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RATINGS: 606   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 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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TonyBanannas (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Black Lager? Thats what it tasted like to me. Maybe I shoulda aged it. Either way, I was unimpressed. Bottle, pours a gentle black with amber hues. Little head and lace. Aroma of raisens and roasted malts. Dark amlt fills the flavor and a gentle alcohol finish. Not a bad brew, just tasted like some Black Lagers Iíve had, including Heavyweights Black Ocean. Not something I plan to have in the near future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Pours dark, "root beer" brown, with wonderful, thick tan head. Intense clove, banana, smoke and honey aroma. Initial flavor is of molasas, black licorice, with a funky (in a good way) Belgian yeast fruity character. Quite drinkable, with the 8.6% alcohol very well hidden.. This will be a very interesting one once it ages out a bit more.. A unique bend of styles, but very enjoyable..

1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
NephrenKa (27) - Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2006
I cannot give this beer a fair review. This is an anise-based brew, and I personally cannot stand the taste of anise. If it were based on a different flavor, I probably would have enjoyed it. The color can only be described as blackened, dried blood. From the minimal head bubbles a promising scent of candy and just a little licorice. Once I actually tasted it, I knew I would not be able to finish the bottle. The sticky sweet flavor of cough syrup and anise spurred me to the hills.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
techdiver (22) - USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Complex aroma with chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well balanced, almost stout like with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured a midnight black with a medium coffee tinted head. Not much retention apart from the lacing around the rim. The aroma is of sweet malt with some very subltle spices. Full bodied, thick consistency, well carbonated. Sweet coffee, smoke, fruit and roasted malt flavors. There is a slight bubblegum aftertaste. The high alchohol percentage is nicely masked. There are some hints of hop but not enough to counteract the sweetness for my taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bought two, one to drink and one to save for 12-2012. Great deep color and aromas. One of the best dubbelís Iíve ever had.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wish (14) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
aroma of Belgian yeast... suprisingly smooth taste with a lingering tingle of hops at the end. quite refreshing for a darker beer. recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikeclj (13) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark ruby red very complex taste mixed with cherry banana light pear medium body yeast is noticeable but not unlike any other Belgium ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scope (8) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
raisin, black, cloudy, that is the obvious presentation of the beer. i congradulate stone on the nameing because it truly is an undertaking in drinking one of these gladiatorrs in the barley ring...almost a rusty nails and burnt coffee suprise attack but it is quickly and efficent;y dispersed by the velvety chocalte that coats your pallete...the perfect beer for a person that doesnít like "beer"

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chapter7 (7) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006 does not count
Dark colored with a yeasty nose of baked banana and nutmeg yet hints of freezer burn and dust. Opens with a fizzy mouthfeel. Flavors weigh towards spicy yeast and have notes of custard and peppery alcohol and underlying malty sweetness. However, itís overwhelmingly yeasty with cumbersome spice concentration.


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