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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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.

ThomasE's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, - OCT 23, 2006
Deep reddish colour with a small light brown head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with vanilla and alcohol notes. Malty, fruity and vanilla sweet flavor with a light alcohol sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Still yeasty. Chocolate, raisins, sour. Not too bad though. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that immediately fizzles away into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of. Slightly spicy, leathery malt aroma that makes it seems more like a barley wine than anything else at this stage. Earthy malts with hints of leather, toffee, subtle dark fruit and lots of alcohol. Faint piney nag grassy hops provide somewhat of an herbal character that’s followed by pepper anise and licorice. Not very impressive. Fuller bodied than expecting and thankfully more interesting than the aroma suggests. Decent balance of dark malt, earthy hops and zesty spice. None of the flavors have seemed to have held up very well, however, with somewhat stale and faded character. The malt profile stands out more than in the nose but it is earthy and leathery like a barley wine and lacking in sweetness and roast. Kind of watered down as well with faded spicy, grassy hop flavor. Slightly earthy and resinous complimented by a peppery spice presence that gives off some clove and anise. As with most of the beers inths series, this beer which was interesting upon release is kind if a faded mess at this point. I wish I would have opened it few years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5231) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Fruity nose with malty banana caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (336) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle pour at Bambinos Seattle, just past its prime along with not being stored properly, however it still showed a little of promise I enjoyed it nun the less, happy to be able to try this one. Dark amber pour still some foam head, little bitter, crisp almost plum flavor, solid beer. Default would be higher if not for the condition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours cola brown with a very thin beige head that leaves a very thin collar of lace. The nose is malty cocoa, dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and a touch of anise. The flavor is the same, all different levels of chocolate, with some anise and added roasted bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long malty cocoa and bitter dark chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours mahogany with a filmy tan head. Nose is big Belgian yeast, lots of dark bread maltiness, and a dark fruitiness. Taste is the same, warm alcohol with lots of yeast, cherry, raisin, dark malt. Smooth and well-carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (6111) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is roasted apple. Caramel. Chocolate and nutella. Some nuts. A bit earthy. Some leather. Taste is full of knackered chocolate. Old used towels. Cardboard. Pepper. Full body, soft carb. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1433) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells like dry pla-doh and chocolate. A little smoother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Draft at stone company store. Ruby/brown pour, clear with ring of khaki head. Some lacing. Aroma: figs, molasses, grains steeping on brew day; bread, banana laffy taffy, licorice. Taste: cardboard and chocolate/toffee. Actually the oxidation in this isn’t bad -- more sherry than cardboard, with a backdrop of raisins. Lightly sweet up front, but otherwise pretty dry. Full- body, creamy, good carbonation. Overall: this ain’t bad. It ain’t bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (7873) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Sweet leaning, but not overly slow. Some signs of oxidation after 7 years, but not spoiled. Hints of clove and other Belgian-y spices going on, and some non-deScript dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Definitely a gimmick to sit on these for 12 years, especially since you can make a couple car payments by selling them. I’ve never had a bottle of my own past one year, and I don’t think most of the VE releases will be better than fresh after 6-12 months anyway..."

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