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RATINGS: 613   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!


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.

4
   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.

4
   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 (2103) - New Mexico, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
Dark brown with a nice khaki lasting head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, yeasty with a spicy note. Full bodied flavour of roasted malts, spice, brown sugar, dark fruit with a hop dry bitterness at the finish. Quite rich and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Strong banana, roasted nuts, port wine, yeast, cloves, and wood (doesn’t smell like the cedar that the bottle proclaims). Very appetizing aroma. Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Reddish brown highlights when held to the light. Light tan head was full and rocky, but dissipated quickly into a small ring around the edge of the glass.Decent lacing. Flavor: Malt sweetness and dark fruits, bananas and yeast, and then a spicy/floral hop flavor that ends in a nice cleansing bitterness. Alcohol very noticeable as well. Also got a definate taste of butterscotch. Palate: Medium bodied. A little slick in the texture. Alcohol warming was pronounced throughout. Overall: This is good right now, but I think this needs to sit and rest for a couple years to be really good. Also, butterscotch flavor and slickness in palate makes me wonder if this beer is not flawed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Banana, burnt popcorn and toasted malt aroma. Weird,..smells a bit like a dunkelweiss. Dark brown in color with a thin, brown head. Toasted chocolate malt with an aftertaste of burnt popcorn. Not a fan of roasted malt in a double. Medium body, lighter texture. Thanks again to 1FastSTi for bringing the dubbel!


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