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RATINGS: 609   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Dark brown body with light brown head. Plummy aroma with milk chocolate, raisins and lots of sugars. Sweet flavour shows raisins, dates and plums. Full-bodied, very sweet finish with lots of brown sugar character. Definitely built for the cellar, this isn’t bad now but it’s definitely too sweet for my tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and clove. Flavor of malt, tobacco, caramel, and spices. Should mature well with some age.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Clear dark red-brown body with small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, candi sugar, some Belgian yeast, caramel, banana, raisin. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some banana, light Belgian yeast. Medium body with some alcohol roughness. Seems more like a Weizenbock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 22oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with red color. Aroma is sweet, malt, dark fruit. Taste follows, dry. 110319- rerate-@dmacs 3.7

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. Brown color. Aroma of cloves, chocolate, coffee. Lots of cloves in the taste as well. Not bad

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10933) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Thanks to Schultsc for this bomber. Pours very dark brown/black with a few beige bubbles. Aromas of roasted dark malt and plum/raisin. Near full in body. The malt is sufficient to initially suggest cola. Then the fruit comes and goes, leaving a very roasty dark malt flavor. So it’s malt, fruit, spice, malt. Every time. It’s very smooth. There’s a bitterness off setting the malt sweetness, but it may be from the roast rather than hop. The alcohol is very subdued. Certainly suffered no harm from aging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

clear dark blood red, thin fine tan head that comes and grows upon demand, sweet fruity malt aroma, creamy body, hot fruity flavor, nice rich sweetness, the definitive rich ripe fruit dark Belgian
-------- /> Date: 07/14/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Score: 3.4

picking up a lot of spicyness in the aroma with the ripe fruits, the hot alcohol character has faded but is replaced with a big earthy presence that is drying it out too much and obscuring the ripe fruits, dark caramel is the only thing to stand up to the spicy and earthy bitterness, not sure where this beer is headed but I liked it better fresh

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown sort of color, maybe "chestnut", with a creamy khaki colored head. S: Starts off less than stellar with a bit of metal, but that goes away shortly. There’s a strange woodiness to the beer, but it works alright with the caramel, toffee, mild chocolate, and bubblegum notes that make up the rest of the aroma. T: Sweet caramel and toffee open this one up. There’s a big bubblegum and cotton candy flavor that follows. Toward the back end I get a lot of chocolate and vanilla with some subtle dark fruit flavors. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation that feels sort of creamy on the tongue. D: One of the better of the VE series beers. Pretty complex and very easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured black color with a large off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate caramel malty and tart citrus aroma. Medium bodywith soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is another Stone standout beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (10480) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
Dunkelmalziger Antrunk mit hohem Hefanteil, gleichzeitig frisch und hell zwischen den vielen dunkelmalzigen Noten. Dann konzentruert sich das Bier wieder eher auf das dunkle und nun weich röstige Malz, dazu ist eine gewisse Süße unbestreitbar. Süffig, gleichzeitig vollmundig, absolut gelungen. Gut! 10/11/12/12/11/12


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