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RATINGS: 610   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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (502) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Dark brown ruby color. Syrupy malty molasses roasted aroma. Very chewy palate. Malty taste with spicy complexity followed by roasted hopiness and subtle hops. High alcohol content very well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4066) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UncleKorm (815) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Well well, finally a beer poured for the apocalypse! This is a big beer, just judging on a first glance and the aroma. Lots of caramelized spiciness, with a very nice and well balanced malt profile, toffee and figs with some inherent yeastiness coming through reminiscent of bananas and corriander. Zesty, with some spicy herbal hoppiness coming through in the after palate. Great finish, this is a keeper!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Looks like a porter with a thick tan head, lacing to spare, and an almost opaque reddish brown body. One whiff, and you know its something altogether different. Redolent of soy sauce and clove, this brew takes a nod from the Beligians with its complex aroma and flavor. Full bodied and tart with a solid malt roasty backbone, Vertical epic tells a tale of dark fruit, soy, and sweetness, ending in a long tart chapter that finishes unlike many other stories of itís ilk.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (381) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
This was an impulse buy. It looked interesting in the display at the local beer retailer. Nice black body, big foamy tan head. Very malty aroma, maybe a little on the sweet side. That is a good beer, not too much carbonation. Very malty flavor. There is some carmal present. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Rockin this baby out of an Old Guardian glass and boy fuckin howdy it looks great. Doesnít hold a head much but oh well. Actually the aroma isnít much except for some white raisin and black charcoal. Taste is peach and plum, grape and tangerine. Smooth and sweet and could use more carbonation. I donít get clove but I do get a good Madagascar Vanilla. This ainít no Abbey Dubbel but more of a psydo-dopplebock.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 19, 2006
I about had a conniption when I realized last week that I had forgotten (after much anticipation prior to the magic day) about the release of this yearís epic. Thanks to the fine folks at Andyís Carryout on High St. I was able to secure a few bottles (after what was beginning to look like a fruitless search). Exceptional nose of dried fruit, berries, brown sugar, anise, wheat, and some smoke. The brew pours with a lovely cascade that resolves itself into a mostly lasting stiff, creamy tan head. The brew is dark brown with ruby highlights. Kaboom! One of a kind flavor. What else would you expect from the twisted monkeys at Stone? The brew is mostly malty with a typical Belgian presence however, a slight hops zing unveils itself in time for the meandering finish of bitter flowers. The medium body is soft & creamy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Dark brown in color with beautiful, ruby highlights and lots of fat bubbles (not typical of ale, natural carbonation) rising through the body and a moderate, but sustaining, tan head reminiscent of the head on a cup of hot chocolate. Well done spicy, bubblegummy, molasses, fruity, elderberry, milky, wheaty, and cocoa powder aroma. Just as the bottle reads, the aroma is "deep." The flavor is not as complete as the aroma on first pour. I would best describe it as "tight and shy" in the first few sips. As the beer oxidizes a while, it releases most of the aroma components into the flavor profile though they are not as distinct as in the aroma, this will most likely develop as it ages. The addition of a nice roast and and some orange fruit provide counterbalance to the sweetness in the finish. The paradox of this beer is that each taste provides a different flavor experience. Truely amazing.


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