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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 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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdjuice (308) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2006
Aroma has alcoholic lightness, caramelly and roasty. Body is surprisingly light, relative to color, good carbonation, smooth but not creamy. Flavor is very malty and, umm, kind of, umm...tastes a little like pot. I think pot has a very nice taste, and is something that goes very nicely with a beer of this darkness. Nice light finish with some banana esters and alcohol. Doesn’t fit in a category, and I like it for that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Pours an opaque dark brown, black notes, molasses, some small frothy tan head that quickly fizzes away. Aroma is yeast (dark warm dough, wheat, cellar), malt (meal, toast), clove notes, fruit in the background (peach, apricot, plum), faint smokiness. Moderately acidity attempts to burn the tongue, scraping your taste buds away but leaving enough to sample the roasty and toasty dark malts, clove, wheat and fruits, smoke and banana notes way at the end. Dark bodied, fizzy, spicy and dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (531) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Dark brown, with a thin head despite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma is ultra fruity, overripe bananas dominate.
Some caramel in there too, along with a few wisps of cedar. Those only come out after you let the brew sit for a bit, once you agitate it again the fruit powers back.

First sip was all clove.
When I was a kid I tried making my own clove cigarettes with crushed cloves from my moms kitchen. This kind of reminded me of that, but in a good way. Smokey, clove, tobacco, sweet and spice.
As it warmed, notes of banana crept in.

Medium body, with a lengthy dry woody finish. Will be interesting to see how this develops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2006
A pretty atypical dark brown colour with some fizzy carbonation that produces a large and inviting soda like head that has some very good staying power. It produces more of a film than it does a lacing. I detected something between warm gooey chocolate and caramel in the aroma. There might be a hint of clove or banana, or both, in there too. Kind of an unsweetened chocolate taste with some dryness that reminds me of tobacco leaves. Medium bodied at best with little carbonation despite its semi boisterous pour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Pours dark, "root beer" brown, with wonderful, thick tan head. Intense clove, banana, smoke and honey aroma. Initial flavor is of molasas, black licorice, with a funky (in a good way) Belgian yeast fruity character. Quite drinkable, with the 8.6% alcohol very well hidden.. This will be a very interesting one once it ages out a bit more.. A unique bend of styles, but very enjoyable..

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle. It looks like any other dubbel out there. Well, I guess the head could be a bit better, and the lace is definately lacking, but at least it wasn’t overactive. Chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Rather good aroma. Somewhat sweet, somewhat dry, pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit raw at this point. I think it has potential, but it needs to mellow a bit. It’s a bit too alcoholic and dry at this point. Very spicy with cloves and a not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. It’s also much better when chilled as opposed to room temperature. Another sign that it may improve with a bit of age on it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a medium light-brown head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is fruity with roasted malts. Flavor is nutty with hints of spiciness and a yeasty dry finish. Was able to fill up my Trappist glass twice with the bottle. Complex and delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Pours dark brown with a bit of red in there and a lasting gray brown head. Smells of banana, chocolate, and cedar. Clove flavor with a vanilla and wet wood taste. The finish dries up with milky yeast, nuts, and spice bitterness. This is a bit bland to me. It is easy to drink, and nothing sticks out as unpleasant, but nothing really impresses me here either. Ap-4 ar-6 tas-6 pal-3 ov-13 this has really improved in just 10 months. aroma has gotten a bit dusty already, but it brings out an alcoholic spiced egg nog aroma that is cool. flavor is very enjoyable now. spiced ginger notes with a warm rootbeer taste. wet wood flavor remains as it was, vanilla is now staying in the background and working to support the ginger banana sugar cookie notes. i can’t wait to try another one in a year or so. this one has potential.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear ruby brown body with a small tan head. Very sweet caramel and light fruit aroma. Big fruit, malt and caramel flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7 07/05/2006 - Rating #666: Dark mohogany color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of strong roasted malt, and some light coffee bitter, and a hint of smoke. Some spice hits the tongue first, hints of roasted malt, then some smoke dominates the ending. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Very dark brown body, almost black. A very minimal brown head. Roasted malts, musky peat accents and some light hops in the aroma, perhaps even some smoked ham scent. Nice spiciness in the taste, fruit such as dark cherry are present, a very dry hop presence as well. Spicy, roasted malt ending. It will be very interesting to see how this one ages.


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