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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 446   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2554) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2588) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Deep cloudy burgundy pour with thin film of lacing. Nose and flavor bring chocolate roast, deep plum, further dark fruit. Dry mouthfeel, cinnamon and clove. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a nice tan head. Nice, brown sugar aroma with a lovely hint of malt. Very smooth. Sweet with a light balance of hops. Great sense of the brown sugar and molasses. The alcohol is very well masked. A truly amazing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4307) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle via a trade a while back. Murky brown pour, with a small off white head. Flavor is mostly caramel and toffee, with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and musty cardboard. The staleness isn’t that bad, this bottle has held up fairly well. Still decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
The beer pours a murky dark amber color without much of a head. There is a definite oxidation to the aroma. Lots of cardboard with the stale sugar and toffee notes. A bit of fruit, maybe some chocolate. The flavor is fairly boring, mostly due to the oxidation. Just sort of sweet and muddled with a bit of cardboard to it. Might be some dark fruit notes and yeast in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma contains some chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg. The flavor contains some spices, mint, ginger, caramel, and chocolate. The aftertaste is rather sweet. Overall this has held up fairly well and would be a good beer at Christmas time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5127) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Thanks to brentfeesh for bringing this to the tasting - Caramel colored, no head. Smells like caramel, Dr Pepper, and mints. Pretty sweet, with a chocolate note, a bit of mint, and maybe some ginger? maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2600) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Sept 2010: Pours a murky cinnamon brown color with a thin, scratch that, no real head at all. Nose is musty, yet lively. Chocolate, yeast, florals, and some Belgian spice. Flavor is much richer than expected... Faded citrus hops, florals, cocoa, caramel... wow. Sort of a grape/plum type fruitiness. Sweet plays well with the florals, yeast, and spices. I sure am glad to have opened this now, but it aged very gracefully. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2673) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
22oz Bottle at our 10-10-10 tasting. With a huge thanks to Toby for sharing this. Pours out a brown topped with a tan head. Aroma was of sweetness, spice, belg yeast, and pit fruit. Taste was much of the same. The finish was a nice spice and malt.

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