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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours Dark brown with a very nice off white head. Aromas are banana and clove. Fruity and spicy for sure. Sugary with a touch of alcohol. Flavors were very malt drivin. Still a ton of spice. Not as fruity as the aroma, but definitly still plenty of fruit. Alcohol is not as evideint as I thought it would be from the aroma. Very Good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Pours a pretty dark brown color with ruby around the edges. Thick light beige head with very good retention, and a decent sheet of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, spices and yeast. There is also a touch of peppery alcohol in the nose. Medium, spicy body with malt, clove and grassy hops flavors. Bittersweet finish of sweet malt and spicy hops. Pretty enjoyable as is, and I wonder what it will taste like in 6 years.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Aroma is pruney, strong malts, yeasty. Flavor is relatively complex, sweet, mild alcoholic finsih, some clove. Appearence is nice dark brown. Nice full body, a pretty beastly beer, pun intended.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and spices. Flavor was mostly the same with the more subtle flavors first that give way to the alcohol and slight bitterness. The bitterness lingers a little. Absolutely wonderful brew. I think Iím going to age a bottle of this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
A pretty good belgian ale that blurs the line of dubbel and a brown ale. Lots of sweet malts and yeasty spiciness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown with a lacy tan head. Aroma is dried fruit, toffee, alcohol and spice. Body is creamy smooth with prickly carbonation. Flavor is fruit filled, with dried cherries, maybe some banana, roasty malt, and a big punchy taste of cloves. Finish is lighty bitter with cloves and a little pine. This beer grabs my taste buds from start to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006

Thanks to 1FastSti for bringing this out. Now I donít have to trade for a bottle to discover that it is a good but not outstanding entry in the Vertical Epic line. Iím not sure how they expect this one to hold up for six more years unless you stick it in a fridge at just above freezing. This was the last of the Dubbels on the night.

Aroma / Appearance - My nose was able to detect a hint of sweetness in the form of toffee or molasses, combined with a vague fruitiness. There was also a subtle hint of yeast sitting underneath that only came out after I closed my eyes. The body was a deep cherry color with only a trace of head. It looked somewhat like I would imagine a Dubbel to be.

Flavor / Palate - The first sip was a little hot, but once the alcohol settled down I got hints of bananas, cherries, malt and caramelized sugar. There was some smoke or roasted flavor lurking underneath that slowly came out. The finish was dry and relatively easy on the palate. This one could do with perhaps a little bit of aging, but not too much. For a Dubbel it is acceptable; however it is not mindblowing enough to make me want to rush out and get a vertical of the other four in the series.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Fruity, spicy. Dark fruits-plum, cherry, raisin etc, Clove, brown sugar, molasses. Dark reddish brown color, medium size head hat faded quickly to almost nothing with mnor lacing. Bittersweet flavor, like aroma. I get a little cardboard, little burntness or hint of grapefruit in there. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dryish finish. Tasty, somewhat familiar. Maybe itís the yeast they talk about.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Pours brown with a lazy tannish head. Smells grassy with some sugary elements. Tastes of molasses, and some fruit, but otherwise one dimensional. Alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat disappointing compared to their other brews.

Update 8-15-06

On opening a second bottle of this one, I find it to be very green (and as such a potential aging candidate). The nose was bananas and bubblegum with some buttery elements suggesting a potential infection. Tastewise, this one was equally unbalanced and one-dimensional. While far from peaking, Iím not sure what this oneís going to gain through aging.

Update 12/16/13: Pours dark brown with a white thin head. Smells of oak, some vinouous notes, dark fruit, figs. Tastes of dark malt, spicy, boozy, some bourbon like elements, semi sweet chocolate finish. Definitely different from what it started out as. Ar: 7 Ta: 8 Ov: 15

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
very dark, a bit red up to the light. good amount of head though itís pretty foamy. smell is totally candi sugar but i love it. in the flavor alcohol jumps at me right away. there was a whole lot going on, but i remember it also being a little too bitter. unexceptional light/medium body.


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