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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 449   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.

   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 (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours a rich red brown, big tan head with excellent lingering. Complex yeast aromatics, with a dried fruit untertone. Pungent fruit ester nose, delves into a complex pantehon of malt flavors (earthy, sweet and roasty) and esters (clove spicy, dried fruit). Dry finish, with lingering spicy esters. Still fresh enough that the disparate flavor components fight each other a bit, but it will be amazing after some aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours with a burgundy body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet with dark fermented fruit notes, a touch of cinamon and other spices, as well as, a slight yeastiness. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2005
The beer emerges from the 22-ounce brown bottle a cloudless mahogany with an impressive semi-creamy light tan head, as it erodes the resultant lace forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is rich in malt with sweet plum like aromas, earthy aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus like in its crispness, fresh, with the start rich in malt and somewhat sweet, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is meaningful in its acidity, the hops delectable and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, so far of the Epics Iíve sampled this is my favorite, damn just think how good this will be in coming years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Dark brown, small and unenthusiastic mantle of tan foam; interesting aroma of wet sandalwood and plums with a slight herbal sharpness. Holy cow, the flavor is slightly peppery and citric with pretty much the full array of spices mentioned in the description, they fan out nicely and are neatly interwoven and clean, but still with a nice, earthy, shall we say BELGIAN edge to them...possibly the best vertical epic yet, really nice beer!

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