking is that one will collect all the bottles and cellar them until after 2012 at which point they will do a “vertical” tasting, that is start with Vertical one and working all the way up until Vertical twelve at which point they will have been in a coma for a few hours.
I love the thinking, but I’m not much for planning that far ahead into my future. Not much for commitments. I mean shit, how can I know what I’ll be doing on 12.12.12? I barely know what I’ll be doing on 09.09.08. By 12.12.12 I’ll probably be a thrice-divorced teetotaler, living in a Buddhist commune in Little Rock, Arkansas, making spending money by selling I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter sculptures at county fairs. And, if I’m not, if I’m still the world-famous Vice Blogger, then I’ll just find some friend with the foresight to have kept all the Verticals and mooch off of them.
08.08.08 smells fantastic, just like a Duvel which is one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately, it does not have quite as much flavor as Duvel. Spicy, cloves, fruity (mainly citrus and other tropical ones are noted), Belgian yeasts, and a surprising amount of hops. Sweet and bitter at the same time. A tingly aftertaste nicely lingers.
Quit frankly, not quite enough bite and potency for my liking. Which probably means I am a maniacally insane dipsomaniac because most other people online are calling this brew too alcoholic for their tongues. Pussies. Though a tad weak, this is still a very good beer though from the untouchable Stone.
One final point for my homebrewing friends. Stone is cool enough to literally list the complete recipe for their beers online. Remarkable. I hope someone I know attempts it.