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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3383) - 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 (624) - 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 (1911) - 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 (6420) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a bit of soy sauce with dark musty grains. Flavor has dark grain and musty roasted malt with a hint of soy sauce.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left behind. S: Boozy, some sweet malts and fruity notes as well. An odd minty note on the finish, reminiscent of toothpaste. T: Brandy soaked plum, some anise and a ton of booze. Light roast with herbal mint qualities on the finish. Not as noticeable as the nose. M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Herbal and roasty finish. O: The odd minty and toothpaste like flavors on the finish detracted from an overall decent beer. Serving type: bottle

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (2371) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque and very dark brown, tan ring. Cocoa and dates aroma, sweet cocoa, chocolatey taste. Smooth texture, minimal carbonation, long, sweet wine-like finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Darker more full than the older VEs. Lots of cherry, plum, sweet, and smooth. Not amazing, but pretty good, and since itís younger, has some more character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5799) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Brown-colored. Aroma of chocolate, a bit of plums and raisins notes and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, a bit of cocoa, some dark fruits and a bit of spiciness in a drier finish. Medium-bodied. Decent.


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