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RATINGS: 447   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7135) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. Very dark amber-mahogony beer with a nioce beige head. Rich malt aroma with some fruit and cola. Rich fruity/malty flavor - sweet malt, dates, raisins, yeasty spiciness. Full bodied. Easy to drink - hides alcohol well. Some cocoa and roastiness. What keeps this from being a great beer is that it misses the rich aftertaste. The flavor just sort of peters out without giving you enough satisfaction.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6680) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Avenue Pub on 12/12/12. Good timing! Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a small off-white head that settles into a tiny lasting ring. Aroma of caramel, banana esters, chocolate, sweet bread, and brown sugar-toasted nuts. Flavor of toasted caramel, dried fruits (fig, raisin), bread, milk chocolate. Leathery finish. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and a sneaky amount of carbonation that gives it a crispness. Glad I got to try it. Not bad at all, even though the age shows.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from StFun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours an opaque dark amber-tinged brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, toasted nuts, some oxidation, and some brown sugar. Flavour of dark dried fruits, a little brown sugar, and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied, standing the test of time. Dominated more or less by the dried dark fruits. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6369) - 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
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours brown with a red tint. Smells of caramel, dark fruit, lots of clove. Tastes of sweet caramel and spicy, but the cardboard is creeping in. I have some doubts as to how much longer this beer should be cellared by anyone as it’s showing signs of oxidation.


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