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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 VE night. Pours a deep brune looking black. Medium carbonation, spotty lacing. Nose is barleywine all the way- strawberry candies, toffee, caramel, mint. Taste is pine, spices, red candies, mint. Comes across a bit drained and bland though. Palate aerated, thinner than expected.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) clear deep brown-ruby, lack of head. Nose of chocolate, anise, licorice, Belgian yeast. Taste is strong of anise, alcohol heat, spicy, bits of cocoa, interesting mix but not my favorite. Body is medium but the carbonation has gone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2351) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
At Tap and Mallet Stone’s flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Pours a dark brown ruby with a tinge of brown and ivory. Nose is sweet and a bit malty. Taste is a bit buttery and sharp. Not that belgian but still very nice for a 7 year old brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1700) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12. Clear (but so dark it's nearly opaque), brown with khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of dark bready malt, chocolate, caramel and nutmeg. Taste of toffee, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate and caramel. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (826) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a dark amber-brown with an off-white ring. Aroma is sweet, a bit of wood, roasted malt, dark fruits. Taste is very sweet, with lots of dark fruits, wood, cloves, still some nice hops too. Lingering sweet, woody bite. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Cellared really well - thanks Tom! This has been cellared Pours murky, unclear dark brown with a nice caramel colored head. The aroma has faded to Belgian yeast, tangy and sweet malts, and some molasses - pretty decent still. The flavor brings sweet and tangy malts as well with the chocolate notes having faded unfortuntately. The body is still nice - decently full. The ending of the malts and molasses linger on the tongue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2418) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
12-12-12, tap. Dark brown almost black. Nose is nut brown ale, maybe some licorice, faint chili. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Some lime peel, burnt toast, maybe some cinnamon. Decent. No real alcohol presence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Avenue Pub on 12/12/12. Good timing! Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a small off-white head that settles into a tiny lasting ring. Aroma of caramel, banana esters, chocolate, sweet bread, and brown sugar-toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted caramel, dried fruits (fig, raisin), bread, milk chocolate. Leathery finish. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and a sneaky amount of carbonation that gives it a crispness. Glad I got to try it. Not bad at all, even though the age shows.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel and candi sugar. Flavors of raisin, dates, toffee, and the off cardboard-like taste. Meduim in body with a soft texture, it also has a steady creaminess throughout the sip. Mostly it stands the test of time really well. A good straight forward Belgian dark / Dubbel Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for Vertical Epic Series. Pours murky dark brown to black with some tan colored head that lingers lightly. Nose is roasted notes and fruity aldehydes, mild phenol and very little chocolate notes. First sip is similar by less intense, finish is nice with toasted bready notes.


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