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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Rating 4500! 12/23/12. 4500th rating for me... not really that exciting/exotic of a rating for the milestone, but I happen to have it around, so here we go. It also seems fitting given the 12.12.12 I’ll be having next. Rich deep brown pour with some brick reds under a nice khaki head that sticks at one finger and laces in an almost solid ring with each sip. Laid back aroma with nice toasted caramel and bits of chocolate on top of light fruitiness and esters from the yeast. Surprisingly nice flavor with well rounded and balanced amounts of chocolate, cream, fruitiness, and caramel, along with a slight yeast presence. I didn’t have this when fresh, but the flavors seem to have rounded out and meld well together. Smooth and surprisingly tasty, as I wasn’t expecting much out of this. Cheers!

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4208) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James – the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy – the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 – for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, in all my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat volatile spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun – IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE I’ve ever head, heheh. There – you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (576) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
Deep brown, had a small mocha head. Aroma is spicy banana, bubblegum, spicy, little chocolate, candy. Taste is chocolaty, overripe banana, some caramely toasted malts, overripe fruits, well blended flavours hard to describe.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown body with a nice fizzy light beige head that retained as a thin ring. The nose is pretty nice, there’s just a touch of oxidation, some really nice dark fruits, strong belgian yeast, a little alcohol, and even a touch of a tobacco note. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the nice aroma, it’s too thinned out and faded. There isn’t a lot of negative flavor notes like heavy oxidation, it’s just thinned out and bland. There’s still some hints at the dark fruits and yeast on the finish especially, but not enough gas left in the tank for this guy. Mouthfeel is a bit thinned, but still finishes with a bit of clinginess. Nice moderate fizzy carbonation. Decent, and still certainly drinkable, but not as good as the 05 for me in the overall sense.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear brown color. Minimal off-white head. Few dots of lace. Some licorice and chocolate syrup nose. Nutty flavor. Some light alcohol. Smooth very light carbonation, dry texture. More bitter. Enjoyable sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4602) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clear dark dark brown, nearly black, with a laceful khaki head. Earthy nose with a little touch of smoked meat, classy tobacco, and bleu cheese. Nice smoked jerky flavor on the initial wave, like right after you swallow, then it gets creamy and sweet with toffee and earthy raisins, with a touch of oak and toast. Pretty sweet overall, with a big palate, and kinda boozy warm, yet complex and lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (918) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Black pepper with some brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruit, but the black pepper over powers. Taste is sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2215) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Draft to a snifter - pours dark amber with tan head and bin lacing. Nose is vinous and dark fruit. Flavor adds brown sugar and alcohol. Sweet. Medium body. Latent basement aromas. Prolly the oldest bed I’ve had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1254) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
almost no faint brown head. S - notes of smoke, toasted malts, chalk and earth as well, quite vegetal. M - med full body, aggressive mf. Simple palate. High carb. Lingering malty finish. Sticky. T - chalk bitter bakers chocolate, coffee grounds up front. Overripe apples, Belgian yeasts and very vegetal palate to the finish. O - simple quad. Sticky and muddled. Overly simple. 3.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours a plum color with no head. Smells of dark roasted malts, mild smoked wood. More smokiness in the taste but fairly astringent.


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