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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2233) - 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 (1522) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle that randomly appeared at Belmont with every year except 02; not sure if it was a nationwide release but I saw it at Belmont for $20 a bottle and JJís for $50+! I wasnít even planning on drinking a beer tonight but we just found out weíre staying in Ohio a little longer so weíre either celebrating or drowning our sorrows. Nice looking pour after almost 6years. darker brown, almost black with a nice brown head and lacing. Mild aroma of malt, a little banana and I swear a hint of metal; that disappears as it warms. Flavor is pretty stern with the dark malt in front. Some of the lighter notes have been lost to time but at least the alcohol is not too prominent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikeclj (14) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark ruby red very complex taste mixed with cherry banana light pear medium body yeast is noticeable but not unlike any other Belgium ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle. opened 1/13/13. black oily pour with very thin head. baked bread, anise, light dark fruits in aroma. Best of the 4 Iíve tried. roasted malts, chocolate, smooth body. a little bit of spice and wet paper. pretty, pretty, pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3377) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights with average, fizzy beige head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malt, figs, dates, plums, raisins, floral hops, and belgian sugar. Flavor is very sweet malt and dark fruit esters forward with some faint booze and woody notes; sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2420) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin tan collar. The aroma brings toffee, light spice, caramels, malt, age, brown sugar. The flavor is a tad sweet, with brown bread, a touch of basement musk, toffee. Pretty good. Thin body with low carbonation. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1544) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill 6.5 year old beer! This beer was released before I could legally drink! So crazy. Smells of raisins. Tastes slightly bitter with woody after taste. What a privilege to drink this! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at home while watching playoff football on a lazy winter weekend. Very happy that Stone released a variety of these. Appearance is a dark brown / ruby red with a rich, slightly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, prune, biscuit, red wine, a bit of sugar, and molasses. Taste is full bodied, really more of a wine than a Belgian ale, with a plentiful amount of prune flavor and molasses. Itís very low carbonation, but again very heavy. Unless I stumble upon other varieties of this, thoroughly enjoyed this series.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3663) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Creamed leather with prune accents. Cloudy garnet, medium yellow head. Drinks a little hot, lighter body. More pruny on the palate, but leathery to.


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