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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark plum color with some ruby highlights around the edges. An offwhite head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass. S: Grainy malt bills, some light rice cake with some wet paper. This one did not age all that well. T: More of the same. A ton of cardboard, rice cake, and a little cocoa. Sweet cereal malts. The oxidation has really taken this one over. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Wet paper finish. O: All the bottles had been stored the same so I don’t know this was a product of a poorly sealed cap, or the beer wasn’t strong enough from the onset to hold onto an semblance of the original flavor profile. Serving type: bottle

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2346) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle, pours a dark brown, flavour was very oxy but I can see this one having been quite tasty. it had a belgian smell and a bit of spice in there but the oxidation came through strong

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (2678) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque dark brown with tan ring. Raisins, spices and dried plum in the nose, sweet taste with some cocoa. Watery light body, smooth texture, no carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Liked this one...had a little more kick than 03 and 04, in a good way, still very smooth and sweet, but a little more complex. A good kick, up front, a little more acidic, and a lot of sweet fruit. Good stuff, should be drank soon though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6471) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy, slightly murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, some cookie-ish notes and a bit of dark fruits. Sweetish flavor of chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some spiciness, some oxidation notes and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3629) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Spice and chocolate in the aroma with a bit of spiced fruits nearing the end. Flavor starts off like a spice mulled hot chocolate with a dry malt middle. Slight fruitiness on the aftertaste with a nice bit of spice. My second favorite of the series thus far.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Muddy deep amber pour with no head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, earthiness, creamy bubblegum yeast and spice. Flavor is dark fruits, earthiness and toffee malts. Meh, pretty weak to me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2560) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a a hazy reddish brown with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, a hint of spice, earthiness, and dark chocolate. Taste follows, well balanced with just a hint of booze. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (476) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Merky brown tan head lingers. Even this old its still has good retention. Light chocolate notes. Oxidation. Sweet malt light chocolate maybe some rye malt? Floral earthy character. Oxidation cardboard lingers. enjoy able complex beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2517) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, and light sugar with a bit of ashy, roasty, bubblegum, and molasses. Lightly spicy notes provide a balance to the sweetness and roast. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice, fruit and gingerbread. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. We are starting to get a bit darker and this one is right up my alley. This is a nice beer that has held up well, I enjoyed it.


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