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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6740) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clearish dark brown with a thin light beige head. Sweet earthy nose with raisins and plums, some grape barrel, and sweet earthy toffee. Flavor was pleasantly sweet with warm plum and raisin notes, wine barrel notes with wine barrel acidity, a bit of grape and something sweet and earthy. Lots of yeast esters that was stone-fruity and subtly spicy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Again, could be the age, but it smells kinda stale, maybe this bottle aged poorly. I get some spices, some dark fruit, and some musty basement smells. Flavor is sweet, finishing a little dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours a cloudy brown with almost no head. Nose is toffee, raisin, chocolate, and Belgian candy sugar. Taste of chocolate, raisin, toffee, caramel, some funk.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz from tap at Brouwer’s in Seattle, leftover from Vertical Epic night. Deep black-brown with coating tan foam. Dark raison-fig fruit, leather. Dark and mysterious, I’d swear this is some funky aged barley wine missing all its hops. Dark smoke and earthy, creamy body, some vanilla. Great for holidays, best beer of the day.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Beautiful black with a dense tan head. Sticky roasted malts, some chocolate and molasses. Flavor brings a burst of warmth - creamy toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and toasted oak. Packs a punch. Quite tasty - big and smooth, though it wears a bit as you get through the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Chalky brown pour, looks like Westy 12 in the glass. Minimal carbonation. This pour is a little cold. Faint Belgian yeast aroma of circus peanut candy and banana. Very flavorful beer. This has held up exceptionally well. Molasses, coffee, chocolate, and sweet cream flavors fill the month. Creamy mouthfeel. Gets better as it warms. Impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5876) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3469) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9933) - Oceanside, 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 (5975) - 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.


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