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RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kevie999 (3) - chino, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006 does not count
Very good beer. Taste of sweetness with a hint of saltlyness. One of the best beer I have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Thanks IrishBoy. The beer pours to a very dark brown body. Thin fizzy off-white head. Red hue to the body. The aroma is sweet candi sugar, green raisins, dark brown sugar. The flavor is very dark sugar. Notes of bubblegum, dark malt. The palate is tart. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Pours a dark brown color, small off white head. Aroma is strong banana, very strong fresh banana. Flavor is a banana chocolate split with some clove and other standard spices sitting atop. Thinking weizenbock more than dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2006
alcohol and other esthers leaping from the snifter. almost gray thin head. smooth in the mouth, expansive in aroma, softly sulphur, fizz of hops. why am I drinking this on a hot day? sour cherries. saving one for 7/7/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Pours dark opaque brown with a medium sized creamy tan froth that lingers for a bit. Aromas are medicinal with new leather and smoke. Full nectar with soft and creamy effers. Flavors are fruit filled and strong with malted pine leather and medicine with accents of iodine, raisons, dried stone fruit, melon, botrytis, chewing tobacco, and smoke. The finish has a peachpit bittering with a long medicinal occupation. I like it better as it warmed. This brew needs time in the cellar. I can tell itís got the right stuff for the long haul. Overall: a complex brew that needs time to develope. It reminds me of an Abt Quadrupel more than an Abbey Dubel. It is very apparent they want this one to be in good drinking condition on dooms day 2012. REVISION 8-6-06 flavors of black unsweetened chocolate are starting to show thru. Becoming more dense and chewy. **REVISED** 9-20-06** Aroma has turned to bubblegum and beef jerkey. I hope all that medicine goes away. **Revised**1-28-2008 Itís really starting to come together. A pronounced chocolate and roasted coffee bean character is emerging nicely. The medicine has left the building.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Bomber. Am I allowed to open this yet? Pours brown off the mouth, jet adamant black in the glass. Falling tan head that manages to hang on in reduced form for quite a while. Big dark fruits--plum, prune--on the nose. Molasses sweet attack, with tiny-bubble foamy carbonation on top of a fairly thick body. Sweeter malts and some yeast lurk a bit from the nose through the mid-palate; coffee really stands up in the dry finish. Unique in many ways; well-made, interesting, satisfying. Borderline refreshing, too. Best of many worlds. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Thanks to IrishBoy for this one. Dark brown body, moderate sized head, good lacing. Kinda fun to swirl it, I almost got a hurricane shape. Aroma is darker malts like roast and caramel, hints of coffee and chocolate. Also quite spicy with burnt bananas. Also other darker fruits are present. Overall I thought it was an interesting take on a dubbel, but it lacks refinement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Well this finally made it into the Tidewater area and Iím told that my local store received 1 case. Thatís 1 case. I luckily received 3 bottles from the one case. That disappointment coupled with the fact our apartment roof leaked onto our bed during a thunderstorm, and this has been a pretty lackluster day. Will this beer make up for it? I certainly hope so. Pours a dark mahogany with a small circumference of tanned froth on the surface. Nose seems "porterish" from my first whiff. Almost like that typical microbrew porter aroma. Lots of roasted malts, and almost light coffee-ish notes, but thatís where the similarities end. Some darkened fruit notes (plums maybe and a touch of raisin and fig), Belgian yeasts, light spices, and flowery aromas as well. Taste is roasty malts, stronger spice presence, dark fruits and a hint of melon, light flowery flavors, soft hop bitterness, light alcohol, and Belgian yeast notes. Body is smooth and nearly creamy with moderate carbonation and a medium overall feel. However, it seems to go down damn easy this evening. Finishes with more roasted maltiness, light caramel, dark fruits, hints of tobacco, spices, more evident hop flavors, and yeast notes. This isnít a "knock your socks off" kind of beer but itís definitely one that has itís place and is something you can wrap your tastebuds around. Itís well brewed and tasty and made my day! Thanks the Greg and crew for making this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle; Aroma of light roasted malt and spice. Moderate swwet aroma also. Black body with good tan ceamy head. Good lacing left on glass. Flavor was mostly a spice, sweet roasted barlet grains, somewhat watery and mild biterness. Smooth easy drinking beer with mild sweet spice and alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6723) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Nice enough but pretty unremarkable and simple.

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