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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 452   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle 22.fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Clear dark red brown color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, vintage malt, earth, light caramel and chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100209]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle at Stone Bistro. Pours a golden brown with a lacing tan head. Smooth caramel and fruity aroma. Flavour too is smoothly mixed caramel and fruity hops. Lingering into the finish with a fruity mild flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
A deep red beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma is sweet with lots of berries as well as wood and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of caramel, medium notes of wood, and light notes of alcohol and spices. The end is dry and woody.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a clear, reddish mahogany with a creamy, beige head. Fat, wooden aroma. Medium body with sweet, roasted malt and some accents of dried and overripe fruit. Light notes of wood. Basically no bitterness. 061006

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel and fruits. Flavour of dried fruits, caramel, fruits and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Very smooth and very light, definitely a straightforward and non-complex brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, cereal, nuts, licorice, raisins, and toasted malts. Flavor of toasted malt, oatmeal, mild hops, and molasses.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2005
(22oz bottle) Clear dark-brown body with tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some wheat, raisin, light Belgian spice. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, wheat, light herb. Creamy medium body.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11529) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11063) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark brown hue with an average light brown head. Aroma was complex of heavy roasted malt, hops and molasses. Full body with small alcoholbite finish. Flavor was moderate sweet and light bitter which was long in duration. Very good brew.


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