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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Deep ruby hue with medium head of large, foamy bubbles - aroma is mostly clove and the ever so familiar belgian yeast with hints of fruity esters - flavor is an odd mixture of chocolate, liquorice, light spice and lingering hoppiness - most of these flavors should work well together, but donít - each struggles for dominance instead of existing in harmony - perhaps when 12.12.12. comes around this will be more balanced - for now it is just so so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUN 27, 2005
bottled, huge aroma of fruit and malt w/ belgian lace. full bodied, malty and tasty w/ a hint of alcohol, slightly hoppy in the after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Purplish-brown pour, lacy tan head. raison, chocolate, wood in the flavor. finishes dry with a hint of sweet. I enjoyed this much more than I would have guessed I would enjoy a sweet ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5699) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pronounced aroma of dates and toasted grain. Reddish brown, medium yellow with little retention. Sweet fig, apple, and malt flavor, altbierish yet belgian at the same time. Medium body. Delayed warming effect. Seems to be missing a dimension and is a little boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle shared by swoopjones. Dark amber color. Caramelized sugar and dark fruit aroma. Pears, plum and dark cherry accompanied by some toasty malts. Seems a little oxidized and a bit past its prime, I donít think this will hold up until 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
bottle consumed sept, 2010. bit over 5 years old. shared by bbb, from his cellar. thanks! pours a ruby red with a small tan head. aroma of fruity milk chocolate, dry cocoa plums. first time iíve tried this beer, but it help up better than expected. thanks mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a dark ruby red, caramel color, small head. Aroma was malty, roasted, touch of coca. Flavor was very malty. As it warmed, dried fruity notes became more apparent. Aged pretty well. A bit sweet by this point, but good. this was my first sampling of the íseriesí. Itís not readily availible in my area, so it might be the last. BUt it was very smoth with a nice dark caramel color - a very good belgian style beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle via a trade a while back. Murky brown pour, with a small off white head. Flavor is mostly caramel and toffee, with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and musty cardboard. The staleness isnít that bad, this bottle has held up fairly well. Still decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3541) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin tan collar. The aroma brings toffee, light spice, caramels, malt, age, brown sugar. The flavor is a tad sweet, with brown bread, a touch of basement musk, toffee. Pretty good. Thin body with low carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle. opened 12/23/12. drank with father-in-law and brother-in-law. top broke off when opening. coffee, amber pour with thin head. molasses, anise, chocolate, roasted malt aroma. wet cardboard, roasted malts, chocolate. ok.

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