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RATINGS: 611   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 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!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Malty sweetness, hops, alcohol, fizzy and a little bit of spice. I think this one needs some time, was all over the place with no clear defined flavor. Alcohol comes through a bit strong for less than 9%. Will rerate this one after 6 months. Not impressed right now

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours a black color with a tan head that quickly disipates. Aroma is roated malt, with notes of sweet malt, and spice. Full bodied with a nice balance of flavors that include: roasted malt, bubblegum, clove, yeast, and various spices. Stone never disapponits.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
22oz bottle pours a clear brown/black with aromas of spice and yeast. Clean flavors now with not much of a noticeable alcohol. Donít really see how this one would get any better with much age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Aroma: carmel, malts, alcohol, some red grape skins
Appearance: reddish-brown, off-white head, lacing
Flavor: hops, carmel, malt, some red grapes, some woodiness, yeast, and bananas
Palate: slightly fizzy, slightly alcoholic, bubbly but smooth with carmel/alcohol aftertaste
Overall: my birthday beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Dark brown, very little head. Funky Belgian aroma. Big on the yeast. Very tasty stuff, some slight roasty, chocolate, spice, big malts, good stuff. Iím not gonna try to describe this any better, itís really good. Get some.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
black/brown/blue with medium brown tan head. smells of floral dark fruits and light mocha and grainy malt. viscous and nice carbonation. smooth and slight vanilla creaminess. alcohol is definitely apparent but not overpowering, some sage licorice and cloves. uuummm itís a stone...just a typical high quality dubbel

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle. It looks like any other dubbel out there. Well, I guess the head could be a bit better, and the lace is definately lacking, but at least it wasnít overactive. Chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Rather good aroma. Somewhat sweet, somewhat dry, pretty balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit raw at this point. I think it has potential, but it needs to mellow a bit. Itís a bit too alcoholic and dry at this point. Very spicy with cloves and a not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. Itís also much better when chilled as opposed to room temperature. Another sign that it may improve with a bit of age on it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Poured from a bottle, much darker than I expected. Aroma was a very nice banana and clove. The flavor was a bit bitter on the nose, followed by a strong clove taste and finished with a nice sweetness combining with the clove.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a medium light-brown head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is fruity with roasted malts. Flavor is nutty with hints of spiciness and a yeasty dry finish. Was able to fill up my Trappist glass twice with the bottle. Complex and delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
I havenít been into the VEís too much, but thought I would take one out of the cellar and what do you know, itís damn good. Perfumey, spice aroma - reminds me of when I was macking on some girlís neck at Christmas time when I was younger. The off white head reactivates nicely with a gentle swirl.. Color is a nice opaque brown/black with tints of orange. Taste is spicey, raisony- sweet with and orange peel-like, smokey bitterness. Yeastiness is present but is not overpowering. Very nice


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