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RATINGS: 606   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!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber at RBSG . Clear reddish brown pour with a white head. Sweet, but not OJ sweet. Plum. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of a little dark cherry & malt. Flavor is slightly oxidized anise and heavy wheat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes dark brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and toffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast, and caramel. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Sampled at TWCP Beer Fest 2013. It poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma was a bit of roast, very sweet and nutty. The taste was some porter-like elements, spices, caramel, dry yeast, quite sweet but not cloying. A nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is toffee with not much else. Some malt sweetness, brown sugar and soy flavor. It's ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours black to brown with a beige head, aroma of honey, dark bread, plums, vanilla, wood and brandy, flavor of dark bread,, plums, chocolate, alcohol and some spices, medium to full bodied

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bomber, purchased from Keg N Bottle (if I recall) near SDSU. Pours muddy dark brown with 2-3 fingers of nice foamy head that dissipates ever so slowly and laces decently. On the pour, and even through the foam, anise charges out with its usual strength. There are also notes of alcohol, butterscotch, and soy sauce. Taste is initially bittersweet, starting medium, then turning heavy, like a well-sweetened turkish or arabic coffee (no cream, of course). Is there a slightly sour note at the finish, perhaps contributed by the yeast? Maybe. My tongue thinks there is, so thatís what Iím writing here. For me itís a medium bodied beer, with a oily-to-creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation and a long, bitter-to-funky finish. Really nice stuff. Subtle and strong at the same time, which I find really impressive. So glad I was able to stumble upon it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle from Tournament Liquor Blaine (I guess Stone delivered a few of these with 12.12.12. a few months back). Pours brown mahogany with a somewhat creamy sudsy off white head that fades and leaves a spotty film and sudsy collar. Aroma is awesome chocolate roasted malt and sugary fig and light dark fruit scents, but the chocolate is strong and surprising! Taste is light raisins chocolate and figs with some yeast and malt with a nice coffee flavor in the finish. Palate is medium and still holds good carbonation and finishes dry. Wow, this is really nice! And the only year that offered a different style other than Belgian Strong Ale!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee and toasted nuts Flavour brings out similar notes of caramel malts, dark fruits and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied with a little bit thinner a body due to age most likely. Good stuff, but a little past its prime.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Toasted malt nose. Kinda muted at first and opened up nicely. This one is six Years old so has mellowed quite a bit. Nice toasted malt and funky caramel flavors. Finish is short and smooth.


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