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RATINGS: 444   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (33333) - 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
   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.

3
   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 (6329) - 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 (3609) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
(Draught) clear deep brown-ruby, lack of head. Nose of chocolate, anise, licorice, Belgian yeast. Taste is strong of anise, alcohol heat, spicy, bits of cocoa, interesting mix but not my favorite. Body is medium but the carbonation has gone.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Again, could be the age, but it smells kinda stale, maybe this bottle aged poorly. I get some spices, some dark fruit, and some musty basement smells. Flavor is sweet, finishing a little dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (5974) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a huge foamy dirty beige head with average retention. Aroma is quite hoppy which was kind of surprising for a Belgian Ale but then again I’m starting to get use to different with beers from Stone. Taste is a mix between roasted malt, caramel with a big heavy dose of citrus hops at the end that IMHO don’t mix very well with this beer. Body is above average and alcohol is not discernable. Overall, I guess I have a hard time with the heavy dose of hops in a Belgian Ale which is why this is not something I will seek in the future.


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