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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3371) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draft. When this beer was released, the White Sox were in first place marching towards a World Series victory. I was still drinking bourbon, listening to Mike Jones, being 19 years old and generally embarrassing. Did this age well? No. But, you know me, I think beers that age well are the figment of the imagination of people who hoard beers. Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma of oxidation, cardboard, weird sweetness. Some clove and mild dark fruit. Flavor is flabby and generically sweet, lots of oxidation. Medium bodied, some average carbonation. Finishes weirdly sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Dark fermented fruits and belgian yeasts. Another winner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1751) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is black/brown with a little bit of head. Aroma is chocolate, some spices. Flavor matches aroma, much more prominent than the earlier years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured orange with a thin quick white head. Aroma was mild with some clove ginger and mild dirty fruit. Taste little spicy hidden fruit and a touch of yeast. Palate thin slick and dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Amber brew has a rich caramel aroma and a thin cream head. Roasted malts as well as the toasted bread and a little chocolate make a nice, but sweet finish that is a pleasure to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3190) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle snagged from Belmont for some ridiculous price like $9.99. Pours dark like cola with active carbonation and big bubbles but no real head. Definitely get the Belgian yeast in the aroma that brings in some fruitiness like a dubbel or quad. Maybe a hint of metal too though. Pretty bold flavor with some spice, dark fruit and molasses. This held up really well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6222) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Rich orange/amber pour. Dark fruit, sweet tasting - this one is really good!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Hellbilly! Dark brown pour, spotty lacing, and a little clove/tobacco on the nose. Flavor is dirtychocolate, dry spices finished with more noticeable clove.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Garnet colored dark beer with a slick of beige bubbles for a head. Rich fruit cake and plum nose. This is still a complex, malty beer with toffee, plum, faint cherry, candi sugar and some spice. This held up very well for an eight year old beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Vertical epic tasting. Light brown pour with a minor head. Caramel malt forward with toffee and a little chocolate flavor. Very Barleywine like. Good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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