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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6355) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1018) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Bomber. Pours a very dark brown color, loooks kind of like a coke color. Sweet yeasty aroma, lots of dark fruit. Very rich right up front. Thick roasted dark fruit flavors. A touch of yeastiness. Finish is hoppy bitter. Slightly sour. Alcohol is very well hidden. Fairly spicy as well. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is belgian yeast and spices. Silght caramel aroma as well. Taste is much the same. Sweet toasty malt and spices. Palate is light and bubbly. Easier palate than the appearance would suggest. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Looks filtered kind of crimson brown w a small tan head ok lacing Aroma is nice rich & fairly mellow sweet carmels belgian yeasts clove some l peppers Pal is well coated nice carb Reminded my of a weisenbock light carmels touch of under ripe bananna some smoked wheat Pretty good Thanks to Blake for sharing.

   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 (3357) - 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 (1059) - 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.

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