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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. This time around, we used no spices in the brewing of this beer. If you've tasted the beer before reading this, that may surprise you. The special Belgian yeast we used adds a distinctively spicy aroma and flavor. Roastiness, clove, hops, fruitiness, and those other great and funky phenols abound in the nose. What's in the flavor? You certainly get some dark roasted malts and alcohol overtones. What else? Hints of earthiness, chocolate/cocoa, hop spiciness, maybe even anise, and ... the incredible variety of complexities from the classic brewing ingredients of barley malt, hops, yeast and water, when applied with an artistic brewer's talent never ceases to amaze.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (421) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours dark clear mahogony red N: light roasted malts, raisins, cigarbox T: sweet roasted malts, mineral ripe fruits, cramamel, getting bitter in the end. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of prunes, malty, chocolate and sweet liqurice. A flavor of chocolate, malty and prunes. Aged well.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.0 A: Moderately hazed semi-dried blood color. Short head that falls quickly. 3.5 S: Strong, musty "old beer" smell. Caramel, toasty, raisin. Pepper and clove spiciness. Cocoa powder, anise, and light roastiness. Overall, pretty decent - held up well. 3.5 T: Big toastiness, light roast, caramel, chocolate. Anise, pepper, clove. Tastes like a well aged beer that was pretty good fresh. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. This is pretty damn good. Very impressed. 3.5 D: Easily my favorite so far. Not bad at all. ★ 782 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Still yeasty. Chocolate, raisins, sour. Not too bad though. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that immediately fizzles away into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. Slightly spicy, leathery malt aroma that makes it seems more like a barley wine than anything else at this stage. Earthy malts with hints of leather, toffee, subtle dark fruit and lots of alcohol. Faint piney nag grassy hops provide somewhat of an herbal character that’s followed by pepper anise and licorice. Not very impressive. Fuller bodied than expecting and thankfully more interesting than the aroma suggests. Decent balance of dark malt, earthy hops and zesty spice. None of the flavors have seemed to have held up very well, however, with somewhat stale and faded character. The malt profile stands out more than in the nose but it is earthy and leathery like a barley wine and lacking in sweetness and roast. Kind of watered down as well with faded spicy, grassy hop flavor. Slightly earthy and resinous complimented by a peppery spice presence that gives off some clove and anise. As with most of the beers inths series, this beer which was interesting upon release is kind if a faded mess at this point. I wish I would have opened it few years ago.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Fruity nose with malty banana caramel and toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (625) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle pour at Bambinos Seattle, just past its prime along with not being stored properly, however it still showed a little of promise I enjoyed it nun the less, happy to be able to try this one. Dark amber pour still some foam head, little bitter, crisp almost plum flavor, solid beer. Default would be higher if not for the condition.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours cola brown with a very thin beige head that leaves a very thin collar of lace. The nose is malty cocoa, dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and a touch of anise. The flavor is the same, all different levels of chocolate, with some anise and added roasted bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long malty cocoa and bitter dark chocolate finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours mahogany with a filmy tan head. Nose is big Belgian yeast, lots of dark bread maltiness, and a dark fruitiness. Taste is the same, warm alcohol with lots of yeast, cherry, raisin, dark malt. Smooth and well-carbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is roasted apple. Caramel. Chocolate and nutella. Some nuts. A bit earthy. Some leather. Taste is full of knackered chocolate. Old used towels. Cardboard. Pepper. Full body, soft carb. Meh.


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