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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Deep clear amber body with a huge creamy copper tone head that stay with it for a spell. Beautiful looking beer. S: Burnt molasses, dark roasted coffee, candied banana, toffee, and bready yeast. T/M: Follows the nose with some additional fruit profiles, figs, raisins, chocolate orange, smoked barley, old leather, and dark bread. Has a nice aged flavor that compliments the complex layers that develop throughout. Once warmed even more chocolate, toffe and coffee flavors arrive and add another level of complexity. Medium creamy body with clean finish of chocolate, cocoa and aged wood. O: Wow this has everything and continues to challenge the palate with layer upon layers of flavors and complexity. With the multitude of flavors I would expect a sloppy mess but this has developed nicely and aged to perfection. This was my favorite of all the Veryical Epics. Glad I was able to try this. Serving type: on-tap

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Wow! Stone does it again! I was very curious to try Stones take on a belgian brew... it turned out damn good! This beer is quite complex and offers a good fruity flavor. The head dicipated quickly, but who really cares. I will try to cellar one, but I don’t know if I can (I am very impatient!). The slightly-too-strong alcohol flavor is really the only drawback as far as flavor is concerned. MM MM MM Good

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a light brown but parks in the glass a dark cherrywood tar with a low watt lamp glow. Firm, yellow-tanned creamy froth sits about a half inch tall, folds down to a light skim and skinny collar. Microcosmicly thin sheeting is placed ever so lightly around the edge with some normal looking ink blobs sticking in a few areas. Aroma is airy and pleasantly rounded in a soft display of tootsie roll chocolate, tender black licorice spice, plum, pale raisin, and the lightest of light hint of raspberry. Taste plays a little bit different then what the aroma leads to with more of a pale nut and light enduced roasty realm mixing with a milder tone of dark fruity malts. Banana, dull plum, even more so dulled raisin, slender nut bread and doughy hints of sweetness with puffs of dark cherry, licorice, and anise on the back end trailing into very deep and dark tanged molasses hangs on to a dry airy roast of an empty coffee can. Very subtle flavors continue to emerge and layer into some fairly complex characteristics as slick dark chocolate mingles into some of the flavors once it warms, as does alcoholic esters and dry yeast effects. Beautifully subtle and soft. Feel is about medium with just the right amount of give and take on the carbonation as its mildly effervescent and malty rich with smooth, soft, and slippery tones. Ghostly dark in character without giving away the farm with over abundant flavors. It subtlety is amazingly complex and rich with style. Damn good stuff! Appreciation is in full mode for this finely crafted brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle pours a deep brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Strong chocolately aroma, with some raisins, roasted. Velvet smooth body, rich and luxorious. Sweet, milk chocolate flavors, overtones of tobacco, with the chewyness of brownies. Spicy at times, like pumpkin pie with gingerbread crust. A delicious beer, better aged for several months than I remember it being at its release.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle: Pours a clear ruby with a thin off-white head, big aroma with cherries, rich spices, grapefruit and caramel. Starts and ends bitter, with a long sweet ending and warming alcohol, full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and strong carbonation, amazingly complex.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle courtesy of santoslhalper, stored very well. Thanks, Jon! Awesome nose. Chocolate, candied prune, oak chips, alcohol, and mild Twizzler. Rich and luscious with very little bitterness from a hint of hops. Just incredible. Dark ruby-brown clear with light tan lacing head. Heavy oily body with silky carbonation and mild alcohol warming. Starts rich and just still a bit hot, with Twizzlers, plum and or prune, macerated raisins and brown sugar. Candi sugar and mild molasses. Oaky with just a hint of acidity. Really smooth and delicious.

4.4
   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..

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009 does not count
Opened May 2009, cellared four years. APPEARANCE: Dark brown, nearly black, but with a very subtle burgundy hue. Very Clear. Noticeably tan head. AROMA: A very malty, caramelly smell, with a slight coffee note and with some definite alcohol notes present. FLAVOR: Malt, malt, more malt. Wonderfully smooth, rich, and somewhat sweet, but not cloyingly so. Subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and (maybe) a slight coffee-ish note. Some noticeable bitterness of hops, but they were not overwhelming. PALATE: Definitely leaning toward full-bodied, but extremely well balanced. There was a noticeable, but light, heat (of alcohol) about it. Would love to know where it was at ABV when we cracked it open. NOTES: I could easily make this a session beer, but it would be a session beer that rendered me completely stupid drunk after two or three pints. It was full, but very enjoyable, and very rich.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Shyam. Better than expected. Nose of sweet licorice, roast, raisin, bread crust and chocolate. Color is nearly black. Flavor is very thick and full: raisin dominates, then dark chocolate, bark, roasty malt and subtle Belgian spice. Thick as hell - maybe even a little char.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Aroma of chocolate,mollasses, and a light hop presents. Wonderful lacing. Pours a brownish red with a light brown head. Wonderful beer.


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