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Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 453   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2490) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours cola brown with a very thin beige head that leaves a very thin collar of lace. The nose is malty cocoa, dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and a touch of anise. The flavor is the same, all different levels of chocolate, with some anise and added roasted bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long malty cocoa and bitter dark chocolate finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3010) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours mahogany with a filmy tan head. Nose is big Belgian yeast, lots of dark bread maltiness, and a dark fruitiness. Taste is the same, warm alcohol with lots of yeast, cherry, raisin, dark malt. Smooth and well-carbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (5209) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is roasted apple. Caramel. Chocolate and nutella. Some nuts. A bit earthy. Some leather. Taste is full of knackered chocolate. Old used towels. Cardboard. Pepper. Full body, soft carb. Meh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (1044) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells like dry pla-doh and chocolate. A little smoother.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1272) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Draft at stone company store. Ruby/brown pour, clear with ring of khaki head. Some lacing. Aroma: figs, molasses, grains steeping on brew day; bread, banana laffy taffy, licorice. Taste: cardboard and chocolate/toffee. Actually the oxidation in this isnít bad -- more sherry than cardboard, with a backdrop of raisins. Lightly sweet up front, but otherwise pretty dry. Full- body, creamy, good carbonation. Overall: this ainít bad. It ainít bad at all.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Sweet leaning, but not overly slow. Some signs of oxidation after 7 years, but not spoiled. Hints of clove and other Belgian-y spices going on, and some non-descript dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Definitely a gimmick to sit on these for 12 years, especially since you can make a couple car payments by selling them. Iíve never had a bottle of my own past one year, and I donít think most of the VE releases will be better than fresh after 6-12 months anyway..."

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4587) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap. Pours a cloudy dark amber with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is faint chocolate malt and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel with rich cocoa and brown sugar with nice lingering dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
22oz bottle - The Epic Ales series have been up and down, and Iíve had several chances to try most of them at different times in their aging lives. This one really carried itself nicely and seemed much better now than when fresh. Aroma is light chocolate, musty, spicy and yeasty. Light canned fruit also creeps in after it breathes a bit. Toffee, spicy/gingery, light mint, with a nice showing of sweetness. Nice to see it holding up, while others havenít.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bomber from Odeed. Nose is caramel, anise, black raisins, and sweetness. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, darly fruity, and small hints of bitter and licorice. Very well preserved for a nine year old beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, earth, and yeast. Flavor is similar with a bit of cocoa, dark fruit, and spice added in. Awesome.


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