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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Appearance: Nearly opaque dark ruby red, you can just barely see through it if you hold it up in front of a light. A moderate offwhite head, mild lacing. Aroma: A light candied plum, a dash of spices, belgian yeast, light roasted malts. Flavor Profile: Rich but not too thick, structured flavor profile of fruitiness, which is candied plums, bananas and I think dark cherries. A little sweet, but also supported by some matching roasted malts, a little bit of hops and some complimentary sugary chewy belgian yeast. A touch of cocoa and earthiness aftertaste. VERY nice brew. Palate: Thich like all of stones fine brews, weighty, but refrains from going overboard. Iíd put its weight on part with the arrogant bastard. I imagine when this baby ages it will be one of the greatest blended beers ever concocted by the hand of a man.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle: Dark ruby, fairly clear, monsterous beige head, foamy, fantastic lacing, lively carbonation. † Very bready nose, cloves, subtle pepper. † Yeasty, light sweetness, cloves, subtle raisins on the tongue, a bit of anise as well. † Seems a quasi Belgian, Tripel/Dubbel combination. † Not as sweet or fruity as others in the same style, but certainly tasty. † Full to moderate body and mouthfeel. † Clean finish, lingering anise, cloves, and bready. † Somewhat earthy without being musty. † While Belgianesque, the sweetness and mustiness is missing.   Otherwise, tiz fairly good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 pours a dark brown with a hint of crimson red peeking through.very lovely aromas of cloves,brown sugar,yeast,and malts.the flavor boasts much of the same.id say this is the best vertical yet.very sweet but well rounded.excellent stuff indeed. RE-RATE:5/15/06.the beer is more balanced now then when it was fresh for sure.lots more chocolate,palate is smooth and the alcohol is well hidden.i think ill up my rating on this one.RE-RATE:lots more chocolate,although the mouthfeel is fading a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2005 Best Vertical Epic yet. Creamy, smooth dark mahogony with an epic lingering head. Gingerbread and raisin make up most of the aggresive aroma. Plum, cinnamon, yeasty bread, nutmeg, and a little Coca Cola make up the flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Aftertaste lingers with sweet Coca Cola malt and spice then blend with dry wood. Rerate 060705: This time I get a lot of semi-dried banana, like the chewy chunks you can get at Trader Joes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Aroma of the malty spice and hints of chocolate. Dark brown body, good off wihte head with lots of lacing. About the head the fisrt beer poured head diminished to a fine layer over beer. Second glass from 22oz bottle the head settled to a small one on top of beer. Flavor was of roasted malts and alcohol to start with. At the finish the spice and rich flavors of candy appeared. Great beer. May have to get another one of these.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Dark red pour, almost brown. Thick, creamy head. Cherries in the aroma, with a little yeast. Malty, with more cherry and astringent, tangy yeast. Reminds me of cherry cough medicine with edgy carbonation. Lots of alcohol on the finish. Quite muted and funky. I thought it might have been a bad bottle, so I opened my "save till whenever the hell Iím supposed to open all of these things" bottle to find that it was exactly the same. This is probably the last bottle of "EPIC" that I burn $7+tax on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Dark brown, almost black with a nice thick off white head and lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, over ripe fruit, alcohol and just a touch of chocolate. Sweet malt and alcohol flavor with roast and spice as the beer warms. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
I like this beer. Itís very different for Stone. It reminds me of a toned down Flemish Sour ale, w/ other added flavors. Dark reddish brown, with nose & flavors of sour cherries, the head was a nice off brown.There are some complexities in the flavor that I bet will come out w/ age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours a very dark brown with a smooth tan head. Very nice roastiness to this brew with lots of fruit and spice notes. Kind of a chocolate-covered cherry flavor in the malts, yeasty esters throughout and a lot of bitterness in the finish. I think the alcohol showing and bitterness will die down a bunch in the aging, but a very solid tasty brew right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Deep red brown color, tan head. Pleasant aroma of dark fruit, yeast, spice, and a bit of alcohol. Plummy flavor, yeasty again with a bit of anise and some sweet malt. Body is pretty full, alcohol is present but does not detract, finishes dry. Iím liking this. Well done.

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