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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - 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 (2419) - 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 (5686) - 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 (6905) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2006
A nice beer, but itís not a highly sensual experience. Beer is nearly opaque, very dark warm brown with an average-sized, beige, frothy, mostly diminishing head. First impression is that of balance and richness. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, chocolate; Yeasty with moderate notes of cellar; Moderate note of spicy alcohol, light notes of top soil and cola. The flavor is moderate-to-heavily sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic finish. Alcohol is well hidden. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 Bottle. Opaque coffee color with a super thin white head. Aroma is very malty (and sugary) with a hint of alcohol. Slight grassiness followed by a nice lingering bitter finish and not as dry as I thought it would be. Palate is bubbly and very smooth. A very well crafted beer. Rerate... I didnít pick up on the woody complexity that this beer has the first time I had it. Really well balanced. I bumped my rating up on this slightly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Pours a russet black; opaque with a brownish head that contains some blood read highlights. The aroma is hugely roasted malts (carafa?) with enough fruity esters and alcohol to balance it out. The body is thick to say the least. The flavor is heavily of chocolate with some serious spicing; anise and cocoa. Either could be from the yeast. The finish is slightly bitter and somewhat dry but long and malty. This is a belgian ale for stout and porter fanatics. The lack of adjuncts makes this beer somewhat of a chore. This is the major downfall of all of these Stone beers. There is only room for one Belgian style brewery that only uses malts for their fermentables and that is Brasserie Des Rocs. Make this 10% caramelized sugar and lower the roasted grains and you have a perfect dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Interesting... deliciously interesting. These verticle epics are great because they taste great up front.. and hopefully will continue to improve with age, this one seems like it will hold well. Big banana yeast esters in the nose and finish. Roast and fruity on the palate with a nice spicy finish. I think the sweetness up front will build nicely over time and this one will be amazing in a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2006
bottle. very dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is good and with roasted and chocolate malt, dark fruit, and earthy. Taste is malty, sweet, dark fruit-plums, raisins, with chocolate hints and a roasty, actually smoky and spicy smooth bitterness in the finish.

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