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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 449   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pours a hazy red brown with a decent amount of foamy tan head. Aroma is of caramel malts and sugared fruits, but it seems to me to be dominated by spicy clove aromas. Flavor backs up my assessment of the aroma, as its sweet fruit and malt but way over the top in the yeast and spices used. I realize this beer is meant to be cellared for some time, but I found it at this point to be not too great. I might buy another bottle to save and see, but at this point I would pass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle. lighter cola colored pour. Medium roasted malt aroma. Tastes past its prime. Choclate malts, malted milk balls, sweet malts. kind of disappointing after waiting this long

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle 22.fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Clear dark red brown color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, vintage malt, earth, light caramel and chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100209]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2243) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Deep cloudy burgundy pour with thin film of lacing. Nose and flavor bring chocolate roast, deep plum, further dark fruit. Dry mouthfeel, cinnamon and clove. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (2432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque dark brown with tan ring. Raisins, spices and dried plum in the nose, sweet taste with some cocoa. Watery light body, smooth texture, no carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(on bottle) Had this baby a bit too warm, so...Dark, clear redish-brown, with a small beige head. Sent of fried bananas and a light molasses. Has more burn, mocca, notes in flavour, big sweetness and got cloying in the end. A bit of a alcoholic finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Pours a dark mahogany. Aroma is very spicy with banana and clove. Flavor is slightly roasty with flavors of banana, clove, licorice and other spices. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter. Not my favorite style, but a decent brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a beautiful clear ruby color with a small light tan head that dissolves and leaves a thin layer of bubbles in a web shape with bubbles around the edges and some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, spice, flowers and fruit. Taste is of roasted malts, aromatic hops, anise, fruit and notes of chocolate. Full bodied, oily texture and well carbonated. Ending is of roasted malts and aromatic hops with sour notes and a slight alcohol burn.

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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2009
Normally I wouldn’t rate something this far past its prime, but since this is supposedly okay to age to 12/12/12 I will. Pours quite dark burgundy with nice persistent tan head. The aroma has aged malt, some oxidation signs (heavy cardboard), anise, malted milk balls and Belgian yeast. Medium smooth body with a papery feel and moderate carbonation. The flavor starts with f***-all oxidized dark malt, paper and dry spice. The finish is dry, papery and anise. This would be painful to drink on 12/12/12.


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