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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 444   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1908) - 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 (811) - 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 (3014) - Dayton Area, Ohio, 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 (5613) - 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 (1904) - 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 (3337) - 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 (1491) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (2804) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque brown with a small beige head, aroma of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate and brandy, flavor of dried fruits, dark bread, some plums acidity, medium to full bodied

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from StFun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours an opaque dark amber-tinged brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, toasted nuts, some oxidation, and some brown sugar. Flavour of dark dried fruits, a little brown sugar, and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied, standing the test of time. Dominated more or less by the dried dark fruits. Good stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (5968) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has musty grain and a bit of hay and a touch of menthol. Flavor starts with sweet musty grains and has a bit of menthol in the finish.


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