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RATINGS: 614   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 year’s edition.

In this year’s edition, you’ll 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 it’s part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that we’re really liking here at Stone...it’s 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!


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 (3089) - 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 it’s younger, has some more character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Murky brown pour with a very thin layer of foam. Chocolatey aroma with a very nice yeast backbone. Sweet and malty at the start of the flavor with a dark fruit middle and a light chocolate aftertaste. Nice dubbel, made a bit nicer by its age.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbrazell (1699) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Deep mahogany color with and dissipating white head. Aroma of deep toffee, roast and Belgian yeastiness. Flavor is pretty similar, but a lot weaker. Flat, thin and dead palate. Most of these are hits and misses. Have the later ones on draft, they’ve definitely held up better in kegs.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2853) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a hazy, deep reddish-brown with thin lacy head that leaves a film, but no real lacing. Aroma of spice, caramel and toffee malts, and a hint of yeasty esters. Taste follows, but a hint of chocolate comes in, a little astringant on the mouth. Pretty good.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevencon (506) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Dark brown pour clear. Caramel light roast/burnt. A bit flat. Thin not much flavor. Is beer has probably seen better days. Toffee caramel and chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2731) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, roast and cinnamon with a light woody aroma.The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice and fruit. The finish is fairly dry, but leaves a long lingering chocolate and roast bite on the palette. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I liked this one quite a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1664) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 25th, 2013 during day 1 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown.
  Aroma: Aroma of dark fruit.
  Taste: Dark fruit, boozy.
    Palate:Light body.

Summary: A decent vertical epic, nothing about it really stood out compared to the others although I know they are different recipes. After awhile having too many in one day feels like drinking very similar beers multiple times.


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