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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle conditioned ale is chapter five, and is specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy it in a "vertical" tasting along with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren. Each on unique to its year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plot line. Each one release one year, one month and one day from the previous yearís edition.

In this yearís edition, youíll notice a deep, rich aroma of toasty malts, anise, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a hint of cedar. The toasty, dark and roasty malt flavors combine with a soft palate - courtesy of specialty dark wheat and barley malts. The body is fairly light for a beer with such a high gravity. There is a pleasant, lingering bitterness, so you know itís part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that weíre really liking here at Stone...itís the same one we used for brewing the Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale. And as with the Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale, all the spicy, deep, and wonderfully funky aromas and flavor characteristics in this beer come as a result of nothing more than malt, hops, water and yeast!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
bigtime feet first spelunk into rotbox for this gem. looks fine:

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aroma of raisins, dimetap. purple grape drank. sweet doughed purple grapes. soft rumcake. light sherry. not too bad, but didnít care for strong grapey dimetap note.

doughy, boozed dimetap. some rotton grape sherry. soft warming booze in backdrop. rumcake breads. and soft spice. some licorice.

held up better than expected. harsh grape dimetap rumcake bready sherry concoction. harsh everpresent grape rot in backdrop take away from drinkability. some good components. sherry was nice. decent body. fine.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (3274) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Sampled on draft. When this beer released I was 20. I remember, I was heading home from college at this time. Itís pretty incredible that Stone sat on all these beers for so long so they could do this whole vertical epic thing. This beer is brown. It has a small beige head. It smells like oxidation, malt, mild belgian spice. Kind of meh. Flavor is dull, oxidized, with some vague sweetness and belgian notes. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Certainly a weird experience. After having these beers, my feeling that aged beers are disgusting is validated.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EithCubes (4743) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Time for a holiday countdown! Iím very near to finishing clearing out my cellar and this is the first of my greedily hoarded Stone vertical. Bought this bomber for $6.66 (and paid a little extra to the taxman). Nose is sweet crystalline rock candy with darker Dubbel and brown sugar notes. Pours a sultry chestnut brown that darkens a bit with volume, soapy tan head. Moderately dry in the mouth, very nice brown malt dominance right up the middle with gentle roast and faint coffee, furloughed red fruits and a subtle vein of bitterness -- very unlike Stone on that last point, and itís super classy. Faint mocha/cocoa, fainter anise, rich but straight-ahead malt, smooth woody character in the deep background that survives to enrich the aftertaste, and style-appropriate carbonation. Utterly minimal oxidation for this age. Very well-hidden alcohol, only a slight caress of warmth in the chest, none in the mouth or throat. Medium-full body, clean and balanced, smooth with latent nuttiness and slight velvety tang; it wants to pick up funky sour notes but canít (or at least hasnít). One nitpick: the phenolic character, while light, is a little bit crass. I love this yeast, which takes a star turn here. This is a wildly successful attempt in unfamiliar territory by a brewery I very much respect, and it has really held up well! Superlative Dubbel. [2013.12.12: 4.7]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Poured a dark amber color from the bottle with aromas if dark fruits and some bread. Flavors are the same impressed with how well this one held up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1183) - RÝros, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
Dark Brown body with light brown head - sweet malt aroma with caramel - Sweet malt body with some caramel in it , hardly any bitterness - Sweet malt finish that lasts for some time - This was quite good considering the age

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Dark fermented fruits and loads of caramel. Like most of the VEs, this brew has probably lost some potentcy over the years, but its still great.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (934) - Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Clear and brown with red highlights. Caramel and yeast on the nose. Lita of spice and herbs in this one. Great flavor with a toasty finish. Sweet and complex makes this one of the Vertical best.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2175) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
09/21/13. 22 oz. bottle. pours dark brown with a short lived tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit. Thick and oily, fruit flavors and a subtle sweet finish. Thanks to G&GKevin for the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3400) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Dark beer with a creamy beige head. Alcohol and fruit nose. This is a big, rich beer with strong plum and dark fruit notes. Vanilla, anise and alcohol flavor. Big, alcoholic beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
writerljberg (656) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle from Johnís Market. A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing. N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa. T: Oxidized, but itís not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and thereís a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour. M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden. O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence.


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