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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 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!


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Sampled at TWCP Beer Fest 2013. It poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma was a bit of roast, very sweet and nutty. The taste was some porter-like elements, spices, caramel, dry yeast, quite sweet but not cloying. A nice brew.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (304) - - MAY 12, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown with an uneven thin espresso head. Aroma is smooth - roasty chocolate, spiciness from yeast. This beer seems to not be in a specific style, but reminds me of a "light quadrupel". Flavor is raisins, honey and thick chocolate. Notes from Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phillies08Champs (677) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at Damico’s. Pours dark brown with slight soapy looking head, aroma is anise, unmalted barley, roasted chicory, coco, aldehydes and spicy finish. first sip is very similar with a dry finish of unsweeted chocolate.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are both heavily oxidized - dull metal, belgian spice, caramel, and sourdough. It’s strange that this was the only year with oxidation after so long.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark ruby brown with a small to medium creamy beige head. The aroma is slightly oxidized but has great ripe fruity notes. Some nuts and fig. Rye biscuits. Deep malty flavor with ripe berry notes. Light cherry. Nuts and toasted caramel. Great condition after almost 8 years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (196) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity. S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma. T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish. O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging. Serving type: bottle

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (909) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Dark brown pour. Very herbal aroma to this one with lots of anise and notes of cedar. Flavor is sweet malt with notes of chocolate. Slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced. Thanks StFun for the bottle!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2805) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has roast, vanilla, and some spice. Tastes of a dark sweetness and has a bit of roast coming through as well. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours dark brown. Caramel and spice. Brown sugar.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Had during a tasting of 06-10 VE’s. Poured to NB globe. A: Pours a dark brown, nearly perfectly opaque ale. Single finger light tan head dissipates quickly. Little lacing here. S: Molasses, molasses, molasses, anise, mineralic qualities. Very complex, dark malts with belgian yeast greets the nose with dark fruits which are quite subdued by the original approach of molasses feel. Cocoas dance here as well. T: The molasses and dark fruits continue here. Malts, anise, cocoas. Wow, delicioso! M: Heavy, viscous with low carbonation. Great feel for this beer. Sticky, resonant, smooth. D: This beer was second only to 09.09.09 on the lineup. It was fantastic! I wish I had more of this beer around to drink for sure. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UncleKorm (731) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle poured a deep brown w/ small beige head. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish from both hop and roast. Tastes are malt, barley, molasses, dark roast, licorice, anise, dark breads, and a light citrus. Full bodied, average carbonation, and a balanced mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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