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RATINGS: 453   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a large, tan head over a dark ruby-brown body. Aroma of roast, candi sugar, brown sugar and light oxidation. Taste is brown sugar, berries, baked bread, oxidation and earth. Creamy mouthfeel and light bubbles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear dark brown / red color. Minimal khaki head. Few dots of lace. Good complex nose. Spice, light dark fruit, light booze. Some red grape and plum. Incredibly complex taste. Light chocolate, some decent bitterness. Bigger body. Very light smooth carbonation. More dry texture. Impressive - age has done some interesting things for this. Real nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (7461) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has musty grain and a bit of hay and a touch of menthol. Flavor starts with sweet musty grains and has a bit of menthol in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy, slightly murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, some cookie-ish notes and a bit of dark fruits. Sweetish flavor of chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some spiciness, some oxidation notes and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7370) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Rich orange/amber pour. Dark fruit, sweet tasting - this one is really good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma had raisins, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, hints of an earthy tone, green raisin is what really stuck out in this one. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, going into sweet raisin, plums, some slight earth, nutty notes, hints of a grass as well, finishing fairly sweet, dry, with a slight tart note in there as well. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Huge thanks to Travis (of Dunedin Brewery) for bringing along a vertical of Stone’s Vertical Epic to the epic Florida kick off party at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours murky fudgy brown with tiny off white head. The inviting aroma has notes of caramel, German dark bread, toffee, biscuit and faint rich nearly over ripe dark fruitiness. The taste was very nice but lacked the depth I was expecting. It had the smoothed with age notes noted in the nose such as caramel, biscuit malts, a bit of dark fruitiness and faint oxidation. Very nice treat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7252) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Deep ruby pour with a moderate beige head. Aroma was quite complex with spices (incl. cloves), dark fruits, Belgian yeast, plums, and some malty sweetness. Crisp mouthfeel from the hops, and white pepper, dark fruit, a medium sweet malt backbone, and cloves were in there. The sweetness dominated the flavor, but I think it may mellow out with time. Familiar Stone hoppy finish with some cloves and sweet malts. I enjoyed this, but the 04’s balance gives it my nod at this point in time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7134) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2008
courtesy of Travis, you da’ man. Pours amber with beige head. Aroma is malty and grainy. Taste has plenty of nice chocolate malts and some hints of dark fruits. It aged quite well, loaded with nice flavors and a light hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Pours a dark mahogany with a thick, but short-lived and lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma has a nice heavy maltiness and bready Belgian yeasty character with some hints of dark fruits. Body starts with a pleasant sticky sweetness turning more dry and lightly peppery-spiced toward the bready, yeasty finish. Some mild warming notes are present, but overall it hides the alcohol fairly well. Has nice complexity, but the body and flavor seem to thin a bit toward the finish. Otherwise, one of the better Vertical Epics I’ve tried.


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