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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Light brown coloured. Flowers, sweetness, fruits and cold tee in the aroma. Flavours of alcohol, spices, flowers and fruits. LIght cocoanotes and liqourice. Medium bodied. Alcohol, sweetnes and cocoa in the end. Very good one. Thanks to BBB63 for this.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Very smooth and very light, definitely a straightforward and non-complex brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Dark reddish clear brown with a thin off white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma, with ginger notes, sweet candy and alcohol. In mouth, sweet candy sugar, caramel, licorice and oranges. A good year! Rich and alcohol in mouth. On tap at BCTC 2006.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Pours a clear but very dark brown with a small amber head. Aromas of spices an dark fruit[figs], and a hint of coffee.Flavors of spices[ clove and nutmeg], dark fruit [figs and plums], and dark malt. Dry slightly bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Pours a dark molasses brown with mahagony hints and a medium diminishing frothy tan head which becomes a rocky film with lined lacing. Heavy malt (hay) wheat and yeast aroma, moderately roasted caramel nutty malt with cellared (cobwebs) notes. Medium bitter acidic hop and moderately roasted nutty malt and alcohol flavor with a hoppy finish. Medium and thick bodied fizzy and slightly dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 08/10/2008 Very malty aroma. Mid brown coloured and rich on the palate with lots of alcohol present. Crisp and slightly dry sweet malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
dark brown pour. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, oak, vanilla and some peat. Flavor is rich and loaded with light chocolate notes, light spice, wood, vanilla, caramel. Nice. Thanks diego!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle... Very dark, crystal clear, ruby ale with a small, frothy, lightly tanned head. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma with notes of banana, milk chocolate and coriander. Malty sweet, spicy flavors take the early lead, but are followed closely behind by a calvary of hop bitterness which more than balances things out. Warming alcohol. Full-bodied and lightly oily with lively carbonation. Bittersweet, salty, grassy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle shared with egajdzis (thanks for bringing this over!). Poured a dark reddish/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolates, dark fruits and somewhat earthy. Tastes of light chocolate, dark fruits and spices. Lively body. Drank side by side with the 04 and I liked this one better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Initial taste very chocolate. Well carbonated, then eased off. In a blind taste, I would believe it was a Rochfort. Abundant cocoa, and bittersweet. Well hopped but not overly so. Significant anise and spiciness at finish. I will look for this again in a couple of years.


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