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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Dark ruby, reminiscent of a port, but with a clingy brownish head.
Caramel, scotch ale sweet, but with a twist of mirabelle (some weird fruit they use to make booze in europe), some plums and a nice alcohol finish.
Profound maltyness, like a granola bar with nothing but specialty malts and caramel/nougat, dipped in a bit of alcohol to round it all off and make it rich and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
From bottle at Stones 14th anniv party...red orange pour...aroma is caramel, toffee.. oxidized but I like it..flavor is caramel, sugar..still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 15, 2006
This is a bit more malty than the other stones I’ve had...and I’ve had a bunch of them. Honestly it doesn’ty taste like a BSA at all right now. I know it is supposed to be good in six years, but screw that. Not too impressed when considering style...and mediocre when considering it’s Stone couterparts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer offers a healthy aroma consisting of dates, molasses, raisins, and barley. It is a rich mahogany colored solution that only has a smidgen of a cashew colored head. This moderately thick beer is very sweet and rich. The flavor is an infusion of caramel, dates, molasses, almonds, and wheat. A nice sweet date flavor is left lingering on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Stone never dissappoints. This one pours a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights and a thin tan head. The aroma is a perfumy mix of coffee, alcohol, smoke, and sweet dark fruit. Medium bodied and silky smooth in texture. Well balanced and bursting with flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke, alcohol, and a gentle lingering bitterness in the finish. Quite impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (394) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Pours up a deep reddish-amber. The nose seems like a mix of red grape, chocolate, malt, and maybe a touch of clove. The taste is complex and in several layers that progress in your mouth. It starts as almost a malty candy, moves to a kind of light spicy earthiness, and finishes with a smooth chocolate finale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Very nice beer. Beautiful color, very dark amber. Complex flavor and aroma. Spiced, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, a touch of pineapple, maybe banana. Very fruity. I’ll be getting a few more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
dark brown with a maroon tint. very sweet malty aroma with some chocolate and alcohol on the nose. a light spice note and some prunes. thick creamy body. strong chocolate flavor with roasted coffee in the background, and undertones of spicy cloves and more dark fruit. the beer finishes and leaves a sweet alcohol and licorice taste in the mouth. good but i thought a little heavy on the chocolate malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybrainhurts (376) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Pours deep brown with a short lasting tannish head. Aroma is yeasty, peppery, with hard fruits, dates and plums. Complex indeed. This is just from memory but it almost brings to mind HOTD Adam, only not as good. Molasses, coca, earth, tobacco, and peppery spiciness. Somewhat thin and chalky in the mouth. This is enjoyable now, but I question how it will age. Only time will tell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a very deep dark brown with some faint ruby highlights. The head comes to a finger in height at it’s apex, but fades rapidly to a thin soapy head. The lacing is thin and tattered. Smell; on the first couple of sniffs chocolate covered, rum soaked cherries come to mind. A little bit of vanilla and cloves are present as well, along with some hints of pepper. Very nice! Taste; the chocolate is definitely present right away, along with a bit of coffee with touch of a chalky/yeasty flavor. Some dark fruits come out, with cherries and raisins mixed with a bit of alcohol. Even though I can taste a bit of alcohol, it doesn’t give any of the alcohol burn. The finish is sweet caramel and candied sugar. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is a bit thin due to a fairly low carbonation, but it is very smooth. With the smoothness of the mouthfeel, and the flavor of this beer it is pretty darn drinkable.

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