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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2005 Best Vertical Epic yet. Creamy, smooth dark mahogony with an epic lingering head. Gingerbread and raisin make up most of the aggresive aroma. Plum, cinnamon, yeasty bread, nutmeg, and a little Coca Cola make up the flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Aftertaste lingers with sweet Coca Cola malt and spice then blend with dry wood. Rerate 060705: This time I get a lot of semi-dried banana, like the chewy chunks you can get at Trader Joes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours a dark brown, with an amber hue. A thick rocky head, that eventually thins out to a sheet, but leaving the glass still frothy. Extremely malty palate, thick mouthfeel, very smooth. Aroma is floral with a chocolate, and even roasty scents all mixed together, strangely. Flavor is difficult to dissect. Chocolates, lingering hop spice. In the end, it leaves you feeling warm in the chest, and throat, and the high alcohol content is balanced nicely throughout. A very enjoyable brew and, very impressive. Just another great brew from the boys at Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 5, 2007
So far my least favorite of the Vertical Epics. I suppose it is an interesting try at a porter crossed with a Belgian ale. I donít like the roastiness combined with the yeast character. I donít hate it either. Fruity aroma with dark malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2005
A dark ruby, translucent brewwith a small, tan head. A vague, earthy aroma as the glass approached the lips. The first sip had a mouth fulling, sheeting effect. The initial taste was that of a robust, roasted grain. This was followed by a slight sweetness which had fruity aspects but whose components were hard to identify. Then the hops came in to give the balance and leave an aftertaste. This lead to an immediate second sip to savor and try to identify the contributors to the complex flavor. Unsuccessful. I leaned back and just enjoyed the remainder of the big bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2005
I didnít find it all that epic. Overpoweringly molasses flavored. There is a great yeast profile, especially for an American Belgian, but the malt is pretty boring and sweet. Plenty of chocolate/caramel and a little roast. I guess my personal aversion to molasses is holding my rating of this one back, but I didnít enjoy it too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Dark brown, small and unenthusiastic mantle of tan foam; interesting aroma of wet sandalwood and plums with a slight herbal sharpness. Holy cow, the flavor is slightly peppery and citric with pretty much the full array of spices mentioned in the description, they fan out nicely and are neatly interwoven and clean, but still with a nice, earthy, shall we say BELGIAN edge to them...possibly the best vertical epic yet, really nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Somewhat clear dark-brown with tan head. Spicy, fruity, & yeasty aroma with notes of banana and clove. Highly spicy, slightly sweet with caramel. Strong finish with some of the alcohol coming through.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Cellared properly. Clear purple body with a thing beige head. Super sweet caramel aroma with figs, dates, prunes, plums, raisins, sugar, and bread. Mellow mellow taste. Very smooth with caramel, bread, vinous, dark fruit, molasses, honey and oak notes. Aging well, for sure..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2006
aroma toffee, caramel, dark fruit, spices and alcohol. flavor much the same and is quite sweet. warming after a few drinks. decent beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
This looked perfect with a nice,lasting head and black color,but the aroma was a sour malt flavorThe taste was a sour malt flavor.slightly metallic.I donít like this style,so I am rating it lower than a lover would.I wonít buy again,but I;m sure some people would.

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